Riff Of The Week: Lunar Edition

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As you can see below, things got rill fucking hot last week for our Solar Edition. By Sunday night true-blue Ted’s Nechochwen riff had all but irradiated the competition completely. Quality band, quality riff, quality win. That’s how it’s done folks. Just goes to show, if there’s one thing we Australians know about, it’s the bloody sun. After all, you don’t consistently rank #1 in melanoma deaths per capita without knowing what you’re doing.

This week, in an attempt to bring us back to an earthly equilibrium, we asked for Moon riffs. Now I’m not some entry-level galactic guru, for instance, unlike those tumblr thots I am woke enough to know it’s a total scam spending all that money on activated almonds from the organic health market. Especially when you can buy your own authentic amethyst crystal candle holder and extract the same non-GMO essential oils at home for half the price, but I still think it would be wise for us to balance our celestial chakras and listen to some lush lunar licks. Remember to use the PROMO CODE PARABOLOID after voting to go into the draw to become an extra on the set of next week’s Riff Of The Week.


Vegglampe

In Flames – “Moonshield”  (Riff @ 0:49)

Remember when In Flames were good? Those were good times. The main riff first heard at 0:49 carries a lot of the essence of melo-death with different voicings and melodies played over it throughout the enitierty of the song.
(Not)Fun-fact: This is propably the song that has attracted the most weebs to metal, simply because Tit Kobe named this song the theme song for one of his most edgy characters, which the weeebsters love to post all over every comment section related to the song. At least it proved he had somewhat good taste in music.


Gorak

Kalmah – “Moon Of My Nights” (Riff @ 0:20)

RIFFTASTIC GUITAR PART START AT 0:20 & MAKE GORAK HOWL AT MOON!!!


GoatForest

Mayhem – “Freezing Moon” (Riff @ 0:00)

Starts at 0:00.
You know what to do.


TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

Incantation – “The Ibex Moon” (Riff @ 1:33)

A barrage of power chords and double kicks open this track to welcome you into the eternal night. Longanimously, you bear the slow churning first verse, the low grunts compressing you skull. Then, at your weakest, the decorticating tremolo picked riff at 1:33 comes, abrading your puny self as you scream in agony, for the night is dark and full of terrors


Wessel Broekhuis

In Flames – “Moonshield” (Riff @ 0:56)

My favorite moon-related song/riff is Moonshield by In Flames. I think this song captures the melancholic side of (Scandinavian) metal in the greatest way possible and this song also makes me hate what In Flames has become even more, considering how great of an album The Jester Race is!


GrumpDumpus

Birdflesh – “Moonwalk Massacre” (Riff @ 0:13)

I CONDUCTED EXTENSIVE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH FROM THE OBJECTIVE VANTAGE POINT OF THIS SWIVEL CHAIR I SKIMMED SEVERAL FAKED MOON LANDING DOCUMENTARIES ON YOUTUBE I ATE A MOON-PIE I LISTENED TO SAMAEL AND WEPT AT LENGTH AND I HAVE CONCLUDE THAT BIRDFLESH IS THE GOLD STANDARD OF MOON EXPERIENCE

TICKLE YOUR MASSACRE AT 0:13


Dundermantis

Type O Negative – “Wolf Moon” (Riff @ 0:58)

We couldn’t have a riff of the week focusing on the moon without a werewolf song, could we? This lycanthropic track is nestled near the end of Type O Negative’s greatest album and is an unholy banger that features a great crunchy guitar line throughout. R.I.P. Peter Steele, we need you now more than ever.


Howard Dean

Alcest – “Écailles de Lune (Pt.2)” (Riff @ 3:12)

In my clutch of favored albums, this one is a definitely an outlier. Like a six sigma, once in the history of natural time outlier. Mandelbrot would call this a fat tail; Taleb would stamp this my black swan. I love nothing else like this album, yet it’s one of my faves. I can’t explain that, and neither can you [billoreillymeme.jpg]. I blindly bought Ecailles de Lune (“Moon Scales”) one day back in 2010 and was immediately floored. There’s a lot of emotion in here. This entire album sounds like the nostalgia and self-reflection brought on by the death of a soulmate (or something equally significant, you fill in the details). The opening suite–“Ecailles de Lune Parts 1 & 2”–is my favorite, and I recommend you listen to both tracks for full effect. However, if you are in a hurry skip to 3:12 for the riffs. Enjoy.


