ASCENDING DAWN Share Lyric Video From Upcoming ‘Coalesce’ Release


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Bi-national prog/alt metal project, Ascending Dawn,  have debuted their new lyric video, “Cannonball from the upcoming albumCoalesce, due out December 1st.
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MOON MOTHER ‘Riffcraft’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Release

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Through mighty sounds of our crying Earth we’re channeling frustration of a modern world.”

This appears to be the mantra and / or mission statement of Sweden’s Moon Mother and their newly released “Riffcraft“. It is a totally respectable undertaking too for the quartet of singer Sara Trollpacka, drummer Jesper Wallin, guitarist Pat Ahlström and bassist Thomas V Jäger (of Monolord who also produced this). On their official 4-song debut here, the foursome blend an appealing elixir of bluesy Stoner Doom with abundant classic rock influences. Continue reading “MOON MOTHER ‘Riffcraft’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Release”

GRUNTRUCK Premiere Animated Video From “Lost” S/T Album Out Now


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

With all of the recent buzz and hoopla about the long “lost” Gruntruck album (details here) finally seeing the light of day, I now get to utter (via typed text) words I never thought I’d be saying again: “We have the premiere of a new video from Gruntruck.Continue reading “GRUNTRUCK Premiere Animated Video From “Lost” S/T Album Out Now”

‘Finding Joseph I’ Doc On BAD BRAINS Vox Paul HR Hudson Arrives On DVD In Nov.; Select Theater Screenings


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

The documentary on Bad Brains front-man Paul “HR” Hudson, ‘Finding Joseph I‘, will arrive on DVD on November 3rd. James Lathos directed the feature, which documents the life of the legendary, enigmatic front-man through previously unseen archival footage as well as various interviews with his family, band mates, members of DeftonesFugaziLiving Colour and more. A number of theaters currently have screenings of the film scheduled, including: Continue reading “‘Finding Joseph I’ Doc On BAD BRAINS Vox Paul HR Hudson Arrives On DVD In Nov.; Select Theater Screenings”

EXCLUSIVE Stream Of New OBESE Release ‘Anamnesis’ [Argonauta Records]; Album Review + Video


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

The Dutch sludge heavyweights Obese are back with their sophomore album, “Anamnesis“, dropping via Argonauta Records on October 20th. Riff Relevant is extremely excited to be the EXCLUSIVE source for the first global stream of the record in full now through Soundcloud today. Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE Stream Of New OBESE Release ‘Anamnesis’ [Argonauta Records]; Album Review + Video”

LORDS OF BEACON HOUSE/GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST ‘Wicked Ladies’ (Split) Review & Stream

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

I’m the type of dude who waits until the day after Halloween to buy Snickers bars in bulk.   I know a good bargain when I see it, and the Lords of Beacon House / Great Electric Quest – ‘Wicked Ladies’ (Split) release qualifies as the sweetest of deals.  Continue reading “LORDS OF BEACON HOUSE/GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST ‘Wicked Ladies’ (Split) Review & Stream”

HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES ‘Twisted’ EP Review & Stream


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Eight torturous, long years after the release of their full-length album ‘Using The Useless’, the Indio, CA. hard rock trio House Of Broken Promises return with new music.   Continue reading “HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES ‘Twisted’ EP Review & Stream”

Remastered Re-Issue Of UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS ‘Vol. 1’ Streaming


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats will release the remastered re-issue of their recently out-of-print debut album, “Vol. 1“, today, Friday, the 13th of October. Coming to the rock ‘n roll masses via Rise Above Records, the date is an ideal time for the band’s introductory album’s intriguing occult-ish retro mystique.  Continue reading “Remastered Re-Issue Of UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS ‘Vol. 1’ Streaming”

PHILLIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS To Issue ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ Album In December


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

For years now, Phil Anselmo has been one of the hardest working cats in all of the music underground. He’s continually juggling a variety of bands, his work within his label, Housecore Records, and countless other endeavors. Just in the past few weeks alone has come news of an imminent new Scour album (details) as well as a planned goth rock project, En Minor (details). All while Phil’s Superjoint band is currently on tour in the U.S. Continue reading “PHILLIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS To Issue ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ Album In December”

DREAM THEATER ‘Images, Words & Beyond 25th Anniversary Tour’ Mini-Doc Premieres

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

FreqsTV
 has produced a documentary on Dream Theater‘s “Images, Words & Beyond” tour, which sees the pioneering progressive metal group celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of their milestone RIAA-gold-certified album “Images And Words“. Continue reading “DREAM THEATER ‘Images, Words & Beyond 25th Anniversary Tour’ Mini-Doc Premieres”

