Riff Of The Week: Morbid Angel Edition

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Last week we had a big ol’ Free For All. Unsurprisingly, Khemmis‘ appearance spelled the doom of all other riffs on the day. Just so happens that tigeraid selected a cut from what is probably my fave track of theirs too, so I was going to award him victory no matter what the numbers indicated.

This week we asked for your favourite Morbid Angel riffs, and one thing I noticed was the tight cluster of submissions from the middle albums. Not a single riff from Altars, Blessed, Heretic, Illud, or Kingdoms. Make of that what you will. Also, if you somehow missed the recent Toilet ov Hell Radio episode with returning frontman Steve Tucker, make sure you rectify that shit this weekend.

Don’t forget to use the PROMO CODE PELT after voting to get a free downgrading of your next cataclysmic weather event.


EGG
‘Covenant Of Death’ (Riff @ 2:56)

2:56 ish till the end of the song


Nipplelator
‘God Of Emptiness’ (Riff @ 0:00)

The riff at the start is by far my favorite from Morbid Angel and probably in all of death metal. Be like me, in emptiness, free and nippley.


Positronic Brain
‘Dawn of the Angry’ (Riff @ 1:15)

While this isn’t my favorite MA album, it’s the first one I bought as a new release, and this is my favorite song by them. It has slow bits, fast bits, one of those start-and-stop bits where you can hear Trey’s line noise (a human touch missing from most modern metal), a fucked up solo, and this awesome doodly-doodly riff that gives one of the fast parts an insane sense of velocity that makes you forget that Trey was just as responsible for Illud Divinum Insanus as was DV (seriously, go read the press he did back then, he was legit excited for that album to come out).


Howard Dean
‘God Of Emptiness’ (Riff @ 0:00)

There are no losers this week. This one band has wrought dozens of excellent and worthy riffs that would make excellent choices for this contest. However, the main riff in God of Emptiness is basically the heaviest and most evil riff ever written.


DrummerNard
‘Summoning Redemption’ (Riff @ 0:00)

Yes, I know there are far better riffs than this on far better MA albums.

But this is the riff that has always stuck out to me. As soon as the frogs finish, this riff kicks in. Imagine two massive robots or big fuck off dinosaurs walking through a city smashing buildings to face off for a fight. This riff would be the theme. Riff starts at the very beginning of the track.


Araghast
‘Prayer Of Hatred’ (Riff @ 1:22)

Riff is at 1:22, that shit always manages to tear my face off.


Ian Rigg
‘This Means War’ (Riff @ 1:40)

This riff starts around the 1: 40 mark then there’s a short solo and it ramps up to a fury at 2:08. I like my Morbid Angel groovy and this is about as groovy as it gets. This Means War is off the Domination alnum whicj is my personal favorite. The combo of Trey Azagoth and Eric Rutan on guitar is simply amazing. This is the first Death Metal album I ever listened to and I always go back to it.


TheGranulatingDarkSatanicRiffs
‘Invocation Of The Continual One’ (Riff @ 1:34)

This song (one of the greatest of MA’s catalog) is supposedly made of leftover riffs that Mr George Emmanuel III had from the pre Abominations/Altars era. It only goes to show that Morbid Angel was destined to greatness from day one. A mighty riff that disregards all the conventional musical theory dreamed up by puny humans and embraces nothing but pure mind warping chaos. The Ancient Ones are pleased.


Azagthot’s Pillow Dungeon
‘God Of Emptiness’ (Riff @ 0:01)

This film clip has played on loop in my basement since 1997. Enjoy it, forever!


Tom Warrior’s Beanie
‘Rapture’ (Riff @ 0:00)

As much as I want to use the Dawn of the Angry I’m going with this because it was not only the first Morbid Angel song I ever heard but the first death metal song I ever heard. Thanks for ruining my life guys. Riff at 0:00


This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 08-12-2017 20:22:33
end_date 15-12-2017 23:59:59
Poll Results:
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Next week we’re getting icy. Send me riffs from songs that feature the word “ice” in their title. Email your entries to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com by Friday, including a screen-name, a link to the song (don’t send a fucking Spotify link), and a short description w/ time-stamp of when your chosen riff begins.


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  • Gotta be Prayer of Hatred

  • David Vincent’s spandex shirt

    • Óðinn

      Latex, Jimmy. It’s latex.

  • d) other: one of them country songs that they’re tryna pull off these days

  • God

    No Radikult 0/10 -IGN

  • Howard Dean

    I was going back and forth between submitting the main riff from “Chapel of Ghouls” and the opener from “God of Emptiness.” I picked the latter because I genuinely think it’s their best riff, but now kinda wish I had gone with the former since nobody picked anything from Altars and two other people picked GoE. Derp.

