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”

HIMSA Confirm Reuniting For ‘Courting Tragedy And Disaster’ Full Performance At Northwest Terror Fest ’18; Others Scheduled: PRIMITIVE MAN-SUBROSA-PANOPTICON + More TBA

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

Himsa, the Pacific NW band now disbanded for almost a decade, will reunite for a full album performance at Northwest Terror Fest 2018.   Continue reading “HIMSA Confirm Reuniting For ‘Courting Tragedy And Disaster’ Full Performance At Northwest Terror Fest ’18; Others Scheduled: PRIMITIVE MAN-SUBROSA-PANOPTICON + More TBA”

CULT OF LUNA & JULIE CHRISTMAS Share Short Version Of ‘Mariner’ Doc


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

During their European tour together during November of 2016, Cult Of Luna and Julie Christmas documented the events on film at the time.   Continue reading “CULT OF LUNA & JULIE CHRISTMAS Share Short Version Of ‘Mariner’ Doc”

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”

The EARTHRIDE Interview; Asheville, N.C. [Video]

EARTHRIDE (Pic Courtesy Of Will Bouton & Fugo Films)

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

Finally.  I have been determined to interview reactivated Maryland Doom legends EARTHRIDE for months now.  There were plans laid and attempts made at this year’s Maryland Doom Fest III and Descendants Of Crom Festivals.  Neither panned out due to whatever reasons but yet, the hope remained and determination never waned.   Continue reading “The EARTHRIDE Interview; Asheville, N.C. [Video]”

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”

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”

ELECTRIC BEARD OF DOOM invited RIFF RELEVANT’s Leanne Ridgeway for a visit!

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

Last week, I was invited to join the illustrious Electric Beard Of Doom to participate as a guest for Episode 93 of his damned amazing radio podcast.  MAN, was that a fun time it was!   Continue reading “ELECTRIC BEARD OF DOOM invited RIFF RELEVANT’s Leanne Ridgeway for a visit!”

BLITZKRIEG To Release Ltd. Edition ‘Reign Of Fire’ EP; Details + Video Teaser


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

The NWOBHM veterans from the UK’s Blitzkrieg will release their 7″ vinyl EP, “Reign Of Fire“, on  on December 8th via Mighty Music. It will be made available in a limited edition of 500 copies adorned with amazing hand-drawn old school metal artwork by Lee Murphy. A sample of the EP’s title track is available for streaming via the video teaser by Geoff Dukebelow. Continue reading “BLITZKRIEG To Release Ltd. Edition ‘Reign Of Fire’ EP; Details + Video Teaser”

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”

Sonic Fire For The Ages: Brian ‘Butch’ Balich (Argus, Penance, Etc.) Interview With Riff Relevant

BRIAN ‘BUTCH’ BALICH

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

I don’t even know where to begin.  That is something you will rarely ever hear me utter, let alone admit, but here I have.  The reason I have is the subject of the following exchange that ensues below, singer Brian ‘Butch’ Balich.   Continue reading “Sonic Fire For The Ages: Brian ‘Butch’ Balich (Argus, Penance, Etc.) Interview With Riff Relevant”

STEEL & STONE II Festival 2017 Announces Full Details [RIFF RELEVANT Sponsored]

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

Last year’s fast growing festival in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Steel & Stone returns for Round 2!   Continue reading “STEEL & STONE II Festival 2017 Announces Full Details [RIFF RELEVANT Sponsored]”

MOS GENERATOR – Tour Dates, New Release Details & Reissues Info, Set to play Epicenter Heavy Music Fest & Desertfest

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

This started as just an update of tour info and confirmed dates for Mos Generator.  Then I had a nice chat with Tony Reed, and a simple update turned into a sensory overload.  SO MUCH NEWS, I may have even squeaked.  As a Mos Generator appreciator for many years, what can I say?  Mister Reed has that effect on me…     Continue reading “MOS GENERATOR – Tour Dates, New Release Details & Reissues Info, Set to play Epicenter Heavy Music Fest & Desertfest”

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”

EPICENTER HEAVY MUSIC FEST – San Jose CA 9/16; High On Fire, Big Business, Mos Generator & More!

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

Holy smokes, have you heard about the EPICENTER HEAVY MUSIC FESTIVAL? Oskar Blues and Heavy San José are bringing you this insane lineup to honor the Past, Present, and Future of Bay Area Heavy Underground Music.  Check this out… High on Fire, Mos Generator, with seven more bands in one beauty of a night!    Continue reading “EPICENTER HEAVY MUSIC FEST – San Jose CA 9/16; High On Fire, Big Business, Mos Generator & More!”

PSYCHO LAS VEGAS FESTIVAL – Confirmed Bands & Set Times – August 17-20th

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

Nothing like waiting until the last-minute to write this one up… I’m leaving for the airport to depart for Las Vegas in a mere 34 hours.  I still have to pack for my four days of PSYCHO LAS VEGAS 2017!  Let’s find out more details on this festival of riff in Sin City, shall we?   Continue reading “PSYCHO LAS VEGAS FESTIVAL – Confirmed Bands & Set Times – August 17-20th”

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”

O HEIÐRÚN ‘The Human Voice Is A Disease’ Album Review & Stream; Live Event

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

Blackseed Records presents the August release of “The Human Voice Is A Diseasefrom o Heiðrún.  Forged in the Steel City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this release holds all existing o Heiðrún recordings to date, in one haunting compilation.    Continue reading “O HEIÐRÚN ‘The Human Voice Is A Disease’ Album Review & Stream; Live Event”

ALL OUT WAR Streaming ‘Give Us Extinction’ In Full Prior To Release; Tour Dates

(Pic Courtesy of Aga Hairesis)

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

Metallic-tinged, NYHC-riveted brutalists All Out War will unleash their new sonic salvo, “Give Us Extinction“, via Organized Crime Records this Friday, August 11th. You do not have to wait until then to experience its ferocious savagery, though, as we have it streaming in full for you here today. Continue reading “ALL OUT WAR Streaming ‘Give Us Extinction’ In Full Prior To Release; Tour Dates”