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”

WEDGE Premiere ‘Lucid’ Official Video From Sophomore Album ‘Killing Tongue’


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

Berlin’s retrograde heavy rockers Wedge have premiered their first visualizer clip from their upcoming second album release, “Killing Tongue“. “Lucid” is streaming below and the album from which it hails will drop from Heavy Psych Sounds on February 9th. Continue reading “WEDGE Premiere ‘Lucid’ Official Video From Sophomore Album ‘Killing Tongue’”

MONSTER MAGNET Reveals ‘Mindfucker’ Album Details; Due In March

(Pic Courtesy Of Jeremy Saffer)

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

New Jersey’s stoner rock pioneers Monster Magnet have confirmed the official details of their 11th studio album’s imminence. It is titled “Mindfucker” and will drop from Napalm Records on March 23rd, 2018. Continue reading “MONSTER MAGNET Reveals ‘Mindfucker’ Album Details; Due In March”

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”

FISTULA To Issue Splits With COME TO GRIEF & -(16)- As Part Of Series Commemorating 20th Anniversary


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

In celebration of their impending twentieth anniversary, Ohio’s extremist noise veterans FISTULA are preparing to unleash the first wave of a planned series of Splits. Slated to drop on December 15th via PATAC Records, the first splits find FISTULA facing off with sludge stalwarts Come To Grief and -(16)-. Continue reading “FISTULA To Issue Splits With COME TO GRIEF & -(16)- As Part Of Series Commemorating 20th Anniversary”

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”

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”

BORRACHO Streaming Just-Released Compilation Album ‘Riffography’


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

D.C.’s riff-emitting heavyweights Borracho just kicked out their new compilation collection “Riffography” via Ripple Music yesterday, Dec. 8th. The songs and content itself covers the span of the last decade, providing material from back as far as 2008 with Borracho‘s first single, “Rectify“. Continue reading “BORRACHO Streaming Just-Released Compilation Album ‘Riffography’”

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”

WINDHAND Share ‘Old Evil’ Visualizer From Upcoming Split With SATAN’S SATYRS + Live Dates

WINDHAND

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

RVA-based (Richmond, VA) psychedelic doom band Windhand have just released their official video for “Old Evil“. The song hails from the band’s upcoming split release with Satan’s Satyrs, due for release on CD, LP and digital formats on February 16th from Relapse Records. Continue reading “WINDHAND Share ‘Old Evil’ Visualizer From Upcoming Split With SATAN’S SATYRS + Live Dates”

TY TABOR (King’s X) To Release New 2-Disc Solo Album ‘Alien Beans’; Official Video Premiere


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

Iconic King’s X guitarist, Ty Tabor (also of The Jelly Jam and Platypus, etc.), will release a new solo effort, ‘Alien Beans’, on January 12th via Rat Pak Records.   Continue reading “TY TABOR (King’s X) To Release New 2-Disc Solo Album ‘Alien Beans’; Official Video Premiere”

FALLEN SUNS ‘Sol Aeternum’ EP Review & Stream


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

As the Los Angeles-based heavy rock band Fallen Suns close in on their second anniversary of activity, they celebrate a bit early with their stunning sophomore EP.   Continue reading “FALLEN SUNS ‘Sol Aeternum’ EP Review & Stream”