Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – WO FAT’s MICHAEL WALTER Shares 18 Favorites

Wo Fat

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

Wo Fat are not the evil villains of their namesake.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  This Texas trio are some of the more relaxed, humble, endearing gents I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting (last year at The Maryland Doom Fest).  However, to listen to them play is an altogether villainous experience…
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites

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

Oh, where to start… first off, Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker is essentially a walking mountain (literally and figuratively) of heavy musical knowledge.  Anyone that’s talked with him can attest to this.  One look at his ‘Old-School Sunday’ column and you’re delving into his musical memory.    Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – GREENBEARD’s BUDDY HACHAR Shares 10 Favorites

Greenbeard (Photo by Holly Gee of Static Stills)

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

Greenbeard were busy guys this past year of 2017.  They toured in the Spring, put out a new release ‘Lödarödböl‘ in July, toured most of the summer, fall, and winter, including several festivals thrown in the mix.
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ANCESTORS Added To Pelagic Records Roster; Share New Track


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

One of  heavy psyche rock / progressive metal’s more phenomenal bands, in my opinion, is the L.A.-based Ancestors. Today arrives news that the band has signed with the eclectic acts-enhanced label Pelagic Records and the band will be releasing an album in 2018. Continue reading “ANCESTORS Added To Pelagic Records Roster; Share New Track”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) KIRA SCHLECHTER Shares 6 Favorites

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

Kira Schlechter is technically a ‘Guest Contributor’ here at RiffRelevant.com, but she contributes so much, we’re not letting her leave.  She’s ‘semi-staff’ now.  Kira likes to cover certain metal styles, many with female power vocals, which fills a heavy niche for us.  Her reviews constantly introduce me to bands I’d been unfamiliar with.
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) BRIAN HALSEY Shares 10 Favorites

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

Oh, Brian Halsey.  One day, after what I presume was a rather overly festive Independence Day on his part, I received a random e-mail from this New Jersey Demon.  He stated: “I write weird, sarcastic horror novels that name drop a lot of heavy music and I wanted to get into writing a bit more frequently.”  This was his opening line.
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – GHASTLY SOUND’s TJ MAYNARD Shares 10 Favorites

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

Burlington, Vermont’s Ghastly Sound is far from ghastly.  They signed on a while back with Magnetic Eye Records, based in my hometown of Albany, NY.  I scooped up their limited 7″ single before even listening to it.  I trust MER wouldn’t fail me as a music listener, and they never have.  When I finally did listen, my jaw dropped to the goddamned floor. 
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) DAMON GRAVITOYD Shares 25 Favorites

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

Damon ‘Gravitoyd’ Caraway jumped in with both feet as a writer here at Riff Relevant many months ago.  He’s brought with him several things, including his immediate proximity to Austin, Texas, which has a rather insane amount of heavy music bands right at his fingertips at the moment.  Talk about the right place at the right time…
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) TAYLOR WARING Shares 10 Favorites

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

Taylor Waring joined on as a staff writer here at Riff Relevant several months ago.  He’s brought with him some goodies along the way, including several reviews and some great input.  More to come from him in the very near future.
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – GOZU’s DOUGLAS SHERMAN Shares 10 Favorites

Gozu

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

If you haven’t heard the music of Gozu by now, you’re missing out.  First emerged out of Boston’s heavy music scene in 2010, Gozu’s sound pulls up alongside while you walk the street minding your business, and demands you get in the goddamned car.  After two lost days, you come-to on the side of a dirt road, dazed and bruised.   It happened to me multiple times. Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – GOZU’s DOUGLAS SHERMAN Shares 10 Favorites”

THE DARK ELEMENT Featuring Anette Olzon & Jani Liimatainen S/T Album Review + Stream; Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter]


(By Kira Schlechter*, Guest Contributor/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Singer Anette Olzon — unceremoniously let go from Nightwish mid- “Imaginareum” tour after powering that album and the equally majestic “Dark Passion Play” — has hooked up with guitarist / keyboardist Jani Liimatainen (formerly of Sonata Artica), bassist Jonas Kuhlberg, and drummer Jani “Hurtsi” Hurula in the new band The Dark Element. Continue reading “THE DARK ELEMENT Featuring Anette Olzon & Jani Liimatainen S/T Album Review + Stream; Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter]”

HELLFLOWER ‘Orange’ EP Debut Review & Stream


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

I have always relished the role of a revelator when it comes to discovering a band, one that I believe are exceptional and worthy of attention, and sharing said band with other people. Today, I get to engage that enjoyment once again with news about the Andenes, Norway-based Hellflower. The band just released their four song EP début, “Orange“, on November 24th via Rob Mules Records. Continue reading “HELLFLOWER ‘Orange’ EP Debut Review & Stream”

DAY OF ERRORS (Ex-Black Sabbath Bill Ward, Ex-Pissing Razors, Etc.) Stream 2 New Tracks


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

Day Of Errors, the alternative rock-ish project that contains ex-Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward in its ranks, have released two new songs.   Continue reading “DAY OF ERRORS (Ex-Black Sabbath Bill Ward, Ex-Pissing Razors, Etc.) Stream 2 New Tracks”

A KILLER’S CONFESSION Shares 2 New Songs; One Via Lyric Video


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

A Killer’s Confession, the band started by former Mushroomhead vocalist Waylon Reavis, digitally released 2 new tracks yesterday (Nov. 17). They are titled “I Wish” and “Angel On The Outside“, with a lyric video for the latter streaming below. “I Wish” is partially streaming below with the full version at Spotify. Continue reading “A KILLER’S CONFESSION Shares 2 New Songs; One Via Lyric Video”

LEVEE WALKERS (Screaming Trees, Pearl Jam, G’nR Members) Share 2 New Songs


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

The super trio of musicians known as Levee Walkers, bassist Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses, Loaded), guitarist Mike McReady (Pearl Jam) and drummer Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), are back. The pedigree group recently released their two song self-titled single, pulling in vocalist Ayron Jones to complete the tracks. Continue reading “LEVEE WALKERS (Screaming Trees, Pearl Jam, G’nR Members) Share 2 New Songs”

THE AGE OF TRUTH Announce Debut ‘THRESHOLD’ w/FULL STREAM; Sign w/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ Label

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

The Age Of Truth present their debut full-length album, Threshold, with official release on November 1, 2017.  Since I wrote this press release, I’m not going to add much else.  Okay, maybe one thing… this album is destroying my mind.  It’s just that damned good.  These gents have produced one finely tuned, beautiful work of musical creativity here.   Continue reading “THE AGE OF TRUTH Announce Debut ‘THRESHOLD’ w/FULL STREAM; Sign w/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ Label”

Riot’s Revelation: FREE New Damage Records Summer Sampler (Inc’s Devin Townsend Project, Vattnet, Powerflo, Comeback Kid, Sparrows & More)


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

Okay, like all Riot’s Revelation segments, this is about getting you something you need in some way.  Be it the awareness about a particular band or something else music-related, whatever and today is no different.   Continue reading “Riot’s Revelation: FREE New Damage Records Summer Sampler (Inc’s Devin Townsend Project, Vattnet, Powerflo, Comeback Kid, Sparrows & More)”