Ted Nu-Djent

Dead Kennedys – “Moon Over Marin” (Riff 0:08)

As much as I love Dead Kennedys, I have always been a big fan of when they slowed the tempo down on such songs as Cesspools In Eden and my submission this week ‘Moon Over Marin’ (coincidentally both are environmentally themed songs). The riff starts at about 0.08 and transitions into a bit of a Holidays In The Sun intro type melody before setting up for the main riff of the song at 0.34. Bonus part of the song is that Jello’s lyrics are as topical today as they were 30 years ago, which is a bit of a bummer. You might here fancier riffs this week but sometimes the simpler things in life are often the best.


Lacertilian

Lunar Mantra – “Stellar Catacombs” (Riff @ 2:22)

The way this tremolo take of the alluring intro riff plays out from 2:22 onwards has that kind of gradual rocking libration that’ll get you one of them inconvenient travel boners you definitely didn’t get riding the school bus as a kid on that bumpy road 3 stops from your street after sport that time.


This poll is closed! Poll activity:
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Next week we’re gonna do something a little different. Send in a riff featuring a technique love/you wanna see more of in metal. Maybe you’re mad about bar dives, have a penchant for pull-offs, tickled by tapping, love legato, or there’s a certain twang that fills yer wang, whatever gets you going really. Send in your riff to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com by Friday, along with your screen-name and short description which includes a time-stamp of when the riffs starts and the technique you chose.


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  • Dubby Fresh

    I guess it makes sense that y’all wouldn’t use sunscreen in Aus, being a throwback nation and all.

    • GoatForest

      Me too.

  • “Mayhem – “Freezing Moon” (Riff @ 0:00)

    Starts at 0:00.

    You know what to do.”

    *ALT+F4*

    *THROWS LAPTOP FROM 7TH FLOOR*

    https://www.facebook.com/SameMayhemAlbumEveryday/?hc_ref=ARTDJP79Ru-v00uGBN3tT1uBCEAOH4JnLh8yVGFiXq0QRwt0OIYv1OO0eyxsmu7_kCM&fref=nf

    Since “Moonshield” was submitted twice, I vote Kalmah. Hail Gorak for the unexpected submit! Also, noice for HD for tapping once again the Alcest worship.

    • GoatForest

      C’mon now….

      • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

        GORAK VOTE FOR MAYHEM!!!!! RIFF IZ LEGEND!!!!!!!

    • GoatForest

      It’s the version with Dead on it. 🙁

      • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

        DEAD MEN DON’T RIFF

    • SAME MAYHEM ALBUM EVERY DAY

  • GoatForest

    That Lunar Mantra riff left me strangely aroused.

  • GoatForest

    So, that’s what Alcest sounds like. Not bad. Not bad at all.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      That’s from their greatest album imho. First time I heard that thing when it came out, I was stuck in a bubble of inexplicable melancholic sadness for a whole week after.

      • GoatForest

        Damn. That is some musical intensity there.

      • Howard Dean

        Agreed. I think that’s the best thing they ever released by a mile.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    This is gonna be a Mayhem vs. Incantation vs. Type O Negative vs. Alcest vs. In Flames’ single truly superb full length (but like the Subterranean EP it’s pretty brilliant) toss up for me.
    I never really checked Kalmah because I always heard them being compared to Children of Bodom – and my dislike for Bodom runs deep – but it sounds surprisingly passable.

