MAC SABBATH & GALACTIC EMPIRE Unite On ‘I Got A Bad Feeling About This Tour’ Early 2018

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

Two of the more unusual, eclectic and thematic bands currently active, the McDonald’s and Black Sabbath-mashing Mac Sabbath and the Star Wars-worshiping Galactic Empire, are teaming up. That team up will come in the form on an early 2018 U.S. tour, one quirkily titled the “I Got A Bad Feeling About This Tour“…tour. Continue reading “MAC SABBATH & GALACTIC EMPIRE Unite On ‘I Got A Bad Feeling About This Tour’ Early 2018”

BLACK SPACE RIDERS Unveil ‘Amoretum Vol. 1’ Details; Premiere Official Video

(Pic Courtesy Of Hanno Endres)

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

German psyche rock sonicnauts Black Space Riders have announced they will release their new album “Amoretum Vol. 1” via the band’s own Black Space Records on January 26th. The BSR collective have also just shared a brand new official video from the record also, “Another Sort Of Homecoming“. Continue reading “BLACK SPACE RIDERS Unveil ‘Amoretum Vol. 1’ Details; Premiere Official Video”

‘Beneath The Waves’ Official Video From KING WITCH Surfaces


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

As the Scottish heavy doom/power metal band King Witch prepares to release their eagerly awaited full-length album “Under The Mountain” (details here) via Listenable Records February 9th, an intense new visualizer surfaces. The heavily epic new official video from the band, “Beneath The Waves“, has premiered and is streaming below. Continue reading “‘Beneath The Waves’ Official Video From KING WITCH Surfaces”

SUPERNAUGHTY Share ‘Vol. 1’ Specifics With Artwork, Tracklist & More


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

Italy’s heavy rocking breakthrough band SUPERNAUGHTY have just revealed the cover artwork and track-list of their highly anticipated new album, “Vol. 1”. It will be released on CD/DD by Argonauta Records and available on February 16th, 2018. You can check out the band’s recently premiered “Mistress” official video below and hear (and see) why anxiety is building for the album’s release. Continue reading “SUPERNAUGHTY Share ‘Vol. 1’ Specifics With Artwork, Tracklist & More”

ANTHRAX Will Release ‘Kings Among Scotland’ Concert DVD In April

(Picture © Andy Buchanan 2017)

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

April 27, 2018 will see the official release of the long-awaited, live-in-concert DVD “Kings Among Scotland” from thrash metal legends Anthrax. Arriving via Megaforce Records, the  band was captured last February 15 at the band’s sold-out concert at Glasgow’s historic venue, Barrowland Ballroom. The two-hour Kings Among Scotland incorporates the band’s entire live show along with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and other B-roll shot on the band’s tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere. The DVD will also include a “gear rundown” from each of the band members.  Continue reading “ANTHRAX Will Release ‘Kings Among Scotland’ Concert DVD In April”

NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL Lineup Revealed & VIP Team Member Contest


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

At the beginning of November, Riff Relevant announced the NEW ENGLAND STONER & DOOM FESTIVAL was coming in April 2018… we have more news about the lineup, as well as a contest they’re having! Continue reading “NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL Lineup Revealed & VIP Team Member Contest”

EARTHLESS To Embark On N. American Tour In Early 2018


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

One of the underground’s most prolific psychedelic-centered jam bands will embark upon an extensive North American trek early next year. That band is Earthless, who will release their latest album on March 16th via Nuclear Blast, and they’re celebrating with a lengthy road jaunt. Continue reading “EARTHLESS To Embark On N. American Tour In Early 2018”

HARM’S WAY-RINGWORM-VEIN-QUEENSWAY North American Tour Announced


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

Hot on the heels of last week’s news of their new album release and Official Video debut (here), Harm’s Way have tour announcement news today. Just days after their new release “Posthuman” drops via Metal Blade on Feb. 9th, the band will launch a full-on North American road trek. Continue reading “HARM’S WAY-RINGWORM-VEIN-QUEENSWAY North American Tour Announced”

SKINLAB Announces ‘Brothers In Blood Tour’ With PISSING RAZORS & SHATTERED SUN


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

Reformed Bay Area bash ‘n thrash band Skinlab have announced their first live dates of 2018, with the Brothers In Blood Tour.   Continue reading “SKINLAB Announces ‘Brothers In Blood Tour’ With PISSING RAZORS & SHATTERED SUN”

WEDGE Premiere ‘Lucid’ Official Video From Sophomore Album ‘Killing Tongue’


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

Berlin’s retrograde heavy rockers Wedge have premiered their first visualizer clip from their upcoming second album release, “Killing Tongue“.   Continue reading “WEDGE Premiere ‘Lucid’ Official Video From Sophomore Album ‘Killing Tongue’”

