Riot’s Revelation: HAPPY METAL ANNIHILATION VOL. 7 [Stream + Free Sampler Download]


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

Merry (early) Christmas, Metalheads! Damn, do I have a gift for you too, as I usually do with most any or all Riot’s Revelation segments. How does an Asher Media Relations-provided Sampler sound, one that contains over 50 tracks and a running time of four hours? Sounds pretty good, eh? Continue reading “Riot’s Revelation: HAPPY METAL ANNIHILATION VOL. 7 [Stream + Free Sampler Download]”

FISTULA To Issue Splits With COME TO GRIEF & -(16)- As Part Of Series Commemorating 20th Anniversary


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

In celebration of their impending twentieth anniversary, Ohio’s extremist noise veterans FISTULA are preparing to unleash the first wave of a planned series of Splits. Slated to drop on December 15th via PATAC Records, the first splits find FISTULA facing off with sludge stalwarts Come To Grief and -(16)-. Continue reading “FISTULA To Issue Splits With COME TO GRIEF & -(16)- As Part Of Series Commemorating 20th Anniversary”

THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL Reveals 2018 Lineup; Riff Relevant Announces Media Partnership

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

2017 has been a remarkable year for festival lineups (at least for me), event organizers in 2018 have their work cut out for them.  The Maryland Doom Fest has already revealed it’s initial (& full!) 2018 lineup, and Riff Relevant is a very proud sponsor for next year’s event!  Let’s find out more, shall we? Continue reading “THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL Reveals 2018 Lineup; Riff Relevant Announces Media Partnership”

HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN To Release ‘Rei’ EP; Title Track Streaming + Tour Dates

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

The six man, Leeds, UK-based post metal collective known as Hundred Year Old Man have announced the follow-up to their critically acclaimed breakthrough single, Black Fire. The three song “Rei” EP will drop via Gizeh Records and Wolves & Vibrancy Records on January 26th and promises to ignite the inferno of post apocalyptic metalism.  Continue reading “HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN To Release ‘Rei’ EP; Title Track Streaming + Tour Dates”

CONAN Announce 2018 N. American Tour With Support From THE DITCH AND THE DELTA

CONAN

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

As the UK’s sludgeoned doom brutalists in Conan continue to work on their next studio effort.  The band has announced a full North American headline tour.   Continue reading “CONAN Announce 2018 N. American Tour With Support From THE DITCH AND THE DELTA”

ATALA Will Issue ‘Labyrinth Of Ashmedai’ In January; Details

(Pic Courtesy Of Jenifer Stratton)

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

One of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2017 will instead get a shot at making the Best Of ’18 lists it would seem. Of course we are talking about Twentynine Palms, California’s psychedelic desert dwellers Atala and their anxiously awaited new studio effort, “Labyrinth Of Ashmedai“. It will drop via Salt Of The Earth Records on January 26th Continue reading “ATALA Will Issue ‘Labyrinth Of Ashmedai’ In January; Details”

JESUS PIECE Announce January Eastern US Tour With VEIN Prior To KNOCKED LOOSE / TERROR Trek

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

Hot on the heels of last week’s news (here) of their inclusion in the support slot on the upcoming Knocked Loose / Terror North American co-headline tour, Jesus Piece will undertake another trek prior to that run. Continue reading “JESUS PIECE Announce January Eastern US Tour With VEIN Prior To KNOCKED LOOSE / TERROR Trek”

THE ASOUND Rebound With ‘Commanding The Sword’ 7″ Flexi; Streaming

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

North Carolina’s The Asound seem to have recently burst onto the underground music scene with constant abound.   Continue reading “THE ASOUND Rebound With ‘Commanding The Sword’ 7″ Flexi; Streaming”

DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018 – Blackseed Records Announces Initial Festival Lineup & ‘Early Crow’ Tickets

Descendants Of Crom Festival

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

“…Now they will know why they are afraid of the dark.  Now they learn why they fear the night.…” ~ Thulsa Doom (Conan) Continue reading “DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018 – Blackseed Records Announces Initial Festival Lineup & ‘Early Crow’ Tickets”

BONGCAULDRON Share Slab Of Sludgy Doom Via ‘Bury Your Axe In The Crania Of Lesser Men’ Track

(Pic Courtesy Of John White)

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

Pummeling, pulverizing, punishingly dense stoner doom…there’s nothing like it, huh? Especially when presented as “intoxicating party sludge” by the band themselves, in this case the UK’s BONGCAULDRON. The band will be releasing their new studio effort “Binge” on November 30th via APF Records. Continue reading “BONGCAULDRON Share Slab Of Sludgy Doom Via ‘Bury Your Axe In The Crania Of Lesser Men’ Track”

