Riff of the Week: Riffs from 2016


Cool casual man holding an electric guitar.

Hello again, friends. Shabubu thoroughly defeated us all last week with his pppreeeettty sick riff by toilet favorite whose name sounds wayyyy too similar to “babushka” but is still a pretty cool band. Congratulations on a win that you most likely deserve — a rare occurrence here in this our weekly Toilet ov Hell riff contest.

Next week, we’re doing something that we might have done before but I can’t really remember and to be really fucking honest with you I’m too lazy to look up. Guilty pleasures. Send me riffs that you’re at least sort of embarrassed of liking as much as you do. Honestly this should be like suuuuper fucking easy for most of you.

Send your embarrassing riffs to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com. Include your name, a link to the video, the time of the riff, and an explanation for why you chose it. If you have an idea for a theme, shoot me an email.

Here we go! Riffs from 2016.



In typical Moonsorrow fashion, this riff rules at first but then switches up a bit and ends up ruling way harder. Starts at 6:05.



Get Ripped! (@ 4:06).


Brock Samson

When the riff at 3:10 kicks in while I’m driving my car you better watch out because I pretty much have to do my best air guitar impersonation and if you are in your car next to me you will see how awesome my invisible strings talent is.


Tertius Decimus

I’d love to choose a riff from any Vektor’s song, but it will be too easy, right? Vektor’s new full-length will be easily an AOTY among many listeners and rightly so, so in ToH “Riff of the week” chart it’ll be a low-hanging fruit. We need to go deeper [insert Leo’s face from “Inception” movie here]. Here it is. Skronky technical death with huge Dominic Lapointe-vibe emphasis. Atheretic’s “Apocalyptic Nature Fury” sits on the utmost top of my favorite technical acts and “Swerve” by Intonate somehow mixes fretless bass madness with grim, dirty, dark atmosphere of genre pioneers Gorguts. I like this alot. Definitely a keeper in my playlist. Riff goes from 10:21.






Strength: Main Riff.
Parameter bonus: Guitarmonies.
+10 Frost Defense
Immune to Frozen


Boss the Ross

Into the fray, we die and we slay
Our home up above, the hall of the brave
We are Warriors! Defenders of Steel!
Fight through the wars, hunger we feed
Warriors! Defenders of Steel!
Burn our way to Odin’s Hall, from all battlefields



Uuuuuuh oh, 2016 riffs? I did that last week. Ah well, here’s another, from Stoner-ish Doom outfit Hedonist, who’ve certainly flown under the radar but have been one of my favs so far this year. The opening riff is tweedly-deedly goodness and threads in and out. A fun secondary riff at 2:43 is also a nice down-tempo break. Great driving song.



The riff at 0:18 makes me want to stomp around.


Ted Nü-Djent

On an album full of insane riffage, I found it very difficult to settle on one. Here’s one of them. Listen from 0.43 to about 1.37. Hopefully this atones for my shameful zero of last week. Thanks, vote Nuge.


Nordling Rites ov Karhu

I don’t know if this is the best riff from 2016 so far, in fact I highly doubt it. But as far as I can see you’ll all be picking a Slayer riff or Mastodon’s Blood And Thunder’s opening riff as the best of this year, so what does it even matter. Good band, good song, good riff. Goes through most of the song, but 1:42 is a place.

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  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Are you sure that guy in the photo isn’t going to pull a Jeff Jarrett and hit someone with that guitar?

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Two Moonsorrow selections? Why must you taunt me so

    • ME GORAK!!!™


      • tertius_decimus

        Great album. Not a single weak track.

        • ME GORAK!!!™


    • tertius_decimus

      And two Vektor selections. Mine could have been third but I predicted that and went different route.

    • Zeke

      I like the moonsorrow album, but a bunch of the riffs sound like they were lifted straight from shadowthrone-era satyricon

  • I’m just going to go ahead and predict that the new NUKE album is going to be the riffiest album of the year. The song “Dead Space” is just filled with memorable riffs.


  • On a more blackened note, Draped Urn brings the riffs hard. Starting at 0:35


  • Hmm, the selection is not very vast here. Going to have to go with that Naðra riff. Almost completely forgot about this album. Going to have spin it again here today.

    Is everyone hungover this morning? Slow start.

    • Abradolf Lincler

      i drank most of a fifth last night and im at work

      • Incontinent Gorilla Rodeo

        Welcome to what I did for over 3 years straight. :-p

        • Abradolf Lincler

          *what ive been doing since college

          • Incontinent Gorilla Rodeo

            Every day?!?!? Goatdayum!

          • That’s what I did everyday for about 7 years.

          • Incontinent Gorilla Rodeo

            Yikes! A fifth a day everyday for 3 years was more than enough for me, and the process of slowing the fuck down was more than enough as well.

          • Well, not a fifth per say. But, hardcore drinking. I never kept count.

