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”

Oldschool Sunday: RELEASE

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

I absolutely dislike writing pieces, where either no, or next to no, information exists about a band, especially Oldschool Sunday articles.  Call it perfectionism, a desire to be thorough, whatever… Hell, call it OCD if you want, it doesn’t matter.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: RELEASE”

CHOKED OUT AGAIN Busy Working On Tripsquad Records Debut

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

One of the New England region’s most volatile entities, Choked Out Again, recently shared an update with us, letting us know what’s currently going on with the band.   Continue reading “CHOKED OUT AGAIN Busy Working On Tripsquad Records Debut”

Don’t Call It A Comeback… But CONFESSOR Are Coming Back!

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

The iconic, legendary North Carolina-based metallic doom unit Confessor seem to be on the verge of a long-awaited return.    Continue reading “Don’t Call It A Comeback… But CONFESSOR Are Coming Back!”

MINDWARS Sign With Dissonance Productions For 2018 Release Of ‘Do Unto Others’

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

Bi-National thrash band Mindwars, one with members living in both the U.S. and Italy, recently sent me some very welcomed news.    Continue reading “MINDWARS Sign With Dissonance Productions For 2018 Release Of ‘Do Unto Others’”

Mike Portnoy & Derek Sherinian Reunite In Supergroup SONS OF APOLLO


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

Dream Theater alumni Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian have confirmed recent rumors hinting at their working together in a new “supergroup” project.   Continue reading “Mike Portnoy & Derek Sherinian Reunite In Supergroup SONS OF APOLLO”

VATTNET (prev. Vattnet Viskar) Premiere Official Video; Upcoming S/T Release Details

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

After the recent departure of guitarist and vocalist Nick Thornbury from the band Vattnet Viskar, comes news of a name change.  Now operating under the moniker of simply Vattnet, the band are premiering an Official Video for the song “Spun“.   Continue reading “VATTNET (prev. Vattnet Viskar) Premiere Official Video; Upcoming S/T Release Details”

Devil You Know Officially Changes Name To LIGHT THE TORCH

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

While details, information or reasons are vague at this time, the band Devil You Know, which features former KIllswitch Engage singer Howard Jones, have changed their name.  They will now be operating under the name Light The Torch apparently. Continue reading “Devil You Know Officially Changes Name To LIGHT THE TORCH”

WASTED THEORY – Sign to Argonauta Records; To Play Live Show 9/23 & Desc. of Crom Fest 9/30; Spring Tour Show Photos (Atl. City, NJ)

Wasted Theory
Wasted Theory

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

Argonauta Records is on a rampage lately!  In the wee early hours of this very morning, they announced confirmation of the label’s signing of American Weed Rockers WASTED THEORY, with plans to re-release their much-adored ‘Defenders of the Riff‘ album.  We have some details on that, plus a crop of photos from recent live shows I attended this Spring, and a few other fistfuls of dirt… Continue reading “WASTED THEORY – Sign to Argonauta Records; To Play Live Show 9/23 & Desc. of Crom Fest 9/30; Spring Tour Show Photos (Atl. City, NJ)”

XENTRIX Reveals Identity Of New Vocalist

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

Reactivated UK thrashers Xentrix have just given metal fans an update on the band, part of which reveals the identity of their new vocalist.   Continue reading “XENTRIX Reveals Identity Of New Vocalist”

Ruling Delivered In Court Battle Over ENTOMBED Name

As you may or  may not know, there has been a long running court battle over the rights to the Entombed band name in recent years.   Continue reading “Ruling Delivered In Court Battle Over ENTOMBED Name”

Bass Legend RUDY SARZO Joins Unnamed Dan Spitz/Deen Castronovo ‘Thrash’ Project

RUDY SARZO

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

Back at the beginning of April, Riff Relevant reported on a new project being formed by Red Lamb/ex-Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz and drummer Deen Castronovo (G//Z/R, ex-Journey)…    Continue reading “Bass Legend RUDY SARZO Joins Unnamed Dan Spitz/Deen Castronovo ‘Thrash’ Project”

VICIOUS RUMORS Welcome Returning Singer Brian Allen; Add 18yo Guitarist

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

There’s a lot going on in the camp of long-running San Francisco thrash band Vicious Rumors. At 38 years and sixteen albums into their musical legacy, the band has just shared some major news announcements.    Continue reading “VICIOUS RUMORS Welcome Returning Singer Brian Allen; Add 18yo Guitarist”

HEADCAT Names Departed Lemmy Replacement In Band: Ex-Morbid Angel’s David Vincent

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

As some people may or may not know, Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister was bassist/vocalist for a rockabilly ‘n blues band named Headcat.    Continue reading “HEADCAT Names Departed Lemmy Replacement In Band: Ex-Morbid Angel’s David Vincent”

URSINNE Featuring Benediction/Hail Of Bullets’ Dave Ingram Announces New Bassist & Debut Details

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

Ursinne, the old-school death metal project of vocalist Dave Ingram (Benediction, Bolt Thrower, Down Among The Dead Men, Hail Of Bullets, etc.) and Jonny Pettersson (Wombbath, Ashcloud) have announced their new bassist.   Continue reading “URSINNE Featuring Benediction/Hail Of Bullets’ Dave Ingram Announces New Bassist & Debut Details”

DARK SERMON Announces They Are Disbanding


Floridian extreme metal band Dark Sermon have announced their dissolution. I personally hate to hear this news, as I’ve been a fan of their since first hearing them a few years back.   Continue reading “DARK SERMON Announces They Are Disbanding”

OVERKILL Announces New Drummer Jason Bittner Of Shadows Fall/Flotsam & Jetsam

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

New Jersey’s long running thrash monster Overkill have announced the addition of drummer Jason Bittner to the band.  Jason’s resume of fantastic contributions to Shadows Fall, Flotsam & Jetsam, Toxik, etc., makes him the perfect choice.    Continue reading “OVERKILL Announces New Drummer Jason Bittner Of Shadows Fall/Flotsam & Jetsam”

Revamped Massacre (Massacre X) Changes Name To GODS OF DEATH

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

The recently revamped reformation of death metal legends Massacre, as Massacre X, has undergone another transformation.    Continue reading “Revamped Massacre (Massacre X) Changes Name To GODS OF DEATH”

Tommy Vext (Westfield Massacre, Ex-Divine Heresy) & Doc Coyle (God Forbid, Vagus Nerve) Unite In BAD WOLVES; Share Video Teaser

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

Tommy Vext (Westfield Massacre, Vext, ex-Divine Heresy), Doc Coyle (Vagus Nerve, ex-God Forbid), John Boecklin (ex-DevilDriver) and more have started a new band called Bad Wolves.

Continue reading “Tommy Vext (Westfield Massacre, Ex-Divine Heresy) & Doc Coyle (God Forbid, Vagus Nerve) Unite In BAD WOLVES; Share Video Teaser”

Guitarist Dan Spitz (Red Lamb, Ex-Anthrax) Teams With Former Journey Drummer For New ‘Thrash’ Project

Dan Spitz (L) / Deen Castronovo (R)

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

Red Lamb/ex-Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz has revealed that he and former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo have formed a new thrash metal project.  It is currently untitled, or at least not yet public, but it is an interesting pairing to say the least.     Continue reading “Guitarist Dan Spitz (Red Lamb, Ex-Anthrax) Teams With Former Journey Drummer For New ‘Thrash’ Project”