Riff Of The Week: Debut Edition

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¹ Debut | noun | de·but | (French)
Definition: The butt.

Last week we had a blowout. Boss The Ross sent me a riff with less than 1 hour to spare and I was kind enough to stay up half-an-hour later than I was originally going to in order to alter the competition and add his entry. For my benevolence I was awarded with a crushing defeat at the hands of Matt Pike and his sweaty fucking left nipple.

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I’m now mid-way through writing a manifesto to my fellow scale-covered cohort detailing the ways in which we can potentially accentuate his severe paranoid delusions about Annunaki lizard overlords in a form of reptilian retribution. Step one involves a series of strategically coordinated angery react attacks distributed across various social media platforms. Step 2 will see an avalanche of anti-Pike defamatory memes (like the one below) uploaded to all High On Fire related pages. Step 3 will involve collecting the shed skins of all reptiles and depositing them outside all venues and hotels along future High On Fire tour dates, amplifying the paranoia in his conspiracy addled mind irrecoverably. I love Sleep and High On Fire but this time Pike’s gone too damn far.

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Courtesy of Son Ov Wolf

This week our theme is riffs from debut albums/EPs/demos, and throughout the week we received some quality riffs across a 35 year time-span. Now it’s up to you to choose whose riff riffs the riffiest riff.
RIFF!


Rusty Shackleford

Burn the Priest – “Bloodletting

It’s easy to cry “poser!” at Lamb of God, but they were the band I credit with getting me into heavier shit than classic Maiden/Sabbath/Metallica/etc... This riff comes from the first album they did when they were known as Burn the Priest (verb the noun!). It’s not a totally incredible song or album, but it’s one of the only songs from that era they sometimes play live. Still, I love the riff at 0:35. It stands out as being super fucking groovy, almost like a prototype of the Lamb of God sound to come. Yep.


DoomKopf

The Obsessed – “Tombstone Highway


The Obsessed laid it all out on the table from their very onset. The opening track from their debut (non-demo) LP kicks off with this slow rolling airy riff that mimics it’s title; evoking a sense of cruising through the desert air with nothing to lose. Although it’s certainly not “extreme” by today’s standards; The Obsessed’s sound, and more particularly Wino’s songwriting and personality, bridged a lot of different underground genres. This song is highly original and wrought with emotion, both musically and lyrically. Enjoy. (Riff @ 0:18, 3:01)


Jack Bauer

Gevurah – “Dies Irae – Lacrimosa

The riff that starts around 1 minute into this song and rears its ugly head multiple times afterwards, is one of the best riffs of 2016 and one of my favorites overall. It’s also from their first full length so it qualifies. Its a riff that is mesmerizing and at the same time menacing. Bask in it, let it fill your soul and corrupt you.


Richter

Howls Of Ebb – “Martian Terrors, Limbonic Steps

This here riff from Howls of Ebb’s debut, Vigils of the 3rd Eye, is a gnarly one. So gnarly it’ll gnarl your yarl. So gnarly you could surf it like a wave of rats’ blood and molten BDSM DVDs. So gnarly you’ll find mold growing in the various pits and creases of your body when you’re done moshing to it. 0:40.

Ted Nu-Djent

Destrage – “Urban Being

While recently lamenting 2016’s disappointing A Means To No End by Destrage (sorry ‘Moose), I returned to their earlier works for some consolation. I was listening to their debut album (which funnily enough came out in 2007) when the bands closing and title track came on. From the opening riff I was reminded of some heavy arse nifty riffage (0.00) which was a nice reminder of what this band are capable of it also returns once more at about 1.12. I may one day gain appreciation for AMTNE but in the meantime, I’ll just enjoy this. Please clap.


Stanley

Shroud Of Satan – “Din Of Celestial Birds

This was an easy pick for me. You see I’ve been traveling lately, listening to no music at all, and upon my return this was the first record that I spun. Shroud of Satan contains two members from Shores of Ladon (one of my all time favorite BM bands) that have switched vocal duties and riffing style to manifest a more aggressive but catchy black vision. “Din of Celestial Birds” is the opening track off their first EP, Litany to the Moon and it vacillates between sections of straight forward blasting and even more straight forward head-banging riffing excellence. Riff @ 3:00.


BigTasty

Darkest Hour – “For The Soul Of The Saviour

Darkest Hour holds a special place in my heart for the first band I really enjoyed with extreme vocals. I was a musically ignorant freshman in high school when my buddy introduced me to their album Deliver Us, which grabbed me with it’s haunting melodies and proceeded to shake me uncontrollably when the thrash kicked in. I was hooked. My buddy pointed me towards their thrashier early albums when the vocals were no longer an obstacle for me, and I was enthralled when I heard the first song right out of the gate at 0:00 on their first full-length album Mark of the Judas. Each of the three times I’ve seen this band live, they’ve played this song, and each time I could not stop my otherwise reserved self from joining the pit and running around like hell. Turn it up!


