MSD & Friends’ Riff ov the Week (11/1/14)

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“BYAAAAAAAAAAAH!”

Last week Howard Dean shut us all out with his mightiest of byah of all. For once, all was right in the world. Dissection was the correct choice, and I’ve never been so proud of 32% of you. Hugs (ov fucking steel void death) all around.

Look, I have to go find a pair of white pants and kick them around in the dirt / punch myself in the nose so I can be Andrew W.K. for Halloween, so I’m gonna get right to the riffs, but first:

  • Joe had a challenging idea for next week. Here’s the rule: YOUR RIFF CANNOT BE A GUITAR RIFF. Put your thinking pants on, dildos.
  • Got any good ideas for a theme? Tell me in the comments.
  • Send your riffs to toiletovhell@gmail.com.
  • Bang your heads and die!

 

Masterlord SteelDragon

Here’s my favorite from one of the best death metal albums of the year, Domains‘ Sinister Ceremonies. It’s from a song called “Raped by Darkness,” and there’s really no need to explain further than that. If this riff doesn’t make your blood boil, there’s probably nothing wrong with you and I’m just unstable. Start it at 4:15!

 

Joe Thrashnkill

Let Propagandhi tell you a tale of a refugee haunted by genocide and the memories of his family. Just as ”Night Letters” climaxes with righteous rage, the band kicks in a stone cold groove. Starting ~3:12.

 

Leif Bearikson

I’m still reeling from seeing Neurosis live, and it’s almost entirely because this riff shattered my existence. 3:18.

 

Stockhausen

Necrophagist will first and foremost be known as the band that didn’t release another album, and secondly as the band with much weedles, and many deedles. While a frillion and a half tech bands, armed to the teeth with Pro Tools, flooded the market in the years following 2004’s Epitaph, few managed to combine flashiness and memorable songwriting the way Necrophagist did. Their sensibilities are on full display with “Stabwound,” a monster track that opens with one of my favorite riffs out there. The rest of the song grows logically out of what it set up, and it friggin’ rules. Every time my band plays, I sound check the vocal mic by belting out a healthy “STAAAAAAAABWOOOOOOUND.”

 

Tyree

Early this week “Dawn of the Angry” came on my iPod and now I can’t get the beginning riff out of my goddamn head. This riff is beyond catchy and menacing! Glorious hair windmills are required while listening to this. If you don’t have hair, windmill your cock.

 

Gurp

Nile is an important band to me personally for kickstarting my interest in death metal. Their masterwork, 2002’s In Their Darkened Shrines is full of awesome riffs, but I picked the sweet dual guitar harmony that comes in at 6:08right after the horn section, that then segues into one of the best guitar solos they’ve ever written. Unas is rising.

 

Death

Melvins have been one of my favourite bands for a long long time. King Buzzo is a man who knows how to make excellent riffs. “The Bit” starts with a nice sitar intro that leads to an amazing riff.

 

Satan Ov Hell

Satan Ov Hell commands you to bring the surf.

 

Steve Smithwick

Soilwork‘s Peter Wichers routinely produced great riffs, but one of his very best is this here opening to “Millionflame!” The first 25 seconds, pure MeloDeath goodness… and the whole rest of the song crushes as well. Wichers may no longer be part of the Soilwork crew, but his contributions were critical to their rise to the top of the MeloDeath genre.

 

Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

Carnalation is here to devastate you. Carnalation is here to make a popsicle out of your intestines and lick it good. “Omega Hour’s” first riff is a killer and you ought to listen to it for the sake of context. But it’s at 0:16 where the band takes off the spiked rubber gloves. You’re welcome, and remember to close the door after you. Oh and pick up the pieces of your face from my floor, I hate litter.

 

Cybernetic Organism

Because why not.

 

Randall Thor

If you’re not already familiar with the riff at 4:20, you aren’t allowed to call yourself a death metal fan.

