Riff Of The Week: Bands Please Do More Of This Shit Edition

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Riff Of The Week is filmed in front of a captive studio audience.

Last week’s Lunar Riff Of The Week saw one of the contest’s underdogs just manage to eclipse some superstars, with Kalmah shutting out Type O Negative, Mayhem, Dead Kennedys, et al. Well done to the enigmatic caveman known as Gorak, may you stealthily club many a mastodon in the umbra of victory.

This week asked for riffs featuring techniques you wanna see more of in metal. You responded by asking for MOAR whammy cowbell, galloping cowbell, start-stop bendy-ass cowbell, papal skateboard stunts, and cowbell scrapes. Which one of those suits you most? Make sure you use the PROMO CODE SPLURGE after voting to get your free 4 year mandatory trial of Stype’s Pre-Pulled Toilet Paper© – “You’ll Wipe A New Record With Stype’s”.


Positronic Brain

Pantera – “Becoming” (Riff @ 0:04)

I used to own a Digitech Whammy pedal because (surprise) I once played in a cover band that did “Killing in the Name.” It’s really fucking tough to know what the hell to do with a Whammy pedal that doesn’t make you sound like Tom Morello, The Edge, or like this here badazz riff from Diamond Darrell. But, hey, Gojira made cool use of a Whammy on their last album, so maybe I should get with the times and snag one of those original WH-1’s for $500 that I see on Reverb right now.


Ian Rigg

Dissection – “Night’s Blood” (Riff @ 2:00)

I first heard this one when Abysmal Dawn covered it. Which led me to checking out Dissection. The riff is a tremolo riff that first appears at the 2:00 mark. It resurfaces around 4:55 and leads into the end of the song. It has a cool galloping feel to it while being evil at the same time. One of my favorite riffs in any song ever. Storm of the Lights Bane is a killer album. If you haven’t, give the whole thing a listen. Definetly some of my favorite black metal.


Karhu

Kuolemanlaakso – “Arpeni” (Riff @ 0:00)

We have plenty of bend riffs. We have plenty of stop-start riffs. But we need more stop-start bend riffs. This one’s really simple, only the tail and the occasional bell extending beyond the couple notes. But it’s kick-ass. At the beginning.


GrumpDumpus

The Locust – “Psst! Is That A Halfie In Your Pants?” (Riff @ 0:21)

THIS IS A FINE EXAMPLE OF THE BEST AND MOST UNDER-USED RIFF STYLE WHICH I WOULD DESCRIBE AS WHAT HAPPENS IF THE POPE DID A 720 VARIAL POP SHUVIT KICKFLIP OFF OF YOUR GENITALS INTO A WEEK-OLD BUCKET OF TAPIOCA


Lacertilian

Obliteration – “Transient Passage” (Riff @ 2:22)

Pick slides/scrapes are not just for the start of songs or that split second before a solo. Put that shit everywhere. RRRRRRRRRRRRRRHHHHHHEEEEWWWWWWWW


This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 08-09-2017 20:22:33
end_date 15-09-2017 23:59:59
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Next week we’re going to be firing up the buzzsaws, chainsaws, bonesaws, coleslaws, you name it, if it sounds like a spinning metal disc slicing some sweet juicy cabbage, its probably got a good chance in our SWEDEATH Riff Of The Week.

There’s just one catch, the riff must be from a song released after the year 2000. Any jack-off can send in “Override Of The Overture” and win, lets at least try and make this a little less predictable.

Send in your entries to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com by Friday including your screen-name, a time-stamp of the riff you’ve chosen and a short description.

First in, least stressed.


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  • GoatForest

    Though Night’s Blood is my favorite song by the progenitors of my favorite scene in my favorite genre, I’m gonna have to go with Lacertilian on this one. That Obliteration riff is the shit.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      That’s because Obliteration is the shit.

    • Jake Ist Krieg

      That was my first time hearing Obliteration, which makes me feel like a failure because they clearly fucking rule

      • GoatForest

        Hey, me too.

  • DISSECTION RULES BUT I CANT VOTE FOR THAT BECAUSE EVERY BAND AND THEIR MOM MAKE LAZY TREMOLO RIFFS WHICH ARE AS BORING AS CHRISTS DICK ON A SOGGY FLATBREAD

    //HOT TAKEOUT?

    • GoatForest

      It’s an awesome riff, but there is no shortage of folks imitating it. Still, Ian made a good choice.

  • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ
  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    Voting for The Locust because more bands should sound like The Locust

    • MAYBE ITS À SIGN THAT WE SHOULD LISTEN TO THEM MORE OFTEN OR HAVE À SURPRISE SHOW IN MY HOUSE

  • High on Vallenfyre

    I almost forgot about Dissection. Tis a good album.

  • Lizard’s riff stole my virginity. But Karhu’s riff stole my heartworm medication.

  • JWG

    I’m not 100% clear on whether the ROTW submission for next week is about saws, or swedes.

    http://dartfreshproduce.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/swede-300×273.jpg

  • Hotdog Clifford

    I will never not vote for Dissection

    • Jake Ist Krieg

      That’s one of my top ten albums ever.

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    I thought for sure last week that I wouldn’t poll a single vote. This week I just spaced on my submission. It was going to be a joke one anyway.

  • Jake Ist Krieg

    That Obliteration tune is fucking insanely good, my god

    • Lacertilian

      Ayy! Not sure if you were around when this post went up but if you dig Obliteration you’ll probably find something to rip into.

  • HessianHunter

    Gotta go w/ Pantera because whammy pedals are tite https://youtu.be/r9ZK5CT1suQ

  • Kyle Reese

    Somebody should’ve done pinch harmonics and put Zakk Wylde in there. To troll.

  • Vote for Beargod! Finnish death.