Riff Of The Week: 2017 First Quarter Giveaway!


1/4 of the year gone! And so far and there have been some amazing riffs on offer ’round these parts. Here, some of your favourites battle it out for top honours.

Last week we asked for DOOOOOOM riffs, and after a three-way deadlock overnight,  Scott Towel’s Fórn riff came from forth place scoring 20% of the vote in a single day to clean up the competition and close out the weekend well ahead, somehow defeating the dual Wizards Electric. Somewhere, money changed hands. Somewhere else, hands changed money. These events may or may not have been related. They also may not have happened.

This week we asked for your favourite riff from an album released in 2017 that’s been featured on the Toilet ov Hell. As expected, we ended up with a pretty diverse selection. Somehow you all ended up missing the best riff of the year though. I don’t know why you would do that. It’s almost as if you’re implying your version of “best” is different to mine. And everyone else’s. But of course, you wouldn’t do that, as that would sorta mean that best is essentially a useless descriptor when applied to art. And that would be dumb, because describing art is the best. Although, your opinion might be different.

Scott Towel

The Great Old Ones – “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”

This is for me the best song on their new record, it flows perfectly for 10 minutes straight without losing any urgency, but the crowning moment is the very last riff, which I can’t ever not bang my head to til my neck snaps.  Riff makes its presence known at 7:45, but reaches maximum potential at 8:41.

TovH Review: The Great Old Ones – EOD: A Tale Of Dark Legacy


Viles Vitae – “IV”

I woke up absurdly early today and ate a key lime Greek yogurt with a glass of Green Machine kale-n’-shit juice. Then I had too much coffee, followed by shakiness and nausea, which reminded me that I had not eaten enough, so I ate some hummus with stoned wheat crackers. Then came more coffee, followed by more nausea, followed by this riff from Viles Vitae, followed by the melting of my face, spine and butt. Bonus: this riff kicks off with the blackest of “Ugh”s! Riff and “Ugh”: 21:02.

TovH Review: Viles Vitae – IV

Howard Dean

White Death – “Goat Emperor”

This catchy-as-all-get-out Finnish black metal riff comes to you from our friend Richter’s favorite album of the year, White Death’s S/T debut! We should get those gullible Wintersun fans to crowdfund us some cash so that we can buy Richter a few signed die hard copies of this album plus a meet-and-greet with the band. I heard he’s getting the White Death logo tattooed on his lower back (cause no arms). The riff rocks your head and neck at 2:17. Byahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!

TovH Review: White Death


Sons Ov Omega – “Pandora”

Reign by Sons ov Omega has easily become one of my favourite releases of the year so far.  Beauty and brutality, melody and aggression, this album has it all.  And riffs!  RIFFS!!! This album is chock full of ’em!  I was struggling at first to single one out, but the riff at 3:16 kept coming back to me, and I couldn’t say no.  It’s just so headbangable, with just enough of a rhythmic twist to keep you on your toes.  Throw them horns up high!

Sons Ov Omega Exclusive TovH Album Stream

Ted Nu-Djent

Power Trip – “Executioner’s Axe”

2017 has been a slow start for me with a lack of desire to check anything new and focus on the stuff I haven’t listened to enough or revisiting old favourites in my collection. Of the 4 albums released in 2017 only one of them has featured on this here Toilet which kinda limited my options somewhat when selecting a riff for the week, so here’s another Power Trip submission. The riff at 0.14 makes me want to break shit.

TovH Radio Interview With Power Trip


Gorephilia – “The Ravenous Storm”

I don’t know if this riff is the best (featured) riff to come out this year – but it does slay. I had to choose this band – they’re locals for me, this album slays, and fewer have taken notice than I’d like. Despite the fact it was reviewed on this very site. What band, you may ask? Gorephilia. What riff you may ask? That riff @0:43 in The Ravenous Storm off of their Severed Monolith. The Morbid Angel-ian tremolo crawl, the effects of which have been captured on photograph that was used as the cover art for the record.

TovH Review: Gorephilia – Severed Monolith

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 31-03-2017 20:22:33
end_date 02-04-2017 23:59:59
Poll Results:

Next week we’re going to be looking for riffs from the 1st minute of the 2nd song from a band’s 3rd full-length album. That should give you over 36,842 riffs to choose from. To enter, all you’ve gotta do is email your screen-name, a YouTube link to the song, and a short description of the riff (that includes a time-stamp) to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com by Friday next week. I’m no mathematician but I think if your time-stamp is anything over 0:59, you’ve fucked up.

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  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Being a child at heart I’m very tempted to vote for White Death just to spite Richter. Also because its a total no nonsense Finnish BM ripsnorter. But I can’t be too hasty…

    • SupremeKrieg

      Fvckin Finnish metal warriors.

  • Yarnhawk

    Crap! I mistyped, I meant the riff at 3:36, not 3:16! Blargh

    • Dat whole song, really

      • Yarnhawk

        True dat

  • In a shocking turn of events that no one–no one–could have foreseen, Blackened Butthurt Springs Eternal.

    Well shit. I’m off to work. See you all at midnight.

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    Ted cheated.

    • Brutalist_Receptacle


  • Hubert

    Is there something I’m missing in that Power Trip riff? Because all I hear is 7 bars of chugging and a thing at the end. That’s pretty boring.

