MSD and Friends’ Riff of the Week

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In this life, there are two things you need to do to attain true and lasting happiness. First, never allow yourself to be the kind of person who says “chillin’ like a villain.” For that is the worst kind of person. Second, devote yourself unflinchingly to The Riff. 

“Thou shalt love The Riff with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

We gather this day on the Riff Sabbath (Sunday being taken by those bullies that write Swellin’ to the Jammies) to worship. Fast riffs, slow riffs, new riffs and old riffs – it matters little so long as they bring your metal spirit into communion with The Riff. Deliver us from the flush.


 

Masterlord SteelDragon:

If we were doing this when Bölzer‘s much-lauded Aura dropped last year, just about every riff would have ended up right here. This year we have Soma, and one nasty riff in particular has managed to worm its way into my gray matter. Skip to 3:50 in “Labyrinthian Graves” and let it do the same to you.

Mutilation Rites has been known to sprinkle their black metal with the occasional pissed-off, punked-out banger. Here’s on of my favorites off their new album, Harbinger. You can skip to 3:20 to hear it, but I’ll admit it sounds better within the context of the entire song.


 

Joe Thrashnkill:

This video is likely to get stripped from the internet before you can listen to it BUT the siren-like “WEEOOHWEEOOHWEEOOH” line that kicks off Panopticon‘s new record Roads to the North is just awesome. Is that even a guitar? I dunno. But buy this record, for reals.


 

W.

My work this week was soul-crushing, so I need a soul-crushing riff to match.


 

Christian Molenaar:

Though they’re pretty much inarguably not metal, this Mahavishnu track is too brutal to pass up. After the clanging, crashing intro, John McLaughlin’s winding guitar arpeggios come in with a relaxed beat from Billy Cobham before Jerry Goodman’s violin enters, building to a burning unison melody and a shredding solo. This song = definition of a banger. Jump to 0:40.


 

Tyree:

The opening riffs are nothing fancy or technical, but they are dirty, catchy and groovy. I can’t help but want to headbang through this whole song, but especially at the beginning. This song is from Funest‘s 2014 album, but it sounds like it’s from the early 90’s. Old school death metal done right.


 

Amen and amen.

What’s your riff of the week? Share it here! If you want me to post yours next week, message my alter ego (London a.k.a. “London from Arizona, livecast flusher”) in the Reason, Honor and Respect Crew. Enjoy your Saturday, peasants! 

  • Scrimm

    I’m gonna go with an oldschool classic. Been stuck in my head again the last couple days. It’s my favorite cover song that my band plays, and Though the whole song is awesome, the riff after the solo just CRUSHES. The solo is simple but awesome too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0ZCAarIVSI

    • This is the best album that came out of Swedish DM.

      • Scrimm

        I agree wholeheartedly. It doesn’t get the respect it deserves.

        • Mr.CustodialArts

          Underrated by many-including me! Thanks for motivating me to pull it off the shelf…I’ve gotten my Fred Estby fix this week however listening to his new band The Dagger. Who loves the ’70s, we do, WE DO!
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHXbND10OlU

          • Scrimm

            Yeah The Dagger is badass. Thanks for the heads up on the video!

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            just watched this vid, awesome, think i am going to buy the cd. It reminds me of a stripped down scorpions, might be the vocals, i don’t know.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            the album cover.

          • Scrimm

            The whole album is good man. Money well spent.

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      who needed entombed when we had dismember, am i right ? I thought massive killing capacity was pretty killer too, had a lot of groove. Casket garden was just as good as anything off wolverine blues.

      • Scrimm

        My favorites from that album are Collection By Blood and Life Another Shape of Sorrow. Actually I think every album by them is great.

  • Dan Burton

    Just been watching Carcass’ set at Wacken, and it’s gotta be said the outro to the Sanguine Article is one of the greatest riffs of all time.

