LIFETIME SHITLIST – ‘Slow March” Album Review & Stream, Photos at MD Doom Fest 2017

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

Lifetime Shitlist.  That’s right.  Everybody has one, and everybody’s on one.  Mine could go on forever, but I’ll sum it up with this:  To whatever higher celestial power thought it was a good idea to take Mr. Lahey from us… Fuck off.   Continue reading “LIFETIME SHITLIST – ‘Slow March” Album Review & Stream, Photos at MD Doom Fest 2017″

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]”

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”

BURN THEE INSECTS Interview At The Maryland Doom Fest 2017 [Video]

(All Pics Courtesy Of Leanne Ridgeway)

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

Arizona’s Burn Thee Insects are one of those bands that come along and ultimately blow your mind once experienced.   Continue reading “BURN THEE INSECTS Interview At The Maryland Doom Fest 2017 [Video]”

SERPENTS OF SECRECY ‘Uncoiled-The Singles’ Review & Stream

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

One of the most anxiously awaited newer bands from the underground heavy rock scene, the Maryland-based Serpents Of Secrecy, have arrived, people!  This bona-fide “supergroup” contains a veritable who’s who of the MD./VA. music realm and after intense anticipation, these vipers have struck.   Continue reading “SERPENTS OF SECRECY ‘Uncoiled-The Singles’ Review & Stream”

Oldschool Sunday: CORE

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

After recently running into Finn Ryan (currently of The Atomic Bitchwax) at the Maryland Doom Fest, I thought it’d be great to fire Oldschool Sunday back up with a spotlight on Core.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: CORE”

Maryland Doom Fest 2017 – Off Stage & Behind The Scenes Photos from MDDF!

The Maryland Doom Fest

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

Just when our Post-Maryland Doom Fest Depression has finally worn off, I’m going to stir it up again with some antics off-stage in candid photos that I shot during my #4DaysOfDoom in Frederick, MD a couple of weeks ago.

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MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2017; Day Three 6/25 – Leanne’s Must-See Bands #4

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

We covered the Pre-Fest. We covered Days One and Two. Guess what? Now it’s time for Day Three! Wrapping up Part Four of my series on The Maryland Doom Fest 2017, let’s get this party train through the final stretch of tracks… Continue reading “MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2017; Day Three 6/25 – Leanne’s Must-See Bands #4”

MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2017; Day One 6/23 Leanne’s Must-See Bands #2

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

Continuing my run down of ‘must see’ bands performing at this year’s Maryland Doom Festwe bring you to Day One!  Continue reading “MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2017; Day One 6/23 Leanne’s Must-See Bands #2”

MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2017; Day Two 6/24 – Leanne’s Must-See Bands #3

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

With four days before the start of #4DaysOfDoom, we bring you to Part Three of my four-part series on my ‘must see’ bands performing at this year’s Maryland Doom Fest. Today we have MDDF Day Two!

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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”

The Watchers – Updated ‘Sabbath Highway’ Tour Dates & EP Review

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

The Watchers have shared some updates to their ‘Sabbath Highway’ Tour coming this month. The tour is in support of their 2016 Sabbath Highway EP, which I did a review on back in December and updated now for RiffRelevant.com…  Continue reading “The Watchers – Updated ‘Sabbath Highway’ Tour Dates & EP Review”

An Interview With Descendants Of Crom Fest Organizer / Horehound’s SHY KENNEDY

HOREHOUND (Pic Courtesy Of Paul Miser)

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

Pittsburgh’s Horehound are a relatively young band, having first fired up in 2015, and are now continuing to build their street cred. I was unfamiliar with the band when I saw them live at 2016’s Doomed & Stoned Festival in Indianapolis, but my ignorance was irrelevant.   Continue reading “An Interview With Descendants Of Crom Fest Organizer / Horehound’s SHY KENNEDY”

BURN THEE INSECTS Get ‘Busy Dying’ Tour Together; Playing Maryland Doom Fest III

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

Arizona’s psyche-infused, fuzzed out alt. rockers Burn Thee Insects have just announced an upcoming tour set to kick off in less than two weeks. The tour will include a stop at the prestigious Maryland Doom Fest the last weekend in June.   Continue reading “BURN THEE INSECTS Get ‘Busy Dying’ Tour Together; Playing Maryland Doom Fest III”

Pat Riot’s Top 5 Must-See Acts At MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2017


If nothing affects my current plans, I will be attending this year’s Maryland Doom Festival for my third year.   Continue reading “Pat Riot’s Top 5 Must-See Acts At MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2017”

WO FAT Announces Eastern US Tour To Maryland Doomfest III


Texas’ psyche boogie ‘n blues trio Wo Fat have announced that they will be embarking on a tour of the Eastern United States this June. The tour will consist of 8 dates and will culminate with the band’s appearance at the Maryland Doomfest 2017Continue reading “WO FAT Announces Eastern US Tour To Maryland Doomfest III”

WASTED THEORY & ZED Teaming Up For ‘Trippin’ Thru Texas’ Trek In May


East Coast heavy rock meets West Coast hard rock close to South Of The Border in May 2017. Two of the most popular bands in the underground Rock ‘N Roll community will unite next month for a trek together within the Lone Star State. Dubbed ‘Trippin’ Through Texas‘, the tour will see defenders of the riff, Wasted Theory, and Cali’s valley of riff dwellers ZED combine forces.  Continue reading “WASTED THEORY & ZED Teaming Up For ‘Trippin’ Thru Texas’ Trek In May”

Lo-Pan ‘In Tensions’ EP Review & Stream, Tour Dates

Lo-Pan In Tensions EP Cover
Lo-Pan In Tensions EP Cover Art

Lo-Pan’s recent EP “In Tensions” (a wonderfully devious title), released on January 13th of this year through Aqualamb Records, takes you on two heavy journeys.    Continue reading “Lo-Pan ‘In Tensions’ EP Review & Stream, Tour Dates”

HOLLOW LEG Issues ‘Raven’ Video Clip

Florida’s sludgened groove metallers Hollow Leg have issued an official video clip for the track ‘Raven‘ featuring a bevy of in-studio footage of the band.   Continue reading “HOLLOW LEG Issues ‘Raven’ Video Clip”