Riff Of The Week: November Free For All


Choose your fighter!

Last week we held our J Edition. Voting was pretty tight but in the end the people voted in favour of continued employment for a particular bovine bumper. May all your cattle remain chaste during this difficult time.

This week we had a good ol’ fashioned free for all. As it’s a themeless round, you won’t be getting any special deals as we were unable to attract a sponsor. If you’d like to offer your services for future promotional spots, leave your business details below. Now, on to the riffs!


W.A.S.P. – ‘Mean Man’ (Riff @ 0:00)

I like to imagine that this riff is the auditory equivalent of what Chris Holmes felt like about 30 minutes before he chugged that bottle of vodka in The Decline of Western Civilization Part II. In other words, it’s completely fucking awesome, badass, belligerent and unstoppable. He may be the butt of jokes nowadays, but at one point he was a mean motherfuckin’ man, and for that, I salute him. Riff @ 0:00. [Disclaimer: Howard Dean, Chris Holmes, and W.A.S.P. are not responsible for the life choices you make under the influence of this riff]

Tom Warrior’s Beanie

Savatage – ‘Hall Of The Mountain King’ (Riff @ 00:24)

I tried to submit this to a Riff of the Week once before and was disqualified because my dumb drunk ass forgot to to paste the link into the email; so this is my redemption. Also extra points for the super cheesy video.

FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper

Glassjaw – ‘Mu Empire’ (Riff @ 0:08)

Seeing as Glassjaw have finally seen fit to grace us with new material, (OH MY GAWD DAT NEW GLASSJAW SONG IS SOOOO GOOOODDD!!!!! Ahem… sorry about the allcaps, the choon got the better of me) I thought it would be a good idea to submit a song by them, it was between the riff at 0:09 and the bridge, which alternates between a pretty cool slower bit and some lightning fast picking that really complement each other, but the brute force of the opening riff cant be fucked with. There is just so much power in that riff it’s unbelievable.


!T.O.O.H.! – ‘Kali’ (Riff @ 3:04)

Riff from 3:04 onwards.


The Reticent – ‘The Decision’ (Riff @ 6:24)

I was originally going to go for the main riff from Anaal Nathrakh’s “Of Fire, And Fucking Pigs”, but considering AN has won two RotWs and the exact song has been nominated (for worst riff, ironically), I guess I should dig deeper and find something less conventional.
This being a free-for-all, I had plenty of choices to choose from, but I guess I’d choose the most obscure, albeit not the most kvlt.
The ending riff from The Reticent’s “The Decision” has one of the best “fade to black” outros I’ve ever laid eyes (ears?) upon at 5:32. I’d compare it favorably to “Dry The River”’s outro by Harakiri for the Sky. Emotional and tense but still catchy, this riff is one that I’ve had in my head since hearing it. The video’s a bit campy, but learning about the backstory behind the album and listening from the start, the simple repetition suddenly gains massive weight as it builds to its crescendo…
I think I’m going on way too long.
The riff should be at 6:24 on the official video (on the CD and downloaded versions, the intro and song are seperate), but I encourage you guys to listen to the song from the beginning. Ending this before I go on for another 100 words.

Jimmy McNulty

Inanimate Existence – ‘In Moonlight I Am Reborn’

Hi Toilet, it’s James McNutty here. I am submitting “In Moonlight I Am Reborn” by Inanimate Existence because holy cow that’s a good riff (akshually, it’s two riffs in one). Start at 0:00 and jam along as both lead and rhythm axemen play to each other’s strengths. It’s catchy, it makes for a great “hook” to a death metal tune. The whole album’s great too, and features tons of memorable moments like this one. STAY DEATH

In Mourning – ‘For You To Know’ (Riff @ 3:04)

I absolutely love this riff. Something about it just clicks in my brain in a way that few other things do. Regardless of how long it’s been since I’ve actually listened to this song, this riff will pop into my head once a month at minimum, usually more often. We’re treated to a clean guitar preview at 3:04, and then at 3:21 it kicks in for realzies. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

Khemmis – ‘Serpentine’ (Riff @ 5:40)

Khemmis’ effort last year was immense, but there’s treasure to be had in their first album, 2015’s Absolution. Around 5:40, Ben and Phil take us up out the thudding, churning doominess of Serpentine into a sudden, triumphant marching riff, with a second accompaniment joining the fray about 30 seconds later. Great stuff

Throaat – ‘Tormentia’ (Riff @ 0:00)

Throaat’s occult-drenched black thrashing debut from last week is still getting mad replays over here, the album is melting pot cauldron of infectious raw thrash riffs, spooky synths, and 80’s trad-metal hooks. The intro to the (first of two-part) track ‘Tormentia’ is a majestic hell-march straight out of The Chasm’s thicc prog-death playbook. However, it’s not long until this cedes back into the primal thrashing hijinks of yore. Hit play, crack a brew, and secure your headphones tightly.

