PARADISE LOST, THE ATLAS MOTH, SOLSTAFIR Show Review & Concert Photos [Guest Contributor Hillarie Jason]

Article by: Hillarie Jason, Contributor/Photographer ‡ Edited by: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor

Fall is officially upon us, which of course means we are in the midst of a barrage of disgusting, trendy, pumpkin flavored garbage being consumed fervently by people who have clearly lost their minds over a flavor even a starving rodent shies away from.     Continue reading “PARADISE LOST, THE ATLAS MOTH, SOLSTAFIR Show Review & Concert Photos [Guest Contributor Hillarie Jason]”

KNOCKED LOOSE – Show Review & New Video “The Rain”

Photo courtesy of Pure Noise Records
Article by: Kaleb Alexander, Guest Contributor ‡ Edited by: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor

This week, newer hardcore giants Knocked Loose released a music video for their song “The Rain,” the third song off of their latest album, ‘Laugh Tracks’, out on Pure Noise Records.    Continue reading “KNOCKED LOOSE – Show Review & New Video “The Rain””

Heavy Mountain Music & Beer Fest: Day 2 – HIGH ON FIRE, OBITUARY, BLACK TUSK, INTER ARMA, YOUNG WIDOWS & EXMORTUS [Photos]

Article by: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist ‡ Edited by: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor

The recent Labor Day Weekend here in the U.S. – specifically Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2 – would see the inaugural Heavy Mountain Music & Beer Fest get underway in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. Continue reading “Heavy Mountain Music & Beer Fest: Day 2 – HIGH ON FIRE, OBITUARY, BLACK TUSK, INTER ARMA, YOUNG WIDOWS & EXMORTUS [Photos]”

Show Review: OBITUARY, EXMORTUS, DIRT CHURCH; Sept. 8th @ UCH, Clifton Park, NY [Videos]

(By David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Some things inexplicably stick in the mind. I don’t remotely know why, but I still remember my first time hearing OBITUARY, 28 damned years ago.    Continue reading “Show Review: OBITUARY, EXMORTUS, DIRT CHURCH; Sept. 8th @ UCH, Clifton Park, NY [Videos]”

ROYAL THUNDER, WITCH MOUNTAIN, ALMUTEN Live [Asheville, N.C. 7/23/18]


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

Monday, July 23, 2018, would see an incredible one-off gig featuring ROYAL THUNDER, WITCH MOUNTAIN, and ALMUTEN – playing The Mothlight in Asheville, N.C. Continue reading “ROYAL THUNDER, WITCH MOUNTAIN, ALMUTEN Live [Asheville, N.C. 7/23/18]”

HOWLING GIANT-ELECTRIC PHANTOM-VIC CROWN @ Sly Grog In Asheville, N.C. [5/26/18]


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

On Saturday, May 26, 2018, I was able to scratch a top band off of my own personal Bucket List of bands to see live: Nashville, Tennessee’s HOWLING GIANT! Continue reading “HOWLING GIANT-ELECTRIC PHANTOM-VIC CROWN @ Sly Grog In Asheville, N.C. [5/26/18]”

Riff Relevant Interviews: HEAVY TEMPLE – Appearing at FIREBREATHER FEST & DESCENDANTS OF CROM; Tour Dates; Live Photos @PsychoLasVegas

(By Taylor Waring, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

[Editor’s intro] Philadelphia, PA’s Heavy Temple started in 2012, and the past couple of years have settled in rather well with a new lineup.  These changes have done nothing but strengthen this Temple’s already solid foundation.     Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: HEAVY TEMPLE – Appearing at FIREBREATHER FEST & DESCENDANTS OF CROM; Tour Dates; Live Photos @PsychoLasVegas”

DESCENDANTS OF CROM – VALKYRIE Show Review [2017], Photos, Album Stream, Video

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

All of my life, I’ve been on a spirit quest.  I’ve fled intense heat in the rivers of the Grand Canyon and felt the sting from arctic wind on my face, atop the mountains of Norway.  Relentlessly, I have sought to find an answer to the riddle of steel.    Continue reading “DESCENDANTS OF CROM – VALKYRIE Show Review [2017], Photos, Album Stream, Video”

