Re-Activated TRAUMA Announce Headline Tour; More Dates TBA


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

The re-activated Bay Area thrash metal band Trauma, once home to the pre-Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, have announced some upcoming live tour dates.   Continue reading “Re-Activated TRAUMA Announce Headline Tour; More Dates TBA”

ASCENDING DAWN Share Lyric Video From Upcoming ‘Coalesce’ Release


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

Bi-national prog/alt metal project, Ascending Dawn,  have debuted their new lyric video, “Cannonball from the upcoming albumCoalesce, due out December 1st.
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PALE HORSEMAN Premiere ‘Final War’ Track From Imminent ‘The Fourth Seal’ Release


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

The Chicago-based heavyweights of doom and sludge, Pale Horseman, are preparing to deliver their most severe sonic blow yet. Their new album, “The Fourth Seal“, will be independently released by the band on November 24th. Continue reading “PALE HORSEMAN Premiere ‘Final War’ Track From Imminent ‘The Fourth Seal’ Release”

MOON MOTHER ‘Riffcraft’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Release

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

Through mighty sounds of our crying Earth we’re channeling frustration of a modern world.”

This appears to be the mantra and / or mission statement of Sweden’s Moon Mother and their newly released “Riffcraft“. It is a totally respectable undertaking too for the quartet of singer Sara Trollpacka, drummer Jesper Wallin, guitarist Pat Ahlström and bassist Thomas V Jäger (of Monolord who also produced this). On their official 4-song debut here, the foursome blend an appealing elixir of bluesy Stoner Doom with abundant classic rock influences. Continue reading “MOON MOTHER ‘Riffcraft’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Release”

GRUNTRUCK Premiere Animated Video From “Lost” S/T Album Out Now


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

With all of the recent buzz and hoopla about the long “lost” Gruntruck album (details here) finally seeing the light of day, I now get to utter (via typed text) words I never thought I’d be saying again: “We have the premiere of a new video from Gruntruck.Continue reading “GRUNTRUCK Premiere Animated Video From “Lost” S/T Album Out Now”

EXARSIS Unleash ‘General Guidance’ Official Video As ‘New War Order’ Looms

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

Greece’s oldschool thrash-styled metal band Exarsis have unleashed a scathing Official Video for their track “General Guidance“. The blistering neck-wrecking number hails from the band’s imminent fourth album release, “New World Order” which is due out on October 20th. Continue reading “EXARSIS Unleash ‘General Guidance’ Official Video As ‘New War Order’ Looms”

‘Finding Joseph I’ Doc On BAD BRAINS Vox Paul HR Hudson Arrives On DVD In Nov.; Select Theater Screenings


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

The documentary on Bad Brains front-man Paul “HR” Hudson, ‘Finding Joseph I‘, will arrive on DVD on November 3rd. James Lathos directed the feature, which documents the life of the legendary, enigmatic front-man through previously unseen archival footage as well as various interviews with his family, band mates, members of DeftonesFugaziLiving Colour and more. A number of theaters currently have screenings of the film scheduled, including: Continue reading “‘Finding Joseph I’ Doc On BAD BRAINS Vox Paul HR Hudson Arrives On DVD In Nov.; Select Theater Screenings”

KILLTHRAX II Tour Announced With ANTHRAX & KILLSWITCH ENGAGE + Support From HAVOK


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

After their successful KillThrax Tour together earlier in 2017, Anthrax and Killswitch Engage have announced another round to hit North America in early 2018! Havok will serve as the opening act for the entire tour. Continue reading “KILLTHRAX II Tour Announced With ANTHRAX & KILLSWITCH ENGAGE + Support From HAVOK”

EXCLUSIVE Stream Of New OBESE Release ‘Anamnesis’ [Argonauta Records]; Album Review + Video


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

The Dutch sludge heavyweights Obese are back with their sophomore album, “Anamnesis“, dropping via Argonauta Records on October 20th. Riff Relevant is extremely excited to be the EXCLUSIVE source for the first global stream of the record in full now through Soundcloud today. Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE Stream Of New OBESE Release ‘Anamnesis’ [Argonauta Records]; Album Review + Video”

AMENRA ‘Mass VI’ Streaming Now Ahead Of Release; Video + Tour Dates

( Pic Courtesy Of Stephan Vanfleteren)

