Oldschool Sunday: SALLY

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

The Birmingham, UK-based band Sally originally began as a trio in 1996 with members Andrew Parker (guitar), Peter Brown (bass) and Darren ‘Dirty’ Donovan (drums, vocals). The three adopted the name Sally in tribute to the heroine ‘Sally Hardesty’ from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and played music heavily influenced by the likes of Fu Manchu, Mudhoney and Sonic Youth. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: SALLY”


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

There is always a chance that some of the bands I wish to share with you all via our Oldschool Sunday pieces aren’t just old, they’re damn near altogether obscure. That would be the case for today’s subjects, Stockholm, Sweden’s Mental Hippie Blood and truth is, that is a damned shame. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: MENTAL HIPPIE BLOOD”

Oldschool Sunday: BLOOD DUSTER [Includes Break Up Announcement]


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

The birth of Australia’s Blood Duster occurred in 1991 with Jason Fuller (aka Jason PC on bass), Anthony Barry (vocals and guitar) and Andrew Brown (drums). The band’s name was taken from a John Zorn song, “Blood Duster“, off his 1989 album release, Naked City. That 3-piece version of the band was short-lived as Anthony Barry was almost immediately replaced by Troy Darlington and Callum Wilson. By their own admission, they formed with the sole purpose of being more intense than other bands that were around at that time. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: BLOOD DUSTER [Includes Break Up Announcement]”

Oldschool Sunday: McOil

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

Talk about an obscure band, one that released one respectably solid album and then faded into the rock and roll haze Well, this is them..such a band. McOil were from Germany and played some intense Progressive Rock that contained concrete elements of Hard Rock and early Proto Metal. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: McOil”

Oldschool Sunday: EVILDEAD

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

Los Angeles thrash metal…it is something that’s been kicking ass for nearly four decades now, give or take.  Some bands epitomize the City Of Angels sound and none more so than EvilDead.    Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: EVILDEAD”

Oldschool Sunday: RELEASE

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

I absolutely dislike writing pieces, where either no, or next to no, information exists about a band, especially Oldschool Sunday articles.  Call it perfectionism, a desire to be thorough, whatever… Hell, call it OCD if you want, it doesn’t matter.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: RELEASE”

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”



(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


(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


(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


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”

Oldschool Sunday: EXTREMA


Extrema are a thrash metal band from Milan, Italy that formed in 1986 and are still highly active at this time. The band’s initial lineup included guitarist Tommy Massara, vocalist/guitarist Andrea Boria, bassist Luca Varisco, and drummer Stefano Bullegas. They are considered by many people to be Italy’s first real, valid thrash band.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: EXTREMA”

Oldschool Sunday: ANTIDOTE

Antidote was a metal band formed in Helsinki, Finland during 1986, the proverbial “hey day” for much of the planet’s thrash music at the time. While bands all around the globe were either just surfacing or somewhat upon their way, their music was beginning to impact musicians everywhere.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: ANTIDOTE”

Oldschool Sunday: F.U.C.T.

Forever Ungratical Corinaric Technikilation, otherwise known as F.U.C.T., was formed in Nashville, TN. circa 1986. Starting as the brainchild of two guitarists, Dirt Ditchfield and Brooks Phillips, the duo later added drummer Heath Willis to the band.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: F.U.C.T.”

Oldschool Sunday: PARAMAECIUM

Paramaecium was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1991 by a trio of musicians that were enamored with Doom/Death Metal. However, this act had several notable factors that adequately set it apart from other bands around at the time.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: PARAMAECIUM”