My name’s Ben.

Let’s skip the bullshit.

I’m just another asshole on the internet with far too much free time, a good chunk of disposable income and a borderline obsession with finding new music and playing it until my ears bleed.

This blog is an outlet for my irrational desire to share said music with the faceless hordes of the internet.

I have no set schedule, I cover no set genre. I simply post whatever catches my fancy, whenever I can drudge up the mental motivation to smash this keyboard into something not resembling nonsense.

Want to reach me? churchoftheriff@gmail.com

Comment, listen, share, or just cram Doritos in your face and stare blankly at the ceiling. It’s all good.


58 Responses to “About”

  1. New King Giant is out. I’m realliy digging Dismal Hollows. Good topic for your blog, no?

  2. Hit Post too quick.

  3. Ben!

    Check us out, mang!


  4. thanks for the kind words man. give us a shout



  5. Hey Ben,

    Would you like to check out The Strzebonsky Noizescene?
    We’re a bass and drum duo from Belgium.
    Our new EP will be coming out on Friday 13 April.




  6. thank you for your review! we really appreciate it. how did you find out about us!?
    keep up the good work & kind greetings from across the pond,

  7. Have you heard of Journal? Progressive, video-game influenced metal.


  8. azchael Says:

    Hi Churchoftheriff,

    I found your blog while reading “No Clean Singing” and I wanted to drop you a note. I am behind the website “Rock in China” and we are featuring Chinese rock and metal bands.

    We have recently concluded a compilation project showcasting the current state of China’s metal underground, namely deathcore, metalcore, nintendocore, hardcore and screamo.

    The compilation is for free, its online and it can be shared and downloaded and forwarded and loved and hated, just as you like. To ensure that China’s “Great Firewall” is not stopping us from spreading the plague, here are the download opportunities:

    Direct download: http://www.rockinchina.com/wiki/music/COREINCHINA/COREINCHINA.zip

    Give it a listen :)

    Rock on!!!

    Max-Leonhard von Schaper
    Rock in China

    • I’m not really a huge core fan, but that being said I fully support the ideals behind this and hope to see more of the same in the future. Time for a listen through.

  9. Ricardo Says:

    Hey Ben.

    Awesome blog, first of all. If you want to check it out, here’s a band from Portugal. We’re called Maize and we play stoner/psych. We released our first EP recently. Here’s our link. Hope you like it!


    Keep up the good work!

  10. Hermano Says:

    Hello Ben,

    First of all tanks for listen and help bands.
    Through the review you did of the band Maze we heard of your blog. We would like also to share our music with you Ben.

    We hope you like

    Here it is the link for one promo video and the link for the facebook page where you can listen to our songs.


    Take care


    Earth Drive


  11. Hey there Ben

    Just wanted to say good job on this blog I really enjoy your writing and variety of genres you cover!

    I’m in a Icelandic Extreme Metal band (maybe Black metal dunno) and would love if could find the time to check us out. The project is named Azoic and we are releasing an album in the next few weeks. If interested you can have a listen before it comes out just contact us at azoiccontact@gmail.com

    Here is a link to a single from the album:

    Thank you and skál!

    • Dig the tunes but it’s a bit outside of my usual spectrum (that I write about). Forwarded your stuff to the always excellent Valley of Steel and just saw Phro’s review on No Clean Singing.

      Keep it up!

  12. Hey Ben,

    We dig your blog and more importantly, we also dig RIFFS! Check out our new release. You could describe it with several genre tags, but we like to think of it as a kind of psychedelic heavy blues with a stoner vibe. Uhm, yeah. But check it out, man!

    // Shogun Assassins


  13. Hi,

    check my band, and new stuff. Prepare for magick ritual \m/

    greets from Poland.

  14. Hi Ben,

    Check out our band, Cenobite, here:


    Would you be interested in featuring us?

    Si (Cenobite)

  15. Hi Anders here from Blood Mortized
    Was woundering if you guys like to review our
    New album The Key To a Black Heart!



