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”

EXARSIS Unleash ‘General Guidance’ Official Video As ‘New War Order’ Looms

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

Greece’s oldschool thrash-styled metal band Exarsis have unleashed a scathing Official Video for their track “General Guidance“. The blistering neck-wrecking number hails from the band’s imminent fourth album release, “New World Order” which is due out on October 20th. Continue reading “EXARSIS Unleash ‘General Guidance’ Official Video As ‘New War Order’ Looms”

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”

AMENRA ‘Mass VI’ Streaming Now Ahead Of Release; Video + Tour Dates

( Pic Courtesy Of Stephan Vanfleteren)

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

Amenra
 are set to issue their phenomenal new album, “Mass VI“, via Neurot Recordings this Friday, October 20th. The contrasting sonic spectacular is streaming now though thanks to Riff Relevant and the Soundcloud embed below. Also, check out the band’s official video for the track “Children Of The Eye” also included. Continue reading “AMENRA ‘Mass VI’ Streaming Now Ahead Of Release; Video + Tour Dates”

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”

WARCALL Streaming The Metallic Assault Of ‘Invaders’ In Full; EU. Tour Dates


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

Montreal’s weaponized music of mass destruction, aka Warcall, just issued their fourth studio album “Invaders” via Plan B Musique this past Friday, Oct. 13th. Riff Relevant is one of the few online sources currently streaming the record now via Soundcloud, to coincide with its release. Continue reading “WARCALL Streaming The Metallic Assault Of ‘Invaders’ In Full; EU. Tour Dates”

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”

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”

OMOTAI Conceptual Album ‘A Ruined Oak’ Streaming In Full; Tour Dates


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

Houston-based heavyweights Omotai are set to release their powerful conceptual album “A Ruined Oak” today, Oct. 6th, through Tofu Carnage Records. The masterful opus is an inspired work based on The Lost Colony of Roanoke, an early settlement in the United States whose inhabitants all disappeared without a trace. The story is translated through this amazing album’s music, one centered on abandonment and responsibility while the lyrics are haunted by loss and violence. Continue reading “OMOTAI Conceptual Album ‘A Ruined Oak’ Streaming In Full; Tour 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]”

BLACKFINGER ‘When Colors Fade Away’ Review + Stream; Tour Dates


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

Everything changes and that is true for the Pittsburgh-based band fronted by former Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner, Blackfinger. For the project’s second studio full-length, “When Colors Fade Away“, Wagner assembled a whole new band to accompany him. Gone are everyone from Blackfinger‘s 2014 self-titled album, except Wagner himself of course. Now in are a guitar pairing that have both done time in the band Penance, Terry Weston (also of Dream Death) and Matthew Tuite, alongside bassist Matthew Cross and drummer David Snyder. Continue reading “BLACKFINGER ‘When Colors Fade Away’ Review + Stream; Tour Dates”

YEAR OF THE COBRA Announce ‘Burn Your Dead’ EP Coming; US Tour With APE MACHINE

 


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

Seattle-based bass and drum two-piece, Year Of The Cobra, have announced the next step in their sonic progression, the “Burn Your Dead” EP. It will be released through Magnetic Eye Records on October 27th and finds the duo of Amy Tung and Jon Barrysmith tackling new styles and new substance with vigor. Continue reading “YEAR OF THE COBRA Announce ‘Burn Your Dead’ EP Coming; US Tour With APE MACHINE”

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”

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”

FOTOCRIME Return With EP ‘Always Night’; Share New Song + Tour Dates


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

Louisville, Kentucky’s Fotocrime have returned with news of a new EP, “Always Night“, that they’ll be releasing soon. If you are not yet familiar with Fotocrime then just know it is the project begun by Ryan Patterson, who fronted post-hardcore act Coliseum for over a decade. Continue reading “FOTOCRIME Return With EP ‘Always Night’; Share New Song + Tour Dates”

DOOMSTRESS To Issue ‘The Second Rite’ EP & 12″ Split With SPARROWMILK; Share Details


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

The Lone Star state’s lamenters of traditional doom-inspired music, Doomstress, have announced an upcoming EP release. Coming from No Slip Records before the end of the year, Doomstress‘ “The Second Rite” EP’s release is imminent. The EP contains remixed versions from the original, very limited self release and 7″ DHU single, “Wicked Woman“. It also includes a new song, “Bitter Plea“, recorded at the end of the Wicked Summer tour and featuring additional rhythm guitar by guitarist Joe Fortunato (Sparrowmilk / Venomin James / ex-Ancient VVisdom). Continue reading “DOOMSTRESS To Issue ‘The Second Rite’ EP & 12″ Split With SPARROWMILK; Share Details”

THE DISCUSSION (Feat. Kylesa’s Laura Pleasants) Streaming New EP; EU. Tour Set

 


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

Back in 2015, one of the underground music community’s more popular bands, Savannah, GA.’s Kylesa, announced they were going on an indefinite hiatus. People everywhere were saddened by the news and were unsure what the future might hold for the band itself and its’ membership. Continue reading “THE DISCUSSION (Feat. Kylesa’s Laura Pleasants) Streaming New EP; EU. Tour Set”

THE OBSESSED Announce US Fall Headline Tour + Support For CLUTCH / DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT Run; Video Of Acoustic Performance Shared


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

Capitalizing on the huge embrace and critical success of their long awaited studio return “Sacred“, The Obsessed will tour the U.S. again this fall. The headlining tour will begin September 27th in Asheville, North Carolina and end October 27th in Baltimore, Maryland. Direct support will be provided by Cobalt and Iron Tongue on select dates. A full list of tour dates is available near the bottom of this page.  Continue reading “THE OBSESSED Announce US Fall Headline Tour + Support For CLUTCH / DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT Run; Video Of Acoustic Performance Shared”

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”