GOATWHORE Stream Exclusive Decibel Mag Flexi-Series Track ‘Command To Destroy’


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

By now, everyone is pretty well aware that Decibel Magazine offers an exclusive track via their Flexi-Series with each physical magazine. Each is only available in extremely limited numbers and in the latest, the 85th installment in fact, comes a real rager from NOLA blackened thrashers Goatwhore. Continue reading “GOATWHORE Stream Exclusive Decibel Mag Flexi-Series Track ‘Command To Destroy’”

BORRACHO To Release ‘Riffography’ Compilation In December; 7″ ‘Border Crossing’ Streaming


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

December 8th will see an amazing compilation release from D.C. heavyweights and bona fide power trio, Borracho. “Riffography” will drop that day through Ripple Music, providing a narrative of studio outtakes, 7″ off-album tracks and more, each providing a glimpse at the band from differing periods of this first decade of the band’s existence. Continue reading “BORRACHO To Release ‘Riffography’ Compilation In December; 7″ ‘Border Crossing’ Streaming”

An Interview With Musician / Video Director GREG P. YATES [Director Behind EMBER’s ‘Moonchild’, Etc.]


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

I am always fascinated by the myriad aspects that are revealed from music itself. Some people are merely just music fans and hey, that is cool and nothing wrong with it in the least. But for me, that’s just beginning to scratch the surface because there really is a lot more that goes into some creative projects. For instance, the creation of album artwork, or perhaps the behind the scenes work that takes place in the recording studio itself. Continue reading “An Interview With Musician / Video Director GREG P. YATES [Director Behind EMBER’s ‘Moonchild’, Etc.]”

Oldschool Sunday: TRESPASS [New Album Info + Official Video Premiere]

TRESPASS (Circa 1981)

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

NWOBHM band Trespass did not originally start out that way, no, instead they began life as a cover band named Track IV. The Sudbury, Suffolk, England-based act consisted of brothers Mark (guitar, vocals) and Paul Sutcliffe (drums), along with their friends Dave Crawte (guitar) and Richard Penny (bass). Eventually the guys got the itch to begin writing their own material, which they did and changed their name to Trespass around 1978. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: TRESPASS [New Album Info + Official Video Premiere]”

PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS Drop ‘Ringleader’ Lyric Video


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

After their well-received EP release this past year, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons are preparing to release their full-length debut, The Age of Absurdity. It will drop via Nuclear Blast on January 26th and today’s track offering, “Ringleader“,  via the lyric video below is a scorcher. Continue reading “PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS Drop ‘Ringleader’ Lyric Video”

W.A.S.P. Unveil Details Of ‘ReIdolized: The Soundtrack To The Crimson Idol’


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

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the landmark album release from Blackie Lawless and W.A.S.P., “The Crimson Idol”. The record was a conceptual album telling the tale of Jonathan Aaron Steele, a musician who struggles to achieve fame. Once he realizes his dream, the excesses and resulting darkness of them is a storyline right from the pages of the real rock and roll lives of so many artists we know all too well. Continue reading “W.A.S.P. Unveil Details Of ‘ReIdolized: The Soundtrack To The Crimson Idol’”

A KILLER’S CONFESSION Shares 2 New Songs; One Via Lyric Video


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

A Killer’s Confession, the band started by former Mushroomhead vocalist Waylon Reavis, digitally released 2 new tracks yesterday (Nov. 17). They are titled “I Wish” and “Angel On The Outside“, with a lyric video for the latter streaming below. “I Wish” is partially streaming below with the full version at Spotify. Continue reading “A KILLER’S CONFESSION Shares 2 New Songs; One Via Lyric Video”

KYNG Launch GoFundMe After Robbed Of Nearly Everything Post-Ozzfest Performance


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

Well, it has happened yet once again and as for me personally, I am sick of having to report these terrible happenings. The night after their performance at the ‘Ozzfest‘ on November 4th, rockers Kyng were the latest victims of a robbery and theft. According to the band, their van, trailer, all of their gear and merchandise were all taken in the crime. Continue reading “KYNG Launch GoFundMe After Robbed Of Nearly Everything Post-Ozzfest Performance”

PALE GREY LORE Partners w/OAK ISLAND RECORDS for December S/T Vinyl Reissue, Album Stream & Upcoming Shows

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

Columbus, Ohio’s Pale Grey Lore originally released their self-titled début album on CD and digital download in June 2016.  On December 1st, that début album is slated for vinyl release via German label Kozmik Artifactz’s imprint Oak Island Records.    Continue reading “PALE GREY LORE Partners w/OAK ISLAND RECORDS for December S/T Vinyl Reissue, Album Stream & Upcoming Shows”

BLACK WIZARD ‘Livin’ Oblivion’ Due In February; Album Details


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

Canadian stoner doom heavyweights Black Wizard will release their brand new full-length album, “Livin’ Oblivion this February, 2018 via France’s Listenable Records. Their second release on Listenable and fourth album overall was produced and engineered by Michael Kraushaar in Vancouver, BC, and comes sheathed in the cover art of renowned Berlin, Germany-based illustrator Eliran Kantor (Testament, Crowbar, Satan). Continue reading “BLACK WIZARD ‘Livin’ Oblivion’ Due In February; Album Details”

