Riff Of The Week: Buzzsaw Edition

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Last week we did something a little different and asked you to submit riffs featuring a technique you want to see more of in metal. Turns out 15% of you want more whammy pedal squeals, 22% want more stop-start bendymajigs, 14% want insect-noises, and 23% of you agree with my demand for MOAR PICK SCRAPES EVERYFUCKINGWHERE. However, for some reason 24% of you have trouble hearing every black metal riff ever recorded and can’t seem to find enough tremolo picking in your riffs. Whatever. I’ll just be over here tryna quell my seething irrational rage by vigorously sliding a pick up and down some strings in a suggestively masturbatory motion. RRRRRRRRHHHHHHHHRRRREEEEEWWWWWW

This week we asked for Swedeath/Buzzsaw riffs released after the year 2000. Why post-2000 you ask? Well because I didn’t want 10 entries of this. And whaddyaknow, we got some good-ass riffs to choose from here. Make sure you use the PROMO CODE FLOP after voting* to ensure your junk remains on the chopping block for next week’s surprise Sunday morning surgery courtesy of Precision Circumcision® (* – Entrants must be 18 years and over).


GoatForest

Bloodbath – “Year of the Cadaver Race” (Riff @ 0:40)

This is, in my opinion, perhaps one of the most evil and strange Swede death riffs ever recorded. It combines an eerie melody with a weird rythm to create something just- it’s beautiful, really. What? No, I’m not crying! There’s something in my eye!


TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

Dark Tranquillity – “Monochromatic Stains” (Riff @ 1:16)

This was one of my favorite albums back in high school, and to this day I still think it holds well. A well executed marriage of heaviness and melody, ten times better than what In Flames was doing then, and a hundred times better than what In Flames are doing now. “Monochromatic Stains” remains one of their best songs, mostly because of the brilliant riff at 1:16.


Hans

Vomitory – “Blessed and Forsaken” (Riff @ 0:34)

I enjoy all their output from the 00s, but this was the first record I heard and shall remain my favourite. The whole build-up at the start of this song is awesome, and after introducing the main riff – also a killer – there’s this bit at 0:34 where they get pretty grind-ish for a little while (wait for the drums to kick in). It never fails to make me a happy Hans.


EggBeater

Insect Warfare – “Endless Execution Thru Violent Restitution” (Riff @ 0:00)

This isn’t Swedeath, and it certainly isn’t Jackyl. This is Texas own voting on the Law of the Saw to serve up some Chainsaw Justice (get it?). If a name like Endless Execution Through Violent Restitution doesnt make you want to listen to all of it, the first song will. Repulsed by Radiation, riff starts at 0:00.


GRUMP DUMPUS

Lavatory – “Blinded By Darkness” (Riff @ 2:11)

CHAINSAW YOUR LIMBS OFF AND FLUSH THEM DOWN THE LAVATORY OF HECK INTO THE SEWER OF BLINDNESS AND DISPOSE OF YOUR OWN BODY IN KUALA LUMPUR (translates to: “muddy confluence”) WHICH WE ALL KNOW IS THE SWEDEN OF MALAYSIA


Yarnhawk

Gatecreeper – “Lost Forever” (Riff @ 0:00)

The only hard part of choosing a riff for this week was narrowing it down to one from this album, because seriously, 2016’s Sonoran Depravation is chock full of delicious Swedeath riffy goodness. You could literally pick a random timestamp from anywhere on this album and have a riff worthy of this competition. Something about the opening of Lost Forever tickles my fancy though, so it gets the nod for this week’s Buzzsaw Battle Royale. [Insert various obnoxious saw noises and maniacal laughter here]


Lacertilian

Skelethal – “Pantheon Of The Abyss” (Riff @ 1:15)

Of The Depths… only came out in May but already it has chopped my 2017 Swedeath playlist to pieces, between this and Winds Of Leng I can achieve climax without even so much as looking at the input jack of a hot HM-2. If you’re after something that covers all the bases of classic acts such as Carnage, Dismember, Entombed, et al. then look no further. Riffs like the one at 1:15 are all the proof you need.


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Next week is a THEMELESS round. Send me any riff you like. However, our regular NO MAIDEN and NO SABBATH rules still apply, everything else is free game. Send your riffs to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com by Friday, along with your screen-name, a link to the riff, and a short description that includes a time-stamp of when the riff starts.


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  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Off Topic: I’m seeing Randy Newman today. I hope it’s good.

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    Texas.

    • Eliza

      Nice.

    • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

      OHIO!!!!

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        New York!

