FISTULA To Issue Splits With COME TO GRIEF & -(16)- As Part Of Series Commemorating 20th Anniversary


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

In celebration of their impending twentieth anniversary, Ohio’s extremist noise veterans FISTULA are preparing to unleash the first wave of a planned series of Splits. Slated to drop on December 15th via PATAC Records, the first splits find FISTULA facing off with sludge stalwarts Come To Grief and -(16)-. Continue reading “FISTULA To Issue Splits With COME TO GRIEF & -(16)- As Part Of Series Commemorating 20th Anniversary”

FOUR ON THE FLOOR #4: JON BARRYSMITH of YEAR OF THE COBRA – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight; Live Photos From Psycho Las Vegas

Jon Barrysmith of Year Of The Cobra @ Psycho Las Vegas 2017 (Photo by Leanne)

(By Brendan Burns of Wasted Theory, Guest Columnist, RiffRelevant.com)

For as long as I can remember, it’s always been about the guitar player or the lead singer.  That lethal concoction of singers and axe-swingers like Page and Plant. Mick and Keith, Tyler and Perry, Daltry and Townsend, the list goes on and on…   Continue reading “FOUR ON THE FLOOR #4: JON BARRYSMITH of YEAR OF THE COBRA – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight; Live Photos From Psycho Las Vegas”

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”

RED RAVEN DOWN Shares ‘Ashes’ Visualizer; ‘Phantoms’ EP Drops Next Week


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

Seinäjoki, Finland-based metalcore band Red Raven Down have unleashed their official video for the song “Ashes“. The track is taken from their upcoming EP “Phantoms” which is set to be released December 15th by Inverse Records. The new EP was recorded, mixed and mastered by Mika Autio at Halla Freakquency. Continue reading “RED RAVEN DOWN Shares ‘Ashes’ Visualizer; ‘Phantoms’ EP Drops Next Week”

ELECTRIC AGE To Release ‘Live At The House Of Blues: NOLA’; EP Streaming


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

Southern Louisiana’s vehement viceroys of high voltage heavy rock and doom, Electric Age, are on the verge of returning with a special live recording soon. The trio will imminently issue the 4-song, twenty-five minute running time, live offering “Live At The House Of Blues: NOLA” EP on December 15th. Continue reading “ELECTRIC AGE To Release ‘Live At The House Of Blues: NOLA’; EP Streaming”

WINDHAND Share ‘Old Evil’ Visualizer From Upcoming Split With SATAN’S SATYRS + Live Dates

WINDHAND

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

RVA-based (Richmond, VA) psychedelic doom band Windhand have just released their official video for “Old Evil“. The song hails from the band’s upcoming split release with Satan’s Satyrs, due for release on CD, LP and digital formats on February 16th from Relapse Records. Continue reading “WINDHAND Share ‘Old Evil’ Visualizer From Upcoming Split With SATAN’S SATYRS + Live Dates”

FALLEN SUNS ‘Sol Aeternum’ EP Review & Stream


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

As the Los Angeles-based heavy rock band Fallen Suns close in on their second anniversary of activity, they celebrate a bit early with their stunning sophomore EP.   Continue reading “FALLEN SUNS ‘Sol Aeternum’ EP Review & Stream”

KILL THE IDEAL Delivers ‘Crazy’ Official Video


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

Rapidly rising UK heavy contemporary rock trio Kill The Ideal have gone “Crazy” with a brand new official video of the same name.   Continue reading “KILL THE IDEAL Delivers ‘Crazy’ Official Video”

SCOTT KELLY (Accompanied By JOHN JUDKINS) Announces 2018 European Solo Tour; Ltd. Ed. Live 7″

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

Legendary musician Scott Kelly (Neurosis, Shrinebuilder, Corrections House, etc.) has announced a European solo tour for early 2018, where he will be accompanied by John Judkins of Rwake. Continue reading “SCOTT KELLY (Accompanied By JOHN JUDKINS) Announces 2018 European Solo Tour; Ltd. Ed. Live 7″”

Oldschool Sunday: BLOODBATH [Upcoming Split With AUTOPSY + 2018 N. American Tour]

BLOODBATH (Then)

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

In today’s music journalism realm, the term “supergroup” is as commonly brandied about as any other type of label or tag. It has not always been so either as there was a time when a supergroup was a rarity, something special and outside of the norm. The qualifications to meet this supergroup designation were simple too, be a band comprised of well-known, established musicians…and that was pretty much it. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: BLOODBATH [Upcoming Split With AUTOPSY + 2018 N. American Tour]”