          • Incontinent Gorilla Rodeo

            Nowadays, I keep it strictly to beer and cider, and no more than 2-3 days a week. I have to give my stomach and kidneys at least a couple of days to bounce back/shaking off a massive hangover.

          • Good call. It catches up… Eventually.

    • JWEG

      And after I made the effort to be up before 10 AM to post within the first hour, too.


      way before…

  • JWEG

    Guilty pleasures? I don’t know if new wave synth pop has ‘riffs’ though.

    Anyway. A few 2016 doom riffs ordered by date:

    Ape Cave. First riff of my new year (album released Jan 1):

    Space God Ritual. A bit silly, but fun:

    Ramachandran – Vilayanur:
    (Vilayanur Ramachandran is a behavioural neuroscientist. Instant interest right there)

    Makavrah – Black Sun (from full album @ 32:36):

    Considered adding riffs by Orion and Spaceslug, but both albums are too new to me even though the latter was released in the first half (and mentioned on TovH).


  • That new Prisoner Of War album brings the death metal riffs fucking hard.


  • Incontinent Gorilla Rodeo

    Tough choices here, especially with two Vektor tracks back to back, but my vote went to our resident Karhunkynsi (Bear Claw, as pictured below).


  • Sir Tapir The Based

    Moonsorrow or Moonsorrow? I am torn.

  • Incontinent Gorilla Rodeo

    So next week is guilty pleasures, huh? *digging through my collection and mental Rolodex for the absolute worst music that I like*

  • tertius_decimus

    Masterlord — great pick. Misty and cold, perfect sounscape for November with grey sky.

    Lacertilian — never heard that band before. Very impressive, gonna check out other tracks.

    Brock Samson — as stated before, Vektor will be an AOTY among many listeners. This riff says why.

    Gorak — hey, hive mind here. My favorite riff from the album as well!

    Blackbeard — not my cup of tea, so I’ll refrain from commenting.

    Boss the Ross — see above.

    Tigeraid — I’m far from listening this type of music, but this particular track is neat. The sound is good. Will check more of this band, thanks.

    Waynecro — great riff, we with my TDM friend call such riffs “mechanical” and that is a compliment. Anata has many of those. But to be honest, I’m tired of that kind of TDM and especially from Decrepit Birth/Psycroptic sound.

    Ted Nü-Djent — my vote goes here. Favorite songs are: Pteropticon, Collapse and Recharging The Void. You’ve hit. If I was to choose, I’d share the riff from Recharging The Void, but hey, Vektor already received so much recognition, that it’ll be too easy not to pick something from this amazing album.

    Nordling Rites ov Karhu — slow stomping rhythm draws an image of a giant mammoth walking through the swamp. Cool track, cool riff and great job by Monsoorrow, as usual.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      How far above do I look? I’m taking that as ” never heard that band before. Very impressive, gonna check out other tracks”

      • tertius_decimus

        To Blackbeard.

        There are two attitudes:
        1. I don’t get the music, thus music is shit — typical hater’s behaviour;
        2. I don’t get the music, thus better refrain from judging — my way of thinking.

        There are many genres and highly-regarded bands which do nothing for me, so I respectfullly abstain, because mind have also its limits and pushing the boundaries doesn’t seem like an easy task. At least this is honest and not disrespectful. That’s rather my fault.

        Of course, there are objectively shitty bands, though they rarely go viral and embarrassing beyond patience.

        • Abradolf Lincler

          all i know is guns, drugs, bitches, money black fucking metal

          • tertius_decimus

            I’d love to answer in the same manner on fusion fucking music, but as a mood person, I’m heavily dependant on current mood and no music that doesn’t penetrate through the mind wall can change that. So, if I’m low, doom and death metal goes fine. If I feel like I don’t need that special “metal energy” anymore, but the mood is still shitty, Scandinavian contemporary jazz goes okay. You get the idea. 🙂

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            I’m always in the mood for STEEL!!!

            But I understand where you’re coming from with this.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            i just wish i were a little bit older in the 90s.

          • Incontinent Gorilla Rodeo

            In Abradolf’s world, Andy Capp >>>>>>>> all the guns, drugs, ladies and money in the world.

          • Abradolf Lincler
          • Incontinent Gorilla Rodeo

            Haha classic! For some reason, this pic I saw recently came to mind.


          • Abradolf Lincler

            they all have a point

          • Incontinent Gorilla Rodeo

            The point to that picture being to check to make sure your broilers are on.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Ha, I know what you meant man. Just razzing you.

          I like your style.

          • tertius_decimus


    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Thanks man, I could have easily picked another riff from the songs you mentioned

  • No such thing as a guilty pleasure. You shouldn’t feel guilty for liking something that someone else frowns upon or vice Versa.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Once more, it’s not really about that.
      It’s a supposed guilty pleasure because it’s not the kind of stuff you generally like, an artist you dislike etc.
      Not about genuinely feeling bad about liking something.