 

Lacertilian22
The intro riff is a fucking beast but the riff at 4:37 is mind-blowing. If I could play this riff even half as well as Joe Haley, it would be the only riff I would ever play.

Jack Bauer

If that intro riff doesn’t make you want to headbang then I’m truly sorry because it is an amazing riff and you should headbang to it.

 

George Lynch

There is not much about Vildhjarta that I do not like… crushing riffs? Growls? Check and check. I don’t get wrapped up in the whole “djent”-hate that occurs on the internets – but these guys are my favorite. Although a psuedo-lolbuttz chorus is present (it better than their 2012 clean singing efforts), the riffs are fucking killer.


NOW CHOOSE:

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 31-10-2014 14:45:53
end_date 11-02-2014 09:00:00
Poll Results:
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  • Xan

    So, question about next weeks Riff ov the Week. Can the song have guitar in it as well or does it have to be only another instrument?

    • Looking for the instrument that plays the central melodic progression that you’re entering as your riff.

      • Death

        The song I would like to send is not on youtube, but is on spotify. Are you guys able to put it in the article?

  • Edward

    Tyree may get my vote for this:

    “If you don’t have hair, windmill your cock”.

    • Cock ov Steele

      You should do that, even if you have hair.

      • What if one has no hair and a choad that resembles an acorn though? (I’m obviously inquiring on behalf of “a friend I know.”)

        • W.

          Just tell “your friend” to hip-thrust to the beat.

  • Death

    I have to vote for Leif. You are the best bear ever!

  • Simon Phoenix

    As hard as it was to vote against Entombed, Sinister Ceremonies is such an epic album.

    Though I would’ve picked 1:29 of this song.

    Domains – Labyrinth of Incense: http://youtu.be/DuVMkJtDx7Q

    • Tyree

      Yup, Entombed always win.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Can it be a coincidence that Entombed riff begins at 4:20? Is someone trying to tell me something?

    • Death

      Are you going to blaze it?

      • W.

        #420Noscope

        • Elite Extremophile

          *dubstep and monster energy faintly hiss in the background*

        • Simon Phoenix

          U ‘aving a giggle?

          U FOOKIN WOT M8?

          • Death

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Tempting… Tempting…

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    I suppose Om is considered cheating next week then.

    • Mr.CustodialArts

      I love everything those dudes have done barring the last one-fucking belly dance music, all those tablas and shit? FUCK THAT, GIMME DAT BASS.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        I liked the latest too. The violins and chanting gave a nice touch to it.

      • Cock ov Steele

        Belly dance music would have been acceptable had they released an appropriate music video.

  • Mr.CustodialArts

    “King Buzzo is a man who knows how to make excellent riffs.” Too bad he didn’t “make” this one…STOP PLAYING HAND EGG AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK. (Dale wrote the music, you LIFELOVER, you!)

    • Death

      I’m sorry, mom! I thought that he still played the riff. I’m gonna go drown myself now.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    All things considered, I’m again going to choose a fellow bear. That song, that RIFF is pure murder. Staggering, Earthshattering murder. Only one thing can amplify it’s strength. Neurosis live.

    • W.

      Hey man, I’m going to be putting Whiff o’ the Week together today. Do you and @metaphysicalanus:disqus have any submissions?

      • Death

        I ain’t got anything. Don’t know if the second tier bear has.

        • Just pick a random band that I like

          • Death

            I didn’t pick anything. I’ll tickle you.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        If you’ll be so kind and wait a while I’ll pull something from my files.
        Comments or email

        • W.

          You can email it with the link and blurb to our gmail. I won’t be writing it till later, so no rush.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Affirmative!

  • Mr.CustodialArts

    I can’t choose between NEUROSIS and MELVINS, so…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hag7srAvqQ4

  • Tyree

    Damn, I kind ov regret not picking Dick Dale.

