SKINLAB Announces ‘Brothers In Blood Tour’ With PISSING RAZORS & SHATTERED SUN


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

Reformed Bay Area bash ‘n thrash band Skinlab have announced their first live dates of 2018, with the Brothers In Blood Tour. It sees the heavy hitters supported by a duo of equally fantastic acts, Pissing Razors and Shattered Sun. The trio’s short southwestern run will commence on January 25th in San Diego, and wrap on February 3rd in Harlingen, Texas (full dates below). Continue reading “SKINLAB Announces ‘Brothers In Blood Tour’ With PISSING RAZORS & SHATTERED SUN”

CADAVERIA Share ‘The Divine Rapture’ Lyric Video From Newly Remastered/Re-Issued 2004 Release


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

Long running Italian horror/death metallers Cadaveria are back with a brand new lyric-based visualizer, “The Divine Rapture“. The track hails from the band’s newly remastered edition of their “Far Away From Conformity” album, originally released in 2004. Continue reading “CADAVERIA Share ‘The Divine Rapture’ Lyric Video From Newly Remastered/Re-Issued 2004 Release”

Riot’s Revelation: HAPPY METAL ANNIHILATION VOL. 7 [Stream + Free Sampler Download]


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

Merry (early) Christmas, Metalheads! Damn, do I have a gift for you too, as I usually do with most any or all Riot’s Revelation segments. How does an Asher Media Relations-provided Sampler sound, one that contains over 50 tracks and a running time of four hours? Sounds pretty good, eh? Continue reading “Riot’s Revelation: HAPPY METAL ANNIHILATION VOL. 7 [Stream + Free Sampler Download]”

The RIFF RELEVANT Interview With DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA

DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA

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

I still recall the very first time that I heard guitarist / musician Daren “KLANK” Diolosa, although I’m not sure he’d been tagged with the nickname at the time. In fact, I really did not know it was him per se, all I did know was that I saw a music video that absolutely floored me. The video, the song, the music itself and the guys present in the visualizer were like nothing I had ever heard…or seen. Continue reading “The RIFF RELEVANT Interview With DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA”

Pro-Shot Video Of Entire SACRED REICH Performance At Wacken Open Air 2017


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

2017, like every other year before it, has seen bands both come and go but for me personally,  the “comeback” or return of one in particular really excited me. Arizona’s oldschool socio-political thrashers Sacred Reich arose yet once again from the depths of the underground, resuming their role as one of the most important metal throne-holders ever. Continue reading “Pro-Shot Video Of Entire SACRED REICH Performance At Wacken Open Air 2017”

Oldschool Sunday: ZIMMER’S HOLE [Re-Issues & New Release Set For 2018]

ZIMMER’S HOLE (Now)

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

Let me begin by saying that the fact that British Columbia-based speed metallers Zimmer’s Hole are now over 25 years old is simply mind-boggling to me. The band was really begun as a side project of several members from Strapping Young Lad, and to be honest, is a little in a similar vein of music. But hell, there is nothing wrong with that if you are asking me. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: ZIMMER’S HOLE [Re-Issues & New Release Set For 2018]”

DARKEST HOUR Set February East Coast Trek; WHORES. & EXTINCTION A.D. Supporting


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

Reactivated Virginia metallers Darkest Hour have announced a short, but nonetheless incredible, East Coast touring trek. It will set off in February 2018 and consist of nine dates with support provided by WHORES. and Extinction A.D. Here’s what we know: Continue reading “DARKEST HOUR Set February East Coast Trek; WHORES. & EXTINCTION A.D. Supporting”

PROFESSOR EMERITUS ‘Take Me To The Gallows’ Review & Stream

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

The heavy metal scene, underground, community, or whatever term you prefer, continually astounds me.  Continue reading “PROFESSOR EMERITUS ‘Take Me To The Gallows’ Review & Stream”

Symphony X Bassist’s Band MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS To Return With ‘Pawn And Prophecy’; Song Premiere