    • Doom Scientist

      I’m missing something in all these riffs, but that’s just cos I’m old.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Is there something I’m missing in Power Trip in general? They no doubt tear shit up live, but on tape all I’m hearing is another cross-thrash band.

      • Doom Scientist


    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Read the bio

  • SupremeKrieg

    Fvck. This fvckin sucks. What fvckin unfalse band do I choose. Fvckin warriors here. White Death is true, but that review fvckin sucked. However, Richter fvcking came back with that fvckin Viles Vitae, which is also unfalse. These other riffs can burn in fvckin fire, but whatever. Fvck. This fvckin sucks.

    • Bunk Moreland


  • Doom Scientist

    Once again, Ted gets my vote. At least I can relate to Thrash.

    • Not into black metal? I don’t get it either, haha.

      • Doom Scientist

        It’s never been my thing.

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      Sabu is now doing the wrestling event I’m going to next Saturday because The Great Khali cancelled.

      • Doom Scientist

        You lucked out. Sabu may be beat to shit but he can still be entertaining, and he’s a legit legend to boot.

        • Sid Vicious Promos

          I’ll be going. They also added Gillberg on top of Alberto Del Rio, Bret Hart, Tony Atlas and others.

  • Rob M

    White Death…BOOM!

  • tigeraid

    I was gonna submit, but after browsing through three months of articles Power Trip was the only one that jumped out that I’d listened to a ton…. And thought “fuck it, like three people are gonna submit it.” I was 33% right. It wins.

  • RJA

    I saw that Gorephilia got a mention on pitchfork the other day Karhu

  • EsusMoose

    “George Clinton, Beck, Kendrick Lamar and Varg Vikernes join forces for a black metal supergroup”
    Hahaha April fools hahahha
    AYY lmao

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    • Sid Vicious Promos

      A curse upon you and all your descendents!

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  • Primordial Chaos

    White Death’s debut reminds me how traditional Black Metal could be better that any experiment because sometimes music stands or fall because of the intensity of the riff and drumming with a powerful vocal, good pick Howard, let recommend you this album by Sarkrista: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOz42CgKjks

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      Cool album this Sarkrista. And agreed on the virtues of trad BM.

    • Howard Dean

      This is a good. +1.

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  • RJA

    I buy a lot of early 90’s death/thrash stuff from The Crypt/Dark Symphonies, etc. The CD’s I’m giving away are a duplicate order I was allowed to keep and are wasting shelf space – they are:

    Sacraficial – Forever Entangled 1993
    Authorize – The Source of Dominion 1991
    Wombbath – Internal Caustic Torments 1993
    Sarcasm – Burial Dimensions (2CD) 1994+demos
    Toxaemia – Buried To Rise 90-91 Discography
    Desultory – Bitterness 1994

  • JWG79

    “1st minute of the 2nd song from a band’s 3rd full-length album” seems way too specific not to have been picked because you’ve already got an answer that can’t lose.

    If I try, though, I have two ideas but both are “3rd albums” counting one or two before that sites are totally divided between calling albums or just LP-length demos. Can I send one of those, or do I have to seek something less debated?

    • Hans Copronym

      I’d say if you know the band’s stance on it, go with that, otherwise check what it says on MA or Discogs… not sure if either of those is considered a definitive source.

      • JWG79

        In the case I’m more inclined toward, Metal Archives counts them as LPs and not demos, which in the absence of better evidence I may just consider definitive.

        I don’t much like doing that though. They’re so completely smugly exclusionary on other aspects of arbitrary content control that it feels like giving them any authority is dangerous.

        I’ll think about it a little while longer, before I go one way or the other.

        • Hans Copronym

          I’m not quite sure why, but I always get an asshole-y vibe from that page.

          In the end of the day though, if you explain the predicament in your description, I think people will be cool about it. I mean, this isn’t exactly high-stakes, right?

    • Lacertilian

      Nah, that would presume I have foresight. I just tried to come up with something numerical on the spot. Guess I’ve kinda fucked myself up here now tho.

      Send it in dude, I’m sure it’ll pass.

      • JWG79

        The bigger issue turned out to be no YouTube of the album version.

        It’s heavier live, though, so worked out fine.

  • Sid Vicious Promos

    I have some good news for all you MIYH4 fans out there: Mr. In Your Liver 3 will be coming out soon with help from a new band member who is to be unnamed at the moment. Shes a very talented singer who will be taking over the vocal parts from yours truly while i switch over to keyboards.

  • tigeraid

    “riffs from the 1st minute of the 2nd song from a band’s 3rd full-length album”


    • Hans Copronym

      It’s easy as 1 2 3

      • tigeraid

        Yeah it actually wasn’t that bad. I wonder if 12 people will submit Master of Puppets tho….

  • Doom Scientist

    Holy Crap. Roiland & Harmon fooled us all.

    This is NOT a joke, not an April Fool. This is the REAL season 3 premiere of Rick & Morty streaming on a continuous loop until Midnight.


  • Óðinn

    The important think to take away from this edition of Riff of the Week is not use the bathroom immediately after Richter.

  • Shakes 999

    Yarnhawk dropped a banger but The Great Old Ones dropped all the competition. Scott has my vote.