    • Lacertilian

      Damnit Tyree!
      Looks like I would have had more of a chance if I chose Psycroptic’s cover of ‘Dawn Of the Angry’.
      Oh well…

  • Gurp

    REIGN SUPREME!

  • Do note: if anyone sends me that Revocation banjo lick, I will set you on fire.

    • PrincePoopyPanties
    • You’re gonna get that mastodon banjo riff a lot too.

      • Cock ov Steele

        We should just tell it like it is, sick bass riff of the week. Maiden, Prmius, and Beyond Creation are cheating.

        • W.

          Some of us will try for something other than bass.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            You jest

          • Cock ov Steele

            Uh-Oh, I might have to go “all bass” on this one.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Bassinvaders!

          • The Satan Ov Hell

            I’m going for synth

          • Death

            I’m going with something more classical.

          • W.

            You could attempt to please the haters with “Jump.”

          • Death

            I thought we were talking about riff of the week, not whiff of the week.

          • Yeah but Death and Scrimm would jump right out of the toilet

          • PrincePoopyPanties
          • violin here

        • PrincePoopyPanties
    • I bet half of the submissions will be beyond creation bass.

    • how come it’s stupid?

    • Count_Breznak

      Well, there is this really awesome Spawn of Posession cover..

  • Mr.CustodialArts

    “YOUR RIFF CANNOT BE A GUITAR RIFF.”
    So…we’re all voting for our favorite PRIMUS song next week? AND DILDOS DON’T WEAR PANTS YOU SILLY GOOSE.

    • Stockhausen

      He’s right about the pants thing, guys.

      • You’re clearly not getting your dildos at the right place.

        • Stockhausen

          Discount Dildo?

          • Stockhausen

            (I laughed so hard while typing that)

          • W.

            No, Costco

      • Cock ov Steele

        NO! NO HE’S NOT! UR LYING!

    • Howard Dean

      I submitted that sick Om riff a few weeks ago, so I would feel bad submitting Om again. But my fuck do they have a smoke filled attic full of bass riffs.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        IT WOULD BE CHEATING!

  • Stockhausen

    Friggin’ Joe bringing it home with Propagandhi. Well done.

  • DeadButtDreaming

    These are all alright, but not great. I cast you all to the void.

    • Lacertilian

      I thought this week had some of the highest standards seen in recent times.

  • B00mhauer

    Dang ol’ Propagandhi a dang ol’ favorite tellyewhat. Talkin ’bout a dang ol Chris Hannah lyrics coo’ as hell punk rock witha dang ol’ heavy metal mentality. Francis didn’t give a dang ol’ fuck about the rollbacks. Yo.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    I had to give my vote to Gurp because Nile’s In Their Darkened Shrines was one of the first death metal albums I became obsessed with after discovering heavier technical music, i.e. “death metal.” That album was the first death metal album I heard that I came to appreciate the technicality and skill of the musicians playing, the structure of the compositions, and the atmosphere the music conveyed to the listener. Hence, it was the first death metal record I experienced that actually showed me what death metal really was or could be, when I previously thought death metal was only about being as heavy and offensive as possible for the sake of being brutal and anti-mainstream (the internet was still something I only really used at school for class work, my family’s home computer was a pain in the ass and slow as fuck, cuz dial up was all we had back then. Also, get off my lawn). Until I heard that Nile record, I had no idea death metal could be so incredibly imaginative, engaging, and awe-inspiring. Unas, Slayer of the Gods is still one of my favorite death metal songs of all time, and gives me a sense of nostalgia for my early days as a blossoming metal head, cutting my teeth on Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Dismember, Entombed, Obituary, Bolt Thrower, Deicide, Cryptopsy, Suffocation, and so on. If it hadn’t been for In Their Darkened Shrines, it’s possible I would still be listening crap like Kid Rock, Disturbed, Linkin Park, Korn, or whatever and believing crap like that was good. What a horrible thought! Thank goodness I discovered Nile’s In Their Darkened Shrines when I did and learned just how amazing death metal can be. Great choice, Gurp m/
    Nipple Approved.

