Best Riff of 2016: Cadaveric Fumes vs. Khemmis vs. Naðra vs. Celestial Grave

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I asked you to send me the best metal riff of 2016. Your submissions have been tallied and entered here. Our entrants are Cadaveric Fumes, Khemmis, Naðra, and Celestial Grave. Today, you will determine which band wrote the best riff of 2016.

LAST WEEK was a battle over the best Mercyful Fate riff. Eliza and Dumpster Lung came up with great entries, but ultimately Dumpster Lung’s choice of “Into the Coven” bested “Evil”. Congrats DL!

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NEXT WEEK‘s Riff or Raff falls on Christmas Eve. In celebration of the day, I want you to send me the best riff from a song or a band with “Christ” in the title. If you wanna play, here’s what you gotta do:

-Write 50-500 words about why 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 we’re taking stock of the most ace riffs from 2016 and pitting them all against each other. Who had the best riff of 2016? We’ve got four competitors ready to go in this battle royale, so let’s get it on!


Cadaveric Fumes writes masterful riffs that sometimes sound like classic Death Metal and sometimes sound like something off of Nirvana’s Bleach. The riff in question, at 2:25, may be my second favorite Death Metal riff, next to that one from that song by Morbid Angel which appears in that movie where that foxy lady gets possessed by demonic lipstick and then crashes a student party by slam-dancing all over the place. Back to this riff: it is at once classy and bizarre and will never leave my head. –Richter


Every year an album seems to come out of nowhere and really make me stand up and pay attention. This year that album was Khemmis’ Hunted. While I had checked out Absolution briefly the year before, it just did not grab me the way that their sophomore album has (I have since revisited Absolution and atoned for my earlier snubbing). For mine, there is not a minute wasted on this album especially on the albums closing and album title track. The riff I have chosen is a riff that Tony Iommi himself would have been proud to write back in Sabbath’s heyday and really kicks into gear one epic track, which if it isn’t my favourite song of the year, it would be damn well near the top. I couldn’t find a single song video on You Tube so go to 31.38 on the below vid and where it makes a return at 34.35. I do recommend you skip back to the beginning of the song though and listen to the build up. Cheers. –Ted Nü-Djent


Riff @ 0:13. In an album full of stand out riffs, how does one stand out? Well, first you take a riff of the most infectious earworm variety, and then you layer another riff of the even more infectious earworm variety directly on top of it. Then you kick the whole thing off with the right combination of “Ugh” and blasting. Have it! –Stanley


2016 was a ridiculously amazing year for metal, but there is one singular riff that trumps all other for me.  Celestial Grave released their demo through the unfuckwithable Iron Bonehead Productions and it fucking rules.  The opening track from said demo has one of the heaviest yet catchiest riffs I have ever heard.  The riff starts at 2:10 so blast it loud. –Brock Samson


Now you must choose.

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 17-12-2016 09:00:00
end_date 23-12-2016 12:00:00
Poll Results:
Who picked the best riff of 2016
  • Rob M

    Cadaveric Fumes..Boom!

    …Game Over!

    • Eliza

      The whole EP is really solid.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Cadaveric Fumes! Also now I want to watch Night of the Demons 2 again.

    • Repurposed Scrimm quote: “That movie has no business being as good as it is.”

  • EsusMoose

    Gah I forgot to submit one but after listening to the submissions it was probably for the best

    • Eliza

      Each pick is so good, it’s kinda hard to decide which one to vote for.

      • EsusMoose

        I went with Richter as that riff stood out just enough ahead of Khemmis

        • Eliza

          I like that riff too, but I couldn’t not vote for Khemmis.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          So close but so far ?

  • Maik Beninton™

    Khemmis, all the way.

    • Eliza

      Khemmis are <3

    • tigeraid

      Khemmisssssss.

      Also, Khemmisssssss is now in my phone’s predictive text.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        Спасибо за ваш голос

      • I consider it an honor that my phone’s predictive text thought, today, that I was trying to type not “work” but “Welkin.”

    • These were some great submissions (that Celestial Grave is awesome), but yeah … one does not deny the power of Khemmis.

      • more beer

        Yep I had to give it to the locals as well.

        • GoatForest

          Sorry man, I gotta give my vote to Nadra.

          • more beer

            It’s all good we all have different tastes.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          Gracias por votar

          • more beer

            No problemo

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        Merci de votre vote

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Thank you for your vote

  • Abradolf Lincler

    oh geez, how do i not vote Stan

    • Abradolf Lincler

      these are all pretty good

      • Eliza

        I expected there would be more entries, but it’s ok since these ones are great.

        • Abradolf Lincler

          beggars really can be choosers, Eliza

          • Eliza

            Lol, I guess I can’t complain as I forgot to send anything.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            well. Richter instantly lost my vote, despite the goodness of his riff, by saying Nirvana in his description. Khemmis im not so hype on, probably from being sober for so long. So, it basically boiled down to Celestial Grave and Nadra. Nadra probably a top 10 record for me. and BM always wins out.

          • Eliza

            You must really not like Niravana.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            he knew what he was doing!

          • Eliza

            It’s not like there’s any wrong choice, and Nadra is very good.