THE ASOUND Astound All Part 2: Split 7″ w/ INTERCOURSE Review & Stream; The Asound To Play Steel & Stone Fest II


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

September 1st saw the issuing of the new 7″ Split featuring North Carolina’s The Asound and Connecticut’s Intercourse. Both bands contribute two tracks each for a total of four face-melting sonic assaults. On the release, each band’s tracks alternate with Intercourse providing tracks #1 and #3 and The Asound #2 and #4. For the purpose of this review, I will tackle each pair head-on. Continue reading “THE ASOUND Astound All Part 2: Split 7″ w/ INTERCOURSE Review & Stream; The Asound To Play Steel & Stone Fest II”

THE OXFORD COMA Stream Steve Albini-Produced ‘Everything Out Of Tune’; Live Dates

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Famed producer Steve Albini was the board man that helmed The Oxford Coma‘s upcoming third album release, “Everything Out Of Tune“. The forty minute-plus collection of psychedelia-imbued noise rock will be independently released this Friday, the 13th of October. Continue reading “THE OXFORD COMA Stream Steve Albini-Produced ‘Everything Out Of Tune’; Live Dates”

THE SWORD Commences Recording ‘Used Future’ Studio Album

(Pic Courtesy Of Dean Dickinson)

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

After a busy two years that saw The Sword release High Country, followed by the acoustic album Low Country and the live album Greetings From..., the band are returning to the studio. They are doing so to begin recording their sixth studio record to be titled “Used Future“. Continue reading “THE SWORD Commences Recording ‘Used Future’ Studio Album”

SCOURGE FEST 2017 Announced; Details & Line Up Revealed

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

As the U.S.A. steadily continues to create and organize its own gradually increasing number of festival gatherings, Riff Relevant is pleased to inform you of a new one. Continue reading “SCOURGE FEST 2017 Announced; Details & Line Up Revealed”

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Announce 2018 N. American Tour With C.O.C.; RED FANG +EYEHATEGOD On Select Dates


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Black Label Society have announced an impressive batch of North American tour dates spanning coast to coast in support of their recently announced all new LP, “Grimmest Hits“. Support will come from legends Corrosion Of Conformity on all dates. Select tour dates will see support from EyeHateGod and Red Fang. A full list of all the dates can be seen below. Continue reading “BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Announce 2018 N. American Tour With C.O.C.; RED FANG +EYEHATEGOD On Select Dates”

Jason Bieler’s (Saigon Kick) OWL STRETCHING ‘Birds Of Prey’ EP Review & Stream


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Many people recognize the name Jason Bieler the very moment they hear it, or see it in print and they should. Jason has spent years as a founding member and guitarist of the long running hard rock legends, Saigon Kick. But there’s also another musical venture that Jason is perhaps lesser known for, although it is one that is providing some of the most unique music happening at this time. Continue reading “Jason Bieler’s (Saigon Kick) OWL STRETCHING ‘Birds Of Prey’ EP Review & Stream”

BLACK ROAD S/T EP Review & Stream


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

“Inspired by all the greats which came before….we were simply born too late!”

Chicago has long been home to an amazing, thriving music scene, one of myriad genres and styles.   Continue reading “BLACK ROAD S/T EP Review & Stream”

WOLFTOOTH S/T EP Review & Stream


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

I (and all of us at Riff Relevant) get inundated with literal barrages of music from bands, musicians in bands, friends of bands and musicians in bands, friends of mine that like bands or musicians in bands, etc.   Continue reading “WOLFTOOTH S/T EP Review & Stream”

PRIMITIVE RACE Enlist Chuck Mosley (Ex-Faith No More) & Dale Crover (Melvins) For New LP; Song Streaming

(Mosley Pictured With Primitive Race)

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Primitive Race are a hard rock/industrial/alternative music band whose core membership consists of Chris KnikerMark Gemini Thwaite (The Mission UK, Peter Murphy) and Erie Loch (Wiccid, Luxt). The band will release its sophomore album, “Soul Pretender“, on November 3rd via Metropolis Records. Continue reading “PRIMITIVE RACE Enlist Chuck Mosley (Ex-Faith No More) & Dale Crover (Melvins) For New LP; Song Streaming”

Oldschool Sunday: MENTAL HIPPIE BLOOD


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

There is always a chance that some of the bands I wish to share with you all via our Oldschool Sunday pieces aren’t just old, they’re damn near altogether obscure. That would be the case for today’s subjects, Stockholm, Sweden’s Mental Hippie Blood and truth is, that is a damned shame. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: MENTAL HIPPIE BLOOD”