PILE OF PRIESTS ‘Tenebrous Labyrinth’ EP Review & Stream


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

After a mere handful of days since premiering the title track of their new EP, “Tenebrous Labyrinth“, Denver-based trio of impenitent metallers Pile Of Priests return.   Continue reading “PILE OF PRIESTS ‘Tenebrous Labyrinth’ EP Review & Stream”

BORIS RANDALL ‘The Black Months Rise’ EP Review & Stream


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

Multi-genre melding musician Boris Randall recently returned with a new 4-song EP, “The Black Months Rise“. It isn’t only genres that Boris is melding here either as this talented, long-embedded punk rocker played all the instruments on this latest offering. He also handled vocal duties with backing assistance from Pixie Randall on the EP’s title track. Continue reading “BORIS RANDALL ‘The Black Months Rise’ EP Review & Stream”

HELLFLOWER ‘Orange’ EP Debut Review & Stream


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

I have always relished the role of a revelator when it comes to discovering a band, one that I believe are exceptional and worthy of attention, and sharing said band with other people. Today, I get to engage that enjoyment once again with news about the Andenes, Norway-based Hellflower. The band just released their four song EP début, “Orange“, on November 24th via Rob Mules Records. Continue reading “HELLFLOWER ‘Orange’ EP Debut Review & Stream”

HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN To Release ‘Rei’ EP; Title Track Streaming + Tour Dates

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

The six man, Leeds, UK-based post metal collective known as Hundred Year Old Man have announced the follow-up to their critically acclaimed breakthrough single, Black Fire. The three song “Rei” EP will drop via Gizeh Records and Wolves & Vibrancy Records on January 26th and promises to ignite the inferno of post apocalyptic metalism.  Continue reading “HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN To Release ‘Rei’ EP; Title Track Streaming + Tour Dates”

Doom Unit GODTHRYYMM (Past/Present Vallenfyre, My Dying Bride, Solstice, Etc.) Share Demo Quality Cut From Debut


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

Sites have recently been forewarning readers about the imminent arrival of Godthrymm, a new project with Hamish Glencross (Vallenfyre, ex-My Dying Bride, ex-Solstice) on vocals and guitar, Chaz Netherwood (ex-Solstice) on guitar, Shaun Taylor-Steels (My Dying Bride) on drums, and Rich Mumford (Malediction) on bass.  Continue reading “Doom Unit GODTHRYYMM (Past/Present Vallenfyre, My Dying Bride, Solstice, Etc.) Share Demo Quality Cut From Debut”

THE ASOUND Rebound With ‘Commanding The Sword’ 7″ Flexi; Streaming

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

North Carolina’s The Asound seem to have recently burst onto the underground music scene with constant abound.   Continue reading “THE ASOUND Rebound With ‘Commanding The Sword’ 7″ Flexi; Streaming”

IN FLAMES Issues Surprise Covers EP; Stream + Lyric Video For Depeche Mode Cover


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

Long-running Gothenburg, Sweden metallers In Flames surprised metal fans everywhere with a four-track covers EP, “Down, Wicked & No Good“, out today on streaming platforms worldwide. The band’s short collection includes In Flames‘ versions of Alice In Chains’ “Down In A Hole,” Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game,” and a live bonus version of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt”.  Continue reading “IN FLAMES Issues Surprise Covers EP; Stream + Lyric Video For Depeche Mode Cover”

VVON DOGMA I ‘Communion’ EP Review & Stream

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

We may have the arrival of a whole new genre or style of music with what’s happening here from Montreal, Québec’s Vvon Dogma I. Having just released the “Communion” EP in recent days, the music contained upon it is quite forward-thinking progressive metal at its roots. Continue reading “VVON DOGMA I ‘Communion’ EP Review & Stream”

KOLOSSOR Completes Video Trilogy With ‘Bugbear’s Last Stand’ Clip


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

New Jersey’s Kolossor have gradually set and surpassed milestone after milestone throughout 2017.   Continue reading “KOLOSSOR Completes Video Trilogy With ‘Bugbear’s Last Stand’ Clip”

PILE OF PRIESTS Reveals ‘Tenebrous Labyrinth’ EP Details; Title Track Stream


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

From the Mile High City of Denver comes the latest offering from the merciless trio of Evan Salvador (Guitars, Vocals) Patrick Leyn (Bass) and Evan Knight (Drums). The guys, otherwise known as Pile Of Priests will self-release their new EP, “Tenebrous Labyrinth“, on November 24th…Black Friday! Continue reading “PILE OF PRIESTS Reveals ‘Tenebrous Labyrinth’ EP Details; Title Track Stream”