Spell – Opulent Decay

Of all the genres to augment and splice with new varieties, good ol’ heavy metal seems to be the one that escapes the creative mutations most often. It makes sense. If a heavy metal-augmented style becomes “to... Read More...

Doomsday – March 2019

Greetings unto thee, heaviest of Heavy Bloggers! Welcome to the end of Q1 for Riff Lords, Inc. I am Pete, here as always with your monthly presentation of doom economics. 2019 has slowly been ramping up the re... Read More...

Den of Antiquities – Blue Cheer

Many bands have been cited as the first founders of heavy metal - Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple… you’ll even hear chirps of Grand Funk Railroad or Blue Oyster Cult - but if you asked me? I’d tell you that the first sparks of metal could be found at a back-to-school fundraiser in Sacramento, California, a good five years before any of those bands would put riff to record. Mid-September, 1965 a group of British-invasion struck teens come together to celebrate the new school year and with them, the first glimpse of what would become an entirely new subculture. Featured at this benefit were two bands, the Hide-a-Ways (later known as the Oxford Circle) and Group B, whose members would go on to form a powerful, groundbreaking, and quite literally deafening blues rock power-trio. For your consideration, the first heavy metal band - Blue Cheer.

Doomsday // March 2018

Greetings, heaviest of Heavy Bloggers! Welcome to Doomsday, our monthly roundup of doom-centric releases from the last month that deserve some extra praise. March has been a particularly hellish (in a good way)... Read More...