ALICE IN CHAINS Announce 2018 N. American Headline Trek + Festival Appearances


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

Alice In Chains have announced a planned North American headline tour that kicks off April 28, 2018 at the House Of Blues in Boston. The band will make several festival appearances throughout the run including ones at Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock On The Range and WMMR BBQ (links to each below). The touring trek news comes along with recent reports that the band entered the studio back in July to record a new album. Continue reading “ALICE IN CHAINS Announce 2018 N. American Headline Trek + Festival Appearances”

Pro-Shot Video Of Entire SACRED REICH Performance At Wacken Open Air 2017


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

2017, like every other year before it, has seen bands both come and go but for me personally,  the “comeback” or return of one in particular really excited me. Arizona’s oldschool socio-political thrashers Sacred Reich arose yet once again from the depths of the underground, resuming their role as one of the most important metal throne-holders ever. Continue reading “Pro-Shot Video Of Entire SACRED REICH Performance At Wacken Open Air 2017”

DARKEST HOUR Set February East Coast Trek; WHORES. & EXTINCTION A.D. Supporting


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

Reactivated Virginia metallers Darkest Hour have announced a short, but nonetheless incredible, East Coast touring trek. It will set off in February 2018 and consist of nine dates with support provided by WHORES. and Extinction A.D. Here’s what we know: Continue reading “DARKEST HOUR Set February East Coast Trek; WHORES. & EXTINCTION A.D. Supporting”

FOUR ON THE FLOOR #4: JON BARRYSMITH of YEAR OF THE COBRA – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight; Live Photos From Psycho Las Vegas

Jon Barrysmith of Year Of The Cobra @ Psycho Las Vegas 2017 (Photo by Leanne)

(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 #4: JON BARRYSMITH of YEAR OF THE COBRA – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight; Live Photos From Psycho Las Vegas”

THE SKULL Announces 2018 Tour Playing S/T ‘Trouble’ Album In Full

THE SKULL

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

The true doom-imbued ‘supergroup’ The Skull have just revealed a 2018 touring trek that will see them present a real must-see event at each stop.   Continue reading “THE SKULL Announces 2018 Tour Playing S/T ‘Trouble’ Album In Full”

ELECTRIC AGE To Release ‘Live At The House Of Blues: NOLA’; EP Streaming


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

Southern Louisiana’s vehement viceroys of high voltage heavy rock and doom, Electric Age, are on the verge of returning with a special live recording soon. The trio will imminently issue the 4-song, twenty-five minute running time, live offering “Live At The House Of Blues: NOLA” EP on December 15th. Continue reading “ELECTRIC AGE To Release ‘Live At The House Of Blues: NOLA’; EP Streaming”

WINDHAND Share ‘Old Evil’ Visualizer From Upcoming Split With SATAN’S SATYRS + Live Dates

WINDHAND

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

RVA-based (Richmond, VA) psychedelic doom band Windhand have just released their official video for “Old Evil“. The song hails from the band’s upcoming split release with Satan’s Satyrs, due for release on CD, LP and digital formats on February 16th from Relapse Records. Continue reading “WINDHAND Share ‘Old Evil’ Visualizer From Upcoming Split With SATAN’S SATYRS + Live Dates”

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Announce First US Tour With New Singer Jeff Gutt


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

STP (Stone Temple Pilots) are prepared to capitalize on their revitalized return with new vocalist Jeff Gutt (pronounced ‘goote’) by undertaking an early 2018 U.S. tour.  Tickets go on-sale this Friday, December 8th at 10 AM local time.  Continue reading “STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Announce First US Tour With New Singer Jeff Gutt”

THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL Reveals 2018 Lineup; Riff Relevant Announces Media Partnership

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

2017 has been a remarkable year for festival lineups (at least for me), event organizers in 2018 have their work cut out for them.  The Maryland Doom Fest has already revealed it’s initial (& full!) 2018 lineup, and Riff Relevant is a very proud sponsor for next year’s event!  Let’s find out more, shall we? Continue reading “THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL Reveals 2018 Lineup; Riff Relevant Announces Media Partnership”

Oldschool Sunday: BLOODBATH [Upcoming Split With AUTOPSY + 2018 N. American Tour]

BLOODBATH (Then)

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

In today’s music journalism realm, the term “supergroup” is as commonly brandied about as any other type of label or tag. It has not always been so either as there was a time when a supergroup was a rarity, something special and outside of the norm. The qualifications to meet this supergroup designation were simple too, be a band comprised of well-known, established musicians…and that was pretty much it. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: BLOODBATH [Upcoming Split With AUTOPSY + 2018 N. American Tour]”

HIMSA Confirm Reuniting For ‘Courting Tragedy And Disaster’ Full Performance At Northwest Terror Fest ’18; Others Scheduled: PRIMITIVE MAN-SUBROSA-PANOPTICON + More TBA

