Pre-Order For KING DIAMOND ‘Abigail’-‘Fatal Portrait’-‘Them’ Picture Discs Launched

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

May 18th will be the date that Metal Blade Records has set to release their Picture Disc re-issues of three classic albums from KING DIAMOND. Continue reading “Pre-Order For KING DIAMOND ‘Abigail’-‘Fatal Portrait’-‘Them’ Picture Discs Launched”

RIVERS OF NIHIL ‘Where Owls Know My Name’ Review & Stream [By Kira Schlechter]


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

The Reading, PA-based band Rivers Of Nihil are arguably the most exciting, interesting thing to happen to technical death metal in recent years, and their latest album for Metal Blade, the beautifully-titled “Where Owls Know My Name,” cements that claim with little doubt. Continue reading “RIVERS OF NIHIL ‘Where Owls Know My Name’ Review & Stream [By Kira Schlechter]”

Early COUNT RAVEN Releases To Receive Vinyl / Digital Re-Issues From Metal Blade

(Photo Courtesy Of Albena Tsolova)

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

Hot on the heels of this week’s announcement of the re-issue of Flotsam & Jetsam’s 1986 début (details), Metal Blade Records will also re-issue another series of classics. Continue reading “Early COUNT RAVEN Releases To Receive Vinyl / Digital Re-Issues From Metal Blade”

Metal Blade To Re-Issue FLOTSAM & JETSAM ‘Doomsday For The Deceiver’ On CD / Vinyl


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

Metal Blade Records announced their plans for a timely re-issue of one of U.S. thrash metal’s greatest debuts ever, Flotsam & Jetsam‘s 1986 release, “Doomsday For The Deceiver“. Continue reading “Metal Blade To Re-Issue FLOTSAM & JETSAM ‘Doomsday For The Deceiver’ On CD / Vinyl”

Interview w/Chris Mills of HARM’S WAY; ‘POSTHUMAN’ Album Review & Stream; Tour Dates

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

There seems to be a growing faction of hardcore bands that just don’t care about the rules anymore.  It’s now time to plant HARM’S WAY in the fertile garden of creative heaviness.     Continue reading “Interview w/Chris Mills of HARM’S WAY; ‘POSTHUMAN’ Album Review & Stream; Tour Dates”

ARMORED SAINT Announce ‘Symbol Of Salvation’ U.S. Tour + Re-Issue; ACT OF DEFIANCE To Support


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

U.S. metal legends Armored Saint have announced they will embark on a North American tour commemorating the band’s classic “Symbol Of Salvation” album. Continue reading “ARMORED SAINT Announce ‘Symbol Of Salvation’ U.S. Tour + Re-Issue; ACT OF DEFIANCE To Support”

GOZU Interview w/Mark Gaffney & Doug Sherman; ‘Equilibrium’ Album Out 4/13 via BLACKLIGHT MEDIA/METAL BLADE + NEW VIDEO PREMIERE

Cover Artwork: Chris Smith, Grey Aria Design Studio

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

I’ve been waiting a long time for this… GOZU has a new album ‘Equilibrium’, out via Metal Blade/Blacklight Media Records on April 13th.  Today, we have an interview with Marc Gaffney and Doug Sherman, who chatted about the new record, plus pre-order info, and are premiering a new video and audio stream!
Continue reading “GOZU Interview w/Mark Gaffney & Doug Sherman; ‘Equilibrium’ Album Out 4/13 via BLACKLIGHT MEDIA/METAL BLADE + NEW VIDEO PREMIERE”

VISIGOTH ‘Conqueror’s Oath’ Review & Stream [By Kira Schlechter]


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

Named for the conquering Germanic tribe of old, Visigoth stakes their own claim to the old ways with their latest effort, “Conqueror’s Oath” (out now from Metal Blade Records). Continue reading “VISIGOTH ‘Conqueror’s Oath’ Review & Stream [By Kira Schlechter]”

Further RIOT Albums Now Available On Vinyl For The First Time


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

Metal Blade Records will make two more of the classic Riot albums available on vinyl for the first time ever on February 23rd.     Continue reading “Further RIOT Albums Now Available On Vinyl For The First Time”

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”