Oldschool Sunday: OBSESSION [Early Releases Being Re-Issued In December]

OBSESSION (Then)

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

Underground United States-based power metal legends Obsession first got together in New Haven, Connecticut circa 1982. The band’s style of dynamically aggressive-yet-melodic power metal struck at the right time with fans of heavy metal music. The band instantly struck a chord with those fans when their song “Shadows of Steel” was included on Metal Blade Records compilation series, Metal Massacre 2. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: OBSESSION [Early Releases Being Re-Issued In December]”

MOONLIGHT PROPHECY Stream Full-Length Debut ‘Vanquished’


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

Pennsylvania’s Moonlight Prophecy are a relatively new band in every sense of the word. Having just formed in March of this year, they already released their first recorded effort, April’s Eternal Oblivion EP, and are now back with another. That would be their official full-length debut, “Vanquished“, which we present to you today via the Soundcloud stream below. Continue reading “MOONLIGHT PROPHECY Stream Full-Length Debut ‘Vanquished’”

KREATOR & SABATON Announce 2018 Co-Headlining Tour Of North America


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

German old-school thrash metal titans Kreator and Swedish heavy power metal heroes Sabaton are joining forces.    Continue reading “KREATOR & SABATON Announce 2018 Co-Headlining Tour Of North America”

SEVEN SPIRES ‘Solveig’ Review & Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter*]


(By Kira Schlechter, Guest Contributor/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Funny that even with the pervasiveness of downloading, quick hits and instant gratification, the concept album seems to be flourishing. It certainly does in the hands of Seven Spires. Continue reading “SEVEN SPIRES ‘Solveig’ Review & Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter*]”

ROUGH GRIND ‘Four For The Road’ EP Review: Lyric Video


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

Jyväskylä, Finland is the home of the heavy rock / melodic power metal band Rough Grind who refer to their music as “Dark Roasted Rock”. It might just be a fitting tag too, especially once you’ve savored the flavors of their new EP for Inverse Records, “Four For The Road” (released Aug. 30). Continue reading “ROUGH GRIND ‘Four For The Road’ EP Review: Lyric Video”

AXEMASTER To Issue New LP ‘Crawling Chaos’ In November; Ltd. Edition 2LP Compilation Due In Oct.


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

Long-running Ohio based metal legends Axemaster are about to deliver a one-two punch of “then and now” type releases. The band has two different release items on their way in October and November that will make fans, old or new, as happy as can be. We will start with the new, modern material and work our way back from there, ok? Continue reading “AXEMASTER To Issue New LP ‘Crawling Chaos’ In November; Ltd. Edition 2LP Compilation Due In Oct.”

JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR Shares Lyric Video From Newly Released ‘Stand Your Ground’


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

Stand Your Ground“, the new studio album from the legendary U.S. power metal act Jack Starr’s Burning Starr, was released on August 25th via High Roller Records. A lyric video for the album track “False Gods” is now available for streaming below. Continue reading “JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR Shares Lyric Video From Newly Released ‘Stand Your Ground’”

CELLAR DARLING ‘This Is The Sound’ Review & Video Streams [Guest Contributor: Kira Schlechter*]


(By Kira Schlechter, Guest Contributor/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

One band’s loss is a new band’s gain. The Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie lost three core members, singer / hurdy-gurdy player Anna Murphy, guitarist / bassist Ivo Henzi and drummer Merlin Sutter.   Continue reading “CELLAR DARLING ‘This Is The Sound’ Review & Video Streams [Guest Contributor: Kira Schlechter*]”

HAMMERFALL Set Plans For 2018 N. American Tour; FLOTSAM & JETSAM To Support


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

Swedish power metallers Hammerfall have revealed their plans for a 2018 North American touring trek.   Continue reading “HAMMERFALL Set Plans For 2018 N. American Tour; FLOTSAM & JETSAM To Support”

RIFF RELEVANT Interviews TEMPTATIONS WINGS [Video]

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

Asheville, North Carolina’s Temptations Wings have had an amazing year so far with 2017. In March, they released their full-length debut, the conceptual masterpiece “Skulthor Ebonblade“.   Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Interviews TEMPTATIONS WINGS [Video]”

