Re-Activated TRAUMA Announce Headline Tour; More Dates TBA


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

The re-activated Bay Area thrash metal band Trauma, once home to the pre-Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, have announced some upcoming live tour dates.   Continue reading “Re-Activated TRAUMA Announce Headline Tour; More Dates TBA”

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”

One Hot Night: Witchcryer, Messa, Destroyer of Light – Show Review 5/21/17 Austin TX (Live Video); Tour Dates

(By Damon ‘Gravitoyd’ Caraway, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Hotel Vegas, Austin, Texas, 10:00 pm.  It was dark and felt like Godzilla’s breath: muggy and hot.  Austin’s heaviness-seekers filed in clad in black t-shirts – we only come out at night, it seems.  This was the last show for Messa and  Witchcryer on their Scarlet U.S. Tour of 2017, and they brought Destroyer Of Light along for this night of destruction. Continue reading “One Hot Night: Witchcryer, Messa, Destroyer of Light – Show Review 5/21/17 Austin TX (Live Video); Tour Dates”

SPOCK’S BEARD Unveil ‘Snow Live’ Album Art, Details & Promo Video


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

One of progressive rock’s most popular bands is the long running Spock’s Beard. Originally formed in Los Angeles and now active for over 25 years, the band has had some incredible musicians fill its roster over that quarter of a century. In 2016, every one of them assembled together at the annual Morsefest (derived from name of the band’s founding brothers, Neal and Alan Morse) in Nashville for one incredible event. Continue reading “SPOCK’S BEARD Unveil ‘Snow Live’ Album Art, Details & Promo Video”

THE DEAD DAISIES Perform Acoustic Set At Launch Of Gas Monkey Garage’s ‘Monkey Trap Sessions’

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

Richard Rawlings’ popular Gas Monkey Garage‘s ‘Fast ‘N Loud‘ TV series has led to launches of the Texas-based venue’s Bar & Grille and other ventures. A big fan himself of Rock ‘N Roll and Heavy Metal, Rawling’s recently launched a new live music outlet, the “Monkey Trap Sessions“. Continue reading “THE DEAD DAISIES Perform Acoustic Set At Launch Of Gas Monkey Garage’s ‘Monkey Trap Sessions’”

Twin Earth Records’ HEAVY TRAFFIC & BOOK OF WYRMS Announce Tour

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

Two of Twin Earth Records most critically acclaimed acts, NYC psyche rockers Heavy Traffic and RVA’s trip-doomers Book Of Wyrms, are uniting for a road trek together.   Continue reading “Twin Earth Records’ HEAVY TRAFFIC & BOOK OF WYRMS Announce Tour”

MOS GENERATOR – Tour Dates, New Release Details & Reissues Info, Set to play Epicenter Heavy Music Fest & Desertfest

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

This started as just an update of tour info and confirmed dates for Mos Generator.  Then I had a nice chat with Tony Reed, and a simple update turned into a sensory overload.  SO MUCH NEWS, I may have even squeaked.  As a Mos Generator appreciator for many years, what can I say?  Mister Reed has that effect on me…     Continue reading “MOS GENERATOR – Tour Dates, New Release Details & Reissues Info, Set to play Epicenter Heavy Music Fest & Desertfest”

MIDNITE HELLION Share Tracks From Upcoming ‘Condemned To Hell’ Release


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

Trenton, New Jersey’s old school thrash trio Midnite Hellion will release their new album, “Condemned To Hell“, via Witches Brew on Sept. 15th.   Continue reading “MIDNITE HELLION Share Tracks From Upcoming ‘Condemned To Hell’ Release”

Video Of DEAD CROSS’ Full Sacramento Set Streaming Via Capital Chaos TV


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

Capitol Chaos TV has uploaded the entire concert from Dead Cross‘ August 29th set at Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, CA.  The band is in the middle of a successful début tour, albeit one rife with eventful occurrences.   Continue reading “Video Of DEAD CROSS’ Full Sacramento Set Streaming Via Capital Chaos TV”

EPICENTER HEAVY MUSIC FEST – San Jose CA 9/16; High On Fire, Big Business, Mos Generator & More!

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

Holy smokes, have you heard about the EPICENTER HEAVY MUSIC FESTIVAL? Oskar Blues and Heavy San José are bringing you this insane lineup to honor the Past, Present, and Future of Bay Area Heavy Underground Music.  Check this out… High on Fire, Mos Generator, with seven more bands in one beauty of a night!    Continue reading “EPICENTER HEAVY MUSIC FEST – San Jose CA 9/16; High On Fire, Big Business, Mos Generator & More!”