    • Cock ov Steele

      It was the first tech death album I felt I could actually jam too.

    • Gurp

      Thanks, moist nipple! Your sentiments echo a lot of mine.

    • TL,DR: STAY EGYPT

  • FeelTheDarkness

    Neurosis, Melvins, Wermacht, Entombed and Dick Dale!!!!
    What to do? What to do?

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Go with Carnalation, is better

      • Death

        God dammit Hessu!

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          I love you too sis.

    • The Satan Ov Hell

      the power ov trve kvlt surf rock compells you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC3QnAcBsbg

      • Max

        Fucking hell, this is amazing. What a find! In a way I’m actually surprised it took so long for somebody to do something like this, but they’ve put a lot of thought into the execution. I really hope somebody sent this to Fenriz.

        Personally, I always thought something about the Darkthrone pace and riff structure would probably lend itself well to country interpretations too.

        • The Satan Ov Hell

          My personal favourite is Ea, Lord of the Surf

          • Max

            I’ve got a good mind to find a local surf rock band, join them, and bring in all these songs pretending they’re my own.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    *windmilling my cock*

    • W.

      I too had to pick the non-hirsute option.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Fyr the theme. A specific genre?

    • I like. Which genre did you have in mind?

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Oh I just meant any genre. To think of it that ciumd multiple weekends. You kniw a thrash one, a death one and a Black one and so forth. Also a melodt of the week could be alrighr instead of aan actual riff. A vocal melody or a guitar melody or such. Take your pick. I am not in the condition to make a one.

  • Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo

    Melvins for the win

  • Cock ov Steele

    Gurp, you knows what I like.

  • Cock ov Steele

    Damn, I was really excited to see if mine made it on this week.

    • Mr.CustodialArts

      If it makes you feel any better, your TROUBLE pick will always have a place in my heart…deep in the cockles.

  • IronLawnmower

    Dat opening riff.

    http://youtu.be/3krrkgfKyE0

    • Tyree

      NICE!

  • Howard Dean

    That Photoshop is miraculous. [tips crown to the artist]

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    coronation of queen elizabeth (crowning ceremony)

    all 3 at once full vol

    http://youtu.be/inKSvLk7kiI

    http://youtu.be/DDFgiKgfirc

    http://youtu.be/i97OkCXwotE

    • Cock ov Steele

      I was expecting that crowd in the coronation ceremony to bust out a circle pit at any moment.

  • JWG

    So. I have to admit I went looking for this to respond to the Saturday nonsense posted by the Blog Which Shall Not Be Named.

    The crushing riff would be wasted on them, though (especially without the embed).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VcJOxzWlO4

  • Brock Samson

    So i grew up next to Dick Dale my whole life and was best friends with his son for a long time. Then I matured and realized what a dick he is, pun intended. That location for that music video was his house and I was there every weekend, weird to think back on.

  • old_man_doom

    Speaking of Nile, the riff at 4:20 fucking slays posers with steel.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1wnKXIWuaQ

    • Death

      What’s with these 420s around here?

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Take a guess. Sis

        • Death

          Why are you calling me sis? I’m not a woman and we’re not related.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Well… Take a guess, Sis

          • Death

            How drunk are you?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I’ve had a few, and then some

    • Cock ov Steele

      This entire album slays posers with many assorted instruments of warfare commonly amongst the Ancient Egyptians.

    • Tyree

      This album is so goddamn good.

  • Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen

    Hi Death.

    • Death

      The number 1 has joined us!
      Hi.

      • Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen

        I voted for Death.

        • Death

          Did you vote for me because you loved the riff?

          • Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen

            Yeah, actually.

          • Death

            Grrrrrrrrrrreat!

          • Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen

            I’ve always had some love for The Melvins. So, what’s this site about, i’ve been on it a couple of times, but don’t really know it yet.

