WATAIN Schedule 2018 North American Tour; DESTRÖYER 666 Supporting


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

Contemporary Swedish black metal horde Watain have announced their plans to conquer audiences across North America in early 2018 as they embark on a headlining tour next winter featuring direct support from Deströyer 666. Continue reading “WATAIN Schedule 2018 North American Tour; DESTRÖYER 666 Supporting”

Domgård Streams True Black Album ‘Ödelagt’ Ahead Of Official Release


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

For their third official full-length studio outing within their near 20 year long legacy, Sweden’s Domgård are about to deliver the long-delayed “Ödelagt“. This lengthy, blackest of melodic metallic presences will be released this Friday, December 1st, on Carnal Records (a label partially run by Johan “Shamaatae” Lagher of Arckanum). The album happens to come almost a year after an originally planned release through the apparently now-defunct Daemon Worship Records. Continue reading “Domgård Streams True Black Album ‘Ödelagt’ Ahead Of Official Release”

TAAKE – ‘Kong Vinter’ Album Review & Stream

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

When the air is cold, and the trees are barren, I walk out into the woods naked and howl at the moon.  I become one with the darkness and pray to fucking Odin that Taake is finally ready to release a new album.    Continue reading “TAAKE – ‘Kong Vinter’ Album Review & Stream”

GOATWHORE Stream Exclusive Decibel Mag Flexi-Series Track ‘Command To Destroy’


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

By now, everyone is pretty well aware that Decibel Magazine offers an exclusive track via their Flexi-Series with each physical magazine.   Continue reading “GOATWHORE Stream Exclusive Decibel Mag Flexi-Series Track ‘Command To Destroy’”

ENSLAVED ‘E’ Review & Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter]


(By Kira Schlechter, Guest Contributor/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

In just six songs (and two bonus tracks) on its latest album, “E,” the Norwegian band Enslaved has seismically shifted what metal is, blowing open the doors instead to what it can be – thematically as well as musically. Continue reading “ENSLAVED ‘E’ Review & Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter]”

SCOUR Streams ‘Red’ EP In Its Entirety


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

Extreme metal act Scour, featuring Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint), John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), Chase Fraser (Animosity, Decrepit Birth), and Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index), are back with their new EP. Continue reading “SCOUR Streams ‘Red’ EP In Its Entirety”

ANIMA DAMNATA ‘Nefarious Seed Grows To Bring Forth Supremacy Of The Beast’ Streaming In Full


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

Speaking of full, try saying the title of the new Anima Damnata album, “Nefarious Seed Grows To Bring Forth Supremacy Of The Beast“, fast five times in row.  Godz Ov War and Malignant Voices will release the album digitally and on CD and 12″ vinyl on November 1st. Continue reading “ANIMA DAMNATA ‘Nefarious Seed Grows To Bring Forth Supremacy Of The Beast’ Streaming In Full”

EMPYREAN THRONE – ‘Chaosborne’ Review & Stream; INTERVIEW with vocalist Andrew Knudsen

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

I’m not a picky guy.  I love heavy music in various forms.  A lot of the bands I like die out after a few albums and accompanying summer tours.  You can’t blame them.  They did what they set out to do; kick some ass and have some fun.  Once in a while you get a vastly different beast.  Every now and then, you get a band like EMPYREAN THRONE.   Continue reading “EMPYREAN THRONE – ‘Chaosborne’ Review & Stream; INTERVIEW with vocalist Andrew Knudsen”

MOURNING SIGN ‘Nest Of Vipers’ Maxi-Single Review & Stream


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

Stockholm, Sweden’s Mourning Sign have resurfaced with a new 2-song offering for your listening enjoyment. The “Nest Of Vipers” Maxi-Single dropped back in late August and is creating some nice buzz in all the right places since. The band is currently composed of Robert Pörschke (vocals), Kari Kainulainen (guitars), Petri Aho (guitars/bass), Thomas Gardh (guitars/bass) and Henrik Persson (drums). Continue reading “MOURNING SIGN ‘Nest Of Vipers’ Maxi-Single Review & Stream”