Esusmoose

Hyperion – “Moral Evasion

@1:38 I meant to use this for the riff ov the year competition, but hey, it still works. Hyperion’s debut album Seraphical Euphony was taken in fairly quickly last year but seemed to disappear after the slew of great albums fell in the second half of it. Well I’m here to remind you posers that the riffs are still solid melodic cuts, and for example in this truly life changing poll ™, is this guitarmony after that silly nerd symphonic stuff (probably best to disregard that symphonic and melodic black metal put this on youtube). You get some nice ten seconds of foreplay when the one guitar is hopping along through the riff  and then wham, second guitar comes in (maybe the bass does too but who cares), drums come alive and shit goes off. I dig this riff a lot, the perfect head banging tempo, the heavy emphasis on the guitars and I’m trying hard to not regret not picking a Manowar riff.


Lacertilian

Spectral Apparition – “Corpselight, Illuminate Me

I hadn’t originally planned to submit a riff but I’ve been listening to this debut EP from a few months ago a heap lately and think you should too. Just the right amount of murk to get that sepulchral atmosphere but clear enough for it to remain memorable. This riff writhes and morphs throughout the song, perhaps reaching its most malignant manifestation around 1:57. Listen from the start and you’ll get the gist.


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Which Riff Ripped de Butt?

Next week we’re going to be doing something a little different, the theme is OPENING SOLOS.
You know those tracks that are shredding your face off with leads from the get-go? Yep, those ones.
To keep it somewhat fair, the solo has to start within the first 5 seconds of the song.
If you’re not hearing the sounds of someone masturbating a mosquito on the high-strings before 0:05, it doesn’t qualify.

Send your submission, screen-name, and description to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com before Friday.

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  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY PIKE!!

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Wino for the win.

  • WHERE’S MY FUCKN RIFF?

    • Sir Crawfish The Based

      In ur stinky butt.

      • KyleJMcBride

        Speaking of stinky butts, we have been reliably informed that tapirs have the worst farts.

        • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

          They probably do. What do they even eat?

          • more beer

            Based Crawfish of course.

          • Sir Crawfish The Based

            Vegetables.

        • more beer

          And some of the loudest.

        • Sir Crawfish The Based

          That my be. But I’m a crawfish.

          • KyleJMcBride

            Think back to your previous incarnation, and remember the stinkiness.

      • Guacamole Jim
    • THE LIZARD DONE FUCKD UP. CONSPIRACY. MUTINY. BURN THIS SHITS TO THE GROUNDS.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      KILLED AS IT SHOULD BE

    • Edward

      I was going to ask the same question…

      • Edward

        Also, it looked like (from the chart) that Boss won last week. I wanted to credit both things to my lack of sleep.

        • Lacertilian

          Boss did win. What you on about Ed?

  • RustyShackleford

    There’s a lot of good tasty riffs this week. I have to say that I am fucking DIGGING Stanley’s choice. My lack of black metal knowledge is the pinnacle of my poserdom, but that is some raw and catchy shit that cannot be denied. I grant you my vote good sir. Yep.

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      I think Lamb Of God/Burn The Priest are pretty cool. A lot of posers like them, but that’s hardly their fault. Good submission

      That said, I did not vote for your riff. I’m sorry but Wino is the Riff Daddy

      • RustyShackleford

        Wino was tight as hell, but I had to go for Stanley’s pick. Couldn’t even vote for my self. So much good shit today!!

  • Here’s the riff I submitted. 0:40. It’s not too late to not vote for me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bMoiDFV3TY
    “This here riff from Howls of Ebb’s debut, Vigils of the 3rd Eye, is a gnarly one. So gnarly it’ll gnarl your yarl. So gnarly you could surf it like a wave of rats’ blood and molten BDSM DVDs. So gnarly you’ll find mold growing in the various pits and creases of your body when you’re done moshing to it. 0:40.”

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    Y’all should be happy I didn’t submit my choice. So many debuts from Southern rock bands had such good songs, especially this song off this album. Who would have guessed that they continue to have such good album covers?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTR13MV4fqc

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      First Molly Hatchet album ain’t bad tbh.

    • Brutalist_Receptacle

      Mrs. Receptacle and I named our first daughter Molly Hatchet Receptacle.

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        You truly are a brutal Receptacle considering Molly Hatchet was apparently a prostitute who decapitated her clients.

        • more beer

          That really isn’t such a good business plan. It kind of fucks up having repeat customers.

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            It’s a very brutal thing to do though. She was more of a serial killer than a prostitute.

          • more beer

            I love two career girl.

          • KyleJMcBride

            Good to have options.

          • more beer

            Yep.

        • Dave Vincent’s Perm

          I’ve known girls like that.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          Sounds like my ex

        • Brutalist_Receptacle

          DON’T JUDGE. IT WAS EITHER THAT OR “CHEAP TRICK.”

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            I’m not judging. I love both bands!