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

Amenra
 are set to issue their phenomenal new album, “Mass VI“, via Neurot Recordings this Friday, October 20th. The contrasting sonic spectacular is streaming now though thanks to Riff Relevant and the Soundcloud embed below. Also, check out the band’s official video for the track “Children Of The Eye” also included. Continue reading “AMENRA ‘Mass VI’ Streaming Now Ahead Of Release; Video + Tour Dates”

LADY BEAST To Unleash ‘Vicious Breed’ In November; Lyric Video Premiere + Appearance On Anthony Bourdain Show

(Photo Courtesy Of Jake Reinhart)

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

Cruz Del Sur Music is proud to announce the November 17 release of “Vicious Breed” from Pittsburgh’s NWOBHM-inspired upstarts Lady BeastThe band was one of the more surprising discoveries for many of us at the recent Descendants Of Crom Festival in Steel City.  Continue reading “LADY BEAST To Unleash ‘Vicious Breed’ In November; Lyric Video Premiere + Appearance On Anthony Bourdain Show”

HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES ‘Twisted’ EP Review & Stream


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

Eight torturous, long years after the release of their full-length album ‘Using The Useless’, the Indio, CA. hard rock trio House Of Broken Promises return with new music.   Continue reading “HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES ‘Twisted’ EP Review & Stream”

Oldschool Sunday: SALLY


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

The Birmingham, UK-based band Sally originally began as a trio in 1996 with members Andrew Parker (guitar), Peter Brown (bass) and Darren ‘Dirty’ Donovan (drums, vocals). The three adopted the name Sally in tribute to the heroine ‘Sally Hardesty’ from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and played music heavily influenced by the likes of Fu Manchu, Mudhoney and Sonic Youth. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: SALLY”

The DAN LORENZO (Vessel Of Light, Hades, Non-Fiction, Etc.) Interview


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

Musician Dan Lorenzo (guitarist) was a highly integral component to many of my own earlier, formative music years. His song writing abilities and guitar playing talent were the creative catalyst for the legendary Eighties power metal / thrash band Hades. In that band he helped pioneer the music and sound of the East Coast’s own take on underground music. Continue reading “The DAN LORENZO (Vessel Of Light, Hades, Non-Fiction, Etc.) Interview”

RAT KING ‘Barren’ EP Review & Stream

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

Coming from the U.S. midwest’s bread basket region, Evansville, Indiana to be precise, comes Rat King. “Barren” is the title of the newest EP offering from this regal rodent and it’s a 3-song excursion into some heady doom. Yet that is not all that courses through the veins of this effort from this sovereign viceroy of vermin, not by any means. Continue reading “RAT KING ‘Barren’ EP Review & Stream”

UPDATE: Four Members Of DECAPITATED Charged With Rape


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

All four members of death metal band Decapitated have been formally charged with rape in Spokane County, reports The Spokesman-Review.

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THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX Share ‘Force Field’ Details; Due In December


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

The Garden State’s psychedelic boogie and blues trio, The Atomic Bitchwax (aka TAB), will release its seventh full length LP, “Force Field“, on December 8th via Tee Pee Records. Continue reading “THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX Share ‘Force Field’ Details; Due In December”

Remastered Re-Issue Of UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS ‘Vol. 1’ Streaming


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

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats will release the remastered re-issue of their recently out-of-print debut album, “Vol. 1“, today, Friday, the 13th of October. Coming to the rock ‘n roll masses via Rise Above Records, the date is an ideal time for the band’s introductory album’s intriguing occult-ish retro mystique.  Continue reading “Remastered Re-Issue Of UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS ‘Vol. 1’ Streaming”

CRACKHOUSE ‘Be No One.Be Nothing’ Review & Stream


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

France’s trio of all that is pivotal, punishing progressive doom, Crackhouse, are back with a new release, “Be No One. Be Nothing“. The 3-song full-length album was dropped back on October 6th via Italy’s Argonauta Records and simply put, it is a crusher, friends. By that I mean, it crushes of course but it also does a lot, lot more. Continue reading “CRACKHOUSE ‘Be No One.Be Nothing’ Review & Stream”

PHILLIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS To Issue ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ Album In December


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

For years now, Phil Anselmo has been one of the hardest working cats in all of the music underground. He’s continually juggling a variety of bands, his work within his label, Housecore Records, and countless other endeavors. Just in the past few weeks alone has come news of an imminent new Scour album (details) as well as a planned goth rock project, En Minor (details). All while Phil’s Superjoint band is currently on tour in the U.S. Continue reading “PHILLIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS To Issue ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ Album In December”