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”

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Announce 2018 N. American Tour With C.O.C.; RED FANG +EYEHATEGOD On Select Dates


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

Black Label Society have announced an impressive batch of North American tour dates spanning coast to coast in support of their recently announced all new LP, “Grimmest Hits“. Support will come from legends Corrosion Of Conformity on all dates. Select tour dates will see support from EyeHateGod and Red Fang. A full list of all the dates can be seen below. Continue reading “BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Announce 2018 N. American Tour With C.O.C.; RED FANG +EYEHATEGOD On Select Dates”

Oldschool Sunday: MENTAL HIPPIE BLOOD


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

There is always a chance that some of the bands I wish to share with you all via our Oldschool Sunday pieces aren’t just old, they’re damn near altogether obscure. That would be the case for today’s subjects, Stockholm, Sweden’s Mental Hippie Blood and truth is, that is a damned shame. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: MENTAL HIPPIE BLOOD”

LIVING COLOUR Announces Fall U.S. Headline Tour


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

For over 30 years, Living Colour have been one of rock’s most amazing bands, one that blends a forward thinking mash jammed with funk, soul, heavy metal, hard rock and a whole lot more. This hodgepodge of hard rock mastery takes place not just on their albums but on the live stage as well and fans will soon be able to witness it there too. Continue reading “LIVING COLOUR Announces Fall U.S. Headline Tour”

CROWBAR To Embark On US Headline Tour; TOMBS, INCITE & TRICOUNTY TERROR Support Select Dates

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

NOLA sludgers Crowbar will embark on a string of U.S. headline dates with Tombs, Incite, and Tricounty Terror on select dates. The trek kicks off on November 11th at Alamo City Music Hall in San Antonio, Texas, and wraps up on December 1st at The Warehouse in Clarksville, Tennessee. Continue reading “CROWBAR To Embark On US Headline Tour; TOMBS, INCITE & TRICOUNTY TERROR Support Select Dates”

OMOTAI Conceptual Album ‘A Ruined Oak’ Streaming In Full; Tour Dates


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

Houston-based heavyweights Omotai are set to release their powerful conceptual album “A Ruined Oak” today, Oct. 6th, through Tofu Carnage Records. The masterful opus is an inspired work based on The Lost Colony of Roanoke, an early settlement in the United States whose inhabitants all disappeared without a trace. The story is translated through this amazing album’s music, one centered on abandonment and responsibility while the lyrics are haunted by loss and violence. Continue reading “OMOTAI Conceptual Album ‘A Ruined Oak’ Streaming In Full; Tour Dates”

BLACKFINGER ‘When Colors Fade Away’ Review + Stream; Tour Dates


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

Everything changes and that is true for the Pittsburgh-based band fronted by former Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner, Blackfinger. For the project’s second studio full-length, “When Colors Fade Away“, Wagner assembled a whole new band to accompany him. Gone are everyone from Blackfinger‘s 2014 self-titled album, except Wagner himself of course. Now in are a guitar pairing that have both done time in the band Penance, Terry Weston (also of Dream Death) and Matthew Tuite, alongside bassist Matthew Cross and drummer David Snyder. Continue reading “BLACKFINGER ‘When Colors Fade Away’ Review + Stream; Tour Dates”

WINDS OF PLAGUE Share ‘Blood Of My Enemy’ Album Details: Official Video Premiere


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

Los Angeles-based metallers Winds Of Plague are revealing the details of their upcoming full-length album release, “Blood Of My Enemy“. The follow up to the widely celebrated 2013 Resistance LP will be issued via Entertainment One Music (eOne) / Good Fight Music on October 27th.  Continue reading “WINDS OF PLAGUE Share ‘Blood Of My Enemy’ Album Details: Official Video Premiere”

One Hot Night: Witchcryer, Messa, Destroyer of Light – Show Review 5/21/17 Austin TX (Live Video); Tour Dates

(By Damon ‘Gravitoyd’ Caraway, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Hotel Vegas, Austin, Texas, 10:00 pm.  It was dark and felt like Godzilla’s breath: muggy and hot.  Austin’s heaviness-seekers filed in clad in black t-shirts – we only come out at night, it seems.  This was the last show for Messa and  Witchcryer on their Scarlet U.S. Tour of 2017, and they brought Destroyer Of Light along for this night of destruction. Continue reading “One Hot Night: Witchcryer, Messa, Destroyer of Light – Show Review 5/21/17 Austin TX (Live Video); Tour Dates”

SERPENTS OF SECRECY Interview At The Maryland Doom Fest 2017 [Video]

All Photos Courtesy of Shane Gardner
All Photos Courtesy of Shane Gardner (Rock N Roll Socialite)

