Re-Activated TRAUMA Announce Headline Tour; More Dates TBA


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

The re-activated Bay Area thrash metal band Trauma, once home to the pre-Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, have announced some upcoming live tour dates.   Continue reading “Re-Activated TRAUMA Announce Headline Tour; More Dates TBA”

PALE HORSEMAN Premiere ‘Final War’ Track From Imminent ‘The Fourth Seal’ Release


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

The Chicago-based heavyweights of doom and sludge, Pale Horseman, are preparing to deliver their most severe sonic blow yet. Their new album, “The Fourth Seal“, will be independently released by the band on November 24th. Continue reading “PALE HORSEMAN Premiere ‘Final War’ Track From Imminent ‘The Fourth Seal’ Release”

‘Finding Joseph I’ Doc On BAD BRAINS Vox Paul HR Hudson Arrives On DVD In Nov.; Select Theater Screenings


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

The documentary on Bad Brains front-man Paul “HR” Hudson, ‘Finding Joseph I‘, will arrive on DVD on November 3rd. James Lathos directed the feature, which documents the life of the legendary, enigmatic front-man through previously unseen archival footage as well as various interviews with his family, band mates, members of DeftonesFugaziLiving Colour and more. A number of theaters currently have screenings of the film scheduled, including: Continue reading “‘Finding Joseph I’ Doc On BAD BRAINS Vox Paul HR Hudson Arrives On DVD In Nov.; Select Theater Screenings”

KILLTHRAX II Tour Announced With ANTHRAX & KILLSWITCH ENGAGE + Support From HAVOK


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

After their successful KillThrax Tour together earlier in 2017, Anthrax and Killswitch Engage have announced another round to hit North America in early 2018! Havok will serve as the opening act for the entire tour. Continue reading “KILLTHRAX II Tour Announced With ANTHRAX & KILLSWITCH ENGAGE + Support From HAVOK”

DREAM THEATER ‘Images, Words & Beyond 25th Anniversary Tour’ Mini-Doc Premieres

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

FreqsTV
 has produced a documentary on Dream Theater‘s “Images, Words & Beyond” tour, which sees the pioneering progressive metal group celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of their milestone RIAA-gold-certified album “Images And Words“. Continue reading “DREAM THEATER ‘Images, Words & Beyond 25th Anniversary Tour’ Mini-Doc Premieres”

Halloween Pussytrap Kill! Kill! V/A OST Featuring Ministry, 3Teeth, Jyrki 69 Etc. Drops Friday; Movie Trailer [Video]


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

Just in time for Halloween, the new movie “Halloween Pussytrap Kill! Kill!” from Cleopatra Entertainment will hit cinemas on Oct. 27th. The plot for the film centers an all girl rock-n-roll band called Kill Pussy Kill that ventures out to play their biggest show to date on Halloween night. However, before hitting the road they manage to unwittingly upset a man. Unfortunately, this man turns out to be an evil genius (voiced by Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine) dead set on revenge.
Continue reading “Halloween Pussytrap Kill! Kill! V/A OST Featuring Ministry, 3Teeth, Jyrki 69 Etc. Drops Friday; Movie Trailer [Video]”

THE ASOUND Astound All Part 2: Split 7″ w/ INTERCOURSE Review & Stream; The Asound To Play Steel & Stone Fest II


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

September 1st saw the issuing of the new 7″ Split featuring North Carolina’s The Asound and Connecticut’s Intercourse. Both bands contribute two tracks each for a total of four face-melting sonic assaults. On the release, each band’s tracks alternate with Intercourse providing tracks #1 and #3 and The Asound #2 and #4. For the purpose of this review, I will tackle each pair head-on. Continue reading “THE ASOUND Astound All Part 2: Split 7″ w/ INTERCOURSE Review & Stream; The Asound To Play Steel & Stone Fest II”

SCOURGE FEST 2017 Announced; Details & Line Up Revealed

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

As the U.S.A. steadily continues to create and organize its own gradually increasing number of festival gatherings, Riff Relevant is pleased to inform you of a new one. Continue reading “SCOURGE FEST 2017 Announced; Details & Line Up Revealed”

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Announce 2018 N. American Tour With C.O.C.; RED FANG +EYEHATEGOD On Select Dates


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

Black Label Society have announced an impressive batch of North American tour dates spanning coast to coast in support of their recently announced all new LP, “Grimmest Hits“. Support will come from legends Corrosion Of Conformity on all dates. Select tour dates will see support from EyeHateGod and Red Fang. A full list of all the dates can be seen below. Continue reading “BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Announce 2018 N. American Tour With C.O.C.; RED FANG +EYEHATEGOD On Select Dates”

BUZZARD DUST Settles With This Week’s S/T LP Debut; Song Streams


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

RVA (Richmond, Virginia) is ground zero for a plethora of genre-warping music projects.  These days, bands like Iron Reagan, BAT and Municipal Waste are the current torchbearers, but now it is time to introduce Buzzard Dust.   Continue reading “BUZZARD DUST Settles With This Week’s S/T LP Debut; Song Streams”

LIVING COLOUR Announces Fall U.S. Headline Tour


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

For over 30 years, Living Colour have been one of rock’s most amazing bands, one that blends a forward thinking mash jammed with funk, soul, heavy metal, hard rock and a whole lot more. This hodgepodge of hard rock mastery takes place not just on their albums but on the live stage as well and fans will soon be able to witness it there too. Continue reading “LIVING COLOUR Announces Fall U.S. Headline Tour”