One Hot Night: Witchcryer, Messa, Destroyer of Light – Show Review 5/21/17 Austin TX (Live Video); Tour Dates

(By Damon ‘Gravitoyd’ Caraway, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Hotel Vegas, Austin, Texas, 10:00 pm.  It was dark and felt like Godzilla’s breath: muggy and hot.  Austin’s heaviness-seekers filed in clad in black t-shirts – we only come out at night, it seems.  This was the last show for Messa and  Witchcryer on their Scarlet U.S. Tour of 2017, and they brought Destroyer Of Light along for this night of destruction. Continue reading “One Hot Night: Witchcryer, Messa, Destroyer of Light – Show Review 5/21/17 Austin TX (Live Video); Tour Dates”

SCOTT KELLY w/ JOHN JUDKINS Live In Asheville, N.C.

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

Finally, an event that I’d been eager to experience for a rather lengthy time had arrived… to see a Scott Kelly acoustic performance!  Scott was currently on the road playing small, intimate sets with accompaniment by John Judkins (Rwake, Laser Flames On The Great Big News). Continue reading “SCOTT KELLY w/ JOHN JUDKINS Live In Asheville, N.C.”

IRON MAIDEN – ‘The Book Of Souls Tour’ Live Photos & Show Review (Barclay Center, Brooklyn NY 7/21/2017)

Iron Maiden - 7/21/17 Brooklyn Show Flyer
Iron Maiden – 7/21/17 Brooklyn Show Flyer

(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

Iron Maiden has always been a phenomenal band.  This is not a debate, they simply are.  Granted, I have not personally listened to much after the ‘Powerslave release, but this is beside the point.  I was a child when I first heard them, first watched, jaw agape, their original ‘Run To The Hills music video on MTV.  I hadn’t had an opportunity to see them live, until now.   Continue reading “IRON MAIDEN – ‘The Book Of Souls Tour’ Live Photos & Show Review (Barclay Center, Brooklyn NY 7/21/2017)”

SPIRITUAL SHEPHERD, WIZZERD, PLAGUE DOCTOR; 6/12 @ The Garth, Las Vegas, Show Review & Pics (Guest Contributor John Gist)

(By John Gist, Guest Contributor, RiffRelevant.com / Edited by Leanne Ridgeway)

Here’s a review from John Gist (of Vegas Rock Revolution), for the 6/13/17 show date for Wizzerd and Spiritual Shepherd at The Garth in Las Vegas, NV. John will occasionally be contributing some of his experiences at the heavy music shows he attends. — Leanne   Continue reading “SPIRITUAL SHEPHERD, WIZZERD, PLAGUE DOCTOR; 6/12 @ The Garth, Las Vegas, Show Review & Pics (Guest Contributor John Gist)”

HORSEFLESH, MIDMOURNER, THUNDERCHIEF – 4/13/2017 Asheville, NC Show Review & Photos

Thunderchief 4/13/2017 @ The Odditorium in Asheville NC (Photo: Leanne)

(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

You get a random invitation from folks you’ve never met, to see three heavy as hell bands you’ve never witnessed live, at a venue never been to, in a city never seen, to drive 800+ miles in one day across seven states… what do you do?  Continue reading “HORSEFLESH, MIDMOURNER, THUNDERCHIEF – 4/13/2017 Asheville, NC Show Review & Photos”

RIFF RELEVANT Seeking Contributors (Freelance Writers, Reviewers, etc.)

Riff Relevant is seeking additional contributors!  Do you have a way with words?  Are you a music-addicted witty, metalhead who wants to write about their musical drug of choice?  Are you looking to expand your network of music or writing-related opportunities?  Then here is your shot.   Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Seeking Contributors (Freelance Writers, Reviewers, etc.)”