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”

ALICE IN CHAINS Announce 2018 N. American Headline Trek + Festival Appearances


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

Alice In Chains have announced a planned North American headline tour that kicks off April 28, 2018 at the House Of Blues in Boston. The band will make several festival appearances throughout the run including ones at Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock On The Range and WMMR BBQ (links to each below). The touring trek news comes along with recent reports that the band entered the studio back in July to record a new album. Continue reading “ALICE IN CHAINS Announce 2018 N. American Headline Trek + Festival Appearances”

DARKEST HOUR Set February East Coast Trek; WHORES. & EXTINCTION A.D. Supporting


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

Reactivated Virginia metallers Darkest Hour have announced a short, but nonetheless incredible, East Coast touring trek. It will set off in February 2018 and consist of nine dates with support provided by WHORES. and Extinction A.D. Here’s what we know: Continue reading “DARKEST HOUR Set February East Coast Trek; WHORES. & EXTINCTION A.D. Supporting”

THE SKULL Announces 2018 Tour Playing S/T ‘Trouble’ Album In Full

THE SKULL

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

The true doom-imbued ‘supergroup’ The Skull have just revealed a 2018 touring trek that will see them present a real must-see event at each stop.   Continue reading “THE SKULL Announces 2018 Tour Playing S/T ‘Trouble’ Album In Full”

WINDHAND Share ‘Old Evil’ Visualizer From Upcoming Split With SATAN’S SATYRS + Live Dates

WINDHAND

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

RVA-based (Richmond, VA) psychedelic doom band Windhand have just released their official video for “Old Evil“. The song hails from the band’s upcoming split release with Satan’s Satyrs, due for release on CD, LP and digital formats on February 16th from Relapse Records. Continue reading “WINDHAND Share ‘Old Evil’ Visualizer From Upcoming Split With SATAN’S SATYRS + Live Dates”

SCOTT KELLY (Accompanied By JOHN JUDKINS) Announces 2018 European Solo Tour; Ltd. Ed. Live 7″

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

Legendary musician Scott Kelly (Neurosis, Shrinebuilder, Corrections House, etc.) has announced a European solo tour for early 2018, where he will be accompanied by John Judkins of Rwake. Continue reading “SCOTT KELLY (Accompanied By JOHN JUDKINS) Announces 2018 European Solo Tour; Ltd. Ed. Live 7″”

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Announce First US Tour With New Singer Jeff Gutt


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

STP (Stone Temple Pilots) are prepared to capitalize on their revitalized return with new vocalist Jeff Gutt (pronounced ‘goote’) by undertaking an early 2018 U.S. tour.  Tickets go on-sale this Friday, December 8th at 10 AM local time.  Continue reading “STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Announce First US Tour With New Singer Jeff Gutt”

FU MANCHU To Release ‘Clone Of The Universe” In February; Announce World Tour

(Pic Courtesy Of John Gilhooley)

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

SoCal stoner rock pioneers Fu Manchu have announced the planned release of their twelfth studio album, “Clone Of The Universe“. Their first new record in four years, since 2014’s Gigantoid, will drop on February 9th via the band’s own label, At The Dojo Records. Continue reading “FU MANCHU To Release ‘Clone Of The Universe” In February; Announce World Tour”

Oldschool Sunday: BLOODBATH [Upcoming Split With AUTOPSY + 2018 N. American Tour]

BLOODBATH (Then)

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

In today’s music journalism realm, the term “supergroup” is as commonly brandied about as any other type of label or tag. It has not always been so either as there was a time when a supergroup was a rarity, something special and outside of the norm. The qualifications to meet this supergroup designation were simple too, be a band comprised of well-known, established musicians…and that was pretty much it. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: BLOODBATH [Upcoming Split With AUTOPSY + 2018 N. American Tour]”

Original Line-Up DIXIE DREGS Announce First U.S. Tour Together In 40 Years

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

For the first time in 40 YEARS, the original line-up of the famous Dixie Dregs will embark on a U.S. tour in February of 2018.   Continue reading “Original Line-Up DIXIE DREGS Announce First U.S. Tour Together In 40 Years”

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”

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”

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”

CONAN Announce 2018 N. American Tour With Support From THE DITCH AND THE DELTA

CONAN

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

As the UK’s sludgeoned doom brutalists in Conan continue to work on their next studio effort.  The band has announced a full North American headline tour.   Continue reading “CONAN Announce 2018 N. American Tour With Support From THE DITCH AND THE DELTA”

JESUS PIECE Announce January Eastern US Tour With VEIN Prior To KNOCKED LOOSE / TERROR Trek

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

Hot on the heels of last week’s news (here) of their inclusion in the support slot on the upcoming Knocked Loose / Terror North American co-headline tour, Jesus Piece will undertake another trek prior to that run. Continue reading “JESUS PIECE Announce January Eastern US Tour With VEIN Prior To KNOCKED LOOSE / TERROR Trek”

IRON MAIDEN Streaming Entire ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ Videos


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

Iron Maiden are streaming all 15 tracks of their upcoming  “The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter” video on their YouTube channel here. All all 15 visual tracks which were captured on the road during “The Book Of Souls World Tour” in 2016 and 2017. They include: Continue reading “IRON MAIDEN Streaming Entire ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ Videos”

OMOTAI Debuts NSFW ‘Last Of The Green Vial’ Official Video; Live Dates

(Pic Courtesy Of ANNIE LIN)

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

It has been a little over a month since Houston’s Omotai released their “A Ruined Oak” conceptual album through Tofu Carnage Records. Riff Relevant shared the stream of the album (here), one that weaves an interlocking tale about the Lost Colony of Roanoke (an island off the coast of North Virginia where 115 colonizers vanished under less than clear circumstances that remains an unsolved mystery to this day). Continue reading “OMOTAI Debuts NSFW ‘Last Of The Green Vial’ Official Video; Live Dates”

SOULFLY & NILE Announce Co-Headlining US Tour For 2018

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

Metal-ly diversified heavyweights Soulfly and their Nuclear Blast label mates, Egyptian themed brutalists Nile, have announced a joint co-headlining U.S. tour. The 2018 jaunt has been dubbed “From The Amazon To The Nile“, it consists of 35-dates and will kick off at Diamonds Pub & Billiards in Louisville, KY. on April 26th. It will make stops in Atlanta, Cleveland, and West Hollywood before ending on May 24th in Houston, Texas. Continue reading “SOULFLY & NILE Announce Co-Headlining US Tour For 2018”

KNOCKED LOOSE Sets N. American Headline Tour; TERROR-JESUS PIECE-STONE Supporting

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

Abrasive, ever more popular Kentucky hardcore band Knocked Loose have officially confirmed the recent barrage of rumors concerning a tour with Terror. The band have announced their 2018 headlining North American trek that will see them joined by Terror as well as Jesus Piece and Stone. Continue reading “KNOCKED LOOSE Sets N. American Headline Tour; TERROR-JESUS PIECE-STONE Supporting”