Riff Of The Week: 2007 Edition

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And what a year it was…for those who can remember it.


First thing’s first, last week’s Star Riff came down to the wire! Literally all the way down. After travelling all that way, it was tired and was rendered unable to make an informed decision. Torn betwixt the selections of Ted Nu-Djent and Esusmoose it cleaved said wire in two, placing a riff from Danzig in one pocket and one from Astronoid in the other. Then, just prior to departure it deposited a small nugget of shit on Richter’s Island riff for its troubles. As Masterlord reminded me of his hatred for ties/draws, I’m left with no choice but to award last week’s victory to Richter. This totally has nothing to do with him having the objectively better riff, and is definitely because I feel sorry for him being soiled with excrement in such a manner. Well done you armless fuck you, go have a shower.

kjnfz

 

This week we asked for riffs from a decade ago, the mid-2000’s wasteland known as 2007. Good thing about socio-political economic wastelands is that they have a tendency to breed exceptional metal. Just look at [insert whatever country you live in], see what I mean? The relationship is uncanny. Seriously, it’s been measured by anthropologists, negative 9 cannys. Can’t argue with simple maths. Further proof can be found in the riffs we’ve got here this week.


Son Ov Wolf

Unsane – “Against the Grain

THIS ENTIRE SONG IS RIFF
BUT THE CHORUS AT 1:29
IS RIFF OV THE WEEK


Richter

Wolves In The Throne Room – Vastness and Sorrow

According to Wikipedia, the only metal album I bought in 2007 was Wolves in the Throne Room’s Two Hunters. How can this be? A quick sift through my library revealed that Island also released something in ’07, but since I submitted an Island riff last week and haven’t submitted a Wolves riff in a dog’s age, Wolves it is. Here is the best black metal riff ever written. Introduced at 2:30. Reprised in break-everything-you-own-mode at 9:17.


Ted Nu-Djent

Skeletonwitch – Baptized In Flames

The first minute of the song builds perfectly to my selected riff this week which can be heard at the 1.00, 1.55 and 3.15 mark of the song. Skeletonwitch are going for full At The Gates worship on this riff and by gee, by jingo, by crikey they done pulled it off. Cheers


Lizard

Animosity – Progression In Defeat

“Progress is hiding in the cracks even when looking ahead seems like a series of mistakes,
I can see the beauty of failure in that we have got a second chance
Standing over the witch’s grave, I can see…
Where are we now?
And where are we going?
In an era of seeming defeat, we look ahead for change to get back on our feet”

When selecting a riff from 2007 for this week I decided to go through my collection alphabetically and didn’t need to go far. Riff @0:11.


Boss The Ross

High On Fire – “Rumors Of War”

2007 was a pretty important time for me as a metal head that was trying to find his own voice. My sophomore year of high school had started and up until that point my music and metal intake was all based on my parents’ collections. Enter Headbanger’s Ball. MTV was trying to rehash their glory days and restarted this video series, the kicker was it only played at 1 o’ clock in the morning so I didn’t catch it often. On one fateful night however, staring in the illuminated 12 inch tv in my room, the volume turned down to a whisper, a video started and its opening riff completely floored me. It was heavy, thick, sludgy, brutal, in my face and in my ears. I was enamored with the sound emenating from the little box. The vocals kicked in and a gravely smile greeted me while the band tore through my eardrums(on low volume, nonetheless!). As I had been laid to waste by the song before me, I crawled up to the TV as the song information was showing to reveal the name of the band. And what did I see? High on Fire, of course.


This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 06-01-2017 20:22:33
end_date 13-01-2017 23:59:59
Poll Results:
2007 Riff Ov the Week

Next week we’re only going to be accepting riffs from a band’s debut album (demos and EP’s are fine too). To submit you have to:

– Send a YouTube link of the song to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com
– Include a screen-name, timestamp of your chosen riff, and a short description.
– You should probably check your choice on metal-archives.com because we won’t be accepting some jank-ass sophomore album riff.
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  • tigeraid

    I dig the HoF but sweet jesus that Skeletonwitch track has always been one of my favourite crushing riffs.

    Now I need to go dig up a bunch of old Skeletonwitch.

  • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠
    • Butts4Gutts

      BRUH U SO KVLT

      • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠
        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Nice one!

          How you been man?

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

            Alright duders. Job and stuff, you know. Also playing drums for a bunch of people. Can’t complain too much. Thanks for the concern.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Glad to hear you have plenty of drumming opportunities! That’s killer man. Let me know when stuff comes out, I’d like to support when I can.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    It was a toss-up between HoF and WitTR for me. Ultimately Wolves won.

  • Al Bundy

    Voted for Wolves. The best song from an essential album.

  • EsusMoose

    My rage is only soothed by the fact that Ted now gets shafted 2 weeks in a row by not getting recognition of RotW

    • The official TovH editorial position is: fuck Ted

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        At least I’m getting fucked

        • more beer

          You gotta get it however you can.