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  • VVizardface Kelly

    How bout that new Glassjaw?

    • I grabbed last night, only got to listen once, but the first spin had me very impressed.

  • B00mhauer

    THROAAT gets the the VOAAT. I regret neglecting this blog for as long as i have. What a fuckin treasure trove of great music this place still is. !T.O.O.H! is also a great go to when you want some bizarre/unsettling shit, haven’t listened to those guys in ages.

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      Welcome to the toilet!


      • B00mhauer

        Thank you, SIR. I was here at the very beginning. I’ve just been on a bit of an ‘adventure’ for the past year or so.

        • Elegant Gazing Globe

          I recognize your disqus.

  • Khemmis >>>>

    I heard somebody once say “Khemmis is a rip-off of Pallbearer, which is a rip-off of real doom.”

    I hear very little similarity between Pallbearer and Khemmis…and for one, I think Khemmis has a much better vocalist than PB.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Never got the comparison between Khemmis and Pallbearer either. Pallbearer is more related to Warning with a dose of post-rock and psychedelia thrown in the mix, while Khemmis takes a more Solstice (UK) approach to doom. Aside from the fact that both bands are categorized as “doom”…apples and oranges really. Anyway, I’m a huge fan of the work both Warning and Solstice did and I absolutely love Pallbearer’s first two records (wasn’t completely sold on the last) while I haven’t really been able to get into Khemmis.

      The “[insert band name] is a rip-off of trve [insert metal subgenre]” statements are complete cringe in my opinion.

      • Howard Dean

        Man, I’ve never been able to get into the Warning/Pallbearer/40 Watt Sun side of doom. Can’t do it.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          Oh I think it’s great if done the right way. As with most metal-tinged styles, I don’t need a truckload of it tho. My craving for that stuff is entirely satisfied when I can jam some Warning or Pallbearer every now and then.

      • Heartless left me cold…I only really enjoy “Thorns,” the rest just seems so aimless and random almost in the note choice. Probably the biggest letdown of the year for me 🙁

      • tigeraid

        I was never huge into Doom other than the usual black sabbath. But a couple years ago W turned me on to Doomsword. This sort of epic, triumphant Doom was something I’d missed out on, and now I’m obsessed with this sub-genre. Khemmis, Pallbearer, Crypt Sermon, Atlantean Codex, Solstice…. You could even throw The Sword in there. It’s just great stuff.

        • GoatForest

          I assume you enjoy the occasional Candlemass, then, good sir?

          • tigeraid

            I really need to do a deep dive with Candlemass one of these days. Like when I can just sit and listen. Because so far no, I haven’t. But I think it might be my fault.

          • GoatForest

            It’s all good. If you do decide to check them out, I recommend Death, Magic, Doom. Of course, different folks are gonna have different favorite albums.

          • tigeraid

            Okay this fucking rules. Maybe I just needed to start with old(er) stuff:


          • GoatForest

            Glad you approve. Have fun, man!

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Doot doot

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    W.A.S.P vs. Savatage vs. !T.O.O.H! dilemma for Frank this week.

    • Óðinn

      Technically, that’s a trilemma, but I understand the sentiment.

  • Howard Dean

    That !T.O.O.H! riff is really tasty. Good choice. But I suggest everyone else choose W.A.S.P.

    Also: Feels good to put last week’s RotW behind us.

    • Brutalist_Receptacle


    • Óðinn
    • Óðinn

      I dont have time to Photochop this right now because I have a meeting, but everybody assume that I made this t-shirt say “CHOOSE W.A.S.P.”. Thank-you.


      • Howard Dean

        Wow, this picture of George Michael looks like Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell wearing blackface.

        • Óðinn

          I didn’t notice that earlier, but you’re right. What’s with his skin? Maybe it’s the lighting.

      • Nukenado

        Now that W.A.S.P. are Christian, this could very well be a W.A.S.P. shirt.

  • Hans

    Gawddaymit, seems like I forget about submitting entirely if I haven’t done it by Sunday.
    Anyway, this one goes to McNulty.

  • God

    Ok posting that savatage song is practically cheating. Y’all know I can’t vote for anything else now.

  • God

    Of fire and fucking pigs got nominated for worst riff? Wtf? Man I would have gone down swinging for that one.

    • Nukenado

      Somebody didn’t like the guitar solo.

    • Nukenado

      You’ll probably get another chance to vote for AN 🙂
      (And I’ll get one too, since you can never have enough AN)

    • GoatForest

      What?! Where?! I’m gonna get my whoopin’ stick.

  • Count_Breznak

    No need to waste time actually listening to any of those, !T.O.O.H.! it is.

  • KozmoNaut

    Khemmis. So fucking good, probably my favorite track of theirs.

    • Lacertilian


  • Joe Samson

    !T.O.O.H! all day all week all year