DIMEBAG DARRELL ‘Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over’ Demo Review


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

The story, and ultimately the life, of the legendary deity-like musician that is “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott is one known by all fans of heavy music.  It is well known, deservedly so, because of the revolutionary skills he brought to heavy metal.   Continue reading “DIMEBAG DARRELL ‘Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over’ Demo Review”

LETTERS FROM THE COLONY Share Details Of ‘Vignette’ Debut; Premiere ‘Erasing Contrast’ Video


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

One of the most intriguing, more incredible progressive death metal bands that I have heard in a while are the Borlänge, Sweden based Letters From The Colony.   Continue reading “LETTERS FROM THE COLONY Share Details Of ‘Vignette’ Debut; Premiere ‘Erasing Contrast’ Video”

MASTODON Shares ‘Making Of Emperor Of Sand’ Doc With Unreleased Footage


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

Hot off the PR wire today comes this news: Mastodon‘s multiple episode video series, from behind the scenes as they recorded their latest album ‘Emperor Of Sand’, has been compiled into a full-length documentary.   Continue reading “MASTODON Shares ‘Making Of Emperor Of Sand’ Doc With Unreleased Footage”

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”

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”

BORRACHO To Release ‘Riffography’ Compilation In December; 7″ ‘Border Crossing’ Streaming


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

December 8th will see an amazing compilation release from D.C. heavyweights and bona fide power trio, Borracho. “Riffography” will drop that day through Ripple Music, providing a narrative of studio outtakes, 7″ off-album tracks and more, each providing a glimpse at the band from differing periods of this first decade of the band’s existence. Continue reading “BORRACHO To Release ‘Riffography’ Compilation In December; 7″ ‘Border Crossing’ Streaming”

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Debut Paul Booth-Directed ‘Spectral War’ Official Video As ‘Psychosis’ Ensues

(Pic Courtesy of TIM TRONCKOE)

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

As Cavalera Conspiracy, the band helmed by brothers and Sepultura founders Igorr and Max Cavalera, issues their new album today, we also get this. This is, of course, the powerfully fierce new official video for the song “Spectral War“, a track from today’s Napalm Record‘s release, “Psychosis“. Continue reading “CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Debut Paul Booth-Directed ‘Spectral War’ Official Video As ‘Psychosis’ Ensues”

Chris ‘OJ’ Ojeda (BYZANTINE) Founds The Artist-Friendly Charleston Music & Arts Collective


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

Charleston, West Virginia’s resident metal musician Chris ‘OJ’ Ojeda, of Metal Blade Records recording act Byzantine, has seen a pet project come to fruition recently.  The Charleston Music & Arts Collective, whose building is also known as “The Bakery” due to its previous life housing the Purity-Maid Bread Factory, has now officially opened its doors!  Continue reading “Chris ‘OJ’ Ojeda (BYZANTINE) Founds The Artist-Friendly Charleston Music & Arts Collective”

Oldschool Sunday: OBSESSION [Early Releases Being Re-Issued In December]

OBSESSION (Then)

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

Underground United States-based power metal legends Obsession first got together in New Haven, Connecticut circa 1982. The band’s style of dynamically aggressive-yet-melodic power metal struck at the right time with fans of heavy metal music. The band instantly struck a chord with those fans when their song “Shadows of Steel” was included on Metal Blade Records compilation series, Metal Massacre 2. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: OBSESSION [Early Releases Being Re-Issued In December]”

ALASTOR ‘Blood On Satan’s Claw’ EP Review & Stream; Official Video

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

The providers of slow-churning, psychedelic dirges of Swedish doom, Alastor, return with their 2-track ‘Blood On Satan’s Claw‘ EP. It’s dropping via the Ljudkassett label on cassette and digital formats on November 15. The EP was recorded by Magnus Sörensen at KulturVerkstan, Tingsryd then mixed and mastered by Joona Hassinen at Studio Underjord, Norrköping. Continue reading “ALASTOR ‘Blood On Satan’s Claw’ EP Review & Stream; Official Video”

POSSESSED: Entire Pro-Shot Video Of Bloodstock Open Air Performance


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

Possessed, the legendary band that many claim was the first speed / death metal band, recently played the Bloodstock Open Air festival. B.O.A. was held back on August 11-13 at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom and video of Possessed‘s performance was professionally filmed. It is streaming here today for your viewing enjoyment. Continue reading “POSSESSED: Entire Pro-Shot Video Of Bloodstock Open Air Performance”