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        I don’t even want to know the editoroak position on good old JJD.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      In my my mind I know I’m a winner

      • EsusMoose

        I’m going to consider this a win cause I can

  • KyleJMcBride

    Matt Pike FTW

    • High on Vallenfyre

      It really isn’t fair.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      DAMN STRAIGHT

    • RustyShackleford

      The best riffs from the sweatiest left nipple

  • KyleJMcBride
    • James

      He recently turned 55.

      • KyleJMcBride

        He died on my 43 birthday(4/14/10). I’m reminded of it every year. Happy Birthday to me.

    • Lacertilian

      Prob would have won if you submitted.

      • KyleJMcBride

        Yeah, but I’m not saying there’s one riff in this song that I would pick over others. I’m just randomly submitting a song from 2007.

  • Count_Breznak

    No contest

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRPdFIyDjP4

    …well maybe EARDELETE – Zombiology – D A D …simple, stupid, effective.

    • Lacertilian

      No contest because you didn’t actually submit?

      • Count_Breznak

        That would involve effort.

        • Lacertilian

          The exact same amount of effort it took to post it here instead?

          • Count_Breznak

            Naw, email and all such..not to mention the whole “oh, right, rotw, what’s the theme this wee…..oh, deadline was 3 days ago” thing.

  • Eliza

    It’s either Skeletonwitch, High on Fire or Wolves in the Throne Room for me. I can’t think of any music from 2007, which is a year I primarily remember for learning to write and read.

    • High on Vallenfyre

      I thought skeletonwitch had it until Boss snuck in at the end.

      • Eliza

        Yeah, it’s hard not to pick that one.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        I do that.

        • more beer

          Hey man Vlad told me that the cap came off that beer in transit. I will get you another one in a couple of weeks when I have a little more cash.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            No worries my man. It wasn’t your fault, so don’t feel obligated to replace it.

          • more beer

            I will still replace it. Because that sucks big time. I figured with that wax over the cap. It wouldn’t open like that.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Dude, it was the damndest thing I’d ever seen. Total fluke

          • more beer

            It still sucks. But on a good note I am going to go see Khemmis tonight.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            BAD ASS! Have fun dudeman!

          • more beer

            Yea I am pretty psyched. We were at Black Sky trying to figure out what to do. We searched every venue in town and stumbled upon this show. Should be a killer show.

        • Ew.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          You bastard

  • Black Unbeard

    wolves, duh

  • Butts4Gutts

    Close between HoF and the Witch.

    • KyleJMcBride

      Let Matt lead you to the riff filled land.

  • Howard Dean

    Joey Belladonna just sang the anthem at the basketball game I’m attending.

    #JJDfacts

    • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

      He did? Jealous

  • 2007 was a great year. I bet no celebrities died that year, unlike 2016, aka WORST FUCKING YEAR EVAR!!!!

  • Rob M

    Dammit, Deathevokation came out in 2007….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7GZZPVA0uE

    You people have failed me for the last time

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Man, come on…EVERYBODY knows that following metal albums were where it was at in 2007:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KNunPVIQWc

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

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6zbn35QqFo

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        Static X is good shit. Never liked Cannibal though. I love that Shadows Fall album though. I saw them in 2013 with Hatebreed, Acacia Strain and Battlecross. They were very good.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            Frank plz!

          • James

            People exist who like these things. We all cant be born with a Possessed shirt on , a demo tape of Deceased clenched in our teeth and Chuck Schuldiner fist firmly in ass.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Unclench, dude. We joke here all the time. I don’t care what you like or don’t like, nor would I care if you’d take a shit on stuff I like. Believe me, I DO like stuff hardcore purists would scoff at. I like and own all Deftones albums, the first Korn album, the first two System of a Down albums, first two Slipknot albums and Mudvayne’s first album. I like and own Machine Head’s Burn My Eyes, The More Things Change and The Blackening, Lamb of God’s As the Palaces Burn and Ashes of the Wake, 4 Pantera albums, Killswitch Engage’s Alive or Just Breathing, Misery Signals’ Of Malice and the Magnum Heart and Controller, Botch’s We Are the Romans, all Converge and The Dillinger Escape Plan albums… And yeah, I own all of Tool’s albums and they’re all grouped in my metal collection, even though REAL purists would deny Tool or any of the other bands I just named for that matter are metal.
            Of course, the majority of my collection may consist of “elitist”-approved stuff, but that’s not the issue for me. I like what I like and I like to collect metal albums that I deem worthy of having a “classic” status, regardless of the subgenre they’re in, be it “mainstream” or slightly “underground”.
            Believe me, a year ago my butt was still aching as well when someone took a dump on stuff I liked. I even refrained from visiting the metal blogs on the internet just because I couldn’t take the negative opinions of others. Then I realized that it was just me being a whiny child and I learned that getting all worked up over trivialities like this just spoil the fun for everyone. People have their own opinions and people should like and dislike whatever the hell they like and dislike. And now if someone finds a creative way of shitting on something I like, I may even crack as smile. Because if there’s one thing I learned, it’s that if you can’t take a joke, you’re gonna have a rough time.

