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”

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”

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”

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”

‘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”

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]”

METAL MISSIONARIES: New Documentary Explores Christianity Within Heavy Metal [Video Trailer]


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

For decades, Christian metal bands have fought to find their place within Heavy Metal. Scoffed at by Non-Christians, ostracized by the religious community and perhaps never really being accepted within the scene, that battle continues today. Continue reading “METAL MISSIONARIES: New Documentary Explores Christianity Within Heavy Metal [Video Trailer]”

RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP Recording In-Studio Visual Series; Episode 2 [Video]


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

We have arrived at our second insightful glimpse into Ledbelly Sound Studio as our audio heavy heroes from Birmingham, AL. continue to record. Ember, aka guitarist Craig Shadix, drummer Erik Bigelow, vocalist Crystal Bigelow and bassist Jeremy Allen, continue to bring their “271” EP to life. Set for release through Doomsayer Records this fall, we are along for the ride via the all-seeing electric eye as the music manifests. Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP Recording In-Studio Visual Series; Episode 2 [Video]”

WARBEAST Release Mini-Horror Film Disguised As Music Video


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

Coming quickly on the heels of their just-released, utterly vicious thrash album “Enter The Arena” (review here), Warbeast unleash THIS!  Disguising the band’s music video for the track “Hitchhiker” within an 18-minute plus mini-horror film!   Continue reading “WARBEAST Release Mini-Horror Film Disguised As Music Video”

Argonauta Records Artist DEE CALHOUN To Release ‘Jesus, Devil, Deed’ Novella In August; Video


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

Maryland metal mainstay “Screaming Mad” Dee Calhoun is a busy, busy man these days…   Continue reading “Argonauta Records Artist DEE CALHOUN To Release ‘Jesus, Devil, Deed’ Novella In August; Video”