          • Death

            About music, mainly metal. We have a nice community here.

          • Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen

            Cool. I could chill here.

          • Death

            Also there’s no Axl here. People here write good articles.

          • Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen

            Thank God.

          • Welcome brah!

          • Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen

            Nice site.

          • W.

            Yes, greetings and welcome.

          • Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen

            Thank you.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Do it. Chill here. Enjoy.

      • W.

        Who’s this?

        • Death

          He’s the number 1. Haven’t you watched Spongebob?

        • Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen

          I’m new and Number 1.

      • M Shadows!

        hey baby

        • Death

          I’m not in the mood right now.

          • M Shadows!

            It’s that time of the month?

          • Death

            That was a good one. The loofah joke has already grown old in my opinion. Find a new name to call me.

          • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

            the fact that “death” is a european schoolteacher–who post videos like that “i know what boys like” –family guy video (below)–seems pretty ripe for comedy gold—

          • Death

            Wow! I don’t like where this is going. I’d rather be called a loofah.

          • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

            right

          • Death

            you finally made an account?
            Edit: no, my computer just fucled up.

          • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

            no need to be paranoid big guy—–everyone knows yer just a big sweetie pie

          • Death

            Watchca mean?

          • M Shadows!

            A big sweetie loofah obviously.

    • M Shadows!

      Hai!

      • Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen

        M Shadows!

        • Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen

          Sup.

        • M Shadows!

          Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen!

  • Max

    An interesting week. Morbid Angel and Entombed are both pretty obvious choices for me, so instead it has to be between the Melvins and Psycroptic. And given that the Psycroptic one is pretty clever, that’ll be my vote! Quite a strong week all round, though.

    Some ideas for future weeks:

    1) Riffs featuring pinch harmonics (instant disqualification for Zakk Wylde submissions).
    2) Riffs composed entirely of palm-muting; NO open chords or strings.
    3) Stop-start type riffs with copious blank space in them.

    • W.

      I like #3!

      • Max

        Funnily enough, that’s the option I thought of off-the-cuff because I wanted to offer three different suggestions; and yet I think I like it best too.

        Back in the days before Guitar Hero and isolated tracks uploaded to The Tube of You, riffs with lots of rests were the only time you ever got to hear what the drums sounded like without the guitars over them on a metal record. So I always looked forward to those parts of a song.

        They also make a guitar sound seem heavier; because if you’re just hearing it continuously you get numb to it. It can be abused though; nu-metal always had too much of them, whereas black metal barely had them at all.

        Suggestion number 2 is probably pretty dumb; but I would really like to see Suggestion number 1 at some point. There are some pretty raunchy pinch-harmonics out there.

  • JWG

    Also… A non-guitar ROTW next week, you say?

    http://www.toiletovhell.com/tuesday-night-open-swim-guitarmony-edition/#comment-1614022240

    If I get around to a proper submission you can pretty much see my band choice right there
    .
    Morphine were a criminally under-rated “alternative rock” band in the truest sense of the term, and I’ll even venture that they were subconsciously my true gateway band into heavier music. Even when technically “upbeat” there’s a looming angry melancholy in Mark Sandman’s delivery, both vocally and instrumentally (that’s him on bass too).

    I may easily miss the deadline, though, as every time I head to YouTube to decide on just one tune to pick, several hours fly by…

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    The Final Countdown!

  • The Satan Ov Hell

    side note- anyone else already sick of hearing about that dead nu-metal human paintbrush from static x?

    • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      winds of the gods

    • Who?

      • Death

        The singer of static x died.

      • The Satan Ov Hell

        the guy from static-x. Been buried in the stuff over on a few image boards I lurk

        • Death

          FFB is filled with their fans now.

          • The Satan Ov Hell

            it’s like pantera and slayer v2

  • MoshOff

    Propaghandi gets my vote, Supporting Caste is the shit.

  • FTW next week:

    Van Halen – Jump