IRON REAGAN / GATECREEPER Split Coming; Each Streams New Song As Both Prep January Tours


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

RVA’s crossover alchemists Iron Reagan and Arizona death metallers Gatecreeper have united for a new split album release.    Continue reading “IRON REAGAN / GATECREEPER Split Coming; Each Streams New Song As Both Prep January Tours”

HEYOKA’S MIRROR ‘Loss Of Contact With Reality’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Item


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

There are many times when the term “avant-garde” is used in music journalism and to be honest, sometimes it is good and applicable but other times, not so much.  I think many reviewers use it when certain music has them scratching their heads.  The latter is not the case here today though, for when I refer to Calgary, Alberta’s Heyoka’s Mirror as avant-garde, they definitely are. Continue reading “HEYOKA’S MIRROR ‘Loss Of Contact With Reality’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Item”

1000MODS Announce First-Ever North American Trek; Select Dates With SIERRA & TELEKINETIC YETI

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

Highly revered Grecian stoner /psyche /desert rockers 1000MODS are now over a decade into their existence and altogether, a pretty big deal. Now, after several full album / EP releases, multiple attendances at Desertfest and one just announced for the upcoming HellFest Open Air, comes what is perhaps the best news of all. Continue reading “1000MODS Announce First-Ever North American Trek; Select Dates With SIERRA & TELEKINETIC YETI”

HARM’S WAY-RINGWORM-VEIN-QUEENSWAY North American Tour Announced


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

Hot on the heels of last week’s news of their new album release and Official Video debut (here), Harm’s Way have tour announcement news today. Just days after their new release “Posthuman” drops via Metal Blade on Feb. 9th, the band will launch a full-on North American road trek. Continue reading “HARM’S WAY-RINGWORM-VEIN-QUEENSWAY North American Tour Announced”

CONAN Announce 2018 N. American Tour With Support From THE DITCH AND THE DELTA

CONAN

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

As the UK’s sludgeoned doom brutalists in Conan continue to work on their next studio effort.  The band has announced a full North American headline tour.   Continue reading “CONAN Announce 2018 N. American Tour With Support From THE DITCH AND THE DELTA”

ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) Announce 2018 N. American Tour; First N.A.Trek In Over 35 Years To Follow Live CD/DVD Release


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

One of the most prolific acts in rock and roll, one that is such in both the audio and visual realm, have announced their first North American tour in over thirty years. Jeff Lynne’s ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) will hit the U.S. and Canadian continent with ten shows, starting in Oakland, CA at Oracle Arena before wrapping in Philadelphia, PA at Wells Fargo Center. See below for full tour routing. Continue reading “ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) Announce 2018 N. American Tour; First N.A.Trek In Over 35 Years To Follow Live CD/DVD Release”

KREATOR & SABATON Announce 2018 Co-Headlining Tour Of North America


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

German old-school thrash metal titans Kreator and Swedish heavy power metal heroes Sabaton are joining forces.    Continue reading “KREATOR & SABATON Announce 2018 Co-Headlining Tour Of North America”

NERVCAST ‘Locked And Loaded’ EP Review & Stream; Video Debut + Tour Dates


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

Toronto quartet Nervcast just recently unleashed their four song début EP, “Locked And Loaded“, on October 21st.   Continue reading “NERVCAST ‘Locked And Loaded’ EP Review & Stream; Video Debut + Tour Dates”

HELLOWEEN Bringing ‘Pumpkins United’ Tour To North America


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

After the hugely successful, mostly sold out Pumpkins United World Tour from Helloween in Latin America, Europe and Asia, now North Americans can get excited!   Continue reading “HELLOWEEN Bringing ‘Pumpkins United’ Tour To North America”

ANNIHILATOR Announce ‘For The Demented’ Album To Drop In Nov.; Artwork Revealed + Video Premiere


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

Legendary and long-running Canadian thrash metal band Annihilator have unveiled some details of their next planned album release. Along with them comes the premiere of the first Official Video from said album, one for the song “Twisted Lobotomy”. It’s streaming below. Continue reading “ANNIHILATOR Announce ‘For The Demented’ Album To Drop In Nov.; Artwork Revealed + Video Premiere”