  • Mook Styfawker

    Well, I’ve been listening to a lot of Peter Gabriel this week, so to stay within metal-ish realms I’ll say Cougars, Not Kittens by Whores. Skip to 3:09 to hear the riff.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqpyrahqg6A

    • Mr.CustodialArts

      I’m a big fan of Peter Gabriel 3, you know, MeltyFace…and hey, for fun:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlriAmWKk64

      • Mook Styfawker

        Melt is definitely my favorite album by him as well. Up until the end of Games Without Frontiers is absolute gold and easily some of the most solid continuous run time on an album I’ve ever heard. Shame it’s wrecked by Not One of Us.

        And hey, let’s include a Peter Gabriel riff for the heck of it (at 0:14)!
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDHpbZ_0n6E

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        I am into gabriel until so, he totally lost me there, not because it was commercial, i just didn’t like it. Of course gabriel fronted genesis is untouchable. Collins fronted genesis not so much. hahhahhahha. The only track i like is mama, the video is good and phil is more than a little disturbing with his vocal delivery and the closeups of his sweaty face in the video.

  • Negrodamus

    Another KILLER article on the Toilet Ov Hell. Jesus I have stuff to do today guise.

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      check this shit out, axl shilling for ace’s new album ! WTF ! Since when is axl so well known ? Does his opinion carry that much weight ? Since when is axl such a huge ace era kiss fan ? Does ace even know who fuck axl is ? I mean i thought it would be trunk, this has me scratching my head in disbelief. I don’t know if i will sleep tonite pondering this conundrum. I can’t see any extra sales being made when someone reads that axl rosenberg gives it the thumbs up. Make sure you press more to see it, this is a fucking mindblower, at least to me.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        ,,,

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        I’m very confused. How did Axl get a quote of his featured on the cover of Ace’s new album? Does Ace know that Axl likes Vinnie Vincent more than him? If he did, I’m sure he would take that quote off the cover and put this quote from me “This is the album of the year to tear your quads to. It’s so good, it’s like my quads aren’t tearing themselves just because I’m listening to this!”

      • Scrimm

        HAHAHA I don’t believe it that’s scraping the bottom of the barrel for a blurb.

  • FeelTheDarkness

    One of my all time favorite riffs. So tasty.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpdJO1w-NN8

    • Mr.CustodialArts

      That tune rips of course, but I lean towards “Symptom of the Universe!”

  • Mother Shabubu III

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TyMsFL5bsw

    I love when an already awesome, powerful riff gets a section where it just opens up and gets even more massive then gradually more complex 1:49-2:17

    • Mr.CustodialArts

      It’s funny man-never heard of these dudes, a few seconds in I’m like-MESHUGGAH!!! 🙂 I’m from the days before “djent” was a thing, but I gotta say these guys have an interesting take on it. I like the cover art, but the name definitely turned me off-must be a French thing. The spoken word stuff didn’t do much for me either, but the atmosphere of the track overall is something I can get down with.

  • Hayden Clifford

    My favorite technical death metal riff:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KZQNxWjgao

  • Xan

    That Funest was great! This has been my riff song this week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhtG7-BjW7Y

  • Beunhaas

    One of my personal favorites. The riff at 3:18 is immense.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OeN_4ZepPE

  • KJM

    They’re working on a new disc right now. Hurray.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPMGPOagebM

    • Mr.CustodialArts

      Wow dude, this is RIGHT in my wheelhouse, yet I’ve never heard of em’…reminds me of CHURCH OF MISERY mixed with UFOMAMMUT…man, I could listen to this kinda SABBATHY shit all day-and I DO. How did you hear of them?

      • KJM

        Random chance youtube suggestion.

      • KJM

        Watching this interview will make you feel even better about this band. The only thing they give a wet slap about is coming up with the best, doomiest riffs ever and building great songs around them.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpLQmqItgR0

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        I listened to church of misery and thought these guys are either from europe or the states, then i found out they were japanese and was taken by surprise. Unfortunately there is no teenage girls in the band so they got no coverage ! Same with chthonic , there is the super sexy asian babe doris on bass. She looks 18 but is 30 so that is not good enough for the pedo bunch i guess.
        I dig the COM serial killer theme too. I really like the song with all the jim jones samples from the last few minutes before he did himself in and was telling everyone to drink the kool aid.

