THE SMASHING PUMPKINS Confirm Reunion; Announce ‘Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour’ [Video]


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

After several months of rumors, speculation, and cryptic picture posts, The Smashing Pumpkins have officially broken their silence to announce their reunion.  Continue reading “THE SMASHING PUMPKINS Confirm Reunion; Announce ‘Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour’ [Video]”

‘The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal: Part 1’ Documentary Arrives; Video Clips With John Bush, Lars Ulrich, Gene Hoglan


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

On Friday, January 19, MetalRock Films released the highly anticipated, much talked about cinematic document detailing the history of the Los Angeles metal scene, “The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal: Part 1“!   Continue reading “‘The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal: Part 1’ Documentary Arrives; Video Clips With John Bush, Lars Ulrich, Gene Hoglan”

RIFFS OR GTFO Announces ‘California Blood: Volume 1’ Compilation; Teaser Video


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

Arriving on Friday, January 26th, is the metal-intensified “California Blood: Volume 1” compilation from the San Diego based Riffs Or GTFO label.  The offering provides a powerful presentation containing some of the best underground bands out at this time. Continue reading “RIFFS OR GTFO Announces ‘California Blood: Volume 1’ Compilation; Teaser Video”

MARC RIZZO To Release ‘Rotation’ Solo Album In March; Teaser Video


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

Musician / guitarist Marc Rizzo, best known for his place in such current bands as Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Dead By Wednesday and others (along with his former, Ill Nino) will release a new solo album in March.   Continue reading “MARC RIZZO To Release ‘Rotation’ Solo Album In March; Teaser Video”

ROB DUKES (Generation Kill, Ex-Exodus) Issues Solo EP Featuring Scott Reeder; Song Streaming


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

Vocalist Rob Dukes, currently of both Generation Kill / Fragile Mortals and formerly of Exodus, has just released his first solo EP.   Continue reading “ROB DUKES (Generation Kill, Ex-Exodus) Issues Solo EP Featuring Scott Reeder; Song Streaming”

THAL Reveal ‘Reach For The Dragon’s Eye’ Full Details; Launch Pre-Order + Teaser

Hartnell (L) & Walker/Green (R)

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

For many fanatics within the global-wide heavy rock / doom underground, one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of 2018 will drop soon. Ohio’s THAL (The Heathens Are Loose), will unleash their new full-length studio recording “Reach For The Dragon’s Eye” via Argonauta Records on February 16th. Continue reading “THAL Reveal ‘Reach For The Dragon’s Eye’ Full Details; Launch Pre-Order + Teaser”

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″”

DIRGE Returns With ‘Alma | Baltica’ This Month; ‘Alma’ Streaming


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

Atmospherically haunting, abstract sludge industrialists Dirge are positioned to release their new studio construct “Alma | Baltica” this month.   Continue reading “DIRGE Returns With ‘Alma | Baltica’ This Month; ‘Alma’ Streaming”

DEE CALHOUN Announces ‘The Devil Over Europe’ Spring 2018 Solo Tour


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

Iron Man vocalist “Screaming MadDee Calhoun has been actively making waves on his very own accord as a solo artist in the past couple of years. 2017 has been an especially good year for Dee as he recorded his second solo effort for Argonauta Records, “Go To The Devil“, this year. It is set to be released by the label in early 2018 and saw Dee joined on this album by his Iron Man bandmate Louis Strachan on bass. Continue reading “DEE CALHOUN Announces ‘The Devil Over Europe’ Spring 2018 Solo Tour”

SHADOW WITCH Reveal 12/15 Release For New LP ‘DISCIPLES OF THE CROW’ via Salt Of The Earth Records; Preorder up NOW

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

Kingston, New York’s Shadow Witch confirms the flight dates for their upcoming album, ‘Disciples Of The Crow‘.  The band’s second full-length is set for official release through Salt Of The Earth Records on December 15thwith pre-order available as of November 27th.    Continue reading “SHADOW WITCH Reveal 12/15 Release For New LP ‘DISCIPLES OF THE CROW’ via Salt Of The Earth Records; Preorder up NOW”

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”

WITH THE DEAD ‘Love From With The Dead’ Review & Stream


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

What is there to be said about vocalist Lee Dorrian‘s post-Cathedral band With The Dead that hasn’t been said so many other places (sites)? Dorrian’s main project now, WTD holds quite a respectable bunch of lads in its band membership, that is for sure. Returning with Lee on the new studio album, “Love From With The Dead” once again, is guitarist Tim Bagshaw (ex-Electric Wizard/Serpentine Path). There’s also new blood in the personages of former Bolt Thrower drummer Alex Thomas and Lee’s old Cathedral band mate, bassist Leo Smee. Continue reading “WITH THE DEAD ‘Love From With The Dead’ Review & Stream”

OL’ TIME MOONSHINE ‘The Apocalypse Trilogies’ Album Review & Stream; Set to Play Descendants Of Crom Fest

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

Ol’ Time Moonshine is a doom / metal / rock band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who also had the balls to list old school WWF wrestling as one of their primary influences.   Challenge accepted boys, I know exactly what you need me to do…   Continue reading “OL’ TIME MOONSHINE ‘The Apocalypse Trilogies’ Album Review & Stream; Set to Play Descendants Of Crom Fest”

‘Shattered, Flattered And Covered’: The Tribute To UNSANE Drops On 9/11; Video Trailer


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

If ever a band existed that was comprised of pure sonic volatility and unapologetic angst, it would be Unsane.  The NYC-based trio will celebrate their 30th year of existence in 2018, what better time than now to acknowledge the band’s influence? Continue reading “‘Shattered, Flattered And Covered’: The Tribute To UNSANE Drops On 9/11; Video Trailer”

MASTODON – Confirmed Tour Dates for North America & Europe; Tour Video

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

A slew of headlining tour updates have come from the Mastodon crew over the past few weeks.  Just in case you missed it, we have all dates and info here for you today in one spot…   Continue reading “MASTODON – Confirmed Tour Dates for North America & Europe; Tour Video”