MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2018 – Must-See Spotlight [Leanne]: SWITCHBLADE JESUS


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

For this year’s Maryland Doom Fest, we have been a primary sponsor for the event, sharing updates and info for a few months.  Pat got a jump on some of his ‘must see’ bands for the weekend’s festivities, check his last one [here].  Pat effectively stole a couple of my own ‘must sees’, so I only have one to share. It’s a doozy, though – SWITCHBLADE JESUS. Continue reading “MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2018 – Must-See Spotlight [Leanne]: SWITCHBLADE JESUS”

APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE & PALE DIVINE – U.S. Tour Dates


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

This is simply a beautiful melding of heavy darkness, rolling out on the road as one machine of doom.  Pale Divine and Apostle of Solitude have joined together for a run of U.S. tour dates in July.
Continue reading “APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE & PALE DIVINE – U.S. Tour Dates”

URSULAR S/T EP Review & Stream


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

Berlin, Germany’s URSULAR have just released their first proper, official recording, a 3-song self-titled EP. Continue reading “URSULAR S/T EP Review & Stream”

SAINT KARLOFF Share Retro Unholiness With ‘Ghost Smoker’ Official Video; TWIN EARTH RECORDS To Issue Debut Album In July


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

From the Norwegian environs comes the retro stoner rock overlords SAINT KARLOFF and their incredible “Ghost Smoker” official video. Continue reading “SAINT KARLOFF Share Retro Unholiness With ‘Ghost Smoker’ Official Video; TWIN EARTH RECORDS To Issue Debut Album In July”

ASG Wield Electric Wonder With ‘Lightning Song’ Official Video; Unleash New Record ‘Survive Sunrise’


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

North Carolina’s thick riff driven sonic manipulators ASG are currently dropping hard rock armaments all over the place. Continue reading “ASG Wield Electric Wonder With ‘Lightning Song’ Official Video; Unleash New Record ‘Survive Sunrise’”

THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL 2018 – Sponsors Feature: Baltimore Tattoo Museum

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

The Maryland Doom Fest 2018 event tickets are still on sale. The lineup is announced, the merch is ready, and of four primary festival sponsors (Riff Relevant included) we reach our final.  We invite you to learn a bit more about primary sponsor: BALTIMORE TATTOO MUSEUM.  This one is special… Continue reading “THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL 2018 – Sponsors Feature: Baltimore Tattoo Museum”

THE SWORD Announce New Leg Of ‘Used Future’ U.S. Tour w/ UME; New Official Video

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

THE SWORD have announced the fourth leg of the U.S. tour for their latest album release, “Used Future“. Continue reading “THE SWORD Announce New Leg Of ‘Used Future’ U.S. Tour w/ UME; New Official Video”

WITCHSKULL Stream New Album ‘Coven’s Will’ As 2016 Debut Sees Limited Vinyl Re-Issue + Live Dates

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist, RiffRelavant.com)

Wow! There is a lot of activity currently happening within the camp of Canberra, Australia’s retro-heavy doom-mongers WITCHSKULL. Continue reading “WITCHSKULL Stream New Album ‘Coven’s Will’ As 2016 Debut Sees Limited Vinyl Re-Issue + Live Dates”

KAISER ‘1st Sound’ Review & Stream


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

In the ever-widening realm of Stoner Rock, a locale that some might say is becoming rather watered down with mediocrity and dime-a-dozen bands, it takes something special to set itself apart. Continue reading “KAISER ‘1st Sound’ Review & Stream”

KHEMMIS Premiere ‘Bloodletting’ Official Visualizer; Live Dates


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

Colorado’s doom-y progressive metallers KHEMMIS are premiering a new official visualizer for their song “Bloodletting” today. Continue reading “KHEMMIS Premiere ‘Bloodletting’ Official Visualizer; Live Dates”

SPACESLUG Get Way Out There With ‘Obsolith’ Official Video; ‘Eye Of The Tide’ Album Due In July


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

Polish psyche-doom / stoner metal crew SPACESLUG have just unveiled a visual feast to be experienced with a new official video. Continue reading “SPACESLUG Get Way Out There With ‘Obsolith’ Official Video; ‘Eye Of The Tide’ Album Due In July”

MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2018 – The Must-See Spotlight: ZED


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

For last year’s Maryland Doom Fest, both Leanne [Ridgeway] and I ran pieces that took a look at some of our own individual “high priority” bands, ones we were especially excited to see at MDDF. Continue reading “MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2018 – The Must-See Spotlight: ZED”

ECSTATIC VISION Issue ‘Troublemaker’ Official Video; U.S., EU Tours To Begin – Stoned & Dusted, Days Of Darkness Fests

(Photo Courtesy Of Gene Smirnov)

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

Philadelphia’s finest phenoms for truly heavy psychedelia, ECSTATIC VISION, have just dropped a new official video for the song “Troublemaker“. Continue reading “ECSTATIC VISION Issue ‘Troublemaker’ Official Video; U.S., EU Tours To Begin – Stoned & Dusted, Days Of Darkness Fests”

CLUTCH New Album ‘Book Of Bad Decisions’ Out 9/7/18; Pre-orders On Sale TODAY; New Single ‘Gimme The Keys’


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

If you know anything about me, you know I’ve been a massive fan of Clutch for nearly half my life, starting around 1994. I’ve seen them perform live more than any other band on my long list of shows, and seem to enjoy the ever-living-hell out of most every release they’ve put out.  I simply like this damned band. Continue reading “CLUTCH New Album ‘Book Of Bad Decisions’ Out 9/7/18; Pre-orders On Sale TODAY; New Single ‘Gimme The Keys’”

WITCH MOUNTAIN Share Spirit Cover ‘Mechanical World’ As S/T Release Arrives


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

Portland’s WITCH MOUNTAIN are poised to issue their Svart Records self-titled album on May 25, followed by their first North American tour since 2012. Continue reading “WITCH MOUNTAIN Share Spirit Cover ‘Mechanical World’ As S/T Release Arrives”