THE MOTH Looses Early Streaming Of ‘Hysteria’; Official Video

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

One of Germany’s heaviest exports at this time, The Moth, are loosing their upcoming album “Hysteria” in an early streaming format. The 10-song barrage of injury-inducing, caustic sonic sludge will be released on November 10th from This Charming Man Records. Continue reading “THE MOTH Looses Early Streaming Of ‘Hysteria’; Official Video”

BILLY IDOL Issues Remastered Vinyl Re-Issues Of 2 Early Albums & Greatest Hits Collection

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

I am very excited to report this news and information because, to be honest, Billy Idol was and is one of my personal music heroes…or “idols” if you will, ha! I discovered his solo music at a time that I, as a youth, was transitioning from classic rock to all of the amazing stuff the Eighties had to offer. So, needless to say, this is welcome news indeed and here it is: Continue reading “BILLY IDOL Issues Remastered Vinyl Re-Issues Of 2 Early Albums & Greatest Hits Collection”

KOHTI TUHOA ‘Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta’ Streaming Ahead Of Southern Lord Release; Performance Video


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

Helsinki, Finland’s hardcore punk rockers, KOHTI TUHOA, are streaming their “Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta [translation: “Fourth Kingdom Of Fear“] full-length ahead of its imminent release. Southern Lord Recordings will release the vinyl LP and digital formats of the album in North America on November 24th. Continue reading “KOHTI TUHOA ‘Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta’ Streaming Ahead Of Southern Lord Release; Performance Video”

STRIFE To Release ‘Live At The Troubadour’ DVD/CD/LP This Month; Video Trailer


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

The legendary Cali punk/hardcore warriors Strife have a live DVD/LP titled “Live At The Troubadour” set for a release November 24th (aka the Black Friday ‘Record Store Day‘) on WAR Records. The effort features a live set that was recorded at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA on February 5th, 2005. Continue reading “STRIFE To Release ‘Live At The Troubadour’ DVD/CD/LP This Month; Video Trailer”

ENTOMBED To Release 2016’s ‘Clandestine’ Performance On 2CD/DVD In November


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

Swedish death metal legends Entombed‘s sophomore album, 1991’s “Clandestine“, is a highly revered,  iconic landmark album.  25 years after its release, original band members Nicke Andersson, Uffe Cederlund and Alex Hellid teamed up for a unique concert at Malmö Live in Malmö, Sweden on November 12th, 2016. At that show, the pioneering work was played from beginning to end, from the opening “Living Dead” to the closing “Through The Collonades“. Continue reading “ENTOMBED To Release 2016’s ‘Clandestine’ Performance On 2CD/DVD In November”

DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN Detail Upcoming Third Album ‘…And You Will Obey Me’


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

Down Among The Dead Men, featuring former Bolt Thrower / Benediction singer Dave Ingram and Swedish mastermind Rogga Johansson, have signed to Transcending Obscurity Records. The band’s third full-length album, “…And You Will Obey Me“, will be released in early 2018 with preview songs available soon. Continue reading “DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN Detail Upcoming Third Album ‘…And You Will Obey Me’”

GRUNTRUCK Premiere Animated Video From “Lost” S/T Album Out Now


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

With all of the recent buzz and hoopla about the long “lost” Gruntruck album (details here) finally seeing the light of day, I now get to utter (via typed text) words I never thought I’d be saying again: “We have the premiere of a new video from Gruntruck.Continue reading “GRUNTRUCK Premiere Animated Video From “Lost” S/T Album Out Now”

‘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”

LADY BEAST To Unleash ‘Vicious Breed’ In November; Lyric Video Premiere + Appearance On Anthony Bourdain Show

(Photo Courtesy Of Jake Reinhart)

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

Cruz Del Sur Music is proud to announce the November 17 release of “Vicious Breed” from Pittsburgh’s NWOBHM-inspired upstarts Lady Beast.  The band was one of the more surprising discoveries for many of us at the recent Descendants Of Crom Festival in Steel City.  Continue reading “LADY BEAST To Unleash ‘Vicious Breed’ In November; Lyric Video Premiere + Appearance On Anthony Bourdain Show”