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”

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”

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]”

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”

AXEMASTER Back With ‘Crawling Chaos’ Album Out Now; Song Streams


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

Long running Ohio-based melodic thrash / power metal band Axemaster recently returned to the scene with a new studio album, “Crawling Chaos“.   Continue reading “AXEMASTER Back With ‘Crawling Chaos’ Album Out Now; Song Streams”

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”

NAPALM DEATH Shares Unreleased 2014 Song ‘Nurse The Hunger’ Via Decibel Flexi Series

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

A previously unreleased Napalm Death B-side, recorded back in 2014, has now received an official release via Decibel magazine’s flexi-disc series.    Continue reading “NAPALM DEATH Shares Unreleased 2014 Song ‘Nurse The Hunger’ Via Decibel Flexi Series”

WATAIN Schedule 2018 North American Tour; DESTRÖYER 666 Supporting


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

Contemporary Swedish black metal horde Watain have announced their plans to conquer audiences across North America in early 2018 as they embark on a headlining tour next winter featuring direct support from Deströyer 666. Continue reading “WATAIN Schedule 2018 North American Tour; DESTRÖYER 666 Supporting”

ICED EARTH Announce North American Leg Of World Tour; SANCTUARY & KILL RITUAL To Support


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

In one of the freaking most Must-See tour announcements to be unveiled for early 2018 comes this magnificent revelation directly from Iced Earth‘s own Jon Schaffer:

Brothers and sisters! We are very aware at how impatient you have been getting about our North American tour announcement, but the time has arrived!! We will be seeing you soon in a very extensive USA/Canada run. Be there, it will be an awesome time for sure!Continue reading “ICED EARTH Announce North American Leg Of World Tour; SANCTUARY & KILL RITUAL To Support”

GOATWHORE Stream Exclusive Decibel Mag Flexi-Series Track ‘Command To Destroy’


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

By now, everyone is pretty well aware that Decibel Magazine offers an exclusive track via their Flexi-Series with each physical magazine.   Continue reading “GOATWHORE Stream Exclusive Decibel Mag Flexi-Series Track ‘Command To Destroy’”

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Debut Paul Booth-Directed ‘Spectral War’ Official Video As ‘Psychosis’ Ensues

(Pic Courtesy of TIM TRONCKOE)

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

As Cavalera Conspiracy, the band helmed by brothers and Sepultura founders Igorr and Max Cavalera, issues their new album today, we also get this. This is, of course, the powerfully fierce new official video for the song “Spectral War“, a track from today’s Napalm Record‘s release, “Psychosis“. Continue reading “CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Debut Paul Booth-Directed ‘Spectral War’ Official Video As ‘Psychosis’ Ensues”

EXHORDER Announces Reformation With New Line Up; Reunion Shows

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

One of the South’s most legendary thrash metal bands, Exhorder, have announced they have reformed and joined the AISA Management roster. The 2017 version of Exhorder is lead by founding members Vinnie LaBella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals), who are now joined by Jason Viebrooks (Heathen) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-Superjoint Ritual, ex-Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals) on guitar and Sasha Horn (Forbidden) on drums.  Continue reading “EXHORDER Announces Reformation With New Line Up; Reunion Shows”

PILE OF PRIESTS Reveals ‘Tenebrous Labyrinth’ EP Details; Title Track Stream


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

From the Mile High City of Denver comes the latest offering from the merciless trio of Evan Salvador (Guitars, Vocals) Patrick Leyn (Bass) and Evan Knight (Drums). The guys, otherwise known as Pile Of Priests will self-release their new EP, “Tenebrous Labyrinth“, on November 24th…Black Friday! Continue reading “PILE OF PRIESTS Reveals ‘Tenebrous Labyrinth’ EP Details; Title Track Stream”

NO AMNESTY ‘Psychopathy’ Pre-Release Stream


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

Barcelona-based thrash band No Amnesty have premiered the pre-release full-album stream of the band’s upcoming new album “Psychopathy“, which will be released on November 14th by Xtreem Music. Check it out via the Soundcloud embed below. Continue reading “NO AMNESTY ‘Psychopathy’ Pre-Release Stream”

POSSESSED: Entire Pro-Shot Video Of Bloodstock Open Air Performance


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

Possessed, the legendary band that many claim was the first speed / death metal band, recently played the Bloodstock Open Air festival. B.O.A. was held back on August 11-13 at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom and video of Possessed‘s performance was professionally filmed. It is streaming here today for your viewing enjoyment. Continue reading “POSSESSED: Entire Pro-Shot Video Of Bloodstock Open Air Performance”

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’”

CROWBAR Headline US Tour Launch Nears; TOMBS-INCITE-TRICOUNTY TERROR Supporting

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

NOLA sludge heavyweights Crowbar will launch a new U.S. headline run in just a handful of days from now. Joined by Tombs (on select dates), Incite and Tri-County Terror, the tour will run for nearly three weeks. It begins this Saturday, November 11 in San Antonio, CA and ends in Clarksville, TN. on December 1st. See all confirmed dates below. Continue reading “CROWBAR Headline US Tour Launch Nears; TOMBS-INCITE-TRICOUNTY TERROR Supporting”

MISCONDUCTERS ‘Pariah’ Review; Select Tracks Streaming

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

The global-wide metal underground is an intriguing place to say the least. It is a place that exists with duality or purpose in many cases, at any given time. For some, it can be both a treasure trove of undiscovered riches yet for others, it is a musty graveyard where many bands go to die. The point I’m trying to make is this: that you must tread carefully within its confines and exercise a discerning sensibility when you do such. Continue reading “MISCONDUCTERS ‘Pariah’ Review; Select Tracks Streaming”

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”