Metal Blade Records Announces Next Trilogy Of Classic KING DIAMOND Re-Issues

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

As the first round of classic KING DIAMOND albums being reissued by Metal Blade Records arrives – Abigail, Fatal Portrait, and Them (May 18 / INFO) – the label has revealed the next trilogy in line for the treatment.  Continue reading “Metal Blade Records Announces Next Trilogy Of Classic KING DIAMOND Re-Issues”

COUNT RAVEN’s ‘High On Infinity’ & ‘Messiah Of Confusion’ Next To Receive Vinyl Re-Issues

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

Following the successful launch of the Vinyl LP re-issue of the first two COUNT RAVEN albums, “Destruction Of The Void” and “Storm Warning” [INFO], comes the following news. Continue reading “COUNT RAVEN’s ‘High On Infinity’ & ‘Messiah Of Confusion’ Next To Receive Vinyl Re-Issues”

ASHES OF ARES Sign Deal With ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records For Sophomore Album [Video Announcement]

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

ASHES OF ARES, the U.S. power metal band fronted by former Iced Earth singer Matt Barlow, have shared an update concerning the band. Continue reading “ASHES OF ARES Sign Deal With ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records For Sophomore Album [Video Announcement]”

Riot’s Revelation: Ripple Music ‘Official SXSW Showcase Sampler’ [Stream & NYP]


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

With this week’s upcoming Ripple Music SXSW Showcase taking place on March 16th at the famed annual event in Austin, Texas, what better time to share this? Continue reading “Riot’s Revelation: Ripple Music ‘Official SXSW Showcase Sampler’ [Stream & NYP]”

Riot’s Revelation: Transcending Obscurity Records ‘Label Sampler 2018’ [Stream + NYP Item]

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

The latest installment of Riot’s Revelation brings us face-to-face, uh, ear to speaker, with an incredible compilation of music.  It comes from one of planet Earth’s premiere labels specializing in sonic savagery, Transcending Obscurity Records. Continue reading “Riot’s Revelation: Transcending Obscurity Records ‘Label Sampler 2018’ [Stream + NYP Item]”

IGNITOR Premiere ‘Hatchet (The Ballad Of Victor Crowley)’ Official Video


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

The titanic Texas twister of true metal, Ignitor, are back on the scene with a new official video premiere, “Hatchet (The Ballad Of Victor Crowley)“. Continue reading “IGNITOR Premiere ‘Hatchet (The Ballad Of Victor Crowley)’ Official Video”

A389 Recordings Closes After Nearly 15 Years


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

Underground metal and hardcore-oriented label A389 Recordings announced yesterday via Facebook they are closing up shop.   Continue reading “A389 Recordings Closes After Nearly 15 Years”

GOZU Interview w/Mark Gaffney & Doug Sherman; ‘Equilibrium’ Album Out 4/13 via BLACKLIGHT MEDIA/METAL BLADE + NEW VIDEO PREMIERE

Cover Artwork: Chris Smith, Grey Aria Design Studio

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

I’ve been waiting a long time for this… GOZU has a new album ‘Equilibrium’, out via Metal Blade/Blacklight Media Records on April 13th.  Today, we have an interview with Marc Gaffney and Doug Sherman, who chatted about the new record, plus pre-order info, and are premiering a new video and audio stream!
Continue reading “GOZU Interview w/Mark Gaffney & Doug Sherman; ‘Equilibrium’ Album Out 4/13 via BLACKLIGHT MEDIA/METAL BLADE + NEW VIDEO PREMIERE”

Label Limelight: TOTEM CAT RECORDS Interviewed By Recently Signed GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST; Tour Dates

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

For the second installment of my ‘Label Limelight‘ column, I’m already switching the format (might happen each time, who knows)!  We have an interesting way to highlight the label, this time in an interview with Totem Cat Records owner Ewenn Padovan, by one of his newly signed acts – Great Electric Quest!    Continue reading “Label Limelight: TOTEM CAT RECORDS Interviewed By Recently Signed GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST; Tour Dates”

BLACKLIGHT MEDIA RECORDS Announce 1st NYC Showcase w/ CANDIRIA, GOZU, GOOD TIGER & More!

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

On March 8th, Blacklight Media Records will present its first ever label showcase, with six bands of the Blacklight family.  Hosted by Jose Mangin, the showcase will take place at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.    Continue reading “BLACKLIGHT MEDIA RECORDS Announce 1st NYC Showcase w/ CANDIRIA, GOZU, GOOD TIGER & More!”

RIFFS OR GTFO Announces ‘California Blood: Volume 1’ Compilation; Teaser Video


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

Arriving on Friday, January 26th, is the metal-intensified “California Blood: Volume 1” compilation from the San Diego based Riffs Or GTFO label.  The offering provides a powerful presentation containing some of the best underground bands out at this time. Continue reading “RIFFS OR GTFO Announces ‘California Blood: Volume 1’ Compilation; Teaser Video”

Label Limelight: SLUDGELORD RECORDS Debuts w/New COFFIN TORTURE ‘Dismal Planet’ Release + Contest! Win Signed CDs/Tshirts


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

Today I’m introducing a new staff column ‘Label Limelight‘, with some special news.  One of our linked ‘Music Friend’ sites (scroll down our side bar) has announced an expansion.  The Sludgelord (currently operated by Aaron Pickford) has partnered with Dewar PR (owner Curtis Dewar), to begin releasing music through their new digital label – SLUDGELORD RECORDS.

Continue reading “Label Limelight: SLUDGELORD RECORDS Debuts w/New COFFIN TORTURE ‘Dismal Planet’ Release + Contest! Win Signed CDs/Tshirts”