SKINLAB Announces ‘Brothers In Blood Tour’ With PISSING RAZORS & SHATTERED SUN


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

Reformed Bay Area bash ‘n thrash band Skinlab have announced their first live dates of 2018, with the Brothers In Blood Tour. It sees the heavy hitters supported by a duo of equally fantastic acts, Pissing Razors and Shattered Sun. The trio’s short southwestern run will commence on January 25th in San Diego, and wrap on February 3rd in Harlingen, Texas (full dates below). Continue reading “SKINLAB Announces ‘Brothers In Blood Tour’ With PISSING RAZORS & SHATTERED SUN”

CADAVERIA Share ‘The Divine Rapture’ Lyric Video From Newly Remastered/Re-Issued 2004 Release


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

Long running Italian horror/death metallers Cadaveria are back with a brand new lyric-based visualizer, “The Divine Rapture“. The track hails from the band’s newly remastered edition of their “Far Away From Conformity” album, originally released in 2004. Continue reading “CADAVERIA Share ‘The Divine Rapture’ Lyric Video From Newly Remastered/Re-Issued 2004 Release”

Riot’s Revelation: HAPPY METAL ANNIHILATION VOL. 7 [Stream + Free Sampler Download]


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

Merry (early) Christmas, Metalheads! Damn, do I have a gift for you too, as I usually do with most any or all Riot’s Revelation segments. How does an Asher Media Relations-provided Sampler sound, one that contains over 50 tracks and a running time of four hours? Sounds pretty good, eh? Continue reading “Riot’s Revelation: HAPPY METAL ANNIHILATION VOL. 7 [Stream + Free Sampler Download]”

The RIFF RELEVANT Interview With DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA

DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA

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

I still recall the very first time that I heard guitarist / musician Daren “KLANK” Diolosa, although I’m not sure he’d been tagged with the nickname at the time. In fact, I really did not know it was him per se, all I did know was that I saw a music video that absolutely floored me. The video, the song, the music itself and the guys present in the visualizer were like nothing I had ever heard…or seen. Continue reading “The RIFF RELEVANT Interview With DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA”

Pro-Shot Video Of Entire SACRED REICH Performance At Wacken Open Air 2017


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

2017, like every other year before it, has seen bands both come and go but for me personally,  the “comeback” or return of one in particular really excited me. Arizona’s oldschool socio-political thrashers Sacred Reich arose yet once again from the depths of the underground, resuming their role as one of the most important metal throne-holders ever. Continue reading “Pro-Shot Video Of Entire SACRED REICH Performance At Wacken Open Air 2017”

Getting In HARM’S WAY With ‘Posthuman’ This February; New Song Streaming


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

Chicago’s ferociously volatile post-hardcore harbingers of all that is heavy, Harm’s Way, will return their fourth full-length in early 2018. “Posthuman” will officially explode from Metal Blade Records on February 9th. The first single off of the Will Putney (Body Count, Every Time I Die) produced effort, which is titled “Human Carrying Capacity“, is streaming below. Continue reading “Getting In HARM’S WAY With ‘Posthuman’ This February; New Song Streaming”

Oldschool Sunday: ZIMMER’S HOLE [Re-Issues & New Release Set For 2018]

ZIMMER’S HOLE (Now)

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

Let me begin by saying that the fact that British Columbia-based speed metallers Zimmer’s Hole are now over 25 years old is simply mind-boggling to me. The band was really begun as a side project of several members from Strapping Young Lad, and to be honest, is a little in a similar vein of music. But hell, there is nothing wrong with that if you are asking me. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: ZIMMER’S HOLE [Re-Issues & New Release Set For 2018]”

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”

FOUR ON THE FLOOR #4: JON BARRYSMITH of YEAR OF THE COBRA – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight; Live Photos From Psycho Las Vegas

Jon Barrysmith of Year Of The Cobra @ Psycho Las Vegas 2017 (Photo by Leanne)

(By Brendan Burns of Wasted Theory, Guest Columnist, RiffRelevant.com)

For as long as I can remember, it’s always been about the guitar player or the lead singer.  That lethal concoction of singers and axe-swingers like Page and Plant. Mick and Keith, Tyler and Perry, Daltry and Townsend, the list goes on and on…   Continue reading “FOUR ON THE FLOOR #4: JON BARRYSMITH of YEAR OF THE COBRA – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight; Live Photos From Psycho Las Vegas”

PROFESSOR EMERITUS ‘Take Me To The Gallows’ Review & Stream

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

The heavy metal scene, underground, community, or whatever term you prefer, continually astounds me.  Continue reading “PROFESSOR EMERITUS ‘Take Me To The Gallows’ Review & Stream”

Symphony X Bassist’s Band MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS To Return With ‘Pawn And Prophecy’; Song Premiere


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

Mike LePond, best known as the bassist for long-running, progressive metal band Symphony X, has announced the studio return of his own project, Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins.   Continue reading “Symphony X Bassist’s Band MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS To Return With ‘Pawn And Prophecy’; Song Premiere”

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”

NAPALM DEATH To Release ‘Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs’ 2CD Compilation


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

The UK’s globally-revered godfathers of grindcore, Napalm Death, have announced the release of a special 2CD, 2LP and Digital Download compilation entitled “Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs” for March 2018 via Century Media Records. Continue reading “NAPALM DEATH To Release ‘Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs’ 2CD Compilation”

LETTERS FROM THE COLONY Share Details Of ‘Vignette’ Debut; Premiere ‘Erasing Contrast’ Video


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

One of the most intriguing, more incredible progressive death metal bands that I have heard in a while are the Borlänge, Sweden based Letters From The Colony.   Continue reading “LETTERS FROM THE COLONY Share Details Of ‘Vignette’ Debut; Premiere ‘Erasing Contrast’ Video”

MANGOO Shares Pre-Release Stream Of ‘The Heat’; Official Videos


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

Finnish multi-genre mixing rock act MANGOO (pronounced “man go”) are set to unleash their new studio album, “The Heat“, via Small Stone Records tomorrow, Dec. 8th.   Continue reading “MANGOO Shares Pre-Release Stream Of ‘The Heat’; Official Videos”

RED RAVEN DOWN Shares ‘Ashes’ Visualizer; ‘Phantoms’ EP Drops Next Week


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

Seinäjoki, Finland-based metalcore band Red Raven Down have unleashed their official video for the song “Ashes“. The track is taken from their upcoming EP “Phantoms” which is set to be released December 15th by Inverse Records. The new EP was recorded, mixed and mastered by Mika Autio at Halla Freakquency. Continue reading “RED RAVEN DOWN Shares ‘Ashes’ Visualizer; ‘Phantoms’ EP Drops Next Week”

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”

AXEMASTER Back With ‘Crawling Chaos’ Album Out Now; Song Streams


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

Long running Ohio-based melodic thrash / power metal band Axemaster recently returned to the scene with a new studio album, “Crawling Chaos“.   Continue reading “AXEMASTER Back With ‘Crawling Chaos’ Album Out Now; Song Streams”