PSYCHO LAS VEGAS FESTIVAL – Confirmed Bands & Set Times – August 17-20th

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

Nothing like waiting until the last-minute to write this one up… I’m leaving for the airport to depart for Las Vegas in a mere 34 hours.  I still have to pack for my four days of PSYCHO LAS VEGAS 2017!  Let’s find out more details on this festival of riff in Sin City, shall we?   Continue reading “PSYCHO LAS VEGAS FESTIVAL – Confirmed Bands & Set Times – August 17-20th”

MASTODON – Confirmed Tour Dates for North America & Europe; Tour Video

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

A slew of headlining tour updates have come from the Mastodon crew over the past few weeks.  Just in case you missed it, we have all dates and info here for you today in one spot…   Continue reading “MASTODON – Confirmed Tour Dates for North America & Europe; Tour Video”

O HEIÐRÚN ‘The Human Voice Is A Disease’ Album Review & Stream; Live Event

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

Blackseed Records presents the August release of “The Human Voice Is A Diseasefrom o Heiðrún.  Forged in the Steel City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this release holds all existing o Heiðrún recordings to date, in one haunting compilation.    Continue reading “O HEIÐRÚN ‘The Human Voice Is A Disease’ Album Review & Stream; Live Event”

SCOTT KELLY w/ JOHN JUDKINS Live In Asheville, N.C.

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

Finally, an event that I’d been eager to experience for a rather lengthy time had arrived… to see a Scott Kelly acoustic performance!  Scott was currently on the road playing small, intimate sets with accompaniment by John Judkins (Rwake, Laser Flames On The Great Big News). Continue reading “SCOTT KELLY w/ JOHN JUDKINS Live In Asheville, N.C.”

Pro-Shot Video Of EMPEROR’s ‘Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk’ Full Set WOA 2017


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

Emperor, one of the most influential black metal bands in all of music history, made even more history this past weekend.  The band performed their second record, Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk, in its entirety at the Wacken Open Air 2017 on August 4th.    Continue reading “Pro-Shot Video Of EMPEROR’s ‘Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk’ Full Set WOA 2017”

SLEEP To Perform Full ‘Holy Mountain’ Album At DESERT DAZE Fest

 

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

Stoner Doom sludge mongers Sleep have announced that they plan to play their seminal 1992 milestone album “Holy Mountain” in full at the upcoming Desert Daze Festival.  The album is hailed by many as the go-to template for what we know as the “stoner doom’ genre today. Continue reading “SLEEP To Perform Full ‘Holy Mountain’ Album At DESERT DAZE Fest”

BORIS Channels ‘The Power’ Via Live Video; N. American Tour Dates

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

Japanese alternative sludge rockers Boris have released a live video version of their song “The Power“.  The track comes off the band’s recently issued album “Dear” which commemorates the band’s 25th anniversary. Continue reading “BORIS Channels ‘The Power’ Via Live Video; N. American Tour Dates”

DEMON EYE Debut New ‘Dying For It’; Special Show With CAPTAIN BEYOND


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

North Carolinian occult rockers Demon Eye have doled out a new ditty from their upcoming “Prophecies And Lies” album.  The song “Dying For It” is a high energy rock number with overtones of proto-doom and classic heavy / hard rock elements. Continue reading “DEMON EYE Debut New ‘Dying For It’; Special Show With CAPTAIN BEYOND”

IRON MAIDEN – ‘The Book Of Souls Tour’ Live Photos & Show Review (Barclay Center, Brooklyn NY 7/21/2017)

Iron Maiden - 7/21/17 Brooklyn Show Flyer
Iron Maiden – 7/21/17 Brooklyn Show Flyer

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

Iron Maiden has always been a phenomenal band.  This is not a debate, they simply are.  Granted, I have not personally listened to much after the ‘Powerslave release, but this is beside the point.  I was a child when I first heard them, first watched, jaw agape, their original ‘Run To The Hills music video on MTV.  I hadn’t had an opportunity to see them live, until now.   Continue reading “IRON MAIDEN – ‘The Book Of Souls Tour’ Live Photos & Show Review (Barclay Center, Brooklyn NY 7/21/2017)”

VOID VATOR ‘Dehumanized’ EP Review; Official Video + Live Dates


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

Straight outta the heart of the City Of Angels comes the unique entity that is band on the rise, Void Vator.  The band is the brainchild of guitarist / vocalist Lucas Kanopa, who moved to L.A. from Uruguay in 2013 with his friend, drummer German Moura.   Continue reading “VOID VATOR ‘Dehumanized’ EP Review; Official Video + Live Dates”