ATTIC Streaming ‘Sanctimonious’ Conceptual Album In Full Ahead Of Release

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

What a treat the new Attic album “Sanctimonious” is, one that is such on a variety of levels. First, it is a conceptual album set in a non-specific nunnery where mysterious murders are occurring and the bodies are piling up. The story that unfolds throughout the album is a darkly demonic, blasphemous one and it is told with epic grandeur. Continue reading “ATTIC Streaming ‘Sanctimonious’ Conceptual Album In Full Ahead Of Release”

EXIT EDEN ‘Rhapsodies In Black’ Album Review & Videos [Guest Contrib: Kira Schlechter*]

(By Kira Schlechter, Guest Contributor/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Four singers – Amanda Somerville (Avantasia, Trillium, Kiske-Somerville), Clementine Develay-Thieux (Visions Of Atlantis), Marina La Torraca (Avantasia, Phantom Elite), and Anna Brunner, an aspiring young singer  – are all established vocalists.   Continue reading “EXIT EDEN ‘Rhapsodies In Black’ Album Review & Videos [Guest Contrib: Kira Schlechter*]”

ARGUS Issues ‘You Are The Curse’ Lyric Video; Preps For EU. Tour With HIGH SPIRITS

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

Pittsburgh’s premiere power metal band Argus will release “From Fields Of Fire” on September 8th via Cruz Del Sur Music.  The band have just released a lyric video for the track “You Are The Curse”, which can be found below. Continue reading “ARGUS Issues ‘You Are The Curse’ Lyric Video; Preps For EU. Tour With HIGH SPIRITS”

IRON MAIDEN – ‘The Book Of Souls Tour’ Live Photos & Show Review (Barclay Center, Brooklyn NY 7/21/2017)

Iron Maiden - 7/21/17 Brooklyn Show Flyer
Iron Maiden – 7/21/17 Brooklyn Show Flyer

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

Iron Maiden has always been a phenomenal band.  This is not a debate, they simply are.  Granted, I have not personally listened to much after the ‘Powerslave release, but this is beside the point.  I was a child when I first heard them, first watched, jaw agape, their original ‘Run To The Hills music video on MTV.  I hadn’t had an opportunity to see them live, until now.   Continue reading “IRON MAIDEN – ‘The Book Of Souls Tour’ Live Photos & Show Review (Barclay Center, Brooklyn NY 7/21/2017)”

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”

JAG PANZER Shares ‘Far Beyond All Fear’ Lyric Video

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

U.S. power metal legends Jag Panzer have just released a lyric video for the song “Far Beyond All Fear“.  The track is taken from their forthcoming album ‘The Deviant Chord’, set for release on September 29th via Steamhammer/SPV. Continue reading “JAG PANZER Shares ‘Far Beyond All Fear’ Lyric Video”

Metal God THOR To Issue ‘Beyond The Pain Barrier’ In Aug.; Official Video Premiere

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

Legendary metal god and band Thor have announced their planned triumphant return to the metallic realm with a new studio album.   Continue reading “Metal God THOR To Issue ‘Beyond The Pain Barrier’ In Aug.; Official Video Premiere”

UNLEASH THE ARCHERS ‘Apex’ Review; Track Streams [Guest Contributor: Kira Schlechter*]

(By Kira Schlechter, Guest Contributor, RiffRelevant.com)

When does a contemplation of reincarnation, karma, and betrayal leave any sort of hippie realm and get downright crushing? When it’s done by the Vancouver band Unleash The Archers, who get the theme in their teeth and run with it on their fourth album, “Apex.” (out now from Napalm Records). Continue reading “UNLEASH THE ARCHERS ‘Apex’ Review; Track Streams [Guest Contributor: Kira Schlechter*]”

DRAGONFORCE ‘Reaching Into Infinity’ Review & Stream [By Guest Contributor: Kira Schlechter*]

(Review By Guest Contributor: Kira Schlechter, RiffRelevant.com)

Still as excessive as a Death By Chocolate dessert, Dragonforce returns with its first album in three years, “Reaching Into Infinity”.   Continue reading “DRAGONFORCE ‘Reaching Into Infinity’ Review & Stream [By Guest Contributor: Kira Schlechter*]”

JAG PANZER To Release ‘The Deviant Chord’ In September


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

One of the most formidable U.S. power metal bands announced their anxiously awaited return. Colorado’s ferocious metallic legends Jag Panzer will resume constructing their musical legacy with ‘The Deviant Chord‘, due out September 29th via Steamhammer/SPV.   Continue reading “JAG PANZER To Release ‘The Deviant Chord’ In September”