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”

NOMAD ‘Feral’ Review; Song Streaming + Album Release Mini-Tour

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

U.K. metal with tinges of southern groove and sludge is a nice segue into this delivery on Manchester’s NOMAD and their first full-length, “Feral“. Continue reading “NOMAD ‘Feral’ Review; Song Streaming + Album Release Mini-Tour”

THE OBSESSED Confirm U.K. – Ireland Tour Prior To Maryland Doom Fest Headline Slot

The Obsessed
THE OBSESSED (Photo Courtesy Of Susie Costantino)

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

Maryland’s reactivated punk-tinged doomers THE OBSESSED have announced plans for a short tour of the U.K. and Ireland launching later this month. Continue reading “THE OBSESSED Confirm U.K. – Ireland Tour Prior To Maryland Doom Fest Headline Slot”

THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL 2018 – Sponsors Feature: Capitol Hemp

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

The Maryland Doom Fest 2018 event tickets went on sale in December.  Riff Relevant has announced the lineup, a beautiful fest poster (artwork by Christina Christie), and of four primary festival sponsors (Riff Relevant included).  We invite you to learn a bit more about primary sponsor: CAPITOL HEMP. Continue reading “THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL 2018 – Sponsors Feature: Capitol Hemp”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) DAVID LAMAY Shares 55 Favorites

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

David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay has been with Riff Relevant since soon after I started this ship of mayhem.  We unknowingly have been wandering the peripherals of the same music circles for longer than either of us probably realize… way back machines are scary.
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites

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

Oh, where to start… first off, Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker is essentially a walking mountain (literally and figuratively) of heavy musical knowledge.  Anyone that’s talked with him can attest to this.  One look at his ‘Old-School Sunday’ column and you’re delving into his musical memory.    Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites”

Oldschool Sunday: THE MYSTICK KREWE OF CLEARLIGHT

THE MYSTICK KREWE OF CLEARLIGHT

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

For many of you here reading this, NOLA band The Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight (sometimes known solely as Clearlight) may be a totally unknown entity to you. If that is the case, especially if you consider yourself tapped into the New Orleans, Louisiana music scene, prepare to be astounded to some degree or another. See, the band, which was originally begun in 1996 as a side-project type thing, happens to house some rather well known players from the heavy rock/sludge underground. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: THE MYSTICK KREWE OF CLEARLIGHT”

THE ASOUND Astound All Part 1: The Interview [Video]

(Pic Courtesy Of WILL BOUTON)

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

North Carolina’s The Asound are currently experiencing a mercurial rise within the heavy music underground. The band itself, Chad Wyrick (guitar, vocals), Michael Crump (drums) and Jon Cox (bass), have a string of split releases out and are currently working on a new album. That album, titled “Controller“, will be issued through Doomsayer Records before year’s end and you can catch my review of their latest Split, with Intercourse, in Part 2 of this feature. Continue reading “THE ASOUND Astound All Part 1: The Interview [Video]”

Riff Relevant Interviews: THE OBSESSED [Video]


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

2017 has undeniably, and without a doubt, been the year of The Obsessed. Although recent events originally began percolating in 2016 when band founder, Scott “Wino” Weinrich, transitioned the then-reformed Spirit Caravan into the newest incarnation of The Obsessed. After a drummer change, the band would eventually record and release this year’s phenomenal return to form, “Sacred“, through Relapse Records. Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: THE OBSESSED [Video]”

THE OBSESSED Announce US Fall Headline Tour + Support For CLUTCH / DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT Run; Video Of Acoustic Performance Shared


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

Capitalizing on the huge embrace and critical success of their long awaited studio return “Sacred“, The Obsessed will tour the U.S. again this fall. The headlining tour will begin September 27th in Asheville, North Carolina and end October 27th in Baltimore, Maryland. Direct support will be provided by Cobalt and Iron Tongue on select dates. A full list of tour dates is available near the bottom of this page.  Continue reading “THE OBSESSED Announce US Fall Headline Tour + Support For CLUTCH / DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT Run; Video Of Acoustic Performance Shared”

CLUTCH Announce Winter Tour; DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT & THE OBSESSED Supporting


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

In one of the most diversified tour bill announcements, Clutch have scheduled a Winter 2017 U.S. trek as a continuum of their Psychic Warfare tour.  But wait, it gets better…   Continue reading “CLUTCH Announce Winter Tour; DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT & THE OBSESSED Supporting”

FOUR ON THE FLOOR – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight #1: BRIAN COSTANTINO of THE OBSESSED

(By Brendan Burns of Wasted Theory, Guest Columnist, RiffRelevant.com)

For as long as I can remember, it’s always been about the guitar player or the lead singer.  That lethal concoction of singers and axe-swingers like Page and Plant. Mick and Keith, Tyler and Perry, Daltry and Townsend, the list goes on and on…   Continue reading “FOUR ON THE FLOOR – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight #1: BRIAN COSTANTINO of THE OBSESSED”

EYEHATEGOD Announces US Mega-Tour: ‘Left To Starve’

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

Southern nihilist sludge-mongers EYEHATEGOD have revealed their plans for a massive live US takeover trek, the 39 date “Left To Starve” tour.  The mega-movement will commence on August 1st, run through September 13th.   Continue reading “EYEHATEGOD Announces US Mega-Tour: ‘Left To Starve’”

‘Sacred’ Official Video From THE OBSESSED Premieres

As doom legends The Obsessed release their first new studio album in over two decades with today’s (April 7) Relapse Records effort ‘Sacred‘, they’ve blessed us with an added bonus.     Continue reading “‘Sacred’ Official Video From THE OBSESSED Premieres”

WEEDEATER Book Spring North American Tour


North Carolina sludge merchants Weedeater have unveiled their plans for a full-on North American tour this Spring. Several dates will see them joined by Primitive Man, as well as a string of dates with The Obsessed, Karma To Burn and Fatso Jetson.

Weedeater Spring North American Tour: Continue reading “WEEDEATER Book Spring North American Tour”