SCOURGE FEST 2017 Announced; Details & Line Up Revealed

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer,

As the U.S.A. steadily continues to create and organize its own gradually increasing number of festival gatherings, Riff Relevant is pleased to inform you of a new one. Continue reading “SCOURGE FEST 2017 Announced; Details & Line Up Revealed”

2017: The Year Of EARTHRIDE – ‘Taming Of The Demons’ Turns 15 & Descendants Of Crom Nears

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer,

Children Of The Future… Lift Your Weary Heads!” June, 2002 saw the unveiling of one of the heaviest exports to ever surface from the underbelly of the legendary Maryland Doom scene.   Continue reading “2017: The Year Of EARTHRIDE – ‘Taming Of The Demons’ Turns 15 & Descendants Of Crom Nears”

Oldschool Sunday: STEELER

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer,

Nashville, Tennessee circa 1981, is where one of the U.S.’ own earliest bands influenced by the NWOBHM movement formed.    Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: STEELER”

BURN THEE INSECTS Interview At The Maryland Doom Fest 2017 [Video]

(All Pics Courtesy Of Leanne Ridgeway)

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer,

Arizona’s Burn Thee Insects are one of those bands that come along and ultimately blow your mind once experienced.   Continue reading “BURN THEE INSECTS Interview At The Maryland Doom Fest 2017 [Video]”

Oldschool Sunday: EVILDEAD

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer,

Los Angeles thrash metal…it is something that’s been kicking ass for nearly four decades now, give or take.  Some bands epitomize the City Of Angels sound and none more so than EvilDead.    Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: EVILDEAD”

Oldschool Sunday: RELEASE

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer,

I absolutely dislike writing pieces, where either no, or next to no, information exists about a band, especially Oldschool Sunday articles.  Call it perfectionism, a desire to be thorough, whatever… Hell, call it OCD if you want, it doesn’t matter.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: RELEASE”

Don’t Call It A Comeback… But CONFESSOR Are Coming Back!

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer,

The iconic, legendary North Carolina-based metallic doom unit Confessor seem to be on the verge of a long-awaited return.    Continue reading “Don’t Call It A Comeback… But CONFESSOR Are Coming Back!”



(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer,

At the height of Nu-Metal’s hey-day in the mid to late 90s came one of the genre’s more unique entities, one that branched far outside the confines of Nu-Metal itself, Professional Murder Music.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC”

Oldschool Sunday: GALLOWBRAID

GALLOWBRAID’s Jake Rogers (Pic Courtesy Of Peter Beste)

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer,

We aren’t going all that far back in Heavy Metal history for today’s spotlight band, Salt Lake City, Utah’s Gallowbraid.  In fact, truth is, Gallowbraid was (or is?) not an actual band really, not in the multiple member sense of the word, as it is a one-man project.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: GALLOWBRAID”

Oldschool Sunday: PULKAS

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer,

Back in the late 1990’s when Nu Metal was hitting its stride and straddling such sub-genre labels as “groove metal” and “alternative”, London’s Pulkas came to be.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: PULKAS”

Oldschool Sunday: DOUBLEDRIVE

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer,

Starting out under the name of MK Ultra, the Atlanta, Georgia-based band would eventually undergo a moniker alteration to doubleDrive (abbreviated as dD) in 1996.    Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: DOUBLEDRIVE”


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Editor,

Brazil’s amazingly diversified psyche-infused Stoner Doom band Netuno Doom have graciously partnered with Riff Relevant for the EXCLUSIVE global première of their brand new video!     Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT’s EXCLUSIVE Video Premiere Of NETUNO DOOM ‘The Second Sun’”

Oldschool Sunday: HOBBS’ ANGEL OF DEATH


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer,

Starting up in 1987 as a solo project of band mainstay Peter Hobbs, Australia’s Hobbs’ Angel Of Death was one of that nation’s first extreme metal bands.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: HOBBS’ ANGEL OF DEATH”