MSD & Friends’ RIFF OF THE WEEK 9/20/14

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You guys gave me like a billion fucking riffs this week. 

A handsome man with a giant brain and many other admirable qualities once told me that “there’s no such thing as too many riffs.” It was me. I told that to myself while deep in contemplative thought, deciding whether or not I should use every riff you guys and gals submitted this week. Did I do anything yesterday besides compiling these? Should I have written my critical review on Alzheimer’s and the breakdown of the myelin sheath instead? The answers are no and yes, respectively. Because I care about the toilet and everyone floating around in it. Even you, Guest.

Last week, Pagliacci is Kvlt’s Neurosis baaaarely edged out Tyree’s Dissection. His week of gamboling about as Riff Lord is over now, unless he can come out on top of this METRIC SHIT TON of riffs, which – and I can’t stress this enough – were a royal pain in my royal SteelAss.

Listen up and vote (for me)!

 

Masterlord SteelDragon

Necrovation‘s s/t was one of the best death metal albums of 2012 and appropriately full of deadly riffage. The slimy black slog starts at 1:17. Headbang until your brain turns into black slime and spills from your eye holes. Stick around long enough and it’ll lead into a pretty nasty solo.

 

Joe Thrashnkill

The Mammoth Grinder riff I submitted last week didn’t win and I’m still salty about it because that song crushes. So I’m stepping up this arms race even further with the opening riff from Admiral Angry‘s “Kill Yourself”. Mosh yourself to death.

 

W

I’m a slave to the grind, and the one that kicks off at about 2:34 is a neck wrecker.

 

Leif Bearikson

We all know the country riff in Mastodon‘s “Megalodon.” It gets me pumped every time because it is just such a weirdly perfect transition from the punky chord progression at the start of the song into the thrash madness of the back end. Every time Brent Hinds hits that final note, I inhale deeply and prepare my soul for the fury that is about to be unleashed.

 

Christian Molenaar

If you know anything about metal you know exactly what riff I’m talking about. If you don’t…

 

Randall Thor
This song is a roller coaster to the riff filled land. After the exploratory riff of the beginning, we get our first taste of the riffage to come in the form of a clean passage outlining the basic chord progressions of the song. Then at 2:20, we kick it up a notch with some distortion. After a contemplative survey of the rising entropy surrounding you, the song suddenly picks it up at 3:31, with a guitar solo grasping our hand and racing us towards our destination. A soul invigorating riff of ginormous proportions washes over us at 3:48, carrying us through the wastes followed by explosions, gunfire, and leather clad warriors.

 

Howard Dean

“I tackled him from behind and somehow got around behind him and slit his throat. And I remember him saying, ‘please don’t kill me.’ And that’s when I realized, oh my god, what am I doing? I-I said, ‘wha- whatever is done is already been done.’ And I think, you know, by this time, I-I totally wigged out, and, uh, I-I pulled his brain out, and uh, took a bite out of it.” 7:39.

 

Tyree

Leave it to Jesse Pintado a.k.a. The Grindfather to come up with an awesome grind riff. The first riff to “After Life in Purgatory” has a sense of melancholy to it, but it also crushes at the same time. It’s catchy as all hell too. R.I.P. Grindfather.

 

Edward Meehan

The sixth track from The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s Miss Machine features frantic mathcore and their brand of Mike Patton-esque pop leanings, but check out the straightforward, crushing riff that begins at 3:34. Well they said we’d tear ourselves apart. Turns out, they were right.

 

Pagliacci is Kvlt

Since my RotW last week was kind of a bummer, I’m going with something more positive this week. I had no idea where/what Absecon Isle was until I looked it up before writing this (I swear!), and I’ll tell you where it is when I’m done. There’s a few great riffs in this song, but for the sake of picking one I’ll go with the riff that starts at 1:48. There’s a certain “dreamyness” to this song that imparts a sort of canival or amusement park atmosphere and joyous memories fun times past. The riff in question “feels” like riding a carnival ride. In my mind, this song always evoked not just fond memories of the small, local amusement parks of my childhood that are now long gone, such as Angela Park (Drums, PA) or Rocky Glen Park (Moosic, PA), but memories of stories told by friends and family of now defunct amusement parks from their childhood. In particular, and both with an island/water connection, Bertrand’s Island (Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey) which I can remember my cousins always talking about when I was a little kid, and Hanson’s Amusement Park (Harvey’s Lake, PA) of which my friend Rob from college would tell me about the merry-go-round his father owned there and he inherited. So…where/what IS Absecon Isle? It’s the barrier island that Atlantic City, NJ is build on. I guess my interpretation of the song was not too far off.