INTERSTELAR ‘Resin’ Review – Contest To Win A Vinyl Format LP For RECORD STORE DAY 2017


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

Los Angeles’ Interstelar have been an underground staple within the City Of Angels’ music scene since at least 2005.  The band has been an ever-present entity on the town’s live circuit during that period.  Continue reading “INTERSTELAR ‘Resin’ Review – Contest To Win A Vinyl Format LP For RECORD STORE DAY 2017”

OMOTAI Debuts NSFW ‘Last Of The Green Vial’ Official Video; Live Dates

(Pic Courtesy Of ANNIE LIN)

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

It has been a little over a month since Houston’s Omotai released their “A Ruined Oak” conceptual album through Tofu Carnage Records. Riff Relevant shared the stream of the album (here), one that weaves an interlocking tale about the Lost Colony of Roanoke (an island off the coast of North Virginia where 115 colonizers vanished under less than clear circumstances that remains an unsolved mystery to this day). Continue reading “OMOTAI Debuts NSFW ‘Last Of The Green Vial’ Official Video; Live Dates”

KOLOSSOR Completes Video Trilogy With ‘Bugbear’s Last Stand’ Clip


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

New Jersey’s Kolossor have gradually set and surpassed milestone after milestone throughout 2017.   Continue reading “KOLOSSOR Completes Video Trilogy With ‘Bugbear’s Last Stand’ Clip”

The EARTHRIDE Interview; Asheville, N.C. [Video]

EARTHRIDE (Pic Courtesy Of Will Bouton & Fugo Films)

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

Finally.  I have been determined to interview reactivated Maryland Doom legends EARTHRIDE for months now.  There were plans laid and attempts made at this year’s Maryland Doom Fest III and Descendants Of Crom Festivals.  Neither panned out due to whatever reasons but yet, the hope remained and determination never waned.   Continue reading “The EARTHRIDE Interview; Asheville, N.C. [Video]”

BONE CHURCH S/T EP Review & Debut

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

When you are as inundated with music, be it new, old or otherwise, as I and my journalistic peers are, you begin to feel like a treasure hunter after a while.  You get so bombarded with releases, so overwhelmed at times, that you’ll either question your supposed passion or worse, crack under the weight of maximum intake.    Continue reading “BONE CHURCH S/T EP Review & Debut”

ALASTOR ‘Blood On Satan’s Claw’ EP Review & Stream; Official Video

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

The providers of slow-churning, psychedelic dirges of Swedish doom, Alastor, return with their 2-track ‘Blood On Satan’s Claw‘ EP. It’s dropping via the Ljudkassett label on cassette and digital formats on November 15. The EP was recorded by Magnus Sörensen at KulturVerkstan, Tingsryd then mixed and mastered by Joona Hassinen at Studio Underjord, Norrköping. Continue reading “ALASTOR ‘Blood On Satan’s Claw’ EP Review & Stream; Official Video”

YOB’s ‘The Great Cessation’ Receives Deluxe Re-Issue; Remastered Track Streaming + Tour Dates

(Pic Courtesy of ALYSSA HERMAN)

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

U.S. Pacific Northwest sinister psyche-doom merchants YOB will release an upcoming deluxe edition re-issue of their fifth full-length record, “The Great Cessation“. Originally released in 2009, the album was a groundbreaking  lesson in cosmic doom. Epic, crushing, and heavy beyond words, the album helped cement YOB‘s status as one of the planet’s most progressive purveyors of underground music. Continue reading “YOB’s ‘The Great Cessation’ Receives Deluxe Re-Issue; Remastered Track Streaming + Tour Dates”

CROWBAR Headline US Tour Launch Nears; TOMBS-INCITE-TRICOUNTY TERROR Supporting

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

NOLA sludge heavyweights Crowbar will launch a new U.S. headline run in just a handful of days from now. Joined by Tombs (on select dates), Incite and Tri-County Terror, the tour will run for nearly three weeks. It begins this Saturday, November 11 in San Antonio, CA and ends in Clarksville, TN. on December 1st. See all confirmed dates below. Continue reading “CROWBAR Headline US Tour Launch Nears; TOMBS-INCITE-TRICOUNTY TERROR Supporting”

THE MOTH Looses Early Streaming Of ‘Hysteria’; Official Video

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

One of Germany’s heaviest exports at this time, The Moth, are loosing their upcoming album “Hysteria” in an early streaming format. The 10-song barrage of injury-inducing, caustic sonic sludge will be released on November 10th from This Charming Man Records. Continue reading “THE MOTH Looses Early Streaming Of ‘Hysteria’; Official Video”

MARMORA ‘Criterion’ EP Review & Stream


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

Chicago’s Marmora have some interesting backstory to the band’s origins. They go like this:  Continue reading “MARMORA ‘Criterion’ EP Review & Stream”