OL’ TIME MOONSHINE ‘The Apocalypse Trilogies’ Album Review & Stream; Set to Play Descendants Of Crom Fest

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

Ol’ Time Moonshine is a doom / metal / rock band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who also had the balls to list old school WWF wrestling as one of their primary influences.   Challenge accepted boys, I know exactly what you need me to do…   Continue reading “OL’ TIME MOONSHINE ‘The Apocalypse Trilogies’ Album Review & Stream; Set to Play Descendants Of Crom Fest”

GHOUL Unites With GWAR For Massive North American Fall Tour; US Bastards-Doyle-He Is Legend Support

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

The cretinous miscreants from Creepsylvania, Ghoul, will join with RVA’s shock mockers GWAR for a monstrous North American live assault this fall.    Continue reading “GHOUL Unites With GWAR For Massive North American Fall Tour; US Bastards-Doyle-He Is Legend Support”

HAMMERFALL Set Plans For 2018 N. American Tour; FLOTSAM & JETSAM To Support


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

Swedish power metallers Hammerfall have revealed their plans for a 2018 North American touring trek.   Continue reading “HAMMERFALL Set Plans For 2018 N. American Tour; FLOTSAM & JETSAM To Support”

QUICKSAND Announce First New Album In 22 Years: ‘Interiors’ [Video Premiere + Tour Dates]

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

This past week, post-hardcore / alternative rock icons Quicksand announced that their first new album in 22 years, ‘Interiors’, would be out November 10th from Epitaph Records.   Continue reading “QUICKSAND Announce First New Album In 22 Years: ‘Interiors’ [Video Premiere + Tour Dates]”

MOKOMOKAI Issue New Lyric Video; Announce West Coast Canadian Tour

(Photo by Rachel Long)

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

Peterborough, Ontario’s modern-day metallic warriors Mokomokai have just premiered a new Lyric Video for their song “Mountains Of Madness“.   Continue reading “MOKOMOKAI Issue New Lyric Video; Announce West Coast Canadian Tour”

OLDE ‘Temple’ Review & Stream


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

From the far north’s greater Toronto area comes the riff-driven return of Olde via their new release, “Temple“.   Continue reading “OLDE ‘Temple’ Review & Stream”

CIRCA SURVIVE Set To Issue ‘The Amulet’ In Sept.; Video Debut + Tour Dates

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

Philly alternative rockers Circa Survive are set to release their new album, “The Amulet“, on Sept. 22nd via Hopeless Records.   Continue reading “CIRCA SURVIVE Set To Issue ‘The Amulet’ In Sept.; Video Debut + Tour Dates”

THE GREAT RUSSIAN EMPIRE To Invade With ‘Low Ends’ In Sept. [Song Premiere]

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

Montreal, Québec’s dual bass combo The Great Russian Empire are back!  Yes, the two bass and no guitar trio will return with the bass-heavy new six-song effort, the “Low Ends” EP, on September 8th.  Continue reading “THE GREAT RUSSIAN EMPIRE To Invade With ‘Low Ends’ In Sept. [Song Premiere]”

ROSETTA Reveal ‘Utopioid’ Details; Fall N. American Trek With NORTH Set

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

The avant-metal act Rosetta from Philadelphia have just announced their plans for a full-on North American touring trek.  The run will launch a little over a month after the band release their sixth studio album, “Utopioid“, due out on September 1st. Continue reading “ROSETTA Reveal ‘Utopioid’ Details; Fall N. American Trek With NORTH Set”

Mountaineer ‘As Righteous, As Flawed: Volume I’ & ‘Marbled Victory: Volume II’ Album Review & Stream

Mountaineer: As Righteous As Flawed – Volume I

(By David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

It’s a pleasant Sunday morning and the impulse is striking me for some musical blathering.  With one interview waiting on response, another in formative stages, and a retro review in need of more digging, depth and history…  Continue reading “Mountaineer ‘As Righteous, As Flawed: Volume I’ & ‘Marbled Victory: Volume II’ Album Review & Stream”