CROWBAR To Embark On US Headline Tour; TOMBS, INCITE & TRICOUNTY TERROR Support Select Dates

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

NOLA sludgers Crowbar will embark on a string of U.S. headline dates with Tombs, Incite, and Tricounty Terror on select dates. The trek kicks off on November 11th at Alamo City Music Hall in San Antonio, Texas, and wraps up on December 1st at The Warehouse in Clarksville, Tennessee. Continue reading “CROWBAR To Embark On US Headline Tour; TOMBS, INCITE & TRICOUNTY TERROR Support Select Dates”

An Interview With THE OBSESSED [Video]


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

2017 has undeniably, and without a doubt, been the year of The Obsessed. Although recent events originally began percolating in 2016 when band founder, Scott “Wino” Weinrich, transitioned the then-reformed Spirit Caravan into the newest incarnation of The Obsessed. After a drummer change, the band would eventually record and release this year’s phenomenal return to form, “Sacred“, through Relapse Records. Continue reading “An Interview With THE OBSESSED [Video]”

BLITZKRIEG To Release Ltd. Edition ‘Reign Of Fire’ EP; Details + Video Teaser


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

The NWOBHM veterans from the UK’s Blitzkrieg will release their 7″ vinyl EP, “Reign Of Fire“, on  on December 8th via Mighty Music. It will be made available in a limited edition of 500 copies adorned with amazing hand-drawn old school metal artwork by Lee Murphy. A sample of the EP’s title track is available for streaming via the video teaser by Geoff Dukebelow. Continue reading “BLITZKRIEG To Release Ltd. Edition ‘Reign Of Fire’ EP; Details + Video Teaser”

Pro-Video Of Entire HIRAX Live Set In L.A. Streaming

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

On September 15th, legendary US Bay Area thrashers, Hirax, performed at The Roxy Theatre Hollywood. They opened in the supporting slot, alongside W.Va. prog thrash act Byzantine, of the recently launched Sacred Reich30 Years Of Ignorance” tour. The full video from the show is now available below. Continue reading “Pro-Video Of Entire HIRAX Live Set In L.A. Streaming”

FIVE OF THE EYES Prepare For Next Week’s Full-Length Debut; Video Premiere, Song Share + Tour Dates


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

Portland, Maine’s metallic-tinged progressive rockers Five Of The Eyes are poised to issue their full-length debut album, “The Venus Transit“, near month’s end. The nine-song offering will be an independent release and was produced, recorded, and mixed at Windham, Maine’s Halo Studio by Jonathan Wyman. It can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp and is due out on September 29th. Continue reading “FIVE OF THE EYES Prepare For Next Week’s Full-Length Debut; Video Premiere, Song Share + Tour Dates”

SYMETRIA Streaming Imminent TRIPSQUAD RECORDS Self-Titled Release; To Play N.J. Date Of Metal Alliance Tour


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

New Jersey’s Symetria are preparing to release their new self-titled album for the burgeoning Tripsquad Records label. The Garden State locale that brought us Method Of Destruction (M.O.D.), TT Quick, Overkill and the legendary metal label Megaforce Records is the perfect place for these events too. See, Tripsquad Records is the start-up label of Tim McMurtie, who produced the upcoming Symetria effort (along with Eric Rachel) and was himself once guitarist for M.O.D.  Continue reading “SYMETRIA Streaming Imminent TRIPSQUAD RECORDS Self-Titled Release; To Play N.J. Date Of Metal Alliance Tour”

One Hot Night: Witchcryer, Messa, Destroyer of Light – Show Review 5/21/17 Austin TX (Live Video); Tour Dates

(By Damon ‘Gravitoyd’ Caraway, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Hotel Vegas, Austin, Texas, 10:00 pm.  It was dark and felt like Godzilla’s breath: muggy and hot.  Austin’s heaviness-seekers filed in clad in black t-shirts – we only come out at night, it seems.  This was the last show for Messa and  Witchcryer on their Scarlet U.S. Tour of 2017, and they brought Destroyer Of Light along for this night of destruction. Continue reading “One Hot Night: Witchcryer, Messa, Destroyer of Light – Show Review 5/21/17 Austin TX (Live Video); Tour Dates”

Drummer Gene Hoglan To Perform Week-Long Residency On Late Night With Seth Meyers


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

Heavy metal drumming god Gene “The Atomic Clock” Hoglan, whose legacy of acts includes Dark Angel, Testament, Strapping Young Lad, Dethklok, Meldrum, Pitch Black Forecast, Death and more, will undertake a late night TV residency soon. He will sit in with NBC‘s Late Night With Seth Meyers house band, The 8G Band, from October 2nd through October 5th as their guest drummer. Continue reading “Drummer Gene Hoglan To Perform Week-Long Residency On Late Night With Seth Meyers”

SERPENTS OF SECRECY Interview At The Maryland Doom Fest 2017 [Video]

All Photos Courtesy of Shane Gardner
All Photos Courtesy of Shane Gardner (Rock N Roll Socialite)

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

One of the most promising bands to fully surface in 2017 are recent Salt Of The Earth Records signees, Serpents Of Secrecy.  The band, which many hail as a bona-fide “supergroup”, does possess a rather interesting roster of members.   Continue reading “SERPENTS OF SECRECY Interview At The Maryland Doom Fest 2017 [Video]”