MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2017; Leanne’s Must-See Bands – Pre-Fest 6/22

MDDF Poster – Illustration: David Paul Seymour with Color/Design: Mark Cruikshank

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

Weekend Pass bought (check), hotel booked (check), job time off approved (check), camera ready (check), road trip mood (check), procrastinating packing (perma-check). I will be attending the Maryland Doom Fest for the first time this year.  Pat Riot stated his musts, now here are mine…  Continue reading “MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2017; Leanne’s Must-See Bands – Pre-Fest 6/22”

HORSEFLESH, MIDMOURNER, THUNDERCHIEF – 4/13/2017 Asheville, NC Show Review & Photos

Thunderchief 4/13/2017 @ The Odditorium in Asheville NC (Photo: Leanne)

If you get a random invitation from some folks you’ve never met, to see three heavy as hell bands you’ve never before witnessed live, at a venue you’ve never before been to, in a city you’ve never before seen, to drive 800+ miles in one day across seven states… what do you do?  Continue reading “HORSEFLESH, MIDMOURNER, THUNDERCHIEF – 4/13/2017 Asheville, NC Show Review & Photos”

UPDATE! GLORY OR DEATH RECORDS ‘Bow To Your Masters Vol 1: Thin Lizzy’ Set for Winter Release

Glory Or Death Records

Earlier this month, Glory or Death Records revealed their “Bow To Your Masters” series of tribute compilations, the first of which is for one of the most influential heavy rock bands ever… Thin Lizzy! We have an update on the planned release time and the confirmed list of all bands involved in this glory. Continue reading “UPDATE! GLORY OR DEATH RECORDS ‘Bow To Your Masters Vol 1: Thin Lizzy’ Set for Winter Release”

DESCENDANTS OF CROM FEST 2017 – Blackseed Records Confirms Full Artist Lineup for 9-30 Steel City Event

Descendants Of Crom Festival
Descendants Of Crom Festival

“…Little he cares if men live or die. Better to be silent than to call his attention to you; he will send you dooms…” from ‘Queen of the Black Coast’, Robert E. Howard   Continue reading “DESCENDANTS OF CROM FEST 2017 – Blackseed Records Confirms Full Artist Lineup for 9-30 Steel City Event”

GLORY OR DEATH RECORDS Launch; Announce ‘Bow To Your Masters Vol 1: Thin Lizzy’ Release via Kickstarter

Glory Or Death Records
Glory Or Death Records

Glory or Death Records have just today announced their official launch, also revealing the first release from their new “Bow To Your Masters Series” of albums. This first tribute release planned is for one of the most recognized heavy rock bands ever… none other than Thin Lizzy.    Continue reading “GLORY OR DEATH RECORDS Launch; Announce ‘Bow To Your Masters Vol 1: Thin Lizzy’ Release via Kickstarter”

Missiles of October – ‘Better Days’ Review & Stream

Missiles Of October
Missiles Of October

Our first exposure to Missiles of October was the song ‘No Brain No Headache’ from their sophomore album Better Days. This band brings something a bit different to the doom or sludge metal arena, with a breath of fresh punk air tossed out from their box of noise.   Continue reading “Missiles of October – ‘Better Days’ Review & Stream”

I AM THE LIQUOR ‘7 Days Of Smoke’ [Pat Riot & Leanne Ridgeway Dual Review]

It has been a couple of months since RVA’s I Am The Liquor served up their new offering, ‘7 Days Of Smoke‘. The seven song slab of thick riff-driven rock and roll recently landed on my radar and I couldn’t be happier.  I say that because I was a big fan of their 2015 self-titled full length and am stoked there’s now a follow-up.   Continue reading “I AM THE LIQUOR ‘7 Days Of Smoke’ [Pat Riot & Leanne Ridgeway Dual Review]”

RIFF RELEVANT Seeking Contributors (Freelance Writers, Reviewers, etc.)

Riff Relevant is seeking additional contributors! Do you have a way with words? Are you a music-addicted witty, metalhead who wants to write about their musical drug of choice? Are you looking to expand your network of music or writing-related opportunities? Then here is your shot.   Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Seeking Contributors (Freelance Writers, Reviewers, etc.)”

WOLVES OF WINTER Stream Official Video for ‘A New Reality’

Wolves Of Winter
Wolves Of Winter

Wolves of Winter had a recent live show performance on March 31st, supporting the mighty Truckfighters for their Mesa, AZ tour date. During this set, which by all accounts went fantastically, they were able gather some live footage to create a brand new video for their track ‘A New Reality’.   

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CASTLE Announce Summer U.S. Tour West & Bay Area Dates

Castle - Welcome To The Graveyard
Castle – Welcome To The Graveyard
​Newly relocated to the Mojave Desert where writing for a fifth full length release is currently underway, genre bending doom-metallers CASTLE have announced their Stormbringer Tour, a ten-date headline romp through the Western U.S….

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