Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – TEMPTATIONS WINGS’ JASON GARDNER Shares 10 Favorites


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

The AVL (Asheville) based band Temptations Wings recently wrapped up an incredibly beneficial year for them, 2017, with news of their enhancing the band’s line up (here). That move, along with some upcoming live shows, their first as a quartet, also recently came to light. Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – TEMPTATIONS WINGS’ JASON GARDNER Shares 10 Favorites”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites

(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

Oh, where to start… first off, Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker is essentially a walking mountain (literally and figuratively) of heavy musical knowledge.  Anyone that’s talked with him can attest to this.  One look at his ‘Old-School Sunday’ column and you’re delving into his musical memory.    Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites”

Overkill’s D.D. VERNI To Release First Solo Album With Guests Including Jeff Loomis, Bruce Franklin, Jeff Waters & More; Lyric Video Premiere

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

After decades as Overkill bassist and primary songwriter (along with side project The Bronx Casket Co.), D.D. Verni is branching out with plans for his first-ever solo album release.      Continue reading “Overkill’s D.D. VERNI To Release First Solo Album With Guests Including Jeff Loomis, Bruce Franklin, Jeff Waters & More; Lyric Video Premiere”

OVERKILL & CROWBAR Heading Up METAL ALLIANCE TOUR 2017; HAVOK-BLACK FAST-INVIDIA Supporting


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

New Jersey’s long running, WFO thrash legends Overkill have announced they will headline the 2017 edition of the Metal Alliance Tour.    Continue reading “OVERKILL & CROWBAR Heading Up METAL ALLIANCE TOUR 2017; HAVOK-BLACK FAST-INVIDIA Supporting”

OVERKILL Announces New Drummer Jason Bittner Of Shadows Fall/Flotsam & Jetsam

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

New Jersey’s long running thrash monster Overkill have announced the addition of drummer Jason Bittner to the band.  Jason’s resume of fantastic contributions to Shadows Fall, Flotsam & Jetsam, Toxik, etc., makes him the perfect choice.    Continue reading “OVERKILL Announces New Drummer Jason Bittner Of Shadows Fall/Flotsam & Jetsam”

FULL TERROR ASSAULT 2017 Announces Line Up That Includes OVERKILL, RAVEN, CROWBAR, GOATWHORE, LICH KING & More


This year’s line up for the Full Terror Assault festival, which will be held September 7th-9th at Cave-In-Rock, IL., is beginning to take shape. That shape is quite impressive, too, as this confirmed line up reveals.    Continue reading “FULL TERROR ASSAULT 2017 Announces Line Up That Includes OVERKILL, RAVEN, CROWBAR, GOATWHORE, LICH KING & More”

OVERKILL Premieres ‘Shine On’ Official Video


As New Jersey thrash legends Overkill continue to dominate everything with their recently released “The Grinding Wheel studio album, today they up the ante.

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OVERKILL/ NILE/ AMORPHIS/ SWALLOW THE SUN Grind Charlotte, N.C. To Ruins


In one of the most highly anticipated tour stops of the year, Monday, March 6th saw the arrival of the OverkillNileAmorphis and Swallow The Sun trek to The Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina. I know I was literally counting down the days for months now awaiting the date as I had not seen Overkill or Amorphis since the mid-1990’s and had never seen Nile or Swallow The Sun period.   Continue reading “OVERKILL/ NILE/ AMORPHIS/ SWALLOW THE SUN Grind Charlotte, N.C. To Ruins”