The DAN LORENZO (Vessel Of Light, Hades, Non-Fiction, Etc.) Interview


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

Musician Dan Lorenzo (guitarist) was a highly integral component to many of my own earlier, formative music years. His song writing abilities and guitar playing talent were the creative catalyst for the legendary Eighties power metal / thrash band Hades. In that band he helped pioneer the music and sound of the East Coast’s own take on underground music. Continue reading “The DAN LORENZO (Vessel Of Light, Hades, Non-Fiction, Etc.) Interview”

THE ASOUND Astound All Part 1: The Interview [Video]

(Pic Courtesy Of WILL BOUTON)

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

North Carolina’s The Asound are currently experiencing a mercurial rise within the heavy music underground. The band itself, Chad Wyrick (guitar, vocals), Michael Crump (drums) and Jon Cox (bass), have a string of split releases out and are currently working on a new album. That album, titled “Controller“, will be issued through Doomsayer Records before year’s end and you can catch my review of their latest Split, with Intercourse, in Part 2 of this feature. Continue reading “THE ASOUND Astound All Part 1: The Interview [Video]”

FORBIDDEN DIMENSION’s TOMMY BAGLEY Interviews with Riff Relevant & Album Stream

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

It only took me about 27 years, but I finally discovered the manic musical genius that is Forbidden Dimension.  Nobody combines punk, metal, surf, 60’s garage, and much more like this trio.   Continue reading “FORBIDDEN DIMENSION’s TOMMY BAGLEY Interviews with Riff Relevant & Album Stream”

An Interview With THE OBSESSED [Video]


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

2017 has undeniably, and without a doubt, been the year of The Obsessed. Although recent events originally began percolating in 2016 when band founder, Scott “Wino” Weinrich, transitioned the then-reformed Spirit Caravan into the newest incarnation of The Obsessed. After a drummer change, the band would eventually record and release this year’s phenomenal return to form, “Sacred“, through Relapse Records. Continue reading “An Interview With THE OBSESSED [Video]”

New Phil Anselmo Goth Rock Project EN MINOR To Release Debut In 2018 [Video]


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

Metal icon Phil Anselmo is currently on the road with Superjoint, one of the many projects he can lay claim to. On September 27th, Phil was interviewed on Jimmy Cabb’s 5150 where he announced yet another musical undertaking, En Minor. From Phil’s description of the band, it may just be one of his most ambitious efforts yet and that’s saying something as he’s explored thrash, groove metal, black metal, hardcore / punk and more. Continue reading “New Phil Anselmo Goth Rock Project EN MINOR To Release Debut In 2018 [Video]”

An Interview ELDER DRUID’s Brien Gillen

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

Doom music is universal it seems. It can come or originate from anywhere upon the globe, and do so at any point in time. Take Northern Ireland for example, back in 2015 as that’s where a five-fold set of riff worshipers united within one entity, Elder Druid. In doing so, Gregg McDowell (vocals), Jake Wallace (lead guitar), Mikey Scott (rhythm guitar), Dale Hughes (bass guitar) and Brien Gillen (drums), set events in motion that have thus far led us all to this point in time. Continue reading “An Interview ELDER DRUID’s Brien Gillen”

BURN THEE INSECTS Interview At The Maryland Doom Fest 2017 [Video]

(All Pics Courtesy Of Leanne Ridgeway)

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

Arizona’s Burn Thee Insects are one of those bands that come along and ultimately blow your mind once experienced.   Continue reading “BURN THEE INSECTS Interview At The Maryland Doom Fest 2017 [Video]”

DOUG ALDRICH Claims To Possess Unreleased DIO Material

Doug Aldrich (L) & Ronnie James Dio (R)

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

Guitarist Doug Aldrich, who was in the band DIO between 2002 and 2006, claims to be in possession of some unreleased Demo quality material from Ronnie.   Continue reading “DOUG ALDRICH Claims To Possess Unreleased DIO Material”

An Interview With BYZANTINE’s Chris ‘OJ’ Ojeda At ‘The Cicada Tree’ Metal Blade Records Release Show [Video]


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

West Virginia’s Byzantine have always been one of the best, truly creative and progressive thrash metal bands in all music history.  Call that opinion if you want, but I will insist it is fact.  I feel the band’s own discography and history more than validates my statement, too.

Continue reading “An Interview With BYZANTINE’s Chris ‘OJ’ Ojeda At ‘The Cicada Tree’ Metal Blade Records Release Show [Video]”

RIFF RELEVANT Interviews TEMPTATIONS WINGS [Video]

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

Asheville, North Carolina’s Temptations Wings have had an amazing year so far with 2017. In March, they released their full-length debut, the conceptual masterpiece “Skulthor Ebonblade“.   Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Interviews TEMPTATIONS WINGS [Video]”

Interview With ‘Jesus, Devil, Deed’ Author DEE CALHOUN

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

Dee Calhoun, or as most heavy metal fans know him, “Screaming MadDee Calhoun, could be referred to as a “Renaissance Artist”.  My claim is derived from the age-old expression equating certain figures as a “Renaissance Man”, a title attributed to well-rounded, versatile people.   Continue reading “Interview With ‘Jesus, Devil, Deed’ Author DEE CALHOUN”

SASQUATCH – Band Interview w/Guest Contrib. John Gist; ‘Maneuvers’ Full Stream; Tour Dates

Sasquatch – Photo By EdkoFuzzPhoto

(By John Gist, Guest Contributor; Edited by Leanne, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

June 2017 brought us a new release ‘Maneuvers , from those heavy lunatics of the forest, Sasquatch.  Today brings us an open conversation with guest contributor John Gist, where the three gents discussed their new tunes, crew, and plans, along with a barrel full of random fun. — Leanne   Continue reading “SASQUATCH – Band Interview w/Guest Contrib. John Gist; ‘Maneuvers’ Full Stream; Tour Dates”

An Interview With Descendants Of Crom Fest Organizer / Horehound’s SHY KENNEDY

HOREHOUND (Pic Courtesy Of Paul Miser)

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

Pittsburgh’s Horehound are a relatively young band, having first fired up in 2015, and are now continuing to build their street cred. I was unfamiliar with the band when I saw them live at 2016’s Doomed & Stoned Festival in Indianapolis, but my ignorance was irrelevant.   Continue reading “An Interview With Descendants Of Crom Fest Organizer / Horehound’s SHY KENNEDY”

The FORMING THE VOID Interview With Riff Relevant

FORMING THE VOID

I first discovered Louisiana’s Forming The Void back when they shared their official video for ‘Three Eyed Gazelle‘ a couple years ago. The video, and the band’s style of vastly exploratory, experimentally progressive metal made me an instant convert to the FTV camp. The album that the video hailed from, ‘Skyward‘, racked up some respectable reverence for the band.      Continue reading “The FORMING THE VOID Interview With Riff Relevant”

An Interview With Rabid Assassin/Toxic Rabid Films’ THANE FARACE; ‘All Rise’ Film Short Premiere

THANE FARACE

Thane Farace is a wild man! I said it before and I will say it again, despite never having personally met the man he is a dynamo of creative talent. Whether it is within his traditional metal inspired band Rabid Assassin or his outlaw country/southern rock one with Dave Sherman (Earthride, Weed Is Weed), Pillbilly, Thane creates. He’s also got a Ronnie James Dio tribute band, Kill The King, underway as well.  Continue reading “An Interview With Rabid Assassin/Toxic Rabid Films’ THANE FARACE; ‘All Rise’ Film Short Premiere”