STEEL & STONE Fest 3 Reveals 2018 Line-Up: TEMPTATIONS WINGS, COFFIN TORTURE, COVENATOR, GREEN FIEND, BROAD RIVER NIGHTMARE & BUSTED CHOPS


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

It’s official! The third annual edition of the STEEL & STONE Fest has been announced and its roster of acts revealed. Continue reading “STEEL & STONE Fest 3 Reveals 2018 Line-Up: TEMPTATIONS WINGS, COFFIN TORTURE, COVENATOR, GREEN FIEND, BROAD RIVER NIGHTMARE & BUSTED CHOPS”

MEGADETH Announce Inaugural ‘MegaCruise’ w/ Guests: ANTHRAX, ARMORED SAINT, TESTAMENT, C.O.C., METAL CHURCH, DORO & More [Video]


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

MEGADETH have revealed the initial line up of bands that are scheduled to set sail on the inaugural “MegaCruise 2019“.  Continue reading “MEGADETH Announce Inaugural ‘MegaCruise’ w/ Guests: ANTHRAX, ARMORED SAINT, TESTAMENT, C.O.C., METAL CHURCH, DORO & More [Video]”

Exclusive Premiere: NICK OLIVERI ‘N.O. Hits At All Vol. 5’ Pre-Release Album Stream


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

Just a mere two days from now, we will see the arrival the latest release from the iconic NICK OLIVERI, ‘N.O. Hits At All Vol. 5‘. Continue reading “Exclusive Premiere: NICK OLIVERI ‘N.O. Hits At All Vol. 5’ Pre-Release Album Stream”

UPDATED! METAL CHURCH Announce New Album ‘Damned If You Do’ To Arrive In December; Official Video

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

Long-running U.S. metal veterans METAL CHURCH announce the arrival of their 12th full-length studio album before the end of the year. Continue reading “UPDATED! METAL CHURCH Announce New Album ‘Damned If You Do’ To Arrive In December; Official Video”

SKULL PIT: Members Of Church Of Misery & Exumer Unite In New Band; Issue Video From S/T Debut


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

SKULL PIT. Just these words alone evoke some intense, macabre images in the mind of someone that hears them. Continue reading “SKULL PIT: Members Of Church Of Misery & Exumer Unite In New Band; Issue Video From S/T Debut”

Exclusive Premiere: ELEKTRIK WARFARE ‘Silent Kings And Queens’ Title Track; Members Of THAL, Crypt, wytCHord, Etc. Unite On Debut Album

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

October 1st sees the arrival of the full-length début from ELEKTRIK WARFARE, ‘Silent Kings And Queens‘, via Overlook Hotel Records.    Continue reading “Exclusive Premiere: ELEKTRIK WARFARE ‘Silent Kings And Queens’ Title Track; Members Of THAL, Crypt, wytCHord, Etc. Unite On Debut Album”

DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018: Pat Riot’s Must See Bands [The First Time 5]

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

With the ever-nearing events of the 2018 edition of the Riff Relevant-sponsored DESCENDANTS OF CROM less than a week away… what better time to roll out some of the acts I’m most excited to see live?! Continue reading “DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018: Pat Riot’s Must See Bands [The First Time 5]”

ENEMY INSIDE ‘Phoenix’ Album Review; Official Videos

(By Kira Schlechter, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

When musicians reach out to writers with their work, they are, of course, taking a chance. Will they like it? Will they… well, not? Continue reading “ENEMY INSIDE ‘Phoenix’ Album Review; Official Videos”

SEPTAGON Detail Upcoming Cruz Del Sur Music Release ‘Apocalyptic Rhymes’; Debut Lyric Video

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

German power metallers SEPTAGON have unveiled the details for their upcoming sophomore full-length album release. Continue reading “SEPTAGON Detail Upcoming Cruz Del Sur Music Release ‘Apocalyptic Rhymes’; Debut Lyric Video”

GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST To Launch ‘Red, White ‘N Brew’ U.S. Tour This Month [Video Trailer]

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

San Diego’s metal-melding heavy rockers GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST announce the rapidly approaching “Red, White ‘N BrewU.S. Tour 2018. Continue reading “GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST To Launch ‘Red, White ‘N Brew’ U.S. Tour This Month [Video Trailer]”

PIST.ON Schedules First U.S. Live Shows In 15 Years Supporting A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH


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

Reactivated melo-gloom metallers PIST.ON – the subjects of a recent Oldschool Sunday segment HERE at Riff Relevant – return with news of some upcoming live appearances. Continue reading “PIST.ON Schedules First U.S. Live Shows In 15 Years Supporting A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH”

PRIMAL FEAR ‘Apocalypse’ Review + Official Videos; EU Tour w/ RIOT & EXISTANCE Nears

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

After 21 years, PRIMAL FEAR has pretty much gotten it down. With their 12th album, the Frontiers Music Srl. issued “Apocalypse,” they solidify their place in the pantheon of German power metal. Continue reading “PRIMAL FEAR ‘Apocalypse’ Review + Official Videos; EU Tour w/ RIOT & EXISTANCE Nears”

RIPPLE MUSIC Debuts WASTED THEORY & CORTEZ Tracks From ‘Second Coming Of Heavy: Chapter 9’

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

Ripple Music has announced the premiere of two new tracks off the upcoming “Chapter 9” of the ‘Second Coming Of Heavy‘ Split Series.     Continue reading “RIPPLE MUSIC Debuts WASTED THEORY & CORTEZ Tracks From ‘Second Coming Of Heavy: Chapter 9’”

PLAINRIDE ‘Life On Ares’ Album Imminent From Ripple Music; Details + Song Premiere

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

Germany’s brazenly heavy fuzz rock band PLAINRIDE announce the upcoming release of their sophomore album, ‘Life On Ares‘. Continue reading “PLAINRIDE ‘Life On Ares’ Album Imminent From Ripple Music; Details + Song Premiere”

Exclusive Premiere: WASTED THEORY Debut ‘Abominatrix’ Video Single Off ‘Second Coming Of Heavy Chapter 9’ via Ripple Music


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

Riff Relevant is quite excited to present an exclusive première of the new track “Abominatrix” from the Mid-Atlantic’s heathen brethren WASTED THEORY. Continue reading “Exclusive Premiere: WASTED THEORY Debut ‘Abominatrix’ Video Single Off ‘Second Coming Of Heavy Chapter 9’ via Ripple Music”