 

Boz

A track from an album most Entombed fans wouldn’t call their favorite, but this riffage murders with enough evil and tone to make you wanna fight a dude, then take his lady afterwards. Point of riff – all of it.

 

365 Days of Horror

The riff at 3:57 sounds just like the intro from the 90’s X-Men cartoon.

 

SheWölf

The Wiiiizzaaaarrrddd… What can I say? This riff will steamroller your face. And in true EW fashion, it’s pretty much the entire song.

 

Deputy Dipshit

The guitar tone alone on this album gives me such an ear boner, but that chewing, grindy riff at 1:12 of this song, Suffocation bring it to a full on aural climax and proceed to shred the last bit of love juice out of me. It makes me want to walk through the streets of New York spinning around in a tornado of fists, like Haggar’s Double Lariat in Final Fight.

 

Guacamole Jim

This song is one of my absolute favorite modern rock compositions. At 8:20 a short buildup kicks in which quickly releases its tension in a majestic torrent that is clearly the crowning point of the entire piece. If you have time, I strongly encourage you to listen to the full track to truly be able to understand the depth of emotion that the riff captures.

 

MoshOff

0:28. If you don’t move to dat groove, I don’t want to know you(ve). I didn’t remember Epica ever sounding like this, so I double checked. They didn’t. Apparently their new bassist used to be in Exivious, so that might have something to do with this album tickling my fancy.

 

Cock of Steele

The riff starts right off the bat and doesn’t stop till the song is over, and guess what, it was recorded in 1959! This is the reason Link Wray is one of my favorite guitarists. Elvis freaked people out with his hips, Link Wray freaked people out because of the way his guitar sounded. And we can all thank him for it, because rock music would be in a whole different place had it not been for Mr. Link fuckin’ Wray.

 

RuIN?

Going back to this. The 1:07 mark is a good example of these dudes doing it well. Harmonizing like a couple of bad asses

 

Johnny Crunch

The riff @ 4.33. Thanks to one of our fellow flushers, they know who they are!

 

Renan

After 15 seconds working up the beat of the song, this Portland band knocks down the door and the whole building along with it.

 

NDNOvHell

Bay Area Thrashers Vio-Lence. A song about life in the bighouse, is full of killer riffs. My favorite begins at the 0:31 mark. Upon hearing it I immediately want to put my fist through car windows, or stagedive off the nearest building. I’m a big guy, so that would hurt quite a bit.

 

Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

Just press play and roam the night, through infinite space with this riff that opens Kuolemanlaakso‘s Me Vaellamme Yössä.

 

crazytaco_12

In an effort to get some more thrash love into the toilet, I nominate Obliveon‘s “Factory of Delusions”. The intro and verse riff are both insanely tempting calls for ROTW, but I think 1:44 is really where headbanging becomes fully mandatory.


 

TEST YOUR MIGHT

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 20-09-2014 08:30:00
end_date 21-09-2014 09:00:00
Poll Results:
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  • Doctor Dickless

    It seems like today is gonna be a hard decision day.

  • Thanks for including mine MSD

  • Xan

    How do you submit a riff? Through the website email? I am dildos with trying to figure out simple shit. I’ll solve all the equations though!

  • Xan

    Christian Molenaar has won my vote for the day.

    • Doctor Dickless

      I’m currently gravitating towards Mr Edward.

      • Dubya is gettin my vote. and now I also have to take a look at agoraphobic nosebleed.

        • Scrimm

          That is a great album.

        • W.

          That album crushes so hard.

          • which album is it?

          • W.

            Agorapocalypse Now

          • sweet, gonna download it real quick b4 work

        • W.

          Scott Hull, the guitarist for Pig Destroyer, is also in ANB. As far as pure grind goes, I think ANB is better, but PxDx has a little more diversity.

          • crazytaco_12

            Hull is a fucking riff slayer dude

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            PxDx has a new album coming out in case you didn’t know.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    How is the poll already closed?

    • Doctor Dickless

      They’re American, different time zone.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        But I couldn’t even see this goddamn article before just now! Un-goddamn-
        fair!

        • Doctor Dickless

          I think it isn’t even open yet.

          • correct.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            It amuses me to know that your answer regarded the poll being open, but now Disqus shows it in a different fashion so it seems as if you were confirming that Americans are in every way behind Finns. Amusing indeed.

          • Doctor Dickless

            Oh shit! I fucked up as well!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Ok, It just says open from 19/9 to 20/9. So I got confuzzled

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Oh wait they’re behind us. Silly me

          • Doctor Dickless

            In every way, brother!

