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”

Riot’s Revelation: GROUND ‘I’ Stream & NYP Item; Video Premiere


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

There is nothing like finding fantastically kick-ass music that is FREE for you to obtain. That is almost always the secondary premise of Riot’s Revelation, the first being making you aware of said kick-ass music first and foremost. Then the fact that it requires no expense to procure it is just as equally paramount. Continue reading “Riot’s Revelation: GROUND ‘I’ Stream & NYP Item; Video Premiere”

Oldschool Sunday: MENTAL HIPPIE BLOOD


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

There is always a chance that some of the bands I wish to share with you all via our Oldschool Sunday pieces aren’t just old, they’re damn near altogether obscure. That would be the case for today’s subjects, Stockholm, Sweden’s Mental Hippie Blood and truth is, that is a damned shame. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: MENTAL HIPPIE BLOOD”

Oldschool Sunday: BLOOD DUSTER [Includes Break Up Announcement]

BLOOD DUSTER (Then)

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

The birth of Australia’s Blood Duster occurred in 1991 with Jason Fuller (aka Jason PC on bass), Anthony Barry (vocals and guitar) and Andrew Brown (drums). The band’s name was taken from a John Zorn song, “Blood Duster“, off his 1989 album release, Naked City. That 3-piece version of the band was short-lived as Anthony Barry was almost immediately replaced by Troy Darlington and Callum Wilson. By their own admission, they formed with the sole purpose of being more intense than other bands that were around at that time. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: BLOOD DUSTER [Includes Break Up Announcement]”

RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP Recording In-Studio Visual Series; Episode 4 [Video]


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

Well, friends…we are back with the resuming of our series! We took a few days off due to some unforeseen technical issues but, as I said, we’re back and things are progressing right along. Our friends from The Yellowhammer State, Alabama’s Ember, have wrapped the recording at Ledbelly Sound Studio portion of the series. That means starting tonight, we are going to get a fresh, new look at some other things connected to it. Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP Recording In-Studio Visual Series; Episode 4 [Video]”

Oldschool Sunday: McOil

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

Talk about an obscure band, one that released one respectably solid album and then faded into the rock and roll haze Well, this is them..such a band. McOil were from Germany and played some intense Progressive Rock that contained concrete elements of Hard Rock and early Proto Metal. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: McOil”

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


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

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, RiffRelevant.com)

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”

RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP In-Studio Recording Visual Series; Episode 1 [Video]


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

The realization of a long-dreamed of project finally manifests as Riff Relevant rides along with Birmingham, Alabama’s Ember to record their new “271” EP for Doomsayer Records.  Yes, as hyped and hollered about for the last couple of weeks or so, Ember‘s Erik Bigelow, Crystal Bigelow, Craig Shadix and Jeremy Allen have granted us access to their current adventures. Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP In-Studio Recording Visual Series; Episode 1 [Video]”

Oldschool Sunday: EVILDEAD


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

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, RiffRelevant.com)

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”

RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP In-Studio Recording Visual Series


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

This promotional announcement is the realization of a project I have wanted to do for several years.  It pre-dates my joining on during the launch of Riff Relevant, but it is here it shall come to be.  As the title and image suggests, Riff Relevant has partnered with Birmingham, Alabama’s Ember to bring you on an intriguing journey.  Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP In-Studio Recording Visual Series”

FOUR ON THE FLOOR #3: MARIO TRUBIANO of BORRACHO – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight

(By Brendan Burns of Wasted Theory, Guest Columnist, RiffRelevant.com)

For as long as I can remember, it’s always been about the guitar player or the lead singer.  That lethal concoction of singers and axe-swingers like Page and Plant. Mick and Keith, Tyler and Perry, Daltry and Townsend, the list goes on and on…   Continue reading “FOUR ON THE FLOOR #3: MARIO TRUBIANO of BORRACHO – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight”

Oldschool Sunday: PARAMAECIUM


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

The orchestrally enhanced doom band Paramaecium originally got their start in Melbourne, Australia in the early 1990s.  In less than a year from their formation, the trio of bassist / vocalist Andrew Tompkins, guitarist Colin ‘Mosh’ Maynard and drummer Steve Palmer issued their first recordings.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: PARAMAECIUM”

Oldschool Sunday: PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC

PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC

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

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”

Riot’s Revelation: FREE New Damage Records Summer Sampler (Inc’s Devin Townsend Project, Vattnet, Powerflo, Comeback Kid, Sparrows & More)


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

Okay, like all Riot’s Revelation segments, this is about getting you something you need in some way.  Be it the awareness about a particular band or something else music-related, whatever and today is no different.   Continue reading “Riot’s Revelation: FREE New Damage Records Summer Sampler (Inc’s Devin Townsend Project, Vattnet, Powerflo, Comeback Kid, Sparrows & More)”

FOUR ON THE FLOOR #2: MICHAEL WALTER of WO FAT – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight

(By Brendan Burns of Wasted Theory, Guest Columnist, RiffRelevant.com)

For as long as I can remember, it’s always been about the guitar player or the lead singer.  That lethal concoction of singers and axe-swingers like Page and Plant. Mick and Keith, Tyler and Perry, Daltry and Townsend, the list goes on and on…   Continue reading “FOUR ON THE FLOOR #2: MICHAEL WALTER of WO FAT – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight”

Oldschool Sunday: GALLOWBRAID

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

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

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”

FOUR ON THE FLOOR – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight #1: BRIAN COSTANTINO of THE OBSESSED

(By Brendan Burns of Wasted Theory, Guest Columnist, RiffRelevant.com)

For as long as I can remember, it’s always been about the guitar player or the lead singer.  That lethal concoction of singers and axe-swingers like Page and Plant. Mick and Keith, Tyler and Perry, Daltry and Townsend, the list goes on and on…   Continue reading “FOUR ON THE FLOOR – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight #1: BRIAN COSTANTINO of THE OBSESSED”

Oldschool Sunday: PULKAS

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

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”