        • billnyhc

          Hey brother I just came home from the first night of Denver Black Sky. Saw this chick band Dead Temple thought you would appreciate as Conan like`s all things female! They kind of reminded me of the Cycle Sluts From Hell with Dio`s band as their backup. Easy on the eye`s not my thing other than that. Nails fuckin wrecked shit!!!!

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            yea, looked them up, i like this kind of traditional metal stuff. How many nights is the festival ? I wish i could have seen mortician at NY deathfest but roger got me a copy of the final bloodbath re-release signed by him , will & ron. Roger is someone you can trust when you buy merch, not like that blake judd who is fucking everyone over all the time.

          • billnyhc

            I figured you would like them like I said easy on the eye`s. 1 more day another 13 bands with Brutal Truth headlining they better pull out all they got. after seeing Nails last night they blew that place up and set the bar really fucking high. I talked to Will after Mortician played NY Deathfest he said they were tuned down lower than they ever had been and it was a sick set. Rodger is a great guy very honorable! My friends band goes on at 3 today gonna be another long day. This is one of the best fest`s I`ve been too not alot of waiting in between band`s with 2 stages and a second venue and I was at the first one also which fucking killed too..

  • ChuggaChuggaDeedleyDoo

    dat riff tho at 10:10. Gets me going every time.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xirO3Tnrlg

    • Mother Shabubu III

      “King of the Rotten” is what Metallica wanted to do with Load/Reload but failed.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        no wonder james wanted pepper to play bass for them.

    • Anthrallica

      This entire album is just great, America’s Volume Dealer has fuckin awesome riffs too.

  • ChuggaChuggaDeedleyDoo

    dat riff tho at 10:10. Gets me going every time.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xirO3Tnrlg

  • Gluteus_Maximus_Rage

    This is some timeless, riff magic from an old aussie band, Armoured Angel. From 1994, don’t let the dated film clip get in the way of the awesomeness…

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bHKWHKGBFGE

    • crazytaco_12

      freaking dope dude

  • Mithrandir

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzQpiJjdprQ
    The chorus just makes me feel goooood.

  • FeelTheDarkness

    Repping some more old school
    Schenker!!!!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP5ikQpTR3c

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      If only schenker would re unite with his bro in scorpions. Eddie trunk now talks more about UFO than kiss, hahahhahahha, and he is right on the money.

    • Fucking rules.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    I love mahavishnu. Their seond album is my favoirite.

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    Sup dawgs? Y’all talkin about riffs in here?

    I hope this fucking embed bullshit works…

  • Drilldo Pillow

    Sup dawgs? Y’all talkin about riffs in here?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJhRNnG65ps

  • Blood and Thunder is my riff of the week, every week. Except when it’s Iron Tusk.

  • Max

    Brutal Truth’s take on a Celtic Frost chestnut is pretty bad-ass. I used to have the vinyl box set of Need To Control (from which it’s taken), and when I played this song on my parents’ stereo, the intro made it sound like the speaker the guitar was panned toward had actually become the guitar amp itself, in my living room. I dunno how, it was just really solid-sounding.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA0mgWkdlVw

    • Negrodamus

      These are some tasty riffs!

      • Max

        Now that I think about it, you’ll probably find favour with the interpreted riffage of another classic Frost cover, too: Canadian industrial metal project Inner Thought putting extra chug into “Morbid Tales” –

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6FNLkQhWEI

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  • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

    fuckin eh ! I think this is the first article in the history of TOILETS OV HELLS i have been completely in agreement with.
    Of course it never happened on FAILURES FOR BLOGS.

