Oldschool Sunday: DAMAGEPLAN [2004’s ‘New Found Power’ To See Limited Vinyl LP Release]


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

If you are any sort of metalhead at least 20 to 25 years of age, then you probably know the story about the short-lived supergroup DAMAGEPLAN. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: DAMAGEPLAN [2004’s ‘New Found Power’ To See Limited Vinyl LP Release]”

THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL 2018 – Sponsors Feature: Baltimore Tattoo Museum

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

The Maryland Doom Fest 2018 event tickets are still on sale. The lineup is announced, the merch is ready, and of four primary festival sponsors (Riff Relevant included) we reach our final.  We invite you to learn a bit more about primary sponsor: BALTIMORE TATTOO MUSEUM.  This one is special… Continue reading “THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL 2018 – Sponsors Feature: Baltimore Tattoo Museum”

MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2018 – Must-See Spotlight: THE AGE OF TRUTH [Debut Release on Vinyl via Kozmik Artifactz]

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

Our series spotlighting several of the bands performing at this year’s MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2018 continues with a look at one that I’m quite excited about (Leanne is, too). Continue reading “MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2018 – Must-See Spotlight: THE AGE OF TRUTH [Debut Release on Vinyl via Kozmik Artifactz]”

Riot’s Revelation: METALOCALYPSTICK ‘Metal Queens Vol. 2’ Compilation [Stream + NYP Item] – Fest Details


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

Have you missed this or what? It has been awhile since I’ve churned out a new Riot’s Revelation segment so here we are. Continue reading “Riot’s Revelation: METALOCALYPSTICK ‘Metal Queens Vol. 2’ Compilation [Stream + NYP Item] – Fest Details”

Oldschool Sunday: NO HOT ASHES [New Official Video; Playing Download Festival In June]

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

Northern Ireland’s NO HOT ASHES formed in 1983, but – for reasons beyond their control – it would take 34 years for their début album to be released. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: NO HOT ASHES [New Official Video; Playing Download Festival In June]”

MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2018 – Must-See Spotlight: MOLASSES BARGE


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

Pittsburgh has long been cultivating its underground music scene into one possessing some of the finest bands that the U.S. has to offer. Continue reading “MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2018 – Must-See Spotlight: MOLASSES BARGE”

MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2018 – Must-See Spotlight: DOOMSTRESS [Announces ‘They Came From Texas!’ Tour]


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

The Lone Star State’s DOOMSTRESS are one of the road doggin’-est bands active in the heavy rock underground today. Continue reading “MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2018 – Must-See Spotlight: DOOMSTRESS [Announces ‘They Came From Texas!’ Tour]”

Oldschool Sunday: ETHEREAL SCOURGE


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

Adelaide, Australia’s ETHEREAL SCOURGE were a short-lived band – though there has never been an official disbanding announcement – that first surfaced in 1992.  Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: ETHEREAL SCOURGE”

MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2018 – The Must-See Spotlight: ZED


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

For last year’s Maryland Doom Fest, both Leanne [Ridgeway] and I ran pieces that took a look at some of our own individual “high priority” bands, ones we were especially excited to see at MDDF. Continue reading “MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2018 – The Must-See Spotlight: ZED”

Oldschool Sunday: HSAS (Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve)

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

After the release of Journey’s 1983 album Frontiers, the band’s guitarist Neal Schon and fellow guitarist / vocalist Sammy Hagar decided to make good on a longstanding promise to work together. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: HSAS (Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve)”

Halsey’s Rogue Reviews – May 2018

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

[Editor’s Intro] Halsey had this idea… now, typically I enjoy the hell out of Halsey’s ideas, because he’s… well, because he’s a lunatic.  This idea was a random, rabid brain purge of whatever Halsey had been listening to recently and decided to slap his opinion on.  I said yes to his idea. Why? I enjoy and encourage creative lunacy and Halsey has some of the most articulate goddamned lunacy I’ve born witness to in recent years. In fact, I suggested his idea be a monthly column. without his having a word written.  I was not disappointed. Here is the first of his ‘Rogue Reviews’ for May 2018. ~ Leanne Continue reading “Halsey’s Rogue Reviews – May 2018”

Oldschool Sunday: BADLANDS


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

In 1987, guitarist Jake E. Lee had parted ways with Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band after two highly successful albums, Bark At The Moon and The Ultimate Sin. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: BADLANDS”

Oldschool Sunday: ATTACKER [To Record New EP With Famed Producer Alex Perialas]

ATTACKER Then (1984)

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

The origin story of New Jersey’s thrashing ATTACKER begins in 1983 under the band’s original moniker, Warloc. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: ATTACKER [To Record New EP With Famed Producer Alex Perialas]”

Oldschool Sunday: MORDOR; Back With First New Album In 21 Years [Streaming]


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

RIFF RELEVANT recently reported [HERE] about the return of Poland’s MORDOR with their first new album in over two decades. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: MORDOR; Back With First New Album In 21 Years [Streaming]”

Oldschool Sunday: LIZZY BORDEN [To Release First New Album In Over A Decade: ‘My Midnight Things’]

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

It is a somewhat daunting task to tackle the story of the long-running Los Angeles metal band LIZZY BORDEN, who are now in their 35th year of activity. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: LIZZY BORDEN [To Release First New Album In Over A Decade: ‘My Midnight Things’]”