THRUST Premiere ‘Sorceress’ Official Video From Upcoming 2018 Pure Steel Records Release


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

U.S. metal legends Thrust, whose origins date back to the early 80’s in Chicago, have premiered a new official video, “Sorceress“.    Continue reading “THRUST Premiere ‘Sorceress’ Official Video From Upcoming 2018 Pure Steel Records Release”

ACT OF DEFIANCE Announces Spring Tour Supported By SHATTERED SUN


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

The technical metal machine Act Of Defiance, featuring former Megadeth members Chris Broderick (guitar) and Shawn Drover (drums), have just announced a U.S. tour. The band, whose roster is completed by ex-Scar The Martyr / Thrown Into Exile vocalist Henry Derek Bonner and bassist Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall), will be touring for their latest Metal Blade Records release, “Old Scars, New Wounds“. Continue reading “ACT OF DEFIANCE Announces Spring Tour Supported By SHATTERED SUN”

BLACKLIGHT MEDIA RECORDS Announce 1st NYC Showcase w/ CANDIRIA, GOZU, GOOD TIGER & More!

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

On March 8th, Blacklight Media Records will present its first ever label showcase, with six bands of the Blacklight family.  Hosted by Jose Mangin, the showcase will take place at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.    Continue reading “BLACKLIGHT MEDIA RECORDS Announce 1st NYC Showcase w/ CANDIRIA, GOZU, GOOD TIGER & More!”

SACRED REICH Return To Metal Blade Records For 2018 Album; Drummer Greg Hall Exits Band


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

One of underground thrash metal’s most revered bands, the iconic socio-political power-bashers Sacred Reich have shared some exciting news. After repeated claims fueling doubt that they would record a new album, the band have unveiled an announcement that they have resigned with Metal Blade RecordsContinue reading “SACRED REICH Return To Metal Blade Records For 2018 Album; Drummer Greg Hall Exits Band”

‘The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal: Part 1’ Documentary Arrives; Video Clips With John Bush, Lars Ulrich, Gene Hoglan


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

On Friday, January 19, MetalRock Films released the highly anticipated, much talked about cinematic document detailing the history of the Los Angeles metal scene, “The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal: Part 1“!   Continue reading “‘The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal: Part 1’ Documentary Arrives; Video Clips With John Bush, Lars Ulrich, Gene Hoglan”

VISIGOTH Decree ‘Conqueror’s Oath’ Due In February; Premiere New Official Video

(Pic Courtesy Of Paul Black & Black Marble Photography)

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

SLC’s (Salt Lake City) traditional power metal champions, Visigoth, will release their sophomore album, “Conqueror’s Oath“, on February 9th via Metal Blade Records. Continue reading “VISIGOTH Decree ‘Conqueror’s Oath’ Due In February; Premiere New Official Video”

THE CROWN Set March Release Of ‘Cobra Speed Venom’ Album; Premiere Official Video


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

Swedish death metal unit The Crown have set a March 16th release date for the new album “Cobra Speed Venom” via Metal Blade Records.    Continue reading “THE CROWN Set March Release Of ‘Cobra Speed Venom’ Album; Premiere Official Video”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) SANTIAGO GUTIERREZ Shares ALL His Favorites

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

Santiago Gutierrez just joined us here at Riff Relevant.  I don’t even have a bio for him on the site yet!  He made it just in time for our first Year End.  He dove right into deep water with his list, too.
Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) SANTIAGO GUTIERREZ Shares ALL His Favorites”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – GOZU’s DOUGLAS SHERMAN Shares 10 Favorites

Gozu

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

If you haven’t heard the music of Gozu by now, you’re missing out.  First emerged out of Boston’s heavy music scene in 2010, Gozu’s sound pulls up alongside while you walk the street minding your business, and demands you get in the goddamned car.  After two lost days, you come-to on the side of a dirt road, dazed and bruised.   It happened to me multiple times. Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – GOZU’s DOUGLAS SHERMAN Shares 10 Favorites”

HARM’S WAY-RINGWORM-VEIN-QUEENSWAY North American Tour Announced


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

Hot on the heels of last week’s news of their new album release and Official Video debut (here), Harm’s Way have tour announcement news today. Just days after their new release “Posthuman” drops via Metal Blade on Feb. 9th, the band will launch a full-on North American road trek. Continue reading “HARM’S WAY-RINGWORM-VEIN-QUEENSWAY North American Tour Announced”

DIMEBAG DARRELL ‘Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over’ Demo Review


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

The story, and ultimately the life, of the legendary deity-like musician that is “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott is one known by all fans of heavy music.  It is well known, deservedly so, because of the revolutionary skills he brought to heavy metal.   Continue reading “DIMEBAG DARRELL ‘Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over’ Demo Review”

Chris ‘OJ’ Ojeda (BYZANTINE) Founds The Artist-Friendly Charleston Music & Arts Collective


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

Charleston, West Virginia’s resident metal musician Chris ‘OJ’ Ojeda, of Metal Blade Records recording act Byzantine, has seen a pet project come to fruition recently.  The Charleston Music & Arts Collective, whose building is also known as “The Bakery” due to its previous life housing the Purity-Maid Bread Factory, has now officially opened its doors!  Continue reading “Chris ‘OJ’ Ojeda (BYZANTINE) Founds The Artist-Friendly Charleston Music & Arts Collective”

Oldschool Sunday: OBSESSION [Early Releases Being Re-Issued In December]

OBSESSION (Then)

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

Underground United States-based power metal legends Obsession first got together in New Haven, Connecticut circa 1982. The band’s style of dynamically aggressive-yet-melodic power metal struck at the right time with fans of heavy metal music. The band instantly struck a chord with those fans when their song “Shadows of Steel” was included on Metal Blade Records compilation series, Metal Massacre 2. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: OBSESSION [Early Releases Being Re-Issued In December]”

RAM Reveal ‘Rod’ Release Details; Debut ‘Gulag’ Audio Video

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

Swedish heavy metallers, and one of the metal world’s most outstanding underdog acts, Ram, are back. The band will release their new album “Rod” on November 3rd through Metal Blade Records. The band are sharing a new Audio Video, “Gulag“, from the album today and it is streaming below (along with pre-order info). Continue reading “RAM Reveal ‘Rod’ Release Details; Debut ‘Gulag’ Audio Video”

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”