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Premiere ‘Mother Owl, Father Ocean’ Track


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

Atmospheric, progressive black metallers Wolves In The Throne Room have premiered a track from their upcoming new album. The song, “Mother Owl, Father Ocean” hails from the band’s imminent Artemesia Records release, “Thrice Woven“. It also features guest vocals from Anna Von Hausswolf, about which the band states: Continue reading “WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Premiere ‘Mother Owl, Father Ocean’ Track”

SCOUR (Phil Anselmo) To Release ‘Red’ EP In Nov.; Sharing Title Track


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

Scour, aka Phil Anselmo (Pantera, DOWN, Superjoint), John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), Chase Fraser (Animosity, Decrepit Birth) and Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index), are back with a new EP. Continue reading “SCOUR (Phil Anselmo) To Release ‘Red’ EP In Nov.; Sharing Title Track”

WITCHERY Cast Spell For November ‘I Am Legion’ Album Release; Video Premiere


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

After last year’s acclaimed “In His Infernal Majesty’s Service” record release, Swedish blackened thrashers Witchery are set to release their next album. “I Am Legion” via Century Media Records on November 10th. Continue reading “WITCHERY Cast Spell For November ‘I Am Legion’ Album Release; Video Premiere”

SATANIZE Streaming Just-Released ‘Death Mass Execution’ 7″

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

Portugal’s Satanize may be one of the most brutal extreme metal acts on the planet at this time.   Continue reading “SATANIZE Streaming Just-Released ‘Death Mass Execution’ 7″”

Pro-Shot Video Of EMPEROR’s ‘Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk’ Full Set WOA 2017


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

Emperor, one of the most influential black metal bands in all of music history, made even more history this past weekend.  The band performed their second record, Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk, in its entirety at the Wacken Open Air 2017 on August 4th.    Continue reading “Pro-Shot Video Of EMPEROR’s ‘Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk’ Full Set WOA 2017”

Negative Metal Band REBEL WIZARD Return With ‘The Warning Of One’; Debut New Song


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

The Australian harbingers of negative metal, Rebel Wizard, have proclaimed their imminent return with a new EP.   Continue reading “Negative Metal Band REBEL WIZARD Return With ‘The Warning Of One’; Debut New Song”

POISON BLOOD Unveil EP Artwork; Streaming New Song ‘Circles Of Salt’


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

Recent Relapse Records signees Poison Blood, a collaboration between Horseback’s Jenks Miller and Krieg’s Neill Jameson, will release their self-titled debut EP next week.  
Continue reading “POISON BLOOD Unveil EP Artwork; Streaming New Song ‘Circles Of Salt’”

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”

Oldschool Sunday: GALLOWBRAID

GALLOWBRAID’s Jake Rogers (Pic Courtesy Of Peter Beste)

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

We aren’t going all that far back in Heavy Metal history for today’s spotlight band, Salt Lake City, Utah’s Gallowbraid.  In fact, truth is, Gallowbraid was (or is?) not an actual band really, not in the multiple member sense of the word, as it is a one-man project.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: GALLOWBRAID”

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Announce U.S. Tour; PILLORIAN Support

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

In preparation for their September 22nd release of “Thrice Woven” (announcement here), Wolves In The Throne Room have planned an extensive U.S. tour shortly after the album’s street date.    Continue reading “WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Announce U.S. Tour; PILLORIAN Support”

POISON BLOOD Premiere ‘Deformed Light’ From Upcoming Debut


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

It was recently reported that Horseback’s Jenks Miller and Krieg’s Neill Jameson had united together as the duo Poison Blood.   Continue reading “POISON BLOOD Premiere ‘Deformed Light’ From Upcoming Debut”