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”

CADAVERIA Share ‘The Divine Rapture’ Lyric Video From Newly Remastered/Re-Issued 2004 Release


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

Long running Italian horror/death metallers Cadaveria are back with a brand new lyric-based visualizer, “The Divine Rapture“. The track hails from the band’s newly remastered edition of their “Far Away From Conformity” album, originally released in 2004. Continue reading “CADAVERIA Share ‘The Divine Rapture’ Lyric Video From Newly Remastered/Re-Issued 2004 Release”

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”

Pro-Shot Video Of Entire SACRED REICH Performance At Wacken Open Air 2017


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

2017, like every other year before it, has seen bands both come and go but for me personally,  the “comeback” or return of one in particular really excited me. Arizona’s oldschool socio-political thrashers Sacred Reich arose yet once again from the depths of the underground, resuming their role as one of the most important metal throne-holders ever. Continue reading “Pro-Shot Video Of Entire SACRED REICH Performance At Wacken Open Air 2017”

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”

Oldschool Sunday: ZIMMER’S HOLE [Re-Issues & New Release Set For 2018]

ZIMMER’S HOLE (Now)

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

Let me begin by saying that the fact that British Columbia-based speed metallers Zimmer’s Hole are now over 25 years old is simply mind-boggling to me. The band was really begun as a side project of several members from Strapping Young Lad, and to be honest, is a little in a similar vein of music. But hell, there is nothing wrong with that if you are asking me. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: ZIMMER’S HOLE [Re-Issues & New Release Set For 2018]”

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’”

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”

KING WITCH Reveal Anxiously Awaited Full-Length Debut ‘Under The Mountain’ Info


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

After astounding the music underground with their critically acclaimed 2015 Shoulders Of Giants EP (here), Scotland-based metal/doom rockers KING WITCH will release their debut full-length, Under The Mountain, via Listenable Records in early 2018. Continue reading “KING WITCH Reveal Anxiously Awaited Full-Length Debut ‘Under The Mountain’ Info”

BORIS RANDALL ‘The Black Months Rise’ EP Review & Stream


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

Multi-genre melding musician Boris Randall recently returned with a new 4-song EP, “The Black Months Rise“. It isn’t only genres that Boris is melding here either as this talented, long-embedded punk rocker played all the instruments on this latest offering. He also handled vocal duties with backing assistance from Pixie Randall on the EP’s title track. Continue reading “BORIS RANDALL ‘The Black Months Rise’ EP Review & Stream”

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Premieres ‘Wolf Named Crow’ Official Video


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

From one of the most anticipated album releases of 2018 or hell, the last decade or so for that matter, comes THIS!  Continue reading “CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Premieres ‘Wolf Named Crow’ Official Video”

BLACK WAIL Prepare To Release ‘Chromium Homes’; Share ‘Thee Ghost’ Track


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

New Jersey’s beyond exciting, psyche-infused hard rock and blues act Black Wail will have their new album, Chromium Homes, arrive Dec. 15 via Rhyme & Reason Records. It was recorded and mixed by Grammy-winner John Seymour (Alice In Chains, Sick Of It All, Architects) and really showcases the band’s ability to seamlessly blend soulful funk with simmering, slow burning rock and roll. Continue reading “BLACK WAIL Prepare To Release ‘Chromium Homes’; Share ‘Thee Ghost’ Track”

ASCENDING DAWN Share Full Stream Of ‘Coalesce’ Debut


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

After some astounding press and recognition for their recent shared Lyric Videos, the incredible Ascending Dawn are making news yet again. Their mind-blowing début album, “Coalesce“, which I myself was so impressed by that I reviewed it in a detailed dissecting that can be found here, is now available for streaming.  Continue reading “ASCENDING DAWN Share Full Stream Of ‘Coalesce’ Debut”

SUPERNAUGHTY Share ‘Mistress’ Single Via Official Video

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

The Italian hard rock band with a name that seems at least partially inspired by Black Sabbath’s “Supernaut“, Supernaughty, arrive with a new single. “Mistress“, which is accompanied by the band’s official visualizer for the clip as well, can be streamed below. Continue reading “SUPERNAUGHTY Share ‘Mistress’ Single Via Official Video”

SONS OF APOLLO (Portnoy, Sherinian, Thal, Sheehan, Soto) Announce First US Live Dates Supporting Recent Debut Album


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

Sons Of Apollo – the new “supergroup” project with former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, RonBumblefootThal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force) – will be hitting the road in 2018 for their first-ever worldwide tour, which kicks off in Tampa, FL on February 3rd as part of the Cruise To The Edge. The cruise will be sailing to Belize and Costa Maya and once the cruise concludes, the band will be performing in Miami, FL on February 9th as part of the Monsters Of Rock Cruise Pre-Show party. Continue reading “SONS OF APOLLO (Portnoy, Sherinian, Thal, Sheehan, Soto) Announce First US Live Dates Supporting Recent Debut Album”