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

Himsa, the Pacific NW band now disbanded for almost a decade, will reunite for a full album performance at Northwest Terror Fest 2018.   Continue reading “HIMSA Confirm Reuniting For ‘Courting Tragedy And Disaster’ Full Performance At Northwest Terror Fest ’18; Others Scheduled: PRIMITIVE MAN-SUBROSA-PANOPTICON + More TBA”

KILLIAN ON COMMAND Benefit Set For Vio-lence Vox SEAN KILLIAN; Bands TBA As MORDRED First Confirmation


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

Most folks within the thrash and metal community are aware the Sean Killian, the vocalist for Bay Area icons Vio-lence, was recently diagnosed with stage four liver cirrhosis. It is caused in part by a genetic condition called hemochromatosis and he is currently a candidate for a live donor transplant. A living-donor liver transplant involves transplanting a portion of the liver from a living donor into a recipient whose liver no longer functions properly. Continue reading “KILLIAN ON COMMAND Benefit Set For Vio-lence Vox SEAN KILLIAN; Bands TBA As MORDRED First Confirmation”

SONS OF APOLLO (Portnoy, Sherinian, Thal, Sheehan, Soto) Announce First US Live Dates Supporting Recent Debut Album


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

Sons Of Apollo – the new “supergroup” project with former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, RonBumblefootThal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force) – will be hitting the road in 2018 for their first-ever worldwide tour, which kicks off in Tampa, FL on February 3rd as part of the Cruise To The Edge. The cruise will be sailing to Belize and Costa Maya and once the cruise concludes, the band will be performing in Miami, FL on February 9th as part of the Monsters Of Rock Cruise Pre-Show party. Continue reading “SONS OF APOLLO (Portnoy, Sherinian, Thal, Sheehan, Soto) Announce First US Live Dates Supporting Recent Debut Album”

DEE CALHOUN Announces ‘The Devil Over Europe’ Spring 2018 Solo Tour


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

Iron Man vocalist “Screaming MadDee Calhoun has been actively making waves on his very own accord as a solo artist in the past couple of years. 2017 has been an especially good year for Dee as he recorded his second solo effort for Argonauta Records, “Go To The Devil“, this year. It is set to be released by the label in early 2018 and saw Dee joined on this album by his Iron Man bandmate Louis Strachan on bass. Continue reading “DEE CALHOUN Announces ‘The Devil Over Europe’ Spring 2018 Solo Tour”

ICED EARTH Announce North American Leg Of World Tour; SANCTUARY & KILL RITUAL To Support


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

In one of the freaking most Must-See tour announcements to be unveiled for early 2018 comes this magnificent revelation directly from Iced Earth‘s own Jon Schaffer:

Brothers and sisters! We are very aware at how impatient you have been getting about our North American tour announcement, but the time has arrived!! We will be seeing you soon in a very extensive USA/Canada run. Be there, it will be an awesome time for sure!Continue reading “ICED EARTH Announce North American Leg Of World Tour; SANCTUARY & KILL RITUAL To Support”

AHAB Announces Final ‘The Call Of The Wretched Sea’ Full Performance Shows


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

Teutonic nautically-themed progressive doomsters Ahab have announced three shows to wrap up 2017, which will be the last time the band will perform their 2006 album The Call Of The Wretched Sea in its entirety. Their schedule is as follows: Continue reading “AHAB Announces Final ‘The Call Of The Wretched Sea’ Full Performance Shows”

CULT OF LUNA & JULIE CHRISTMAS Share Short Version Of ‘Mariner’ Doc


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

During their European tour together during November of 2016, Cult Of Luna and Julie Christmas documented the events on film at the time.   Continue reading “CULT OF LUNA & JULIE CHRISTMAS Share Short Version Of ‘Mariner’ Doc”

JESUS PIECE Announce January Eastern US Tour With VEIN Prior To KNOCKED LOOSE / TERROR Trek

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

Hot on the heels of last week’s news (here) of their inclusion in the support slot on the upcoming Knocked Loose / Terror North American co-headline tour, Jesus Piece will undertake another trek prior to that run. Continue reading “JESUS PIECE Announce January Eastern US Tour With VEIN Prior To KNOCKED LOOSE / TERROR Trek”

DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018 – Blackseed Records Announces Initial Festival Lineup & ‘Early Crow’ Tickets

Descendants Of Crom Festival

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

“…Now they will know why they are afraid of the dark.  Now they learn why they fear the night.…” ~ Thulsa Doom (Conan) Continue reading “DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018 – Blackseed Records Announces Initial Festival Lineup & ‘Early Crow’ Tickets”

KYNG Launch GoFundMe After Robbed Of Nearly Everything Post-Ozzfest Performance


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

Well, it has happened yet once again and as for me personally, I am sick of having to report these terrible happenings. The night after their performance at the ‘Ozzfest‘ on November 4th, rockers Kyng were the latest victims of a robbery and theft. According to the band, their van, trailer, all of their gear and merchandise were all taken in the crime. Continue reading “KYNG Launch GoFundMe After Robbed Of Nearly Everything Post-Ozzfest Performance”