          • Sir Crawfish The Based

            Khemmis is definitely a wrong choice. Or at the very least the weakest one.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Sir Crawfish plz!

          • Eliza

            I knew you’d say that.

          • Sir Crawfish The Based

            I’m full of surprises

          • I deleted that sentence with Nirvana in it immediately. Then thought of you and retyped it. Just to be a poop.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            and now you reap what you have sown

          • Didn’t want your filthy pirate vote anyway, arrrrrrrrrrrrr

          • Sir Crawfish The Based

            I abandoned buddhism after I heard a Nirvana song.

          • Eliza

            This comment is funny, so I’ll give you an upvote.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          I did too

  • Sir Crawfish The Based

    Stan is the man.

  • I guess I should listen to that cadaveric fumes Ep eh?

    • Eliza

      It’s not very long and completely worth a listen.

      • Been meaning to listen for a while but it kept getting pushed back. I’ll try to remember to hear it after work

        • Rob M

          Hell, just grab it off of Bandcamp…its a “name your price” purchase

        • Eliza

          I relate so much to that first sentence in your comment.

    • Considering its the only metal album Richter lieked this year, it’s gotta be gud

      • Hurtful yet accurate.

        • No hurt intended.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Maybe just a little bit of intention?

          • I want nothing but the best for Richter and Clyde

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            I could reply wiyj a Dave Grohl joke. But I won’t

          • Oh I know Jimmah.

  • Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiichter!!! That’s good. I need to follow you around, digitally, and see what kind of music you listen to.

    • You should follow me on bandc—–oh, wait.

    • Lacertilian

      Jimmy, you bum

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    I think if this was a contest of album openers khemmis and nadra would be a tie for me.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    I wanted to vote Raised by Owls, but seeing there’s no Raised by Owls, Cadaveric Fumes it is.

    • Eliza

      *searches Raised by Owels*
      I see what you mean.

    • Stanley

      I got a good chuckle out of your oblivious comment the other day. Dude!

    • Space Monster W.

      Dude

    • GoatForest

      Daisy Owl.

  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    Khemmis, for sure.

    Also, I had a submission prepared but could not find a stream of the song. For all I know, is only available on vinyl

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Дякуємо Вам за Ваш голос

  • These are riffs about which I would say, with an English accent, “These are the best riffs of the year most indubitably. Yes, quite.”

  • Howard Dean

    STANLEY! I was really hoping you were going to submit Dark Fury’s “Sharp Steel” (which is for me the RotY 2016) but I must vote for your Nadra riff as the best of this bunch.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm
      • Abradolf Lincler

        tyree lurbs this album. i couldnt get that much into it

      • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

        NICE!

    • Stanley

      It is a riff for sure. But not a Toilet Friendly riff.

    • Abradolf Lincler

      my copy of This Story Happened Before should be on its way with a copy of W.A.R.

      • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

        SAME! NWN stocked them, had to buy.

        • Abradolf Lincler

          i saw, but they were cheap from MoD so i grabbed them along with two Nordreich LPs, Goatmoon EP, Sielunvihollinen LP, Wolfblood LP

  • HessianHunter

    I came into this pretty sure I was gonna vote Khemmis but that Celestial Grave got me feeling some kind of way

    • HessianHunter

      Nadra’s dope too, fuck man

      • Major Zim

        They’re all really good, and I think with more time, I might come to love one of them over the others, but Khemmis is just so god damn good and so instantly too. I’m with you man, this was much harder than I expected.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          Go raibh maith agat as do vóta

  • Major Zim

    I didn’t know this competition was happening, but I would have submitted pretty much any riff off this entire album. UADA have pretty much announced themselves as black metal’s new Riffmasters Extraordinaire, taking the best bits from Mgla, Mayhem, Windir and countless others in between, but if you asked me to pick just one, it wouldn’t even be close to difficult. It’s the only riff I’ve heard in years that reminds me of what it felt like to discover metal. The rush of excitement when you discover something so badass and downright fucking EVIL that you cannot physically restrain yourself from headbanging and potentially laughing at just how ridiculously awesome music can be. When I saw them live for the first time, the effect was tenfold, and felt like I was in the coolest satanic panic PSA ever and was definitely about to sell my soul to satan. Start at 2:20 to truly appreciate the glory that starts at 2:56 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB4GvzBnibs

  • KyleJMcBride

    Strangely enough, I’m not feeling the whole Khemmis thing.

    • more beer

      That is rather surprising. Personally I had to go with the local band. I have seen them a bunch of times they always put on a good show.

      • They’re playing again soon. Must check the date.

        • more beer

          They play pretty often here.

    • I’m not feeling it either.

      • Abradolf Lincler

        i felt it. it was fuzzy like a shag carpet. only, i like mine smooth and sharp.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        Because Jack don’t doom

    • Dead Acolyte

      Same, overrated as fuck.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    how come no one told me this was so good? instant purchase (NYP)
    https://eternalalchemist.bandcamp.com

    • Stanley

      Shit. This rules.

  • AeonsOvChaos

    Good taste Stanley, not just for the opening riff but for the crescendo in intensity that I can discern throughout the song. It’s a gleaming atmosphere, cold and brutal with that desolate melody, so good, man, so good!