  16. balls swinging, beer drinking swagger you say? look no further:

    Earthrise – Eras Lost (Minneapolis post-metal/sludge)

    rad blog, dude!

  17. hi! great blog!
    i play in a stoner- & doom-hardcore band and we have a new release out, you can check out the whole record here: http://avalancheXIII.bandcamp.com
    here’s a download link to it, feel free to post it on your blog: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?4fc3ffjnl4vbwfb
    thank you!

  18. Hey, we’re on the Drone From The Underside of the Earth compilation from Australia, just letting you know we have a new track for free download via bandcamp now. Its a 17 min improvised stoner jam, check it out if you’ve got time, thanks again for all the promo for DFTUOTE and oz metal!!www.lintmusic.bandcamp.com

  19. Hi Ben,

    We are a band from Finland and dig your blog very much! We thought our music could fit to the style Church Of The Riff represents. You can listen to our music here: http://soundcloud.com/mojowaves

    Keep on truckin’!
    – Mojo Waves

  20. Hello Ben,
    Love to read your blog, excellent writing.
    Would you be into reviewing our latest album “II”.
    I can send you a promo cdr.
    Looking forward to your reply.

    Keep up the good work,


    The brotherhood of SardoniS

  21. Hi Ben,

    I’m Marco and I play bass for Mudbath. We’re from Avignon in the south of France and we released our first EP, “Red Desert Orgy”, just last month. 22 minutes of doom-tainted sludge with a hint of blackened hardcore, hazily influenced by the likes Eyehategod, Electric Wizard, Gloomy Sunday, Kylesa… If you want to share our first EP on Church of the Riff, you can download it here : http://mudbath.bandcamp.com/ (name your price : 0€).

    Thanks for your interest !
    Marco & Mudbath.

  22. Hey Ben, Motherslug are releasing a track each week in the lead up to the release of our debut E.P. We’re up to the second track! Dig both of them on bandcamp



  23. Hey Ben, Brutal Jooks has a new single just out, “Rich Man”–you might dig it!:

  24. Hi Ben,
    My group “The Chewers” makes deliberately off-kilter music. Our first album “Every Drop Disorganized” is available for free download from our website (www.artpushers.com/thechewers.html). It is also up on soundcloud (www.soundcloud.com/the-chewers) for streaming, along with a preview of our upcoming second album.

    I’m honestly not sure whether its suited to your site or not (I never am), but if you’d like to check out a couple of tracks before the whole album, I would recommend “Human Scum”, “Hollywood Car”, and “Swamp Drag 3”. If you enjoy any of it, though, I would suggest listening to the whole thing, as its eclecticism is part of its appeal.

    Thanks for your time,

  25. Hey there, came across your blog and thought I’d invite you to check out our FREE 2 song promo. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it and post it on your blog, we’re trying to get the ball rolling on word of mouth while we work on a full length album. here’s all the links you could ever need, tell us what you think!

    BTW we’re canadian too, we’re from Montreal, where are you at?

    Crawling Through Cacti http://youtu.be/Gl4DBntGf-Y
    Death Rides Southwards http://youtu.be/MTOSsHpwcjQ

    Download in MP3s http://www.mediafire.com/?71f4bnjoej8ldwn

    Download in high quality .wav format with artwork http://www.mediafire.com/?8zcl0ii1e7ofin3

    And make sure you keep in touch with us by following us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TumbleweedDealer

  26. Hi! I’m Nico from HELLPROD (Fr)

    Here is the new Official video clip of Los Disidentes Del Sucio Motel, from their upcoming album to be released this winter. The Stoner Rock band strikes back with a song annonced as a tribute to cult film of George A. Romero,” Night of the living dead. ”

    A single letter is enough to summarize what you can expect: “Z” as Zombies.
    Dead people are coming back to life … ”

    Directed by Mathieu Garcia with the support of Bartosch “M4tik” Salmanski

    Here is the bio of the band. If you need any other information, please feel free to ask me!
    All the best.