    • Mr.CustodialArts

      Dude, I remember the first time you started commenting on there-I was like “this guy is FUCKED, but he knows his shit!” HAHAHA you hit that place like a hurricane! I still giggle about some comment you made about some chick’s fake tits being “hard globes.” What?!

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        HAHAHHAH, yea, i had a couple of knock down drag outs with some assholes over there. I’m pretty sure a couple of them were chicks. They got really pissed when i called them on that. But i’m like stallone , i never draw first blood. I make my statements. I don’t direct them at an individual. Once you draw the first blood on me the KING swings the blacksmith hammer of CROM on the wicked…….hahahhaha.
        Yea, fake breasts, it’s like a doctor takes a hard rubber ball and cuts it in half, and inserts it into the poor girl in question. Then she is left with rock hard tits that don’t move or hang down , let alone being far too high on the chest. I always say, ” girls , i don’t care how big your tits are, do you have a pretty face and a pussy ? ” well, you are good enough for me.
        natural is the way of CROM

  • Fromwisdomtohate29

    Skip to 1:03. Dat old-school goodness.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk0l1dIZqMo

    I may actually write an article singing this here band’s praises.

  • JWG

    Barn Burner were a band built on riffs (and toilet humour).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bPLOnzMTOw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVdM-RbhKTs

  • JWG

    Another choice pick among bands built on Riffs. Similar band to Barn Burner, has a direct connection to Anciients too:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoaI_jhkicA

  • JWG

    Fair warning: the following isn’t really ‘metal’ (it’s more like sludge hardcore with a weird soul/funk influence). But it has plenty of riffs. I like it a lot.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQx6pO9O9fw

  • JWG

    One more tonight… I managed to find a bandcamp version of local instrumental-metal band Northern’s one and only EP:
    http://northernbc.bandcamp.com/album/northern-ep

    “Northern” as you can imagine is a very hard band to Google, even with geographic cues like “Victoria” and genre like “metal” added, since I don’t even know the band members names.

    …Although maybe it gets worse *when* adding more ambiguous words since Google sucks at context-based searching.

    • Gloryhole Castration

      You a B.C. boy?

      • JWG

        Totally.

        I’ve lived in Victoria most of my life apart from a brief stint in Nanaimo as a kid, and two years about a decade ago in Vancouver for school.

        If it weren’t for occasional travel, I’d not know anything beyond B.C.

        • Gloryhole Castration

          Nice. I’m from Prince George originally, living in Calgary now!

  • RuIN?

    If there was a pre-2000 Breakdown of the year old Sep would win in my book every time. Dead Embryonic Breakdown would make everyone I know stop what they were doing and start a pit in the kitchen if that’s what it took. Yeah. I’m old.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7Z8Ww1EmMk

  • Guppusmaximus

    Sitting on the hopper while squeezing out one of those perfect shits, like those fake ones you can purchase at a novelty gift store, I was thinking about this awesome article. Sure, for an awesome riff you could probably whip out an album or three from Metallica’s discography,BUT, they’ve already received enough praise for their classics.

    So, today,I bring to you one of my all time favorites. One that is not only an awesome riff,but, one that also showcases EXACTLY what a breakdown should be. It is King Diamond’s “A Broken Spell” and it not only has the intro which would please any true riff worshiper but it also has the multifaceted string work that not only embodies what a riff should be but also displays what a perfect breakdown should sound like: It digs that worm hole into your brain but it is just short enough that you have to rewind the cassette a million fucking times to get your fix… Check it out @ 2:07

    (Click ‘See More’ to hear your bonus riff – Yes the intro, again, is fucking amazing but wait till 1:35 when they display Breakdown perfection and slap you with the Riffage of the Gods!)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb1B5f8Nd7c

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4HVm57hbX0

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  • NefariousDude

    Those horns in that septicflesh song are sick. as. fuck.

  • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

    Finally getting around to listening to these. Dat Mutilation Rites riff, hnnnnggg.

  • Xander Crews

    As far as riffage goes, Pepper laid it down with this one…

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

  • Hory shet new bolzer how did I miss