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Woy Woy

    • Brutalist_Receptacle

      MAKE AMERICA MEXICO AGAIN

    • EggBeater

      I’m not even from Texas but damn.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Forgot to read “post-2000” so I came in expecting 10 entries selected from the 6 same albums; being Left Hand Path, Clandestine, Like An Everflowing Stream, Indecent and Obscene, Dark Recollections and Into the Grave.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/KYNywoibU1PQ4/giphy.gif

    • Eliza

      I wouldn’t even be mad if that happened.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        …well they ARE the 6 best albums in this style, now aren’t they?

        • Eliza

          I guess so. I love all of them.

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      And Where No Life Dwells

      • Eliza

        Of course.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Good album, but as opposed to Entombed, Dismember and Grave, Unleashed never had that “buzzsaw” guitar tone. They were always doing their own thing which leaned closer to the standard traditional death metal.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Didn’t expect to see Dark Tranquillity here. Now I feel the need to jam some Damage Done.
    Weird thing with Dark Tranquillity is that they sound rather glossy and they use a shit ton of modern electronics in their sound; in the case of many bands this is a huge turnoff for me (did I ever tell you of my harsh dislike for Soilwork?), but somehow Dark Tranquillity are one of the few that managed to make it work for more than a couple of records. The fact that they’re top class songwriters definitely helps.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scs7R4S6nhY

    • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

      DAMAGE DONE IS A GOOD!!!!!!!!!!

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        The Gallery, Damage Done, Character, Fiction…are all >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO-_Q0IF2jc

        • Zeke

          No love for skydancer? That’s always been my favorite

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Also good, should revisit that one soon. As it stand Skydancer also is one of the few albums where Friden’s vocals didn’t annoy me.

          • Zeke

            It has a cheesiness to it, but I like it anyway

    • GoatForest

      That’s because DT are the best of the best, baby.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Definitely the only Gothenburg melodeath band that released superb albums well into the 90’s. It’s not easy for a modern metal band to sound exceptionally catchy without coming off as sugarcoated and still stay “interesting”. A lot of their songs are surprisingly complex composition-wise. Also one of the few metal bands where the extremely shiny production job actually fits their sound.
        In my opinion Stanne has some of the greatest harsh vocals in “mainstream” metal as well. Dude sounds massive at times.

    • Eliza

      So, I just checked out a bunch of songs from Soilwork and they’re bad. Not the worst, but bad.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Never got the appeal of that band. Sure, Speed, their vocalist, can sing whenever he uses his cleans, but his harsh vocals lack force and power imho.
        Whenever you don’t enjoy later Soilwork, people tell you to check out their first 3 albums when they were more straight up melodic death metal, but to be honest I find those albums unbearably stale as well.

        • Eliza

          There doesn’t seem to be anything to Soilwork that you can’t get in a million other places, but better and more interesting.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Definitely. Their “bad cop/good cop” approach to songwriting isn’t exactly something I crave for either.

          • Eliza

            It gets boring after the first time.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            The “growl the verses, sing the chorus” approach only worked for a few albums for me. Soul of a New Machine, Demanufacture, Alive or Just Breathing are a few exceptions, but generally speaking it’s a nope.

          • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

            SAW LIVE LIKE 14 YEARS AGO AS OPENER FOR CHIMAIRA & IN FLAMES!!!!!! THEY WUZ LITTLE BIT BETTER LIVE BUT ME NEVER FAN EVEN BACK THEN!!!!!!!

        • I honestly prefer late period. Didn’t liked first and middle period of Soilwork.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Never liked anything Soilwork personally. Early stuff is bland melodeath other bands did way better; later stuff feels like melo-metalcore without the breakdowns. Just not for me I guess…

          • Last three albums have a tiny proggy edge that I found enjoyable. But the metalcore phase was the worst for me.

          • Eliza

            Anything metalcore is the worst for me. I can’t stand that sound.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            For me it depends on the kind of “metalcore”. In the 90’s it was a completely different genre. You had bands like Earth Crisis and Rorschach starting out with adding metal-influences to their hardcore sound and later on you had bands like Converge, Botch, The Dillinger Escape Plan or Zao being described as “metalcore” back the. These bands actually made an experimental kind of hardcore adding lots of metal influences to their sound as well. For instance, Converge added a lot of thrash, Dillinger took a more grind-like approach (and in the 2000’s began to have incorporate a lot of Mike Patton-isms in their sound), Botch took sludgy drone influences, Zao was inspired by Neurosis (especially apparent on Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest and Liberate Te Ex Inferis)… To me those bands are the real “metalcore” because they actually play a mixture of hardcore and metal.