    “Los Disidentes Del Sucio Motel – Biography

    If you’re driving your car and need a soundtrack for your road trip, LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL is the band you definitely need.
    Stoner rock act with a grindhouse look, where Vincent Vega would cross the path of General Lee at Joshua Tree. Perfect mix to fill your nose with sand and dust and huge noise in ears!

    LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL is an asphalt eating machine. The band played more than 200 shows during their 7 years of existence both in France and Europe. From dark bar to huge fests like Hellfest, Eurockéennes, Decibulles, Lezarts scéniques, Foire aux vins, Desertfest…, they shared the stage with acts like The Smashing Pumpkins, Valient Thorr, Karma to Burn, Crucified Barabara, The Bellrays, Red Fang, Tokyo Sex Destruction, Ufomammut, Deville.

    The Maverick brothers are not only rocking stages as they also have a solid discography including EP, split 7”, DVD and a debut album “Soundtrack From The Motion Picture” on respected French label Deadlight Entertainment (home of UNDERCOVER SLUT, PRIMAL AGE, LOADING DATA). This first album has been highly acclaimed both by fans and medias and everybody agreed they have now become the leading name of France’s stoner rock scene.

    In 2012, the band releases a split 12” with their long time friends and fellow label bros FLASHFALCON. Mixed at Warmaudio, mastered by legendary Glen Robinson (ACDC, IGGY POP, RAMONES) and once again released on Deadlight Entertainment, the band presents 4 tracks, once again highly acclaimed, confirming their solid reputation in the French scene.
    2012 is also the year of the new album “Arcane”. In February they entered Cube Studio to record their 2nd album to be released by the end of the year. Darker, stronger kinda mix between ALICE IN CHAINS and BLACK SABBATH but still fuelled by fun!

    LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL have built their strong reputation on stage. 6 headed hydra. The 5 Maverick brothers under the evil eye of Sheriff Rudolvski”

  27. Dear Ben ,

    I would like to share my band’s music with you and, if you like it, you can post it on your site.

    We are Dresden/Leningrad, a three-piece band from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. We have been making music for over a little less than a year and we have just completed mixing our very first EP, named Vader. We play a mixture of Stoner, doom and 70’s occult rock. The vocals are in Dutch, but the booklet that comes with the EP provides an English translation. The lyrics are inspired on themes from both world wars.

    We aren’t looking for money, just exposure. We love your blog and are hoping you can recommend us on it.

    Hope you let us know what you think.

    Kind regards,


    Web: dresdenleningrad1.bandcamp.com

  28. Nice site. Found you through that Rabbits write up. Here’s our party thrash:


  29. Just wanted to let you know we just released a special 3 song version of the EP

    Here is the new track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGedFVTR_L8&feature=youtu.be

    you can grab the EP here: http://moshpittragedy.com/tumbleweed-dealer-death-rides-southwards

    Can you please change the download link on your blog from the mediafire adress to this one? Thanks!

  30. cordovanmusic Says:

    Hey Ben,
    Head’s up for ya – the new single from Brutal Jooks “Rich Man” will be featured in the season finale of SONS OF ANARCHY tomorrow night Tues 12/4 on FX–if you watch SOA, listen for it!

  31. cordovanmusic Says:

    Thanks for the great review of Rich Man! The new album is underway, but in the meantime another single comin’ soon, late Jan 2013–we think yer gonna really dig this one….


  32. Hello there.

    Please take the time to listen to The Soothsayer, the debut EP from Cork-based Blackened Doom lads Soothsayer..

    Bandcamp link – https://soothsayerdoom.bandcamp.com/

    Spotify – https://play.spotify.com/album/7hvt43Y91zICbmz4KZs8Mw?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/soothsayerdoom/

    EP review, Doom-Metal.com, current featured debut of the month for May – http://www.doom-metal.com/reviews.php?album=2937

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