MONSTER MAGNET Reveals ‘Mindfucker’ Album Details; Due In March

(Pic Courtesy Of Jeremy Saffer)

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

New Jersey’s stoner rock pioneers Monster Magnet have confirmed the official details of their 11th studio album’s imminence. It is titled “Mindfucker” and will drop from Napalm Records on March 23rd, 2018. Continue reading “MONSTER MAGNET Reveals ‘Mindfucker’ Album Details; Due In March”

ALICE IN CHAINS Announce 2018 N. American Headline Trek + Festival Appearances


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

Alice In Chains have announced a planned North American headline tour that kicks off April 28, 2018 at the House Of Blues in Boston. The band will make several festival appearances throughout the run including ones at Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock On The Range and WMMR BBQ (links to each below). The touring trek news comes along with recent reports that the band entered the studio back in July to record a new album. Continue reading “ALICE IN CHAINS Announce 2018 N. American Headline Trek + Festival Appearances”

CADAVERIA Share ‘The Divine Rapture’ Lyric Video From Newly Remastered/Re-Issued 2004 Release


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

Long running Italian horror/death metallers Cadaveria are back with a brand new lyric-based visualizer, “The Divine Rapture“. The track hails from the band’s newly remastered edition of their “Far Away From Conformity” album, originally released in 2004. Continue reading “CADAVERIA Share ‘The Divine Rapture’ Lyric Video From Newly Remastered/Re-Issued 2004 Release”

Riot’s Revelation: HAPPY METAL ANNIHILATION VOL. 7 [Stream + Free Sampler Download]


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

Merry (early) Christmas, Metalheads! Damn, do I have a gift for you too, as I usually do with most any or all Riot’s Revelation segments. How does an Asher Media Relations-provided Sampler sound, one that contains over 50 tracks and a running time of four hours? Sounds pretty good, eh? Continue reading “Riot’s Revelation: HAPPY METAL ANNIHILATION VOL. 7 [Stream + Free Sampler Download]”

The RIFF RELEVANT Interview With DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA

DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA

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

I still recall the very first time that I heard guitarist / musician Daren “KLANK” Diolosa, although I’m not sure he’d been tagged with the nickname at the time. In fact, I really did not know it was him per se, all I did know was that I saw a music video that absolutely floored me. The video, the song, the music itself and the guys present in the visualizer were like nothing I had ever heard…or seen. Continue reading “The RIFF RELEVANT Interview With DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA”

Pro-Shot Video Of Entire SACRED REICH Performance At Wacken Open Air 2017


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

2017, like every other year before it, has seen bands both come and go but for me personally,  the “comeback” or return of one in particular really excited me. Arizona’s oldschool socio-political thrashers Sacred Reich arose yet once again from the depths of the underground, resuming their role as one of the most important metal throne-holders ever. Continue reading “Pro-Shot Video Of Entire SACRED REICH Performance At Wacken Open Air 2017”

FISTULA To Issue Splits With COME TO GRIEF & -(16)- As Part Of Series Commemorating 20th Anniversary


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

In celebration of their impending twentieth anniversary, Ohio’s extremist noise veterans FISTULA are preparing to unleash the first wave of a planned series of Splits. Slated to drop on December 15th via PATAC Records, the first splits find FISTULA facing off with sludge stalwarts Come To Grief and -(16)-. Continue reading “FISTULA To Issue Splits With COME TO GRIEF & -(16)- As Part Of Series Commemorating 20th Anniversary”

Getting In HARM’S WAY With ‘Posthuman’ This February; New Song Streaming


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

Chicago’s ferociously volatile post-hardcore harbingers of all that is heavy, Harm’s Way, will return their fourth full-length in early 2018. “Posthuman” will officially explode from Metal Blade Records on February 9th. The first single off of the Will Putney (Body Count, Every Time I Die) produced effort, which is titled “Human Carrying Capacity“, is streaming below. Continue reading “Getting In HARM’S WAY With ‘Posthuman’ This February; New Song Streaming”

Oldschool Sunday: ZIMMER’S HOLE [Re-Issues & New Release Set For 2018]

ZIMMER’S HOLE (Now)

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

Let me begin by saying that the fact that British Columbia-based speed metallers Zimmer’s Hole are now over 25 years old is simply mind-boggling to me. The band was really begun as a side project of several members from Strapping Young Lad, and to be honest, is a little in a similar vein of music. But hell, there is nothing wrong with that if you are asking me. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: ZIMMER’S HOLE [Re-Issues & New Release Set For 2018]”