    • People always compared Kalmah to CoB just for the Finnish Mega Man keyboards. But, in the end is more speed/melodic death metal than Alexi Laiho’s FUCKING FUCK YELLING factory.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        I think that’s my main issue with CoB: the fact that their lyrics are worse than Corey Taylor’s. No joke. There are points where they almost seem to reach Limp Bizkit-levels of juvenility. And it’s a shame, because the musicianship on the older albums is top notch.
        Though I must say I’m also not much of a fan of the way CoB (and in turn Kalmah) make use of keyboards. I’m certainly not averse to keyboards in metal, but this specific style of keyboard incorporation doesn’t really work for me personally.

        • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

          There’s not a lot of CoB in Kalmah, not after the two first albums anyways.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Gonna have to give them a try then. Don’t think it’s gonna be 100% my thing, but you never know.

    • Sir Ukkometso The Based

      A deep dislike towards CoB is only right.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Wanna know what I dislike even more than CoB’s music? Alexi’s nail polish.
        Fucking hell…the sight of dudes putting on nail polish never fails to make me cringe.

        • more beer

          I have to agree, I have a friend who wears nail polish and it always weird’s me out when he passes me a bowl.

        • Sir Ukkometso The Based

          In wikipedia it says that some lf his fav bands are Manowar, Slipknot, WASP, Kiss and Black Label Society, so no womder his music is baaaaaad.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            “Inspired by Kiss” never ends well.

          • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

            SOMETIMEZ IT END OK!!!!!!

            https://youtu.be/GVkCYpVX7oQ

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Only WASP is real.

          • KJM, Anla’Shok

            1970s KISS beats WASP.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            No it doesnt.

          • KJM, Anla’Shok

            Without 1970s KISS, WASP wouldn’t exist as they are.

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            Yeah, real bad.

      • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ
    • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

      KALMAH & BODOM ONLY GET COMPARE CUZ FINLAND & MELODEATH!!!!! HAIL SWAMP METAL!!!!!!

      https://youtu.be/KShrQUgItHY

    • Depechemodeisgangsta

      I went with Kalmah because i just enjoy that song, but i almost went with Alcest, specially since it has been years since i have played any of their stuff, i will get back to them today on my way back from work.
      I actually took my best friend who the heaviest music she listen to is System of a down, to see COB with Devin Townsend, i was mostly there to see Devin, and was proud of her since she probably made it through 10 songs, but by that time i was kind of bored so i asked her if she wanted to go, and she happily replied YES, i used to like COB but anything after are you dead yet? just didn’t catch up to me, and also i have seen them couple of times live, and their live show is nothing memorable.

  • KJM, Anla’Shok

    Type O Negative, of course.

  • themaleshoegaze

    So, the cover of Converge’s ‘All we love we leave behind’: are those supposed to represent/resemble moon phases? I really don’t know, googled and didn’t find shit.
    But if so, just randomly put your time stamp anywhere and you have a rotw contender.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Guess what I voted for. I’ll give y’all a hint: it’s one of the best riffs ever created.

  • Hans

    Alcest was the first that came to mind when I ruminated on the topic (before eventually forgetting to submit, again), but then it hit me: DAT 90s RIFFAGE AT 0:17>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yrp7BOipBLc

  • Óðinn

    I’ve been hearing some good things about this Ozzy Osbourne fellow. Check out his solo stuff and his work with a band called Black Sabbath. He’s gonna be huge, trust me.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bnNWUUZ7cEA

    • KJM, Anla’Shok

      I was lucky enough to see this tour with the lineup shown in the video(i.e. Carmine Appice & Bob Daisley instead of Rudy Sarzo & Tommy Aldridge).

  • tigeraid

    I do not have even remotely enough knowledge of a guitar to come up with something for next week.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Same

  • EggBeater

    Where’s Under A Funeral Moon? You guys are overthinking things.

  • WHY DOES EVERYONE SUBMIT RIFFS WITH NUANCE AND FEELING I JUST WANT A RIFF THAT GRABS MY NUTSACK LIKE A BAG OF TRASH AND HURLS INTO THE BACK OF A PASSING TRUCK INCANTATION AND BIRDFLESH ARE THE ONLY REAL CONTENDERS