Riff Of The Week: First Ever Riff Edition

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Last week we held our Final RotW for 2017, where some of our favourite riffs of the year battled it out for their place in the TovH annals of history urinals of misery. And at the end of a week’s worth of furious flushing, we ended up with another fucking draw, so I’m awarding victory to Yarnhawk. That Engulf riff gets stuck in my head all day every time I hear it.

This week the theme was a band’s first riff. The submission details were –

We’re only going to be accepting a band’s first riff. However, I will be lenient and if the band has a demo/EP that came out before their first recognised album, that will also be valid.

Apparently, this wasn’t clear and/or lenient enough. I mean really, c’mon, every band has a first riff. If it isn’t the one you wanted to submit, pick a different band. There’s only 423923298y3928y392 other bands. Oh well, we got a bunch of good riffs anyway, although I do apologise to DrummerNard but even though I didn’t implement the long-standing No Maiden rule, it still stands.

Hans
Ghoul – “Ghoul/Graveyard Mosh” (Riff @ 1:25)

An appropriately long-ass intro leads up to the first of many headbanging riffs in Ghoul’s discography.


GoatForest
Mortuus – “Silence Sang the Praise of Death” (Riff @ 0:00)

This is hidden gem is from Mortuus’s self titled EP from way back in the early 2000s. This is the kid of riff that reminds you why black metal took off in the first place. Despite its simplicity, it oozes with wonderfully evil emotion.


more beer
Demolition Hammer – ‘Corpse Content’ (Riff @ 7:50)

It’s hard to just find the 2nd song on this demo so you get the whole demo. But at 7:50 the 2nd song on here Corpse Content is a riff for the ages. There is a reason that after 25 years of these guys being dormant, that they have jumped back in the game and this is why!


FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper
Clutch – ‘A Shogun Named Marcus’ (Riff @ 0:00)

Awesome band: Check! First album from awesome band: Check! First song on first album from awesome band: Check! First riff of first song on first album from awesome band: Check! Tasty as fuqq first riff of first song on first album from awesome band: Check! Good, covered all the bases. Now, if you excuse me, I have to become a redneck samurai because noted guest on the Alex Jones Radio Show, Neil Fallon, told me to.


tigeraid
Iced Earth – ‘Colors’ (Riff @ 0:48)

How can I not go with my all-time favourite band, if we’re talking FIRST EVER riffs? Like many thrash/power acts of the era, it seems as if the riffs were written first, and a song cobbled together around them. Not counting the acoustic intro on Iced Earth’s first-ever EP, “Enter the Realm,” Colors is their first actual track–and it’s basically one long galloping riff extravaganza. If I had to pick out a specific moment, let’s go with the tempo change at 0:48, which repeats at 1:15. But the whole thing pretty much rules.


Taz
Abscision – ‘El Libro De Las Sombras’ (Riff @ 0:39)

NEW BAND FROM COLOMBIA MAKE EPIC RIFFING ON FIRST EP (NO ALBUM YET)!!! EPIC RIFF START AT 0.39!!! MAKE TAZ DANCE AND STUFF!!! EPIC CATCHY RIFFING ON OTHER SONGS TOO!!! BAND TO WATCH OUT FOR!!!!


TheGranulatingDarkBestialMilfs
Amon – ‘Feasting The Beast’ (Riff @ 0:11)

After 10 seconds of open string tremolo picking that serve no purpose other than to make noise (not complaining, it works!) comes this fucking killer riff courtesy of the sadly departed Hoffman brothers (they are not dead, by the way; only their musical careers are). Nowadays, Brian is a luthier that makes guitars that look kinda uncomfortable to play, and Eric is a respected pharmacy professor at Binghamton University (yes, I know that’s the wrong Eric, but I wanted this to end in a happy note)


GrungierNine0
Altar of Oblivion – “The Final Pledge” (Riff @ 0:00)

I’m a simple man, and sometimes all I want is some very bueno Danish epic-doom, with Black Sabbath-ey riffs chugging over not-quite-operatic-so-not-complete-ass vocals. Hey and the lyrics are about the strategic bombing of Berlin during the Second World War, which while itself not very bueno for various reasons, make great fodder for doom. You might as well listen to the whole album too, it’s damn good. Here’s to a slightly less depressing 2018!


