EXARSIS Unleash ‘General Guidance’ Official Video As ‘New War Order’ Looms

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

Greece’s oldschool thrash-styled metal band Exarsis have unleashed a scathing Official Video for their track “General Guidance“. The blistering neck-wrecking number hails from the band’s imminent fourth album release, “New World Order” which is due out on October 20th. Continue reading “EXARSIS Unleash ‘General Guidance’ Official Video As ‘New War Order’ Looms”

KILLTHRAX II Tour Announced With ANTHRAX & KILLSWITCH ENGAGE + Support From HAVOK


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

After their successful KillThrax Tour together earlier in 2017, Anthrax and Killswitch Engage have announced another round to hit North America in early 2018! Havok will serve as the opening act for the entire tour. Continue reading “KILLTHRAX II Tour Announced With ANTHRAX & KILLSWITCH ENGAGE + Support From HAVOK”

LADY BEAST To Unleash ‘Vicious Breed’ In November; Lyric Video Premiere + Appearance On Anthony Bourdain Show

(Photo Courtesy Of Jake Reinhart)

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

Cruz Del Sur Music is proud to announce the November 17 release of “Vicious Breed” from Pittsburgh’s NWOBHM-inspired upstarts Lady BeastThe band was one of the more surprising discoveries for many of us at the recent Descendants Of Crom Festival in Steel City.  Continue reading “LADY BEAST To Unleash ‘Vicious Breed’ In November; Lyric Video Premiere + Appearance On Anthony Bourdain Show”

PHILLIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS To Issue ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ Album In December


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

For years now, Phil Anselmo has been one of the hardest working cats in all of the music underground. He’s continually juggling a variety of bands, his work within his label, Housecore Records, and countless other endeavors. Just in the past few weeks alone has come news of an imminent new Scour album (details) as well as a planned goth rock project, En Minor (details). All while Phil’s Superjoint band is currently on tour in the U.S. Continue reading “PHILLIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS To Issue ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ Album In December”

BÓLIDO Streams ‘Heavy Bombers’ To Celebrate International CD Release

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

Chilean oldschool metal-inspired band Bólido are streaming their “Heavy Bombers” album in full via Soundcloud today. The album was released earlier this year on a digital-only format but will now see international release on CD come October 10th, via Fighter Records. Continue reading “BÓLIDO Streams ‘Heavy Bombers’ To Celebrate International CD Release”

WARCALL Streaming The Metallic Assault Of ‘Invaders’ In Full; EU. Tour Dates


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

Montreal’s weaponized music of mass destruction, aka Warcall, just issued their fourth studio album “Invaders” via Plan B Musique this past Friday, Oct. 13th. Riff Relevant is one of the few online sources currently streaming the record now via Soundcloud, to coincide with its release. Continue reading “WARCALL Streaming The Metallic Assault Of ‘Invaders’ In Full; EU. Tour Dates”

Halloween Pussytrap Kill! Kill! V/A OST Featuring Ministry, 3Teeth, Jyrki 69 Etc. Drops Friday; Movie Trailer [Video]


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

Just in time for Halloween, the new movie “Halloween Pussytrap Kill! Kill!” from Cleopatra Entertainment will hit cinemas on Oct. 27th. The plot for the film centers an all girl rock-n-roll band called Kill Pussy Kill that ventures out to play their biggest show to date on Halloween night. However, before hitting the road they manage to unwittingly upset a man. Unfortunately, this man turns out to be an evil genius (voiced by Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine) dead set on revenge.
Continue reading “Halloween Pussytrap Kill! Kill! V/A OST Featuring Ministry, 3Teeth, Jyrki 69 Etc. Drops Friday; Movie Trailer [Video]”

SCOURGE FEST 2017 Announced; Details & Line Up Revealed

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

As the U.S.A. steadily continues to create and organize its own gradually increasing number of festival gatherings, Riff Relevant is pleased to inform you of a new one. Continue reading “SCOURGE FEST 2017 Announced; Details & Line Up Revealed”

BUZZARD DUST Settles With This Week’s S/T LP Debut; Song Streams


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

RVA (Richmond, Virginia) is ground zero for a plethora of genre-warping music projects.  These days, bands like Iron Reagan, BAT and Municipal Waste are the current torchbearers, but now it is time to introduce Buzzard Dust.   Continue reading “BUZZARD DUST Settles With This Week’s S/T LP Debut; Song Streams”

MASON Stream ‘Impervious’ Thrash Attack With New Release


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

Just off the top of your head, how many Australian oldschool-inspired thrash bands come to mind this very moment? Whatever your answer may be, prepare to add at least one more to the list. Melbourne’s Mason are back with their independent sophomore full-length outing, “Impervious“. Continue reading “MASON Stream ‘Impervious’ Thrash Attack With New Release”