          • James

            Fair enough. The toilet does seem less broish these days. People get crap for liking Botch and converge? crazy.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Yeah, I don’t think people will really get “cap” for liking Converge, Botch or Dillinger…but at the end of the day, these bands are still “metalcore”. And even if they may not be the typical melodic At the Gates-ripoff good cop/bad cop chorus infected kind of metalcore, I don’t think the actual purists would hold those bands in high regard.

          • James

            I see.

          • Howard Dean

            MAKE THE TOILET BROISH AGAIN

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            When was it broish?

          • more beer

            I scoff at that list! Just messing with you Frank.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Hahaha! Don’t worry…Immolation, Suffocation, Incantation, Demolition Hammer, Celtic Frost, Bathory, Hellhammer, Darkthrone…I could go on and on…I own it all. If I think it does a good job for what it sets out to do, I’ll buy it. I’m a bit of a OCD completionist.
            The only metal subgenres I don’t have at least a few albums of are deathcore (save for maybe that one The Red Chord album, which is more a grindcore album with breakdowns to me) and stuff like Nightwish, The Gathering, Therion, etc…not because I think it’s bad, rather because that overload of opera stuff REALLY isn’t my thing.

          • NDG

            I just vomited in my own mouth reading that list…

        • James

          This era Static was a bit of a come back. This Sevendust album was very…..meh. Shadows Fall was one of the more interesting things to come out of pop metalcore.

      • Rob M

        You need to leave my mentions forever =D

    • Lacertilian

      You should have submitted a riff..

      • Rob M

        ..and give up a chance to complain about something on the internet?

        • Lacertilian

          You get to complain about the lack of votes instead, it’s much more fulfilling.

  • Ah, 2007, man. Similar situation to Bossthe Ross for me. End of 8th grade, first year of high school. I remember buying my first issue of Revolver magazine back when they weren’t a complete joke, cracking it open and beginning my journey into heavy metal. Lots of good records came out that year, I remember.

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      You missed the times when Revolver used to feature shitloads of pornstars in every issue

  • Nipples ‘n’ Such

    Boss chose wisely.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Thank you, Sir Nipple of Such.

  • James

    Every time I die- we’re wolf
    Daath-subterfuge
    Dark Tranquility-miserys crown
    Megadeth-Sleepwalker
    A life once lost- Firewater joyride
    Amorphis-silent waters
    TBDM-What a horrible night to have a curse…
    I’m sure theres more…

    • Lacertilian

      You should have submitted a riff.

      • James

        I seriously doubt anything I submit would get positive feed back.

        • Lacertilian

          You’d be surprised

        • Xinen

          Well I remember enjoying some of that Daath album and TBDM. No worries though.

        • Avoid metalcore and power metal and you’ll be fine. And remember there are no winners. We’re all losers. That’s why we hang out here.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          Yes it would

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    I was 12 in 2007 so I was firmly in an emo phase but there was good music out that year such as everything posted. There was also a lot of shitty music.

  • RustyShackleford

    These are some tough fucking choices but I HAVE to do High on Fire. I remember hearing Fury Whip for the first time when I made new friends in high school. That whole album blew my fucking mind and still does. Yep!

  • Had to go with Skeletonwitch cause that riff is from when they weren’t boring.

  • And my father always said “Losers never win.”

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm
    • Xinen

      I will always love Akercocke, some desert island material certainly. For myself at least.

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        If I could only listen to one band for the rest of my life it would be Akercocke.

    • Lacertilian

      Sub
      Mit

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        I didn’t read last week’s because I was doing family stuff so I didn’t know the theme

        • Lacertilian

          Can submit anytime during the week.

      • Xinen

        Out of curiosity are we going back to the large submission format? Or is the site still going the small route?

        • Lacertilian

          Just taking all submissions again as people were too timid to submit and potentially not get published and/or lose in a 1v1 scenario.

          • Xinen

            Okay thanks.

  • lagerbottoms

    personal favorite would be the closer of BTBAMs White Walls, but my vote went to Animosity

    https://youtu.be/FNdRh2un5eg?t=10m35s

  • Black Unbeard

    i had thot about a submit from this
    https://youtu.be/ha5jJ0sLfUI

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      should have submitted!

      • Black Unbeard

        shoulda woulda coulda

  • Damnit, wish I got in on this one because Pig Destroyer. @2:19 – peace………..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5i53m-YgCg

  • The God Emperor of Mankind

    HOF=That song you play before subjugating some worthless Xenos to Imperial Compliance.

  • I’m between Boss and Richter.

    I will put my vote and stay in the shadows without saying which one i voted.

    *Casts shadow spell*