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”

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”

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”

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”

Original Line-Up DIXIE DREGS Announce First U.S. Tour Together In 40 Years

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

For the first time in 40 YEARS, the original line-up of the famous Dixie Dregs will embark on a U.S. tour in February of 2018.   Continue reading “Original Line-Up DIXIE DREGS Announce First U.S. Tour Together In 40 Years”

AHAB Announces Final ‘The Call Of The Wretched Sea’ Full Performance Shows


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

Teutonic nautically-themed progressive doomsters Ahab have announced three shows to wrap up 2017, which will be the last time the band will perform their 2006 album The Call Of The Wretched Sea in its entirety. Their schedule is as follows: Continue reading “AHAB Announces Final ‘The Call Of The Wretched Sea’ Full Performance Shows”

DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018 – Blackseed Records Announces Initial Festival Lineup & ‘Early Crow’ Tickets

Descendants Of Crom Festival

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

“…Now they will know why they are afraid of the dark.  Now they learn why they fear the night.…” ~ Thulsa Doom (Conan) Continue reading “DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018 – Blackseed Records Announces Initial Festival Lineup & ‘Early Crow’ Tickets”

IRON MAIDEN Streaming Entire ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ Videos


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

Iron Maiden are streaming all 15 tracks of their upcoming  “The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter” video on their YouTube channel here. All all 15 visual tracks which were captured on the road during “The Book Of Souls World Tour” in 2016 and 2017. They include: Continue reading “IRON MAIDEN Streaming Entire ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ Videos”

EXHORDER Announces Reformation With New Line Up; Reunion Shows

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

One of the South’s most legendary thrash metal bands, Exhorder, have announced they have reformed and joined the AISA Management roster. The 2017 version of Exhorder is lead by founding members Vinnie LaBella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals), who are now joined by Jason Viebrooks (Heathen) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-Superjoint Ritual, ex-Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals) on guitar and Sasha Horn (Forbidden) on drums.  Continue reading “EXHORDER Announces Reformation With New Line Up; Reunion Shows”

MIKE PATTON To Join THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN For Performance Of ‘Irony Is A Dead Scene’ EP


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

As The Dillinger Escape Plan continues to wind up their supposed farewell tour, the band will indeed be going out with a bang during their string of three final shows together next month. The band have just announced that they will be joined by their one-time vocalist Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Dead Cross) during their December 27th show at Terminal 5 in New York City, NY. Continue reading “MIKE PATTON To Join THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN For Performance Of ‘Irony Is A Dead Scene’ EP”

KING CRIMSON ‘Earthbound – 45th Anniversary Edition’ Expanded CD/DVD Announced


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

King Crimson‘s “Earthbound – 45th Anniversary EditionExpanded CD & DVD is now available for pre-order and will be released on November 17th. Continue reading “KING CRIMSON ‘Earthbound – 45th Anniversary Edition’ Expanded CD/DVD Announced”

OZZY OSBOURNE Announces ‘Farewell’ World Tour


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

Following the supposed wrap that ended the touring life of the legendary Black Sabbath earlier this year, singer Ozzy Osbourne now appears to be following suit. Ozzy has announced he will be embarking on a two year “Farewell Tour” throughout the world in 2018 and 2019. Osbourne will be turning 69 years old in December but does clearly specify one thing for sure: “This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.” Continue reading “OZZY OSBOURNE Announces ‘Farewell’ World Tour”

KOHTI TUHOA ‘Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta’ Streaming Ahead Of Southern Lord Release; Performance Video


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

Helsinki, Finland’s hardcore punk rockers, KOHTI TUHOA, are streaming their “Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta [translation: “Fourth Kingdom Of Fear“] full-length ahead of its imminent release. Southern Lord Recordings will release the vinyl LP and digital formats of the album in North America on November 24th. Continue reading “KOHTI TUHOA ‘Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta’ Streaming Ahead Of Southern Lord Release; Performance Video”

NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL Announcement!


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

Music brings people together.  In the spirit of that unity, Riff Relevant is psyched to be the first to announce the NEW ENGLAND STONER & DOOM FESTIVAL.  Continue reading “NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL Announcement!”

STRIFE To Release ‘Live At The Troubadour’ DVD/CD/LP This Month; Video Trailer


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

The legendary Cali punk/hardcore warriors Strife have a live DVD/LP titled “Live At The Troubadour” set for a release November 24th (aka the Black Friday ‘Record Store Day‘) on WAR Records. The effort features a live set that was recorded at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA on February 5th, 2005. Continue reading “STRIFE To Release ‘Live At The Troubadour’ DVD/CD/LP This Month; Video Trailer”

KREATOR & SABATON Announce 2018 Co-Headlining Tour Of North America


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

German old-school thrash metal titans Kreator and Swedish heavy power metal heroes Sabaton are joining forces.    Continue reading “KREATOR & SABATON Announce 2018 Co-Headlining Tour Of North America”

NERVCAST ‘Locked And Loaded’ EP Review & Stream; Video Debut + Tour Dates


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

Toronto quartet Nervcast just recently unleashed their four song début EP, “Locked And Loaded“, on October 21st.   Continue reading “NERVCAST ‘Locked And Loaded’ EP Review & Stream; Video Debut + Tour Dates”

HELLOWEEN Bringing ‘Pumpkins United’ Tour To North America


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

After the hugely successful, mostly sold out Pumpkins United World Tour from Helloween in Latin America, Europe and Asia, now North Americans can get excited!   Continue reading “HELLOWEEN Bringing ‘Pumpkins United’ Tour To North America”

GREENBEARD confirmed as SXSW 2018 Showcase Performer; Dates for WINTER TOUR ’17 supporting LÖDARÖDBÖL release

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

Austin, Texas trio Greenbeard has been announced as an Official Music Showcase Performing Artist for South By Southwest 2018.  The band will also embark on a sixteen date “Winter Tour 2017″ beginning next week on November 4th, in support of their recent Lödarödböl release.    Continue reading “GREENBEARD confirmed as SXSW 2018 Showcase Performer; Dates for WINTER TOUR ’17 supporting LÖDARÖDBÖL release”