          • Doctor Dickless

            At first I was confused as well.

    • Oops. I will try to fix it. I’m hungover as all hell so this might take a few.

    • OK, if you refresh it should be good. Need 2 lay down.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Since I am decent enough a bear, not to vote for myself (all eyes on you W.), Christian Molenaar gets my vote (as soon as I can vote). Or maybe MoshOff, just because of the surprise

    • Doctor Dickless

      You’re the first Finn to get to be a part of this competition.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        And with honor I shall carry this tribute

        • Doctor Dickless

          I need to remember to take part next week. I always forget it.

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      ’twas Molenaar

    • W.

      I’ve never voted for myself…

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        I kind of was referring to the dirty gam at the elctions

        • W.

          Oh that whole thing. Yah, totes guilty.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        I was referring to the elections years ago.

  • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

    suffocation because i am going to see them in a month or so.

  • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

    ………..

  • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING
  • Edward Meehan

    MLSD thanks for putting this together again this week!

    MLSD >>>>>>

    • Steve Smithwick

      Your choice = best choice. Honorable mentions to MoshOff, RuIN and Leif Bearickson.

      • Edward Meehan

        If you had had the opportunity to vote I think I would have picked up two votes! I’m going to keep trying my luck on RotW.

        The DEP >>>

  • Doctor Dickless

    I completely forgot to send my riff, again. Well, here it is.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Mw_7nX0iQTc

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      It’s really a bummer that they never recorded/composed the rest of the song. And also how can a band be so good as a punk-ish outfit and then later make awesome prog-ish music?

      • Doctor Dickless

        I don’t know man! A. W. Yrjänä is love and life. Aion may be my favourite album of theirs, but Talvikuningas is also really good.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Aave Yrjönä! Love his voice, have you ever read his poems.

          • Doctor Dickless

            I haven’t, but I’ve been planning on reading those. It’s also funny to see how their lyrics changed.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I’ve only read one poem of his (it was untitled I think), but I’d love to see them compose some music for his works.

          • Doctor Dickless

            Wasn’t Talvikuningas also supposed to be a book?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Yes. It’s apparently still not finished.

  • The Riff at 0:13. If Motorhead and Venom had a blood orgy which resulted in Cronos getting pregnant the result would Shock Til Blood.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XJTl96VXxE

    • Howard Dean

      Great riff. Satanic Royalty is a great album. I really love Midnight’s new one they released this year, too.

      • SheWölf

        Howard Dean your song scared my dog. (And by “my dog”, I mean me… O.o )

        • W.

          That artwork is so unsettling. Also, greetings, SheWolf!

          • SheWölf

            Helloooooo!

        • Howard Dean

          Hah! That means it did its job and I think that makes me the winner? Dragged Into Sunlight is a band that is legitimately creepy and startlingly intense. When they name an album “Hatred For Mankind,” you can totally feel the authenticity. They be hatin’.

    • Jöhnny Crünch™

      Picked the new album up last week. Lovely album

  • Gurp

    WILL THERE BE A WHIFF THIS WEEK? THERE WASN’T LAST WEEK AND I WAS SORELY DISAPPOINTED.

    • W.

      We plan on it, mate!

    • Yep. We’re still trying to figure out the schedule that works best for the site.

    • Lacertilian

      You’ll just have to listen to St. Anger in the meantime

  • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

    jesus christ, i have been sitting in front of the computer for 16 hours. Time to take my leave and rest up for tomorrows battle on the frontlines of FFB.

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      my vote goes to the deputy.

      • Dëpütÿ Dïpshït

        m/ Deputy and the boys from Suffocation of Long Island Salute you, CONAN THE MOTHERFLUSHING KING!

  • Ah! So many riffs! By the time I got to the bottom I could barely remember the beginning!

    • Plus they’re riffs by Admiral Angry, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Dragged into Sunlight, Sannhet, Electric Wizard…

      • W.

        You really could just throw a dart at the board to pick a winner this week.

        • Lacertilian

          I just came at the monitor and the biggest glob got the vote, although voting had closed.

  • Scrimm

    Close week again but I have to go with W.

    • W.

      Scrimm always has my back.

      • Doctor Dickless

        How much did you pay him?

        • I suspect they are in cahoots.

          • Doctor Dickless

            We need a detective to work on this case.

          • Scrimm

            NOT SO! What about the vote I gave you for Mercyful Fate?

          • W.

            We must stand united against the anal menace.

  • Max

    Obliveon! There’s a name I’ve not heard in a while. But I would have gone with my favourite riff from Carnivore Mothermouth (at 5:20):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXLR9Vd_pTY

    • W.