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

Mike LePond, best known as the bassist for long-running, progressive metal band Symphony X, has announced the studio return of his own project, Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins.   Continue reading “Symphony X Bassist’s Band MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS To Return With ‘Pawn And Prophecy’; Song Premiere”

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”

LETTERS FROM THE COLONY Share Details Of ‘Vignette’ Debut; Premiere ‘Erasing Contrast’ Video


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

One of the most intriguing, more incredible progressive death metal bands that I have heard in a while are the Borlänge, Sweden based Letters From The Colony.   Continue reading “LETTERS FROM THE COLONY Share Details Of ‘Vignette’ Debut; Premiere ‘Erasing Contrast’ Video”

HOLY TERROR ‘Total Terror’ Box Set To See North American Release


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

Dissonance Productions has announced the North American release of “Total Terror“, a box set of varied content from underground oldschool progressive thrash band Holy Terror. The band originally released two iconic cult records – Terror And Submission and Mind Wars – back in the 80’s. Continue reading “HOLY TERROR ‘Total Terror’ Box Set To See North American Release”

THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL Reveals 2018 Lineup; Riff Relevant Announces Media Partnership

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

2017 has been a remarkable year for festival lineups (at least for me), event organizers in 2018 have their work cut out for them.  The Maryland Doom Fest has already revealed it’s initial (& full!) 2018 lineup, and Riff Relevant is a very proud sponsor for next year’s event!  Let’s find out more, shall we? Continue reading “THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL Reveals 2018 Lineup; Riff Relevant Announces Media Partnership”

AXEMASTER Back With ‘Crawling Chaos’ Album Out Now; Song Streams


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

Long running Ohio-based melodic thrash / power metal band Axemaster recently returned to the scene with a new studio album, “Crawling Chaos“.   Continue reading “AXEMASTER Back With ‘Crawling Chaos’ Album Out Now; Song Streams”

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”

HIMSA Confirm Reuniting For ‘Courting Tragedy And Disaster’ Full Performance At Northwest Terror Fest ’18; Others Scheduled: PRIMITIVE MAN-SUBROSA-PANOPTICON + More TBA

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

Himsa, the Pacific NW band now disbanded for almost a decade, will reunite for a full album performance at Northwest Terror Fest 2018.   Continue reading “HIMSA Confirm Reuniting For ‘Courting Tragedy And Disaster’ Full Performance At Northwest Terror Fest ’18; Others Scheduled: PRIMITIVE MAN-SUBROSA-PANOPTICON + More TBA”

KING WITCH Reveal Anxiously Awaited Full-Length Debut ‘Under The Mountain’ Info


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

After astounding the music underground with their critically acclaimed 2015 Shoulders Of Giants EP (here), Scotland-based metal/doom rockers KING WITCH will release their debut full-length, Under The Mountain, via Listenable Records in early 2018. Continue reading “KING WITCH Reveal Anxiously Awaited Full-Length Debut ‘Under The Mountain’ Info”

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”

ICED EARTH Announce North American Leg Of World Tour; SANCTUARY & KILL RITUAL To Support


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

In one of the freaking most Must-See tour announcements to be unveiled for early 2018 comes this magnificent revelation directly from Iced Earth‘s own Jon Schaffer:

Brothers and sisters! We are very aware at how impatient you have been getting about our North American tour announcement, but the time has arrived!! We will be seeing you soon in a very extensive USA/Canada run. Be there, it will be an awesome time for sure!Continue reading “ICED EARTH Announce North American Leg Of World Tour; SANCTUARY & KILL RITUAL To Support”

Gorilla Pulp ‘Heavy Lips!’ Album Review & Stream

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

Italy’s Gorilla Pulp is one of those bands that I managed to grasp onto from the near-beginning of their journey, as it was happening.  No catching up, no delayed reaction.  Now, having kept pace, here we go with the third chapter in their ongoing saga, with a few stops prior to our destination.    Continue reading “Gorilla Pulp ‘Heavy Lips!’ Album Review & Stream”