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”

LETTERS FROM THE COLONY Share Details Of ‘Vignette’ Debut; Premiere ‘Erasing Contrast’ Video


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

One of the most intriguing, more incredible progressive death metal bands that I have heard in a while are the Borlänge, Sweden based Letters From The Colony.   Continue reading “LETTERS FROM THE COLONY Share Details Of ‘Vignette’ Debut; Premiere ‘Erasing Contrast’ Video”

TY TABOR (King’s X) To Release New 2-Disc Solo Album ‘Alien Beans’; Official Video Premiere


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

Iconic King’s X guitarist, Ty Tabor (also of The Jelly Jam and Platypus, etc.), will release a new solo effort, ‘Alien Beans’, on January 12th via Rat Pak Records.   Continue reading “TY TABOR (King’s X) To Release New 2-Disc Solo Album ‘Alien Beans’; Official Video Premiere”

HOLY TERROR ‘Total Terror’ Box Set To See North American Release


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

Dissonance Productions has announced the North American release of “Total Terror“, a box set of varied content from underground oldschool progressive thrash band Holy Terror. The band originally released two iconic cult records – Terror And Submission and Mind Wars – back in the 80’s. Continue reading “HOLY TERROR ‘Total Terror’ Box Set To See North American Release”

DIRGE Returns With ‘Alma | Baltica’ This Month; ‘Alma’ Streaming


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

Atmospherically haunting, abstract sludge industrialists Dirge are positioned to release their new studio construct “Alma | Baltica” this month.   Continue reading “DIRGE Returns With ‘Alma | Baltica’ This Month; ‘Alma’ Streaming”

MASTODON Shares ‘Making Of Emperor Of Sand’ Doc With Unreleased Footage


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

Hot off the PR wire today comes this news: Mastodon‘s multiple episode video series, from behind the scenes as they recorded their latest album ‘Emperor Of Sand’, has been compiled into a full-length documentary.   Continue reading “MASTODON Shares ‘Making Of Emperor Of Sand’ Doc With Unreleased Footage”

PILE OF PRIESTS ‘Tenebrous Labyrinth’ EP Review & Stream


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

After a mere handful of days since premiering the title track of their new EP, “Tenebrous Labyrinth“, Denver-based trio of impenitent metallers Pile Of Priests return.   Continue reading “PILE OF PRIESTS ‘Tenebrous Labyrinth’ EP Review & Stream”

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”

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”

HELLFLOWER ‘Orange’ EP Debut Review & Stream


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

I have always relished the role of a revelator when it comes to discovering a band, one that I believe are exceptional and worthy of attention, and sharing said band with other people. Today, I get to engage that enjoyment once again with news about the Andenes, Norway-based Hellflower. The band just released their four song EP début, “Orange“, on November 24th via Rob Mules Records. Continue reading “HELLFLOWER ‘Orange’ EP Debut Review & Stream”

HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN To Release ‘Rei’ EP; Title Track Streaming + Tour Dates

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

The six man, Leeds, UK-based post metal collective known as Hundred Year Old Man have announced the follow-up to their critically acclaimed breakthrough single, Black Fire. The three song “Rei” EP will drop via Gizeh Records and Wolves & Vibrancy Records on January 26th and promises to ignite the inferno of post apocalyptic metalism.  Continue reading “HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN To Release ‘Rei’ EP; Title Track Streaming + Tour Dates”

AHAB Announces Final ‘The Call Of The Wretched Sea’ Full Performance Shows


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

Teutonic nautically-themed progressive doomsters Ahab have announced three shows to wrap up 2017, which will be the last time the band will perform their 2006 album The Call Of The Wretched Sea in its entirety. Their schedule is as follows: Continue reading “AHAB Announces Final ‘The Call Of The Wretched Sea’ Full Performance Shows”

SIKTH Share New Official Video For ‘The Aura’


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

UK prog-metal experimentalists SikTH are preparing to issue a deluxe edition of the band’s latest album, “The Future In Whose Eyes?“. Dropping through Peaceville Records on December 1st, the new enhanced format will include six new songs. In inclusion to the record’s original track list, this augmented edition now also contains the following:
Continue reading “SIKTH Share New Official Video For ‘The Aura’”

CULT OF LUNA & JULIE CHRISTMAS Share Short Version Of ‘Mariner’ Doc


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

During their European tour together during November of 2016, Cult Of Luna and Julie Christmas documented the events on film at the time.   Continue reading “CULT OF LUNA & JULIE CHRISTMAS Share Short Version Of ‘Mariner’ Doc”

Doom Unit GODTHRYYMM (Past/Present Vallenfyre, My Dying Bride, Solstice, Etc.) Share Demo Quality Cut From Debut


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

Sites have recently been forewarning readers about the imminent arrival of Godthrymm, a new project with Hamish Glencross (Vallenfyre, ex-My Dying Bride, ex-Solstice) on vocals and guitar, Chaz Netherwood (ex-Solstice) on guitar, Shaun Taylor-Steels (My Dying Bride) on drums, and Rich Mumford (Malediction) on bass.  Continue reading “Doom Unit GODTHRYYMM (Past/Present Vallenfyre, My Dying Bride, Solstice, Etc.) Share Demo Quality Cut From Debut”

ASCENDING DAWN ‘Coalesce’ Review; New Lyric Video Premiere


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

The world of music is no longer governed by physical constraints or perceived borders in the modern age of technology. If a musician at Point A desires to work with an artist at Point B then real world proximity can basically do nothing to prevent that collaboration from occurring. Take, for instance, the subjects of this article, the  NYC / London-based, progressive alt. metal project Ascending Dawn. The band will be re-releasing their full-length début, “Coalesce“, on December 1st. Continue reading “ASCENDING DAWN ‘Coalesce’ Review; New Lyric Video Premiere”

PRIEST (Ex-Ghost Members) Streaming Electronica Raver ‘New Flesh’

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

Priest, the new electronica band with connections to Ghost via the inclusion of some former members, will release their “New Flesh” debut on November 17th. Due out from Lövely Records, the recording produced by Alpha (ex Ghost) and which includes an appearance by Airghoul (also ex Ghost), is a showcase of electronica and 80s goth overtones. Continue reading “PRIEST (Ex-Ghost Members) Streaming Electronica Raver ‘New Flesh’”

INTERSTELAR ‘Resin’ Review – Contest To Win A Vinyl Format LP For RECORD STORE DAY 2017


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

Los Angeles’ Interstelar have been an underground staple within the City Of Angels’ music scene since at least 2005.  The band has been an ever-present entity on the town’s live circuit during that period.  Continue reading “INTERSTELAR ‘Resin’ Review – Contest To Win A Vinyl Format LP For RECORD STORE DAY 2017”

ENSLAVED ‘E’ Review & Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter]


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

In just six songs (and two bonus tracks) on its latest album, “E,” the Norwegian band Enslaved has seismically shifted what metal is, blowing open the doors instead to what it can be – thematically as well as musically. Continue reading “ENSLAVED ‘E’ Review & Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter]”