    • As was the wont of my Puritan forefathers, I feel guilt for all pleasure.
      *rings Bell ov Shame*

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Submit dat Pretty Reckless bruh

  • brokensnow
    • Bropeth

      • brokensnow


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          • brokensnow

            …hhmmm..neat. Hipsters and nerds more than bros, and the riffage is just as tasty.

          • Different strokes for different folks I guess. To me these songs they’re releasing have been the most disappointing development music wise. Perhaps they will grow on me, but I don’t see it happening. I miss the band that made that ferocious Ep.

          • brokensnow

            now THAT was the hip stuff that the toilet and encyclopedium Mettalum nerds eat up.. lol.

          • Lol I suppose. I wouldn’t say they’re bad songs, but they’re not what I expect from BCI and I know they can do better.

          • brokensnow

            They evolve each album. First ep was Blackened derp prog, Wreckage was a really, really, really good death metal album, and this will be their descent into a risky area of prog and melody. Remains to be scene if this rather small album will deliver.

          • First album (Ep) was fucking incredible. Second had a few good tracks, but was overall not that great and these new tracks are doing nothing for me. I think they’re just a victim of their first release being so incredibly good and they are gonna be judged based on that for the rest of their existence.

      • BobLoblaw

        That track could almost be any “core” band from the mid 2000’s. Shits weak.

  • tigeraid

    Awwwwwww man Ross posted Grand Magus. Now I gotta vote against myself.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa


  • Pentagram Sam

    Voted before for Hyperion so I’ll do it again. Brock knows what’s up about them inviso strings in the car hahaha, almost had to vote just for the description alone, much less the Vek.

  • EsusMoose

    This was actually a week I felt like submitting something but forgot to figure out which riff from a lesser known album would be worth submitting, so nope, might try later and throw it here

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Karhu’s riff is going best with my beer right now, so I gotta go with it.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      If only you were smoking meth. I could’ve secured your vote 😛

      • Lacertilian

        or maybe on some Spacegrass..

        *cues the ALL-CAPS version of Ross*

  • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

    Holy shit that Vektor… I checked out a song from them a few months back and couldn’t really get into the vocals but this slays.

  • Mother Shabubu

    For guilty pleasures is it metal only, or all genres? I’m thinking of picking a Billy Talent riff, but want to be sure.

    • Incontinent Gorilla Rodeo

      I was wondering the same thing. I was wanting to pick an Amy Grant song, or Lisa Branigan.

    • Other genres have riffs?

      • Abradolf Lincler

        +1 pull

      • Mother Shabubu

        I forgot the golden rule: dismiss other genres.

  • JWEG

    I spent way too much time looking for a suitable image to make a “Quilted Pleather Riffs” joke. This is as close as I can get:


    Guy kinda looks like one of your stock guitar dudes though. Just add axe.

    …instrument, not body spray. The internet has yet to implement scratch n’ sniff technology.

    • Abradolf Lincler

      if the tovh used scratch n sniff technology we’d all be in trouble

      • Incontinent Gorilla Rodeo

        Especially after my scent of Newports Reds, top bunk, weird Asian food and beef farts. Actually, that could be a new vape flavor…….

      • CyberneticOrganism


  • JWEG

    PS: voted for Zenith Passage.

    They and a bunch of other tech death bands (yes including Archspire and Beyond Creation) are part of today’s Armstrong Metal Fest lineup.

    I should have planned just to go to that instead of using up time getting nowhere closer to cross-border festivals.

  • ME GORAK!!!™


  • Count_Breznak

    Starts at 0.00 and ends at 34:39.

  • I believe Karhu has suffered some manner of head trauma . . .

  • Óðinn

    The dude in the photo looks like he’s the love child of Justin Bieber and Jay Baruchel.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    im voting Wayne for Prez. that drum sound be real shitty but that riff is way good

    • Waynecro

      The riff reminds me a bit of the main riff from Decapitated’s “Spheres of Madness,” which is probably why I dig it so much. Both riffs have a similar start-stop thing going on.

      • Abradolf Lincler

        that was my exact thought. the best thing Decapitated ever did outside of Winds of Creation

        • Waynecro

          “Spheres of Madness” was my college jam, man. I used to blast that song in my car before tests and presentations to get myself all psyched up, haha. Nihility was probably the album that got me really into tech death.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            Winds of Creation > Nihility, for me. I do like both but the former i can blast start to finish no problem. That riff you picked is definitely in “Spheres of Madness” vein. The rest of the song tho . . .

          • Waynecro

            I dig that whole Zenith Passage album, but I’m a tech-death dork. And I actually like Decapitated’s entire catalog. I didn’t like the newer stuff at first, but it grew on me.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            its just like . . . omgs bro

          • Abradolf Lincler


          • Waynecro

            No argument there. That album fucking shreds.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa


  • That moment when Blackbeard submits a Nadra riff but choses your least favorite riff from your least favorite song on the album.


  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    Hyperion’s album is very strong indeed, not a single song is weak or uninspired, great pick Gorak!

  • I’m between two Moonsorrow picks and Gorak.