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”

Oldschool Sunday: SALLY


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

The Birmingham, UK-based band Sally originally began as a trio in 1996 with members Andrew Parker (guitar), Peter Brown (bass) and Darren ‘Dirty’ Donovan (drums, vocals). The three adopted the name Sally in tribute to the heroine ‘Sally Hardesty’ from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and played music heavily influenced by the likes of Fu Manchu, Mudhoney and Sonic Youth. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: SALLY”

RAT KING ‘Barren’ EP Review & Stream

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

Coming from the U.S. midwest’s bread basket region, Evansville, Indiana to be precise, comes Rat King. “Barren” is the title of the newest EP offering from this regal rodent and it’s a 3-song excursion into some heady doom. Yet that is not all that courses through the veins of this effort from this sovereign viceroy of vermin, not by any means. Continue reading “RAT KING ‘Barren’ EP Review & Stream”

CRACKHOUSE ‘Be No One.Be Nothing’ Review & Stream


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

France’s trio of all that is pivotal, punishing progressive doom, Crackhouse, are back with a new release, “Be No One. Be Nothing“. The 3-song full-length album was dropped back on October 6th via Italy’s Argonauta Records and simply put, it is a crusher, friends. By that I mean, it crushes of course but it also does a lot, lot more. Continue reading “CRACKHOUSE ‘Be No One.Be Nothing’ Review & Stream”

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”

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”

Riot’s Revelation: GROUND ‘I’ Stream & NYP Item; Video Premiere


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

There is nothing like finding fantastically kick-ass music that is FREE for you to obtain. That is almost always the secondary premise of Riot’s Revelation, the first being making you aware of said kick-ass music first and foremost. Then the fact that it requires no expense to procure it is just as equally paramount. Continue reading “Riot’s Revelation: GROUND ‘I’ Stream & NYP Item; Video Premiere”

FACES OF THE BOG ‘Ego Death’ Review & Stream


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

Chicago’s Faces Of The Bog are absolutely taking the subterranean music community by storm with their latest offering, “Ego Death“. Although it was originally independently released digitally and on CD in October 2016, it gathered so much steam and recognition that something had to be done. That “something” was the official vinyl release of the effort through DHU Records on Sept. 22nd while the digital version remains available at Bandcamp here. Continue reading “FACES OF THE BOG ‘Ego Death’ Review & Stream”

BUZZARD CANYON ‘Hellfire And Whiskey’ Album Review & Stream

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

Buzzard Canyon dubs their music Camaro Rock.  Picture yourself with a jean jacket, mullet, driving a early 80’s Camaro.  Bottle of whiskey by your side, shotgun on the floor and you’re pumping your fist as you roar down a desert road with the radio at full volume… High energy, intensity and rock n roll.”  Fucking.  Sold……….  Dude.   Continue reading “BUZZARD CANYON ‘Hellfire And Whiskey’ Album Review & Stream”

Argonauta Records Announces Release Of WASTED THEORY’s ‘Defenders Of The Riff-2017 Edition’


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

The U.S.’ hellaciously heavy-as-all-get-out stoner rockers Wasted Theory will re-release their critically acclaimed sophomore album.  Last year’s record, now titled “Defenders Of The Riff – 2017 Edition“, will see issue on November 17th via Argonauta Records. Continue reading “Argonauta Records Announces Release Of WASTED THEORY’s ‘Defenders Of The Riff-2017 Edition’”

LARES ‘Mask Of Discomfort’ EP Review & Stream


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

The 6-song “Mask Of Discomfort” EP is the official debut from Berlin, Germany’s Lares, released back in May. The band is relatively new one, formed in 2015 and now poised to instill curiosity in music fans with their first studio recording. The quartet comprising the band are guitarist / vocalist Flavio, bassist Jörn, guitarist / synths Lambo and drummer Chris. Continue reading “LARES ‘Mask Of Discomfort’ EP Review & Stream”

