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”

THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL Reveals 2018 Lineup; Riff Relevant Announces Media Partnership

(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

2017 has been a remarkable year for festival lineups (at least for me), event organizers in 2018 have their work cut out for them.  The Maryland Doom Fest has already revealed it’s initial (& full!) 2018 lineup, and Riff Relevant is a very proud sponsor for next year’s event!  Let’s find out more, shall we? Continue reading “THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL Reveals 2018 Lineup; Riff Relevant Announces Media Partnership”

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”

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”

DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018 – Blackseed Records Announces Initial Festival Lineup & ‘Early Crow’ Tickets

Descendants Of Crom Festival

(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

“…Now they will know why they are afraid of the dark.  Now they learn why they fear the night.…” ~ Thulsa Doom (Conan) Continue reading “DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018 – Blackseed Records Announces Initial Festival Lineup & ‘Early Crow’ Tickets”

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”

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”

ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) Announce 2018 N. American Tour; First N.A.Trek In Over 35 Years To Follow Live CD/DVD Release


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

One of the most prolific acts in rock and roll, one that is such in both the audio and visual realm, have announced their first North American tour in over thirty years. Jeff Lynne’s ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) will hit the U.S. and Canadian continent with ten shows, starting in Oakland, CA at Oracle Arena before wrapping in Philadelphia, PA at Wells Fargo Center. See below for full tour routing. Continue reading “ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) Announce 2018 N. American Tour; First N.A.Trek In Over 35 Years To Follow Live CD/DVD Release”

TRUCKFIGHTERS Robbed In San Francisco; GoFundMe Launched


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

Örebro, Sweden’s highly popular fuzz / desert rock band Truckfighters were victims of a robbery while in San Francisco, CA this week. The band, who are currently in tour in the U.S. with Mothership, had their van broken into with personal items, including a Macbook Air, merchandise money and more all being stolen.  Continue reading “TRUCKFIGHTERS Robbed In San Francisco; GoFundMe Launched”

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”

NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL Announcement!


(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

Music brings people together.  In the spirit of that unity, Riff Relevant is psyched to be the first to announce the NEW ENGLAND STONER & DOOM FESTIVAL.  Continue reading “NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL Announcement!”

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”

HELLOWEEN Bringing ‘Pumpkins United’ Tour To North America


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

After the hugely successful, mostly sold out Pumpkins United World Tour from Helloween in Latin America, Europe and Asia, now North Americans can get excited!   Continue reading “HELLOWEEN Bringing ‘Pumpkins United’ Tour To North America”

GREENBEARD confirmed as SXSW 2018 Showcase Performer; Dates for WINTER TOUR ’17 supporting LÖDARÖDBÖL release

(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

Austin, Texas trio Greenbeard has been announced as an Official Music Showcase Performing Artist for South By Southwest 2018.  The band will also embark on a sixteen date “Winter Tour 2017″ beginning next week on November 4th, in support of their recent Lödarödböl release.    Continue reading “GREENBEARD confirmed as SXSW 2018 Showcase Performer; Dates for WINTER TOUR ’17 supporting LÖDARÖDBÖL release”

ROYAL THUNDER Announce Tour With BACKWOODS PAYBACK; Select Dates With HEAVY TEMPLE


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

Atlanta’s psyche rock and blues band Royal Thunder have just announced an early 2018 touring trek. Pennsylvania’s Backwoods Payback will provide direct support for the entire run while select dates will see Philly’s Heavy Temple join the fun. Continue reading “ROYAL THUNDER Announce Tour With BACKWOODS PAYBACK; Select Dates With HEAVY TEMPLE”

Entire OBITUARY Sacramento, CA. Performance Streaming Via Capital Chaos TV; Video


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

On October 6th, the ongoing thrash assault known as the Battle Of The Bays Tour came crashing into Sacramento, California.    Continue reading “Entire OBITUARY Sacramento, CA. Performance Streaming Via Capital Chaos TV; Video”