ASCENDING DAWN ‘Coalesce’ Review; New Lyric Video Premiere


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

The world of music is no longer governed by physical constraints or perceived borders in the modern age of technology. If a musician at Point A desires to work with an artist at Point B then real world proximity can basically do nothing to prevent that collaboration from occurring. Take, for instance, the subjects of this article, the  NYC / London-based, progressive alt. metal project Ascending Dawn. The band will be re-releasing their full-length début, “Coalesce“, on December 1st. Continue reading “ASCENDING DAWN ‘Coalesce’ Review; New Lyric Video Premiere”

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Debut Paul Booth-Directed ‘Spectral War’ Official Video As ‘Psychosis’ Ensues

(Pic Courtesy of TIM TRONCKOE)

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

As Cavalera Conspiracy, the band helmed by brothers and Sepultura founders Igorr and Max Cavalera, issues their new album today, we also get this. This is, of course, the powerfully fierce new official video for the song “Spectral War“, a track from today’s Napalm Record‘s release, “Psychosis“. Continue reading “CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Debut Paul Booth-Directed ‘Spectral War’ Official Video As ‘Psychosis’ Ensues”

IN FLAMES Issues Surprise Covers EP; Stream + Lyric Video For Depeche Mode Cover


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

Long-running Gothenburg, Sweden metallers In Flames surprised metal fans everywhere with a four-track covers EP, “Down, Wicked & No Good“, out today on streaming platforms worldwide. The band’s short collection includes In Flames‘ versions of Alice In Chains’ “Down In A Hole,” Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game,” and a live bonus version of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt”.  Continue reading “IN FLAMES Issues Surprise Covers EP; Stream + Lyric Video For Depeche Mode Cover”

IRON MAIDEN Streaming Entire ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ Videos


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

Iron Maiden are streaming all 15 tracks of their upcoming  “The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter” video on their YouTube channel here. All all 15 visual tracks which were captured on the road during “The Book Of Souls World Tour” in 2016 and 2017. They include: Continue reading “IRON MAIDEN Streaming Entire ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ Videos”

PRIEST (Ex-Ghost Members) Streaming Electronica Raver ‘New Flesh’

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

Priest, the new electronica band with connections to Ghost via the inclusion of some former members, will release their “New Flesh” debut on November 17th. Due out from Lövely Records, the recording produced by Alpha (ex Ghost) and which includes an appearance by Airghoul (also ex Ghost), is a showcase of electronica and 80s goth overtones. Continue reading “PRIEST (Ex-Ghost Members) Streaming Electronica Raver ‘New Flesh’”

BLACK WATER RISING Premieres ‘Payback’ Official Video; New Album ‘Electrified’ Out Now


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

Brooklyn’s hard rocking Black Water Rising have just premiered their first Official Video from their recently released third album, “Electrified“. The visualizer for “Payback” is streaming below, it has all the trademark greats of a BWR number such as riff-driven energy and ample sonic swagger. Continue reading “BLACK WATER RISING Premieres ‘Payback’ Official Video; New Album ‘Electrified’ Out Now”

INTERSTELAR ‘Resin’ Review – Contest To Win A Vinyl Format LP For RECORD STORE DAY 2017


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

Los Angeles’ Interstelar have been an underground staple within the City Of Angels’ music scene since at least 2005.  The band has been an ever-present entity on the town’s live circuit during that period.  Continue reading “INTERSTELAR ‘Resin’ Review – Contest To Win A Vinyl Format LP For RECORD STORE DAY 2017”

Chris ‘OJ’ Ojeda (BYZANTINE) Founds The Artist-Friendly Charleston Music & Arts Collective


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

Charleston, West Virginia’s resident metal musician Chris ‘OJ’ Ojeda, of Metal Blade Records recording act Byzantine, has seen a pet project come to fruition recently.  The Charleston Music & Arts Collective, whose building is also known as “The Bakery” due to its previous life housing the Purity-Maid Bread Factory, has now officially opened its doors!  Continue reading “Chris ‘OJ’ Ojeda (BYZANTINE) Founds The Artist-Friendly Charleston Music & Arts Collective”

EXHORDER Announces Reformation With New Line Up; Reunion Shows

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

One of the South’s most legendary thrash metal bands, Exhorder, have announced they have reformed and joined the AISA Management roster. The 2017 version of Exhorder is lead by founding members Vinnie LaBella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals), who are now joined by Jason Viebrooks (Heathen) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-Superjoint Ritual, ex-Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals) on guitar and Sasha Horn (Forbidden) on drums.  Continue reading “EXHORDER Announces Reformation With New Line Up; Reunion Shows”

ENSLAVED ‘E’ Review & Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter]


(By Kira Schlechter, Guest Contributor/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

In just six songs (and two bonus tracks) on its latest album, “E,” the Norwegian band Enslaved has seismically shifted what metal is, blowing open the doors instead to what it can be – thematically as well as musically. Continue reading “ENSLAVED ‘E’ Review & Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter]”