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”

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]”

TESTAMENT’s ‘Low’ & ‘The Ritual’ Receiving U.S. Vinyl Release For First Time


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

Metal Blade Records has announced that they will release the U.S.’ first-ever vinyl versions of two classic Testament albums.   Continue reading “TESTAMENT’s ‘Low’ & ‘The Ritual’ Receiving U.S. Vinyl Release For First Time”

BLOODCLOT! – ‘Up In Arms’ Album Review & Stream; Video; Tour Dates remaining

(By Shaun Katz, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Sometime in the last year, four old school punk rockers, formerly of the Cro-Mags, Danzig and Kyuss, gathered together in a rehearsal room and a goddamned atomic bomb went off.  Bloodclot‘s ‘Up In Arms’ is a serious force to be reckoned with.   Continue reading “BLOODCLOT! – ‘Up In Arms’ Album Review & Stream; Video; Tour Dates remaining”

BYZANTINE Debuts ‘Vile Maximum’ Official Video; New Album Details + Live Dates


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

West Virginian progressive thrash underdogs Byzantine have just debuted their new official video for the song “Vile Maximum“.  The track hails from the bands’ Metal Blade Records début, “The Cicada Tree“, which drops this Friday, July 28th. Continue reading “BYZANTINE Debuts ‘Vile Maximum’ Official Video; New Album Details + Live Dates”

DRAGONFORCE ‘Reaching Into Infinity’ Review & Stream [By Guest Contributor: Kira Schlechter*]

(Review By Guest Contributor: Kira Schlechter, RiffRelevant.com)

Still as excessive as a Death By Chocolate dessert, Dragonforce returns with its first album in three years, “Reaching Into Infinity”.   Continue reading “DRAGONFORCE ‘Reaching Into Infinity’ Review & Stream [By Guest Contributor: Kira Schlechter*]”

BLOODCLOT Stream ‘Manic’ Song From Imminent ‘Up In Arms’ Release

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

Manic“, another new song from the upcoming return of Bloodclot, is streaming below.   Continue reading “BLOODCLOT Stream ‘Manic’ Song From Imminent ‘Up In Arms’ Release”

PORTRAIT Plan ‘Burn The World’ Release; Share Title Track

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

Swedish traditional metal-influenced band Portrait have announced the news of their imminent return via a new studio effort.    Continue reading “PORTRAIT Plan ‘Burn The World’ Release; Share Title Track”

TROUBLE – ‘Manic Frustration’; Album Review (By Guest Contributor, Shaun Katz)

(By Shaun Katz, Guest Contributor/Writer, RiffRelevant.com

At their peak, Trouble were the perfect combination of Black Sabbath meets The Beatles, and their 1992 album ‘Manic Frustration‘ was their collaborative pinnacle.   Continue reading “TROUBLE – ‘Manic Frustration’; Album Review (By Guest Contributor, Shaun Katz)”

BLOODCLOT Debuts ‘Kali’ Official Video

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

Hardcore fans everywhere are eagerly awaiting the release of the new Bloodclot album ‘Up In Arms‘ via Metal Blade Records on July 14th.   Continue reading “BLOODCLOT Debuts ‘Kali’ Official Video”

Oldschool Sunday: LIEGE LORD

LIEGE LORD

Beginning as a Judas Priest cover band using the name Deceiver in 1982, Stanford, Connecticut’s Liege Lord came to be in the year 1984. By the time the name change took effect, the band consisted of vocalist Andy Michaud, guitarists Tony Truglio and Pete McCarthy, bassist Matt Vinci and drummer Frank Cortese.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: LIEGE LORD”

BLOODCLOT Shares Song From Upcoming Release; US Tour Dates


One of the most exciting bands to surface recently, at least for me personally, is the revived Bloodclot. Taking its name from vocalist JohnBloodclotJoseph‘s (Cro-Mags) nickname, the band is a reborn project of Joseph’s and features an amazing membership.   Continue reading “BLOODCLOT Shares Song From Upcoming Release; US Tour Dates”

BYZANTINE Share ‘The Cicada Tree’ Details; New Official Video + Tour Dates

On July 28th, West Virginia’s Byzantine will release their new album, ‘The Cicada Tree‘, via Metal Blade Records.   Continue reading “BYZANTINE Share ‘The Cicada Tree’ Details; New Official Video + Tour Dates”

GOATWHORE Reveal ‘Vengeful Ascension’ Details; Title Track Stream + Tour Dates

NOLA’s beyond merely vicious act Goatwhore will release their seventh studio album, ‘Vengeful Ascension‘, via Metal Blade on June 23rd.   Continue reading “GOATWHORE Reveal ‘Vengeful Ascension’ Details; Title Track Stream + Tour Dates”

BELOW Share New Album ‘Upon A Pale Horse’ Details & Official Video


Sweden’s masters of traditionally epic doom, Below, are preparing to deliver their new album on May 19th. The offering, ‘Upon A Pale Horse‘, will be released through Metal Blade Records.    Continue reading “BELOW Share New Album ‘Upon A Pale Horse’ Details & Official Video”

GOZU / APE MACHINE West Coast Tour Winding Down

One of hard rock’s hottest tickets going is the Gozu / Ape Machine West Coast Tour 2017. The eleven date trek kicked off at The Viper Room in L.A. on April 12th and continues tonight at Old Nicks in Eugene, Oregon. Three more dates will remain after tonight’s show and you can find them listed below. Continue reading “GOZU / APE MACHINE West Coast Tour Winding Down”