Oldschool Sunday: PARAMAECIUM


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

The orchestrally enhanced doom band Paramaecium originally got their start in Melbourne, Australia in the early 1990s.  In less than a year from their formation, the trio of bassist / vocalist Andrew Tompkins, guitarist Colin ‘Mosh’ Maynard and drummer Steve Palmer issued their first recordings.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: PARAMAECIUM”

Oldschool Sunday: PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC

PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC

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

At the height of Nu-Metal’s hey-day in the mid to late 90s came one of the genre’s more unique entities, one that branched far outside the confines of Nu-Metal itself, Professional Murder Music.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC”

Oldschool Sunday: GALLOWBRAID

GALLOWBRAID’s Jake Rogers (Pic Courtesy Of Peter Beste)

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

We aren’t going all that far back in Heavy Metal history for today’s spotlight band, Salt Lake City, Utah’s Gallowbraid.  In fact, truth is, Gallowbraid was (or is?) not an actual band really, not in the multiple member sense of the word, as it is a one-man project.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: GALLOWBRAID”

Oldschool Sunday: PULKAS

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

Back in the late 1990’s when Nu Metal was hitting its stride and straddling such sub-genre labels as “groove metal” and “alternative”, London’s Pulkas came to be.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: PULKAS”

Oldschool Sunday: DOUBLEDRIVE


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

Starting out under the name of MK Ultra, the Atlanta, Georgia-based band would eventually undergo a moniker alteration to doubleDrive (abbreviated as dD) in 1996.    Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: DOUBLEDRIVE”

Oldschool Sunday: CORE

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

After recently running into Finn Ryan (currently of The Atomic Bitchwax) at the Maryland Doom Fest, I thought it’d be great to fire Oldschool Sunday back up with a spotlight on Core.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: CORE”

Oldschool Sunday: SPIRAL ARCHITECT


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

Oslo, Norway’s Spiral Architect was formed in 1993 by a group of like-minded, forward thinking Progressive Metal musicians. Although most people assume or incorrectly attribute the band’s name being inspired by the Black Sabbath song of the same from 1973’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, the band claims it isn’t so.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: SPIRAL ARCHITECT”

Oldschool Sunday: SOULS AT ZERO

SOULS AT ZERO

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

When the grunge movement of the early 1990’s began to burgeon and ultimately explode, many pre-existing bands had very few options. Most imploded or simply faded away with little after burn or residue left in their wake.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: SOULS AT ZERO”

Oldschool Sunday: HOBBS’ ANGEL OF DEATH

HOBBS’ ANGEL OF DEATH

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

Starting up in 1987 as a solo project of band mainstay Peter Hobbs, Australia’s Hobbs’ Angel Of Death was one of that nation’s first extreme metal bands.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: HOBBS’ ANGEL OF DEATH”

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”