DrummerNard
Iron Maiden – ‘Iron Maiden’ (Riff @ 0:00)

My pick is Iron Maiden from the Soundhouse Tapes. This is the band that started my metal obsession. Don’t need to add any more flouncy bollocks, the riff speaks for itself. Riff starts at 0:00.


Lacertilian
Grave – ‘Deformed’ (Riff @ 0:00)

Originally thought I’d submit ‘Dark Apothesis’ from Vacivus’ ripper debut EP but there was a lingering suspicion I’d already used it sometime ago for a different theme. Could have easily just ran with ‘Override Of The Overture’ but I think the intro riff to this lesser mentioned Swedeath classic is essential listening as well. After releasing more demos than most bands have albums, Grave’s 1991 debut killed it.


This poll is closed! Poll activity:
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  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Damn this is a hard decision. I don’t want to break the No Maiden rule but The Soundhouse Tapes are so good.

    • tigeraid

      Awww wtf, but the No Maiden Rule!

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I picked Clutch.

    • Howard Dean

      Dude, there’s no way you could’ve listened to all of the riffs and written that comment in three minutes. Don’t be a twat–actually listen to them.

      Also, there’s not even an option to vote for Maiden, so good luck.

  • tigeraid

    Uh, I think you left my riff out, Lacertilian.

    Also, you used the entire EP instead of just the song, so the timestamps are wrong?

    • tigeraid
    • Lacertilian

      Do I need to explain why?

      • tigeraid

        Yes. I’m clearly not getting the joke. You said it could be from the first Demo/EP rather than the first album. Enter the Realm is their first Demo, and not counting an acoustic intro, their first riff.

        • Lacertilian

          There is no joke. Why would you not count the first riffs on the first song?

          • tigeraid

            But… It’s a brief acoustic intro….

          • Lacertilian

            Yes…

          • tigeraid

            Huh. I guess I don’t consider gently strumming an acoustic guitar to set mood for a few moments to be a “riff”. My bad.

          • Lacertilian

            Good rule of thumb is, if it’s a repeated motif played on a guitar, it’s a riff.
            ‘Enter The Realm’ rules and you totally should have used it dude

  • GoatForest

    Goddamn. I just re-read my description for the Mortuus riff. That’s it: no more posting while drunk. The proofreading greatly suffers.

    • Tasmanian Devil

      BLLELEEGEGGG!!!

      GOATY STILL TIPSY METHINKS!!!!

      PLLRTRTRTRTRTRTRTTT!!!!

    • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

      AN ALTERNITIVE TO GIVING UP DRINKPOSTING: GIVE UP PROOFREEDING!!!!!!! SPELLING & GRAMMER OVERATEDX!!!!!!!!!!

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      I just submitted a riff for next week, and the description will make yours look like an English professor wrote it

      • GoatForest

        Aren’t you bilingual, though?

      • GoatForest

        Ironically, I have an English degree.

    • always post drunk

      • GrumpDumpus

        POST-DRUNK HÄNGOVER-WAVE

  • GoatForest

    Despite all the talk around them, I’d never actually listened to them before now. I was so very wrong. They are exactly what I need in my life.

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      They are great live

      • GrumpDumpus

        GUT BUCKET BLUES

  • Hans

    Oof… Clutch or Abscision… this is hard.

    • Tasmanian Devil

      BBBLLEEERGGGGPLRTPLRPTPLRTPLRT!!!!

      ABSCISIOOOONNNNNN!!!!!

      FFLRRPTPTPTPTPTT!!!!

    • GoatForest

      Having trouble? Vote Mortuus.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Lots of good submissions. Nevertheless, being the prole fuck I am, I was already deciding between the tried-and-true bands. First I was gonna go with Grave – the underlying “filth” they brought into their Swedeath riffs really gave them their own face – but I think I’m gonna pick Demolition Hammer. Bands riffs for days.

    Edit: oh…I can’t pick Demolition Hammer…

    • Lacertilian

      Definitely a shame their first riff didn’t occur 7 minutes into an EP on the second song.

  • GrungierNine0

    Voted for Grave. Swedeath is my favorite form of death.

    • GoatForest

      Vote for Swedeblack.