    In the end, these are all winners. Everyone wins. Come pick up your participation trophy and piece of avocado toast.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      I didn’t participate, but can I still get a piece of avocado toast?

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      The thing that bummed me about this week’s RotW is that usually I get to discover a new band or some siqq new riff. But this week, since I own all of MA’s catalog, there is really nothing new

  • Depechemodeisgangsta

    ” (DON’T SEND A FUCKING SPOTIFY LINK)” lol true that, i never had gotten into Morbid Angel, but i do remember 2 older guys that i saw like 3 times in my life and they would swear that Morbid Angel was the best thing ever in Metal music, but i couldn’t take them seriously since they were always high on Coke and not the soda drinking type.

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      Fuck Spotify

  • tigeraid

    Holy shit I finally won one, and by a reasonable margin!

    https://media.giphy.com/media/10cuF5z6VYzqW4/giphy.gif

    • Howard Dean

      Your pick apparently had the right khemmistry last week.

      • tigeraid

        o fukk

  • Araghast the Pillager

    Gonna have to go with Invocation Of The Continual One on this, I completely forgot how damn good that is!

  • Lord of Bork

    I’d give the nod to “The Ancient Ones,” but I respect everyone else’s right to their incorrect opinions.

    • more beer

      You coming to Denver for Denver Black Sky tonight?

      • Lord of Bork

        Nah, I’ve got to be at the girlfriend’s christmas party. They throwing any other events up there soon? I haven’t been since the summer and I’m missing having good beers and metal in one place.

        • more beer

          They have shows all the time, but tonight is the big fest they donevery year at the Gothic with Sherwood from Skinless. It’s usually one of the best shows of the year here.

          • Lord of Bork

            Well now that I have a car that isn’t in danger of exploding after more than a 15 minute drive, I plan on making the trip up more frequently. The Springs has some fun shows once in a while, but Denver’s where the action’s at

          • more beer

            I go down there from time to time for shows and up to Fort Collins as well. But yea Denver is where there is the most going on.

  • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

    GORAK VOTE PRAYER OF HATRED CUZ COVENANT OF DEATH IZ SPOTIFY LINK!!!!!!!! SMAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSHHHHH SPOTIFY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Zeke

    God of emptiness is probably my favorite riff from them too; not sure which of the three of you to vote for though. I’m also pleasantly surprised by all the formulas love

  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    “Dawn Of The Angry” is great but has some terrible lyrics. When I hear Morbid Angel, I wanna hear about ancient Sumerian horrors and otherworldly evils, not bullshit NRA propaganda

    • Jake Ist Krieg

      This is good example of why a Don’t Read The Lyrics policy is a good call in extreme metal.

      • Max

        Actually, with Morbid Angel, sometimes a Don’t Read the Liner Notes policy doesn’t hurt either.

        • Zeke

          Or to be more precise, don’t read evil d’s thank you lists; I usually get a kick out of trey

        • GrumpDumpus

          TREY IS OK YOU JUST GET TO READ A SMALL NOVEL OF WEEBO REFERENCES AND QUAKE USERNAMES

  • High on Vallenfyre

    Gotta go with Morbid Angel on this one

    • Howard Dean

      They’re easily the best band here and my favorite.

      • David Vincent’s Spandex Shirt

        They WERE my favorite

    • God

      dat username.

  • B00mhauer

    Dawn of the Angry – my first favorite Morbid tune (doomed to be replaced by Lord of all Fever & Plague). Actually thought about submitting it for the intro riff, but I’m a lazy fuckin turd that can’t summon the motivation to do anything.

  • WhamBamSam

    No one submitted anything from either of their best two albums. Had I been paying attention, I’d have submitted “Abominations.”

  • Morbidly Obese Angel

    Posting Spotify links? That’s a paddlin’

  • Max

    Three different riff submissions from the one song? That’s kind of remarkable when you think about it.

    “God of Emptiness” is, of course, a Morbid Angel classic; but now the evidence seems to show it might be their best song by people’s choice.

    • Lacertilian

      Definitely seems that way, I’m not gonna argue with that, was the first riff I remember hearing from them.

  • Dubby Fresh

    NO ILLUD DIVINUM INSANUS NO VOTE. FLUSH THESE POSER HACKS DOWN THE NASTIEST, FILTHIEST TOILET IN PHILTHYDELPHIA!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtbF9JqfgVs

  • Joe Samson

    Invocation of the Continual One has always been my favorite song of theirs

  • BobLoblaw
  • GrumpDumpus

    SINCE NEXT WEEK’S THEME IS ICE WILL PROBABLY BE 676% BLACK METAL SHOULDN’T WE JUST CALL IT “BAR CHORD OF THE WEEK” INSTEAD