*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured State*
This month’s State is Tennessee!
I had originally planned to spotlight a different Tennessee band this week..that was before I accidentally discovered Nashville’s phenomenal RIFFT. The quartet of guitarist/vocalist Cody, bassist/sampler Jeremiah, guitarist/vocalist Trey, and drummer Jason have an infectious blend of atmospheric Doom and Progressive Metal that is a breath of fresh air in the current realm of underground music. To be totally honest, I don’t know a whole lot about RIFFT as far as their origins or how long they’ve been together or whatever but what I do know is their 2016 EP release, “Something Other Than The Earth“, is absolutely fantastic. And not only is it streaming in the widget below but it is also available as a NYP (Name Your Price) item once you are there as well and you’d be a damned fool to not snatch this thing a.s.a.p. Constructed on gargantuan riffs, dense rhythms, and airy, harmonized vocals (most of the time), this outing walks a fine line between controlled chaos and channeled aggression. The quartet keeps things centered and focused at all times, managing to make things appear and sound a whole hell of a lot simpler than what is actually going on here. Huge guitar-driven passages pummel you with an almost happy-go-lucky abandon while the deepening rut-like grooves swallow you whole into the RIFFT realm of radically forward-thinking extremity and you are all the better for it too.
RIFFT recently surpassed their 300th ‘Like’ on Facebook (here) and they openly pride themselves on the fact that they are a lesser known of, albeit obscure band but I aim to remedy that unjustifiable malady with my decision to spotlight them here today. Check out their “Something Other Than The Earth” EP below and get your asses over to their social media platforms and throw your support behind The Volunteer State’s RIFFT right now!