Halsey’s Rogue Reviews – May 2018

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

[Editor’s Intro] Halsey had this idea… now, typically I enjoy the hell out of Halsey’s ideas, because he’s… well, because he’s a lunatic.  This idea was a random, rabid brain purge of whatever Halsey had been listening to recently and decided to slap his opinion on.  I said yes to his idea. Why? I enjoy and encourage creative lunacy and Halsey has some of the most articulate goddamned lunacy I’ve born witness to in recent years. In fact, I suggested his idea be a monthly column. without his having a word written.  I was not disappointed. Here is the first of his ‘Rogue Reviews’ for May 2018. ~ Leanne Continue reading “Halsey’s Rogue Reviews – May 2018”

DEAD CROSS Surprise Release S/T EP [Streaming]; Premiere Official Video + Share Live Dates


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

Yesterday, Tuesday, May 2, saw the surprise release of a self-titled EP from DEAD CROSS through the Ipecac Recordings label of frontman Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle). Continue reading “DEAD CROSS Surprise Release S/T EP [Streaming]; Premiere Official Video + Share Live Dates”

ORANGE GOBLIN Reveal ‘The Wolf Bites Back’ Details; ‘Sons Of Salem’ Single Premieres

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

The UK’s ORANGE GOBLIN have unveiled more details of their new studio album, “The Wolf Bites Back“. Continue reading “ORANGE GOBLIN Reveal ‘The Wolf Bites Back’ Details; ‘Sons Of Salem’ Single Premieres”

Riff Relevant Interviews: TELEKINETIC YETI; Appearing @ FireBreather Fest (4/14!); Descendants Of Crom

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

[Editor’s intro] Dubuque, Iowa’s Telekinetic Yeti began their journey in 2015, and in only a couple of years these two gents have steadily and strongly ascended.  Just in time for FireBreather Fest (today!) in Indianapolis, IN, we have a chat with the duo for you before the show.

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THE SWORD To Live-Stream Concert Launch On YouTube March 21st; N.A. Tour Dates


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

U.S. heavy stoner rock band The Sword will release their sixth studio album, “Used Future“, via Razor & Tie Records on March 23rd. Continue reading “THE SWORD To Live-Stream Concert Launch On YouTube March 21st; N.A. Tour Dates”

WASTED THEORY – ‘Stoned On Both Coasts’ Tour w/First West Coast Dates; Supporting ‘Defenders Of The Riff -2017’ [Full Stream] via Argonauta Records

Photo by Shane Gardner/Rock N Roll Socialite

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

American Weed Rockers WASTED THEORY hit the highway again, announcing U.S. Tour dates for 2018, including their first sky-way trek to California for a hazy ‘Stoned On Both Coasts” year of performances.   Continue reading “WASTED THEORY – ‘Stoned On Both Coasts’ Tour w/First West Coast Dates; Supporting ‘Defenders Of The Riff -2017’ [Full Stream] via Argonauta Records”

DRUIDS – ‘Spirit Compass’ EP Review & Stream; Tour Dates

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

Des Moines, Iowa’s trio Druids self-released their Spirit Compass album this past December and it is a potent follow-up to their 2016 banger, Cycles of Mobeum.    Continue reading “DRUIDS – ‘Spirit Compass’ EP Review & Stream; Tour Dates”

BLACK FRIDAY DEATH COUNT – ‘Cut Through The Noise’ Album Review & Stream

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

So there I was, minding my own damn business, shoveling my driveway, and enjoying the 17 inches of snow blizzard Grayson dropped on New Jersey.  I was having a few beers, listening to some tunes and all of a sudden my speakers just start blowing up.    Continue reading “BLACK FRIDAY DEATH COUNT – ‘Cut Through The Noise’ Album Review & Stream”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) DAVID LAMAY Shares 55 Favorites

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

David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay has been with Riff Relevant since soon after I started this ship of mayhem.  We unknowingly have been wandering the peripherals of the same music circles for longer than either of us probably realize… way back machines are scary.
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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”