            What later on in the 2000’s became known as “metalcore” is actually just dumbed down Gothenburg melodeath with a couple of clean pop-choruses and a couple of breakdowns added for good measure ======> et voila: the term “metalcore” was ruined.

          • Eliza

            I had no idea Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Zao were considered metalcore. I feel a little bit ignorant.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Nowadays they’re more described as “mathcore”, “metallic hardcore” etc…to separate them from what’s known as “metalcore” at the moment. From my own point of view, I actually feel that those bands are the ones deserving of being described as “metalcore” because their sound consists of equal parts hardcore and metal. The only noticeable hardcore thing about the post-2000 metalcore are the breakdowns.

          • Eliza

            I understand. I’ve always known Converge and TDEP as metallic hrdcore and matcore respectively.

          • EggBeater

            Converge and Dillinger shouldn’t be.

          • EggBeater

            Never really listened to Zao

          • THIS X10000000 I MISS THOSE DAYS

          • GoatForest

            Exactly.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I remember The Living Infinite getting quite a bit of acclaim, but still impossible for me to get into. Granted, I haven’t listened to The Ride Majestic, but I found the title track a hard meh so I don’t see myself getting into that album either.
            I actually find Natural Born Chaos and Figure Number Five to be pretty much terrible records. At least Stabbing the Drama – despite being terribly mediocre as well – had the odd catchy moment, but for instance Figure Number Five actually frustrated me.

        • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

          I dig later Soilwork, for the poppy melodic metal with a bit of a proggy edge that it is, and honestly, hard to believe someone could fail to see the appeal, regardless of whether you like it or not.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            What I mean is: I never got the appeal for me personally.
            Of course, every band has “some” appeal to “someone”.

          • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

            Oh yeah, for sure. I was thinking there’s not a metal band with much more of a clear mass appeal than Soilwork…

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            They did get relatively popular for a reason of course. I just didn’t word it quite right. It just boils down to the fact that I’m unable to get into even their later work. At the end of the day it just doesn’t click I guess.

          • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

            Any band that has mass appeal will end up pushing as many people away for the same reasons others are drawn to them.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Definitely. Though it’s not necessarily the mass appeal that’s the reason for my dislike, as I like plenty of reasonably popular metal bands – even though I’m more of an “album guy” as opposed to a “band guy” – that have done stuff to my taste. Sometimes you just feel it, sometimes you don’t…

          • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

            Yeah, I meant more along the lines that whatever band achieves mass appeal will push away people with the same elements that enabled their mass appeal in the first place (though there may be other reasons as well).

      • Dumpster Lung

        I can never keep Soilwork and Scar Symmetry straight for some reason. I never have listened to either all that much, but at least Scar Symmetry does have a very distinct thing going on.

        • Eliza

          Scar Symmetry, that’s a name that was buried deep within my memory up until now.

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      My opinion on DT exactly

    • Dumpster Lung

      Absolutely! That’s one of the things I don’t care for about Arch Enemy, but love about DT.

  • GoatForest

    This is a great set.

  • Hans

    Lavatory, simply because it made me want to hear more from them. Almost woulda gone with Insect Warfare though.

    • Eliza

      Lavatory deserves a vote for the video alone.

    • LAVATORY = TOILET = VOTE FOR MEEEEE

  • DT is one of my favorite bands of all time. But, I will vote for Bloodbath because the title says buzzsaw and it’s more buzzyfussy.

    I tend to favour more this album than Nightmares Made Flesh, but I like all those albums from Bloodbath, even last one!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by7VwSYQD3c

    • GoatForest

      The first two albums are unfuckwithable for sure, in fact, Resurrection Through Carnage is the first death metal album I ever owned.

  • Dumpster Lung

    That Gatecreeper riff cannot be denied. Definitely the best guitar tone/sound of the bunch this week, too.

  • Scrimm

    Gotta go with that Skelethal. Getting a lot of play from me.

    • Dumpster Lung

      That was my 2nd choice, but that Gatecreeper tone is just so fuckin’ beefy.

    • Lacertilian

      Was very close to submitting the main riff from “Beneath Unhallowed Earth” but assumed we’d already get a couple of WoL riffs with this theme.

      • Scrimm

        I like that riff

  • Morbidly Obese Angel

    You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those who vote for Gatecreeper, and those who dig. You dig.

  • MaximusMurderous

    Was torn between Bloodbath and Gatecreeper but 16 year old me won out

  • EggBeater

    I wanted to send in Gatecreeper but I thought it was too obvious of a choice. I just always hear that Insect Warfare when someone talks about a saw riff, either that or Override…..