      Max, thanks again for the great article you posted this week. I’m working on an overview for a band and realized there’s a ton of counterpoint between the bass and guitar.

      • Doctor Dickless

        You know who loves counterpoint? Gentle Giant loves counterpoint.

      • Max

        Ha ha, cool! I’ll be out there under the mirror ball with my roller-skates on for that one! 🙂

    • crazytaco_12

      Fuck yeah brah, Obliveon are just riff machines! I was always dismissive of their post-Nemesis stuff, but I think I might have to check it now after hearing that!

      • Max

        Although that’s the best song from Carnivore Mothermouth, it’s a cool one: the rest of the riffs on it are great too, but that particular off-kilter section always gets me; it’s telling that I was able to find it in a “best of” montage on YouTube.

        I once played this album in the car and managed to fool my passenger into thinking it was a new Gorjira album. Make of that what you will.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Papa Joe has got my vote this week!! That riff fucking crushed my soul!!

  • Mr.CustodialArts

    I’d like to submit a HARVEY MILK jam for RIFF OF THE WEEK next time…it doesn’t matter which one.

    My vote goes to BOZ this round-anything NICKE ANDERSSON related-I’M IN.

  • MoshOff

    TYREE 2016

    • Howard Dean

      Ahem.

      (Dean-Flair ’16)

    • Tyree

      That’s right!

  • old_man_doom

    Man, TWO “leviathan” riffs to choose from? Tough, but I’m going to go with the “I am Ahab” riff because I actually ripped off Mastodon and used it in a song of mine (changing it slightly).

  • JWG

    I belatedly nominate ‘Spires’, an unsigned Manchester-based band that takes exactly the same set of influences as Anciients (see especially Opeth, Mastodon) and arranges them in a way that both precisely complements that band (I’ve been listening to both today, can you tell?), while tending a little further toward the random noodly side of prog riffage.

    I won’t point to a specific time or riff in either of these videos. There are plenty.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KIPt6HoZpI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbMvN71ivLU

    I also get more of a ‘power metal’ vibe in their version of Opeth worship than with Anciients, but that might just be me.

  • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

    Sadly my riff of the week is from an NSBM band. Why do Nazis have to make such good black metal? I’m writing a letter to god to complain.

    • JWG
      • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

        While on topic, one time a local band turned out to play NSBM, and they came to the local club. The entire audience beat the shit out of them. It was a pretty funny night, because once it happened, some skinheads came in, and there was a huge fight. I just went around drinking everything everyone had left behind. Fun night, dodging punches.

        • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

          It kinda makes me sad, that my town, the so called “centre of diversity” of britain is filled with nazis.

          • Doctor Dickless

            My hometown used to be known as the skinhead capital of Finland. There are not too many of them anymore, but oh boy were there a lot of them back in the day.

          • Doctor Dickless

            Wait, you’re british? There’s more of us eurotrash here than I thought.

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            eurotrash unite!

          • Doctor Dickless

            By the way, what do you think about the Scotland independence? Obviously it didn’t happen, but I’m interested in hearing an opinion from the british satan.

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            I’m not British but I have been following this on NPR and they said that their are other lands watching the vote to see if they might want independence.

          • Doctor Dickless

            Places like Scotland were following it and hoping that they get their independence. That would’ve boosted their confidence to try it as well.

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            I’ve learned that Canada, Spain, and Belgium all have areas that might want to try for independence.

          • Quebec is trying to go for it, a good friend from there told me that. Parts of Italy are trying to do it as well.

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            I did not know that about Italy.

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            I’m an irishman living in Britain, I was rootin’ for em!

          • Doctor Dickless

            I wonder if Åland would’ve tried to get away from Finland if Scotland would’ve gotten it’s independence

  • Tyree

    Howard Dean, Christian, and W. FTW! Also mine too.

    • Scrimm

      It was a close one between you, W, Howard and MSD for me.

  • Call the Slambulance

    Fun Fact: My mom was going to create various pieces of art for Epica to use for shirts, albums, posters, etc., but eventually turned it down because she couldn’t afford making all of it.

  • NDNOvHell

    I’m totally going to vote for myself.

  • NefariousDude

    Edit: I LOVE U GUYS

  • NefariousDude

    Alwys gotta go with agoraphobic nosebleed. God bless, w.

  • And I’ll toss in this riff’s ahoy (click the link for the whole playlist)!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buYuAw0UGNM&list=PL3AD4B12ECA12E71B

  • that Karnivool song is pretty rocket! great pick @disqus_77PBSiK8Ug:disqus!