Oldschool Sunday: PHARAOH [2003 Debut ‘After The Fire’ Receiving First-Time Vinyl Re-Issue Via Cruz Del Sur Music]

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

What factors required for a band to qualify for the Oldschool Sunday series are malleable and always in flux; one week it might be a band’s longevity or legacy, the next week, a more obscure band from some point in time. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: PHARAOH [2003 Debut ‘After The Fire’ Receiving First-Time Vinyl Re-Issue Via Cruz Del Sur Music]”

Oldschool Sunday: ABHORRANCE [Release First New Song In Nearly 30 Years]


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

Rising from the underbelly of Finnish extreme metal in the late nineteen-eighties, ABHORRANCE was formed in 1989 by guitarists Tomi Koivusaari (Violent Solution) and Kalle Mattsson, vocalist Jukka Kolehmainen, bassist Jussi Ahlroth, and drummer Kimmo Heikkinen. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: ABHORRANCE [Release First New Song In Nearly 30 Years]”

Oldschool Sunday: ONESIDEZERO [New Video Teases Band’s Return]


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

In the late Nineties’ rise of alternative rock, grunge, and nu-metal, few bands were able to create their own unique sound, one specific to them and them only. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: ONESIDEZERO [New Video Teases Band’s Return]”

Oldschool Sunday: DAMAGEPLAN [2004’s ‘New Found Power’ To See Limited Vinyl LP Release]


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

If you are any sort of metalhead at least 20 to 25 years of age, then you probably know the story about the short-lived supergroup DAMAGEPLAN. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: DAMAGEPLAN [2004’s ‘New Found Power’ To See Limited Vinyl LP Release]”

Oldschool Sunday: NO HOT ASHES [New Official Video; Playing Download Festival In June]

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

Northern Ireland’s NO HOT ASHES formed in 1983, but – for reasons beyond their control – it would take 34 years for their début album to be released. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: NO HOT ASHES [New Official Video; Playing Download Festival In June]”

Oldschool Sunday: ETHEREAL SCOURGE


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

Adelaide, Australia’s ETHEREAL SCOURGE were a short-lived band – though there has never been an official disbanding announcement – that first surfaced in 1992.  Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: ETHEREAL SCOURGE”

Oldschool Sunday: HSAS (Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve)

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

After the release of Journey’s 1983 album Frontiers, the band’s guitarist Neal Schon and fellow guitarist / vocalist Sammy Hagar decided to make good on a longstanding promise to work together. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: HSAS (Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve)”

Oldschool Sunday: BADLANDS


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

In 1987, guitarist Jake E. Lee had parted ways with Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band after two highly successful albums, Bark At The Moon and The Ultimate Sin. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: BADLANDS”

Oldschool Sunday: ATTACKER [To Record New EP With Famed Producer Alex Perialas]

ATTACKER Then (1984)

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

The origin story of New Jersey’s thrashing ATTACKER begins in 1983 under the band’s original moniker, Warloc. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: ATTACKER [To Record New EP With Famed Producer Alex Perialas]”

Oldschool Sunday: MORDOR; Back With First New Album In 21 Years [Streaming]


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

RIFF RELEVANT recently reported [HERE] about the return of Poland’s MORDOR with their first new album in over two decades. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: MORDOR; Back With First New Album In 21 Years [Streaming]”

Oldschool Sunday: LIZZY BORDEN [To Release First New Album In Over A Decade: ‘My Midnight Things’]

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

It is a somewhat daunting task to tackle the story of the long-running Los Angeles metal band LIZZY BORDEN, who are now in their 35th year of activity. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: LIZZY BORDEN [To Release First New Album In Over A Decade: ‘My Midnight Things’]”

Oldschool Sunday: Q5 [Classic Album ‘Steel The Light’ Re-Issue & EU. Tour Announced]

Q5 (Then)

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

Seattle’s Q5 originally formed in 1983 and by their home region’s standards, the band qualified as a bona fide supergroup. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: Q5 [Classic Album ‘Steel The Light’ Re-Issue & EU. Tour Announced]”

Oldschool Sunday: CONTROL DENIED [‘The Fragile Art Of Existence’ Available On Vinyl For 1st Time]


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

As we know, some bands truly are “one album wonders” whom, for whatever reason, release only one official album… that is either awesome or awful in many cases. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: CONTROL DENIED [‘The Fragile Art Of Existence’ Available On Vinyl For 1st Time]”

Oldschool Sunday: ODIN [Joins EMP Label Group; Classic Albums Being Re-Issued]


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

The Eighties metal deities known as ODIN were poised to conquer the world at one point in that bygone decade. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: ODIN [Joins EMP Label Group; Classic Albums Being Re-Issued]”

Oldschool Sunday: WICKED WITCH [Long-Awaited Album To See Ltd. Release In April]


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

The late Eighties, Boston-based band WICKED WITCH truly was home to an unbelievable ‘Who’s Who’ of musicians, ones that went on to achieve household name recognition. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: WICKED WITCH [Long-Awaited Album To See Ltd. Release In April]”