      • GrumpDumpus

        BLUE SWEDE SHOES

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    Awwwww yeahhhhhh

  • Brutalist_Receptacle
  • ME GROG B.C.™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

    GROG FORGOT SUBMIT LOW HANG FROOT RIFF:

    https://youtu.be/lqlHxV9Pvcc

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      That is indeed one killer riff

  • themaleshoegaze

    Clutch claim to fame for me still is the 1992 ep “Passive Restraints” (so would’ve been totally postable, even as there seems to be an ep predating even that, called “Pitchfork”, I just read up on them internets) which opens with the eponymous song:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PkWTVMY0Vs
    Whole ep is totally awesome, especially “High Calibre Consecrator”.

    • themaleshoegaze

      Just found out that there’s a comp featuring the Pitchfork ep and other stuff (Discogs isn’t really helpful here) and I’m listening to it just now. It’s incredibly-first listen-good. Seems like I’m an “Give e early Clutch any day”-guy. (Seriously, they were like a more HC, dirty, noise-rocky and just as cold Helmet with harsher shouting, what’s not to like?!)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrmeUqDzcEA

    • FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper

      Yup, that is awesome too. I just prefer the riff in Shogun to be honest, that’s literally the reason I picked it. Also, nice name.

  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    I wanna vote for Demolition Hammer 🙁

    • Lacertilian

      And you could have, had it have been the first riff.

      • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

        Tough but fair. I’ll vote for Clutch

        • Lacertilian

          Guess I’m just a good ol’ fashioned stickler for the first riff being the first riff.

          • GoatForest

            Pthh. You and your numbers having defined values.

  • Lacertilian: “No Maiden.”

    DrummerNard: “FU I’m submitting Maiden.”

    Lacertilian: “WILD CARD, BITCHES!!!”

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      Its a good way to punish those that don’t follow the rules of RotW

      “Here is your killer Maiden riff but no one can vote for it HAHAHAHAHA”

      • I didn’t even notice you couldn’t vote for it. DIABOLICAL.

        • GoatForest

          It was sadistic.

    • FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper

      Richter, you brought this on yourself. Also, see you at the party. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwOJYBYwOhA

  • GrumpDumpus

    I TRIED TO SUBMIT NILE BUT POOPED MYSELF INSTEAD

    • Wise choice.

      • GrumpDumpus

        CONFUCIUS SAY IT IS NOT ABOUT WHAT ONE CAN POO FOR ONESELF BUT WHAT ONE CAN POO FOR SOCIETY

        • Tasmanian Devil

          EEEP!!!!

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=la11mMVoXi4

          DOGS THEN EAT EAT IT!!!! {-[

          BLLLUURR-YUK!!!!!

          • GrumpDumpus

            UNCOMFORTABLE AROUSAL

          • Tasmanian Devil

            NNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

            EEP!!!

    • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

      SMAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSHHHH!!!!!!!!(THE ANTIU)

      https://youtu.be/BB36MSYC9Fw

      • GrumpDumpus

        ANYONE WHO THINK THAT THIS ISN’T THEIR BEST ALBUM IS IN DE-NILE

    • Tasmanian Devil

      BBLLLUURRTTPRTPRTPRTRPRTPRT!!!!! }-]

    • Lacertilian

      Ah, just saw it now, little bit too late to make the cut Grumpo.

      • GrumpDumpus

        THAT WAS ACTUALLY A RIFF SUBMISSION FOR THE FREE FOR ALL 6 WEEKS AGO I HOPE SOMEONE INVENTS SOMETHING FASTER THAN 28800 INTERNET SOON

  • zackflag

    I’m genuinely curious; why is there a “no Maiden rule”?

  • GrungierNine0

    So it’s kinda stupid, but I’ve recently finished building a Chaos army for Age of Sigmar (me and the little bro are going hard into it) and I’m using black metal bands/vocalists as names for unit champions and big dudes. What’re some bands/vocalists that’d make good name fodder?

    Urgehal, Marduk, Taake, Beherit and Ihsahn (both suggested to me by Remleiz) are some I’ve got.

    • GrumpDumpus

      SACRED SON

      • GrungierNine0

        For you, Grumpus, I will name my scariest guy Sacred Son.

        • GrumpDumpus

          MAKE SURE TO TAPE A TINY PICTURE OF HIS FACE ON THE SCARY GUY