Re-Activated TRAUMA Announce Headline Tour; More Dates TBA


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

The re-activated Bay Area thrash metal band Trauma, once home to the pre-Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, have announced some upcoming live tour dates.   Continue reading “Re-Activated TRAUMA Announce Headline Tour; More Dates TBA”

EXARSIS Unleash ‘General Guidance’ Official Video As ‘New War Order’ Looms

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

Greece’s oldschool thrash-styled metal band Exarsis have unleashed a scathing Official Video for their track “General Guidance“. The blistering neck-wrecking number hails from the band’s imminent fourth album release, “New World Order” which is due out on October 20th. Continue reading “EXARSIS Unleash ‘General Guidance’ Official Video As ‘New War Order’ Looms”

KILLTHRAX II Tour Announced With ANTHRAX & KILLSWITCH ENGAGE + Support From HAVOK


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

After their successful KillThrax Tour together earlier in 2017, Anthrax and Killswitch Engage have announced another round to hit North America in early 2018! Havok will serve as the opening act for the entire tour. Continue reading “KILLTHRAX II Tour Announced With ANTHRAX & KILLSWITCH ENGAGE + Support From HAVOK”

BUZZARD DUST Settles With This Week’s S/T LP Debut; Song Streams


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

RVA (Richmond, Virginia) is ground zero for a plethora of genre-warping music projects.  These days, bands like Iron Reagan, BAT and Municipal Waste are the current torchbearers, but now it is time to introduce Buzzard Dust.   Continue reading “BUZZARD DUST Settles With This Week’s S/T LP Debut; Song Streams”

MASON Stream ‘Impervious’ Thrash Attack With New Release


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

Just off the top of your head, how many Australian oldschool-inspired thrash bands come to mind this very moment? Whatever your answer may be, prepare to add at least one more to the list. Melbourne’s Mason are back with their independent sophomore full-length outing, “Impervious“. Continue reading “MASON Stream ‘Impervious’ Thrash Attack With New Release”

TULSADOOM Premieres ‘Fist From The Grave’ Video From ‘Helltulsarazordoom’ Split With HELLRAZORS


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

Austria’s blackened thrash metallers Tulsadoom have published a brand new video for the track “Fist From The Grave”, which is taken off the band’s upcoming split with fellow countrymen Hellrazors. Continue reading “TULSADOOM Premieres ‘Fist From The Grave’ Video From ‘Helltulsarazordoom’ Split With HELLRAZORS”

SKINLAB Share First New Music In Nearly 10 Years

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

Reactivated San Francisco-based metallers Skinlab have shared their first new music since the 2009 album release The Scars Between Us. That new music arrives via the track “End Of Silence” which is streaming below. The song was produced by Steve Hold and the video for the track was made by Mika Whitfield. Continue reading “SKINLAB Share First New Music In Nearly 10 Years”

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.”

Pro-Video Of Entire HIRAX Live Set In L.A. Streaming

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

On September 15th, legendary US Bay Area thrashers, Hirax, performed at The Roxy Theatre Hollywood. They opened in the supporting slot, alongside W.Va. prog thrash act Byzantine, of the recently launched Sacred Reich30 Years Of Ignorance” tour. The full video from the show is now available below. Continue reading “Pro-Video Of Entire HIRAX Live Set In L.A. Streaming”

Oldschool Sunday: BLOOD DUSTER [Includes Break Up Announcement]

BLOOD DUSTER (Then)

(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]”

SYMETRIA Streaming Imminent TRIPSQUAD RECORDS Self-Titled Release; To Play N.J. Date Of Metal Alliance Tour


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

New Jersey’s Symetria are preparing to release their new self-titled album for the burgeoning Tripsquad Records label. The Garden State locale that brought us Method Of Destruction (M.O.D.), TT Quick, Overkill and the legendary metal label Megaforce Records is the perfect place for these events too. See, Tripsquad Records is the start-up label of Tim McMurtie, who produced the upcoming Symetria effort (along with Eric Rachel) and was himself once guitarist for M.O.D.  Continue reading “SYMETRIA Streaming Imminent TRIPSQUAD RECORDS Self-Titled Release; To Play N.J. Date Of Metal Alliance Tour”

BLOODGOD ‘Carthasis’ EP Review & Stream

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

From deep within The Netherlands comes the vicious Dutch collective that is Bloodgod and their latest EP, “Catharsis“.   Continue reading “BLOODGOD ‘Carthasis’ EP Review & Stream”

IRONAUT ‘Sick Stupid Lies’ EP Review & Stream


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

From the gritty city of lost angels, L.A., Ironaut return with their third EP, the 3-song “Sick Stupid Lies“.   Continue reading “IRONAUT ‘Sick Stupid Lies’ EP Review & Stream”

ANNIHILATOR Announce ‘For The Demented’ Album To Drop In Nov.; Artwork Revealed + Video Premiere


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

Legendary and long-running Canadian thrash metal band Annihilator have unveiled some details of their next planned album release. Along with them comes the premiere of the first Official Video from said album, one for the song “Twisted Lobotomy”. It’s streaming below. Continue reading “ANNIHILATOR Announce ‘For The Demented’ Album To Drop In Nov.; Artwork Revealed + Video Premiere”

MORPHOSYS Vows ‘You Shall Bleed’ Via Vicious Lyric Video; New Release Nears


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

Six long years since their last recorded release, Germany’s savage death metalists Morphosys make their triumphant return.   Continue reading “MORPHOSYS Vows ‘You Shall Bleed’ Via Vicious Lyric Video; New Release Nears”

WITCHERY Cast Spell For November ‘I Am Legion’ Album Release; Video Premiere


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

After last year’s acclaimed “In His Infernal Majesty’s Service” record release, Swedish blackened thrashers Witchery are set to release their next album. “I Am Legion” via Century Media Records on November 10th. Continue reading “WITCHERY Cast Spell For November ‘I Am Legion’ Album Release; Video Premiere”

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”

MIDNITE HELLION Share Tracks From Upcoming ‘Condemned To Hell’ Release


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

Trenton, New Jersey’s old school thrash trio Midnite Hellion will release their new album, “Condemned To Hell“, via Witches Brew on Sept. 15th.   Continue reading “MIDNITE HELLION Share Tracks From Upcoming ‘Condemned To Hell’ Release”

An Interview With BYZANTINE’s Chris ‘OJ’ Ojeda At ‘The Cicada Tree’ Metal Blade Records Release Show [Video]


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

West Virginia’s Byzantine have always been one of the best, truly creative and progressive thrash metal bands in all music history.  Call that opinion if you want, but I will insist it is fact.  I feel the band’s own discography and history more than validates my statement, too.

Continue reading “An Interview With BYZANTINE’s Chris ‘OJ’ Ojeda At ‘The Cicada Tree’ Metal Blade Records Release Show [Video]”

WILDERNESS DREAM ‘Paralysis Rise’ Album Review & Stream

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Have you ever gone to a show to see a band you love, but you get there a little too early and something crazy happens?     Continue reading “WILDERNESS DREAM ‘Paralysis Rise’ Album Review & Stream”