THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL 2018 Early Bird Tickets On Sale 12/17!

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

Early Bird Tickets for the Maryland Doom Fest 2018 events go on sale Sunday, December 17th (which is TODAY).  You can click here or on the ticket announcement flyer below.   Continue reading “THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL 2018 Early Bird Tickets On Sale 12/17!”

WINDHAND Share ‘Old Evil’ Visualizer From Upcoming Split With SATAN’S SATYRS + Live Dates

WINDHAND

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

RVA-based (Richmond, VA) psychedelic doom band Windhand have just released their official video for “Old Evil“. The song hails from the band’s upcoming split release with Satan’s Satyrs, due for release on CD, LP and digital formats on February 16th from Relapse Records. Continue reading “WINDHAND Share ‘Old Evil’ Visualizer From Upcoming Split With SATAN’S SATYRS + Live Dates”

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”

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]”

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″

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]”

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.

Continue reading “Maryland Doom Fest 2017 – Off Stage & Behind The Scenes Photos from MDDF!”

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”

DEMON EYE: Third Album ‘Prophecies and Lies’ drops Aug. 11; First Track Stream

DemonEye Prophecies And Lies cover art

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

Demon Eye are back on the block with their third full length release. Offering up another dose of their own Raleigh, North Carolina special blend of heavy classic rock, Proto-Metal, and some fine Traditional Doom! Continue reading “DEMON EYE: Third Album ‘Prophecies and Lies’ drops Aug. 11; First Track Stream”

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!

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

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”

BEASTMAKER ‘Inside The Skull’ Streaming In Full


One of the hottest bands currently scorching the ears of the music-loving masses is Fresno, CA.’s Beastmaker.   Continue reading “BEASTMAKER ‘Inside The Skull’ Streaming In Full”

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”