    • KyleJMcBride

      I can get down with Southern Rock once in a while. Nothin’ wrong with a little “Gimme Three Steps” every now and then.

    • Eliza

      There a strange dichotomy between the album cover and the music

    • tigeraid

      I’m mostly ambivalent to stuff like Molly Hatchet, but I still cannot comprehend how they have such cool, true covers like badass metal bands do. I picture something entirely different. I wonder how many metalheads bought albums like this and were in for a surprise.

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        Molly Hatchet may not be metal but they have a much harder edge than a lot of other southern rock bands. They’re actually much heavier than a lot of their contemporaries. Blackfoot is the only band who you can call heavier.

        • tigeraid

          Oh I know. I just mean the artwork just seems so inappropriate.

  • That Gevurah/Bauer riff hits the spot. Might have to start liking this band or something.

  • Howard Dean

    Big ups to Stanley and his riff. Good choice, my friend!

    BIG UPS!

    https://media.giphy.com/media/l0HlEQTU7Qh60upt6/giphy.gif

  • KyleJMcBride

    Mein Gott, have any of you been over at Metal Sucks today? Shred Flanders is basically tee-peeing the place. It’s hilarious.

    • more beer

      Crack, 2ci, and shitting his pants. That dude is a mess. But oddly it is better than their regular content.

      • KyleJMcBride

        At least someone like Sadistik isn’t running it. It would be Black-On Blonde porn clips all day. That would probably be better than their regular features too though.

        • more beer

          That would totally be be better than their daily cry fest.

          • KyleJMcBride

            I’ve already said my piece about our current situation. I don’t see the need to torture myself by dwelling on it. I’ve got a life to live after all.

          • more beer

            Same here. It isn’t going to change a thing. In life you just have to man up and roll with the punches. Maybe the current situation will force people to open their eyes. But I am not really holding my breath on that either.

          • more beer

            I am about to go meet a friend and checkout Jello Biafra doing a DJ set. Should be interesting. Plus it is within walking distance from my house.

          • KyleJMcBride

            I saw Jello do the spoken word thing about 20 years ago. I had the honor of being the only one in the audience who had seen the movie ‘Putney Swope’ when he asked about it.

          • more beer

            We didn’t stick around to long. The bar was filled with hipsters and it was sweltering in there.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          bikk blakk kokks all day

          • more beer

            Which would probably cause Vince and Axl to jerk off so furiously. That their hands would end up fused to their cocks.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            *kokks

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      Is something good happening? I stopped reading MS on account that their stupidity was starting to give me headaches

      • KyleJMcBride

        “Good” is a matter of opinion, interesting at least.

        • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

          I just had a peek. It seems is they are doing their “Run MS For A Day” thing and the guy that got picked is making a clusterfuck there. Definitely interesting, and its the first time in what seems like an eternity that I’ve read MS without facepalming

  • Eliza

    After this, I really feel as though I should listen to The Obsessed’s entire discography eventually.

  • Wow. Nice one, Stanley! (and everyone else, too).

  • Black Unbeard

    for some odd reason, i vote stan every time he submits

    • Stanley

      Brothers from a different mother. lol.

  • Crocodylus★Pontifex

    High On Fire? Moar liek Boring And…Something.

    • Don’t you mean “Moar liek Low on Ice”?

      • Crocodylus★Pontifex

        In normal situations, I would mean that. I came here to rustle jimmies and rustled jimmies I shall have!

        • KyleJMcBride

          #TRIGGERED

  • KyleJMcBride
    • KyleJMcBride
      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        One of the most underrated Rush albums imo. Analog Kid’s chorus gets me every time.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubhq2qiUVxY

        • KyleJMcBride

          Signals & Grace Under Pressure were excellent time capsules that reflected the Reagan/Bush 1980s perfectly, especially Grace.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Rush can do very little wrong in my book. One of the greatest bands of all time as far as I’m concerned.

          • KyleJMcBride

            Seen them 11 times since 1985, worth every penny. Sorry to see them go but, if they feel they can’t perform at a quality level, it’s for the best. I think the R40 tour was the only time that it seemed like work for Neil. he was amazing as always, of course, but it seemed tougher for him. Tendonitis sucks.

  • BigTasty

    I like my riff but I voted for that Obsessed riff, damn that’s tasty! I’m gonna check them out.

  • EsusMoose

    Thanks lizard for making my tm more legitimate.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      And you can have a vote. Good choice

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    The last 3 weeks score: Editors 2, Boss 1, Ted 0

  • Stanley
  • tigeraid

    LoGNerd here. Rusty gets my vote.

  • Major Zim

    I had to stop listening to all the contestants after Shroud of Satan, because my ears demanded that I blast it on repeat forever. I thought I couldn’t enjoy this type of BM anymore, but this is so utterly fucking perfect. It rips so hard and I want to rage. Well done Stanley! Thank for the tip!

  • GoatForest

    A big “Hell yeah” for that Shroud of Satan Song.

  • The Obsessed and Hyperion are my picks.