KAL-EL Premiere ‘Code Of The Ancient’ Official Video


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

Norwegian stoner rock outfit Kal-El are premiering their latest visualizer with “Code Of The Ancient“. The hard rocking number hails from their highly acclaimed album “Astrodoomeda” which is out now from Argonauta Records (available here).  Continue reading “KAL-EL Premiere ‘Code Of The Ancient’ Official Video”

EMBER ‘271’ EP Release Details; RIFF RELEVANT Presents Visual Series Grand Finale Info


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

Our friends, and the subjects of our recent Riff Relevant Presents In-Studio Recording Visual Series, Ember, have news concerning their recent recording efforts. Their “271” EP will be released on November 12, 2017 through Doomsayer Records and promises to be the bands’ most focused and uncompromising material yet.  Continue reading “EMBER ‘271’ EP Release Details; RIFF RELEVANT Presents Visual Series Grand Finale Info”

MORPHINE SOCIAL CLUB ‘Monolithic Gospel’ EP Review & Stream

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

Thessaloniki, Greece’s Morphine Social Club recently returned with their self-released “Monolithic Gospel” EP. Their sophomore outing is the follow-up to the band’s 2015 EP debut, Radioactive. That introduction was a well received one that opened a lot of doors for the band and fans have been clamoring for something new…and here it is! Continue reading “MORPHINE SOCIAL CLUB ‘Monolithic Gospel’ EP Review & Stream”

An Interview ELDER DRUID’s Brien Gillen

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

Doom music is universal it seems. It can come or originate from anywhere upon the globe, and do so at any point in time. Take Northern Ireland for example, back in 2015 as that’s where a five-fold set of riff worshipers united within one entity, Elder Druid. In doing so, Gregg McDowell (vocals), Jake Wallace (lead guitar), Mikey Scott (rhythm guitar), Dale Hughes (bass guitar) and Brien Gillen (drums), set events in motion that have thus far led us all to this point in time. Continue reading “An Interview ELDER DRUID’s Brien Gillen”

WITH THE DEAD ‘Love From With The Dead’ Review & Stream


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

What is there to be said about vocalist Lee Dorrian‘s post-Cathedral band With The Dead that hasn’t been said so many other places (sites)? Dorrian’s main project now, WTD holds quite a respectable bunch of lads in its band membership, that is for sure. Returning with Lee on the new studio album, “Love From With The Dead” once again, is guitarist Tim Bagshaw (ex-Electric Wizard/Serpentine Path). There’s also new blood in the personages of former Bolt Thrower drummer Alex Thomas and Lee’s old Cathedral band mate, bassist Leo Smee. Continue reading “WITH THE DEAD ‘Love From With The Dead’ Review & Stream”

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”

IRONAUT ‘Sick Stupid Lies’ EP Review & Stream


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

From the gritty city of lost angels, L.A., Ironaut return with their third EP, the 3-song “Sick Stupid Lies“.   Continue reading “IRONAUT ‘Sick Stupid Lies’ EP Review & Stream”

RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP Recording In-Studio Visual Series; Episode 4 [Video]


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

Well, friends…we are back with the resuming of our series! We took a few days off due to some unforeseen technical issues but, as I said, we’re back and things are progressing right along. Our friends from The Yellowhammer State, Alabama’s Ember, have wrapped the recording at Ledbelly Sound Studio portion of the series. That means starting tonight, we are going to get a fresh, new look at some other things connected to it. Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP Recording In-Studio Visual Series; Episode 4 [Video]”

RIFFT ‘The Never Nowhere’ Review, Stream & NYP Item

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

Occasionally, when reviewing certain releases, there are times that I ask myself: “How can (insert band name here) not be a HUGE, well-known major act?” It is then that I recall the plethora of once-great bands that experienced a commercial, breakthrough success and what resulted after. Pompous or lame, mediocre self-indulgent wastes of studio time in so many cases. But alas, whatever. Continue reading “RIFFT ‘The Never Nowhere’ Review, Stream & NYP Item”