BEST “DARK” RIFF: Vacivus VS. Gorement

Today in RIFF or RAFF, we’re looking for the “darkest” riff of all! Both riff submissions must be from songs that contain the word “Dark”. The combatants came prepared with heavy hitters from Vacivus and Gorement. One riff will riff, the other will raff. Let’s do this.

LAST WEEK, was an anything goes free-for-all in which Vladmir Poutine’s Wormrot riff fuckin’ BODIED Gurp’s Virvum riff by 41 points. Sorry Gurp, but great work, Vlad! Your prize is a gift from your Bandcamp wishlist.

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NEXT WEEK I wanna hear some got-dang guitar solos. I need some divebombs, some widdly-diddlies, some sweeps, and some SKREEE’s, so you better send me your finest guitar solo. Winner gets a prize of my choosing. To submit:

-Write 100-500 words about why you your riff rules

-Include a link to stream your selection, the timestamp for your riff, and your screen name

-Email me at toiletovhell@gmail.com

THIS WEEK, I’m trying not to end it all because Daylight Savings Time has me more depressed than the thought of living under the rule of a fascist melanoma. These riffs are all about darkness – we know it because they have “DARK” in their names. You listen to both, then you determine who riffs… and who raffs. Let’s get it on!


You’ve had one of those – days/weeks/lifetimes, slaving away at – work/school/hell.
As far back as Tuesday, you can remember deciding to have a big weekend to – enjoy yourself/forget existence/commence the apocalypse.
Now, it’s Friday arvo and all you can think about is ripping open – beers/the pit/the seven seals.
The final hour approaches, the time when you get to clock off and regain freedom from your oppressor… you get a phone call from your mate – Dan/Sarah/Pestilence.
They’re on their way to pick you up and head out to get some drinks before the – BBQ/gig/cataclysmic death of all things.
You know you need the right riff for this situation, something to fire everyone up for the occasion, they pull up out the front, you hop in and “Dark Apotheosis” (the first track from Vacivus’ 2015 debut EP) sets the past ablaze.
As is per normal, the stereo volume is cranked to the threshold of pain, the riff begins, and you immediately begin to – smile maniacally/headbang relentlessly/sharpen your scythe.
The clomping bass mirrors the – car’s poorly serviced engine/bones jolting in your neck/hooves of Famine’s horse.
Everything else dies.
The four of you ride out into the night knowing you’ve made the right choice. — Lacertilian


For those that aren’t familiar, Gorement was a Swedish brutal death band that popped up briefly in the early 90s, put out some demos and one full-length, then disappeared without making much of a splash. I would have missed this entirely, had I not heard Century Media was collecting all of their material and releasing it in one handy package. I don’t think you’re prepared for the nastiness of “Darkness of the Dead” from their 1991 Human Relic demo. Broken-to-shit HM-2 pedals and absolutely vile toilet vocals highlight this track as it crushes everything in its path.  alland I don’t think you’re ready for just how nasty this track is. I submit the riff at 0:35 that slows “Darkness of the Dead” down with a hammer smash and reappears throughout the track like a vengeful specter. Those vox doe! –Joe Thrashnkill


Now you must choose:

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 12-11-2016 09:00:00
end_date 18-11-2016 12:00:00
Poll Results:
Best "Darkness" Riff?

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Published on: November 12, 2016

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  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    I’m going to enjoy my time with BBQ and beers with my buddy Pestilence and we will headbang relentlessly while the bones in my neck jolt around.

    This was choose your own adventure, right?

    https://youtu.be/Pu05zFSK2Ms

  • Eliza

    That Vacivus riff is so good. The whole song is. The album it’s from is good too.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    I like the prospect of only having to compare two riffs.

    • High on Vallenfyre

      It really is a lot easier.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Fifteen riffs? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

        • High on Vallenfyre

          True dat.

    • Eliza

      I think it’s convenient as well, but it was nice having a different playlist every Saturday.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        That’s a lot of songs for sure.

        • Eliza

          I’ll admit I didn’t always finish all of them, but I found out about bands I hadn’t heard like that.

  • High on Vallenfyre

    Good morning you sexy bastards!

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Good morning to you too, you flash rocking man you!

      PS just listen to the first half of this song.

      https://youtu.be/8-NQKPHI0lo

      • High on Vallenfyre

        That’s pretty inspiring. Thanks Boss!

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Accept is always a good choice

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    I sense a missed opportunity here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9wZDd_GgPs

  • Tough one. I love me some HM-2 but that Vacvius riff is just filthy. Go Lacertilian!

  • Sorry to be so off topic but I just sold one of my recent Voidscape Visions designs to the band Mindscar. They’ll be using it for an upcoming hoodie of theirs. Pretty stoked.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Both those riffs are tasty

  • Abradolf Lincler

    they/both/gud/but/lassy/wins

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
    • KyleJMcBride

      If you look close enough at my dome(rfi), you’ll see mine says “I Voted Early”. It’s the first time Massachusetts has done so. Best idea ever.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4d7e083685607aa14a74517ab30ffa8d689b6a8dff6ddcad5c90f23036c7c932.jpg

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Looking good KJM!

        • KyleJMcBride

          I’m guessing this album’s been on your radar this year, no? They play with Duel a lot.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cflWJH7e5hI

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Oh, yes! Wo Fat have the riffs

        • KyleJMcBride

          About to go get that guitar setup. I’ll let you know how it goes.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Right on

          • KyleJMcBride

            Dropped it off, gotta wait 2 weeks.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            2 weeks? Damn

          • KyleJMcBride

            I know, right? I was expecting to have it back now.

          • KyleJMcBride

            It’s gonna cost me $50-60 too,but it’ll be worth it.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            I would hope it is

          • KyleJMcBride

            I trust them. They do good work.

          • KyleJMcBride

            They might chop off a few bucks seeing as there’s no vibrato adjustment involved.

      • Abradolf Lincler

        i didnt trust early voting. got to the polls before work at like 7am and there was maybe 4 people there

        • KyleJMcBride

          It took me 10 minutes. No fuss, no muss.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    This is a tough call.

    Lacertilian’s track is fire.

    Joe’s track is 90s Swedish brutal death, and is awesome.

    I gotta vote my heart.

    I gotta vote Joe today.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Lol, Joe is getting crushed.

      • Lacertilian

        18-11? Remember the popular vote is meaningless, Joe will use the electoral college to secure a Gorement government (gorevenment).

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    If this band didn’t have such a shit name they’d be 666 times more popular. Especially with Vermin from Revenge on guitars.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UASr8THL2aQ

  • Al Bundy

    Next weeks widdly-diddlie solo vote should be cool. Id submit an entry if all of my fave’s were’nt the lowest of low hanging fruit. Or Funkadelic songs.

  • more beer

    Damn last week was like a Mike Tyson knockout during his heyday.

  • Óðinn
  • My vote goes for my brother Lizard!