TULSADOOM Premieres ‘Fist From The Grave’ Video From ‘Helltulsarazordoom’ Split With HELLRAZORS


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

Austria’s blackened thrash metallers Tulsadoom have published a brand new video for the track “Fist From The Grave”, which is taken off the band’s upcoming split with fellow countrymen Hellrazors. Continue reading “TULSADOOM Premieres ‘Fist From The Grave’ Video From ‘Helltulsarazordoom’ Split With HELLRAZORS”

SKINLAB Share First New Music In Nearly 10 Years

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

Reactivated San Francisco-based metallers Skinlab have shared their first new music since the 2009 album release The Scars Between Us. That new music arrives via the track “End Of Silence” which is streaming below. The song was produced by Steve Hold and the video for the track was made by Mika Whitfield. Continue reading “SKINLAB Share First New Music In Nearly 10 Years”

SEVEN SPIRES ‘Solveig’ Review & Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter*]


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

Funny that even with the pervasiveness of downloading, quick hits and instant gratification, the concept album seems to be flourishing. It certainly does in the hands of Seven Spires. Continue reading “SEVEN SPIRES ‘Solveig’ Review & Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter*]”

‘Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over’: Second Installment Of Dimebag Darrell DVD/CD Showcase Announced; Video Trailer


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

It has been 11 years since the release of Dimevision Vol. 1 showed us all the multifaceted sides of the enigmatic musician “Dimebag” Darrell Abbot. At the time, music fans of the band Pantera were still reeling from his onstage murder in 2004. Continue reading “‘Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over’: Second Installment Of Dimebag Darrell DVD/CD Showcase Announced; Video Trailer”

NEKHRAH Stream ‘Cosmic Apostasy’ Debut In Its Entirety


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

Brutality…with groove and savagery intact. That is exactly what we get from the Cyprus-based band formerly known as Impalement. Under that previous moniker the band’s only offering was a 2014 Demo but that didn’t stop them from advancing forward. Continue reading “NEKHRAH Stream ‘Cosmic Apostasy’ Debut In Its Entirety”

KULT MOGIŁ ‘Portentaque’ EP Review & Stream


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

Poland’s relentlessly punishing death metal outfit Kult Mogił (whose name translates to “cult of graves”) are back with a new EP. “Portentaque” will be released by Pagan Records on September 29th and Riff Relevant is providing one of the very few full streams of the EP here. Continue reading “KULT MOGIŁ ‘Portentaque’ EP Review & Stream”

NEKROHOWL ‘Epitome Of Morbid’ EP Review & Select Song Streams


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

Dhaka, Bangladesh-based Nekrohowl are a band of young, hungry musicians that excel a crafting vicious, oldschool style Death Metal. After a Demo quality release in 2016, guitarist / vocalist Obliterator, bassist Sadist and drummer Warmonger return with their official debut release. Their 5-song “Epitome Of Morbid” EP will drop and detonate upon listeners come September 30th. Continue reading “NEKROHOWL ‘Epitome Of Morbid’ EP Review & Select Song Streams”

ROUGH GRIND ‘Four For The Road’ EP Review: Lyric Video


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

Jyväskylä, Finland is the home of the heavy rock / melodic power metal band Rough Grind who refer to their music as “Dark Roasted Rock”. It might just be a fitting tag too, especially once you’ve savored the flavors of their new EP for Inverse Records, “Four For The Road” (released Aug. 30). Continue reading “ROUGH GRIND ‘Four For The Road’ EP Review: Lyric Video”

AXEMASTER To Issue New LP ‘Crawling Chaos’ In November; Ltd. Edition 2LP Compilation Due In Oct.


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

Long-running Ohio based metal legends Axemaster are about to deliver a one-two punch of “then and now” type releases. The band has two different release items on their way in October and November that will make fans, old or new, as happy as can be. We will start with the new, modern material and work our way back from there, ok? Continue reading “AXEMASTER To Issue New LP ‘Crawling Chaos’ In November; Ltd. Edition 2LP Compilation Due In Oct.”

Pro-Video Of Entire HIRAX Live Set In L.A. Streaming

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

On September 15th, legendary US Bay Area thrashers, Hirax, performed at The Roxy Theatre Hollywood. They opened in the supporting slot, alongside W.Va. prog thrash act Byzantine, of the recently launched Sacred Reich30 Years Of Ignorance” tour. The full video from the show is now available below. Continue reading “Pro-Video Of Entire HIRAX Live Set In L.A. Streaming”