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

One of the most promising bands to fully surface in 2017 are recent Salt Of The Earth Records signees, Serpents Of Secrecy.  The band, which many hail as a bona-fide “supergroup”, does possess a rather interesting roster of members.   Continue reading “SERPENTS OF SECRECY Interview At The Maryland Doom Fest 2017 [Video]”

THE OBSESSED Announce US Fall Headline Tour + Support For CLUTCH / DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT Run; Video Of Acoustic Performance Shared


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

Capitalizing on the huge embrace and critical success of their long awaited studio return “Sacred“, The Obsessed will tour the U.S. again this fall. The headlining tour will begin September 27th in Asheville, North Carolina and end October 27th in Baltimore, Maryland. Direct support will be provided by Cobalt and Iron Tongue on select dates. A full list of tour dates is available near the bottom of this page.  Continue reading “THE OBSESSED Announce US Fall Headline Tour + Support For CLUTCH / DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT Run; Video Of Acoustic Performance Shared”

2017: The Year Of EARTHRIDE – ‘Taming Of The Demons’ Turns 15 & Descendants Of Crom Nears


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

Children Of The Future… Lift Your Weary Heads!” June, 2002 saw the unveiling of one of the heaviest exports to ever surface from the underbelly of the legendary Maryland Doom scene.   Continue reading “2017: The Year Of EARTHRIDE – ‘Taming Of The Demons’ Turns 15 & Descendants Of Crom Nears”

BETWEEN THE RAIN ‘The Knockoff’ EP Review; Track Stream + Tour Dates


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

New York’s Between The Rain are a fast-rising trio, one coming up from gritty streets determined to bring their punk-tinged Grunge / Alt. Rock to music fans.   Continue reading “BETWEEN THE RAIN ‘The Knockoff’ EP Review; Track Stream + Tour Dates”

CLUTCH Announce Winter Tour; DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT & THE OBSESSED Supporting


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

In one of the most diversified tour bill announcements, Clutch have scheduled a Winter 2017 U.S. trek as a continuum of their Psychic Warfare tour.  But wait, it gets better…   Continue reading “CLUTCH Announce Winter Tour; DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT & THE OBSESSED Supporting”

HOWLING GIANT ‘Black Hole Space Wizard: Part 2’ Review & Stream


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

Straight from the country music capital of the world, Nashville, Tennessee comes the very embodiment of the antithesis of that musical genre.  It is manifested both in the form of the band Howling Giant and their recent EP release, “Black Hole Space Wizard: Part 2“.   Continue reading “HOWLING GIANT ‘Black Hole Space Wizard: Part 2’ Review & Stream”

Twin Earth Records’ HEAVY TRAFFIC & BOOK OF WYRMS Announce Tour

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

Two of Twin Earth Records most critically acclaimed acts, NYC psyche rockers Heavy Traffic and RVA’s trip-doomers Book Of Wyrms, are uniting for a road trek together.   Continue reading “Twin Earth Records’ HEAVY TRAFFIC & BOOK OF WYRMS Announce Tour”

TERROR & BLIND JUSTICE U.S. Tour Announced; BENT LIFE On Select Dates


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

L.A. hardcore legends Terror have just announced a U.S. fall tour in support of their latest release for Pure Noise Records, “The Walls Will Fall” EP.   Continue reading “TERROR & BLIND JUSTICE U.S. Tour Announced; BENT LIFE On Select Dates”

DECAPITATED Members Arrested & Detained In The US On Kidnapping Charges


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

According to the Seattle Times, Polish death metallers Decapitated – , Waclaw J. Kieltyka, Rafal T. Piotrowski, and Hubert E. Wiecek – were all arrested this weekend in Santa Ana, California, on suspicion of kidnapping a woman after a concert in Spokane, Washington on August 31st. Continue reading “DECAPITATED Members Arrested & Detained In The US On Kidnapping Charges”

FIREBALL MINISTRY Provides ‘The Answer’ Via Official Video From Upcoming Release; Details & Tour Dates

(Pic: Andrew Stewart)

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

SoCal-based heavy rock band Fireball Ministry will release their fifth album, Remember The Story, on October 6th via Cleopatra Records.   Continue reading “FIREBALL MINISTRY Provides ‘The Answer’ Via Official Video From Upcoming Release; Details & Tour Dates”

LEFT BEHIND To Issue ‘Blessed By The Burn’ In October; Official Video Debut + Tour Dates


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

Left Behind in West Virginia..uh, I mean FROM WV, heh, are preparing to issue their “Blessed By The Burn” album next month.   Continue reading “LEFT BEHIND To Issue ‘Blessed By The Burn’ In October; Official Video Debut + Tour Dates”