Oldschool Sunday: SPIRAL ARCHITECT

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

Oslo, Norway’s Spiral Architect was formed in 1993 by a group of like-minded, forward thinking Progressive Metal musicians. Although most people assume or incorrectly attribute the band’s name being inspired by the Black Sabbath song of the same from 1973’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, the band claims it isn’t so.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: SPIRAL ARCHITECT”

Riot’s Revelation: ROY BATTY

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

Welcome to what may or may not become a regular segment here at Riff Relevant, it remains to be seen. That said, Riot’s Revelation is where I search out and share something you might be interested in. It may be a band, a record, an event, whatever… I merely make you aware and leave the rest up to you. Let’s dive in, shall we?
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Oldschool Sunday: SOULS AT ZERO


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

When the grunge movement of the early 1990’s began to burgeon and ultimately explode, many pre-existing bands had very few options. Most imploded or simply faded away with little after burn or residue left in their wake.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: SOULS AT ZERO”

Oldschool Sunday: HOBBS’ ANGEL OF DEATH


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

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”

Oldschool Sunday: LIEGE LORD


Beginning as a Judas Priest cover band using the name Deceiver in 1982, Stanford, Connecticut’s Liege Lord came to be in the year 1984. By the time the name change took effect, the band consisted of vocalist Andy Michaud, guitarists Tony Truglio and Pete McCarthy, bassist Matt Vinci and drummer Frank Cortese.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: LIEGE LORD”

Oldschool Sunday: EXTREMA


Extrema are a thrash metal band from Milan, Italy that formed in 1986 and are still highly active at this time. The band’s initial lineup included guitarist Tommy Massara, vocalist/guitarist Andrea Boria, bassist Luca Varisco, and drummer Stefano Bullegas. They are considered by many people to be Italy’s first real, valid thrash band.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: EXTREMA”

Pat Riot’s Top 5 Must-See Acts At MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2017

If nothing affects my current plans, I will be attending this year’s Maryland Doom Festival for my third year.   Continue reading “Pat Riot’s Top 5 Must-See Acts At MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2017”

Oldschool Sunday: ANTIDOTE

Antidote was a metal band formed in Helsinki, Finland during 1986, the proverbial “hey day” for much of the planet’s thrash music at the time. While bands all around the globe were either just surfacing or somewhat upon their way, their music was beginning to impact musicians everywhere.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: ANTIDOTE”

Oldschool Sunday: F.U.C.T.

Forever Ungratical Corinaric Technikilation, otherwise known as F.U.C.T., was formed in Nashville, TN. circa 1986. Starting as the brainchild of two guitarists, Dirt Ditchfield and Brooks Phillips, the duo later added drummer Heath Willis to the band.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: F.U.C.T.”

Oldschool Sunday: PARAMAECIUM

Paramaecium was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1991 by a trio of musicians that were enamored with Doom/Death Metal. However, this act had several notable factors that adequately set it apart from other bands around at the time.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: PARAMAECIUM”