Riff Of The Week: Sci-Fi Edition

987
25
Share:

Brought to you by Science-Fiction® – “The Science Of Pretend“.

Firstly, the numbers are in from last week’s Numerical Edition, and in a result that will surprise exactly zero people, Bolt Thrower took out Riff Of The Week for a record 4386th time. The_Dude knew you could always count on Bolt Thrower to win, and I will refrain from snark this time as it just happened that he chose my fave riff of theirs. ‘Tis a good riff…and thorough.

This week we asked for Sci-Fi riffs and we got a whole heap of killer shit for you to jam from the confines of your locker prison. So much so that everything I write here will be rendered superfluous and promptly forgotten once you scroll down and start putting them through your rigorous selection criteria. Anyone who skips listening and just votes for their favourite band will be severely castigated. I’ll be able to tell, don’t test me. Remember to use the PROMO CODE PUMICE before voting for your chance to permanently reduce growing vigour of 3 toe-nails of your choice by up to 6%.


wesselbr

Vektor – “LCD (Liquid Crystal Disease)” (Riff @ 0:35)

Not only scifi-themed and one of the most inventive metal bands to surface in the last few years, but this riff is also an absolute banger and really catchy!


DeathToFalseMetal

Vektor – “Charging The Void” (Riff @ 1:36)

Vektor is nothing more than Tech Death for nerds. You wanted nerdy…You got it. This riff starts at 1:36 and easily gets stuck in your head. Heed the Cygnus Call and Charge That Fucking Void!


tigeraid

Iced Earth – “Jekyll & Hyde” (Riff @ 0:27)

It’s been too long without a little Iced Earth injected into RotW. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was written in 1886, but like Frankenstein I think it’s generally accepted as science fiction…. And like every other homage from 2001’s Horror Show, the tune is fun and frenetic. Riff begins at 0:27.


McNultypants

Mithras – “Time Never Lasts” (Riff @ 2:21)

My sci-fi themed riff arrives via “Time Never Lasts” by Mithras. At the 2:21 mark the crunchy guitar is removed and we’re treated with a rather clean riff that’s going to win me this competition. Mithras is a band from space… in the future.


GRUMP DUMPUS

Positronic Brain – “I, Borg” (Riff @ 2:27)

THE TOILET’S OWN ANDROID MIND MATERIALIZES AS MUCH SPACE-RIFF WRECKAGE AS THE AFTERMATH AT WOLF 359 AND AS HOT AS FRESHLY REPLICATED EARL GREY TEA SO GO ADD YOUR DISTINCTIVENESS TO THE TOILET’S OWN BY ENGAGING YOUR COMPUTER TERMINAL AND MAKE IT SO

NANOPROBES BEGIN PERFECTING YOUR WEAK HUMAN BODY AT STARDATE 2:37


xtuffxghostx

Graf Orlock -“Game Time” (Riff @ 0:58)

Graf Orlock’s Destination Time Tomorrow is one of the most solid EPs ever released. Being a cinemagrind band, half of their output is sci-fi. This track is about the hubris of the marines of the USS Sulaco and their downfall at the hands of the titular Aliens. After the song opens with bravado and some swagger-filled crunching riffs, the riff at 0:58 is approximately when shit starts hitting fan, followed shortly afterwards by a complete loss of hope as the marines realize they are in some real pretty shit now.


Howard Dean

Scanner – “Terrion” (Riff @ 0:20)

Sci-Fi, huh? Who are you going to vote for? Maybe one of the Vektor riffs that inevitably got submitted? (Probably, because you are a fucking front-running prick). But if you like German speed metal from the 80’s I recommend you give this one a try because my fuck does it riff. This album is so Sci-Fi that Elon Musk once masturbated to just a thought about it. Riff starts at 0:20.


KJM

Throne – “Two Worlds” (Riff @ 18:53)

My submission is from defunct UK Stoner Doom band Throne. It’s the closing track “Two Worlds” from “Where Tharsis Sleeps”, one of my fave releases of 2014. It’s a concept EP about the trials and pitfalls of terraforming Mars. Perhaps Mr Musk should check out the title track video(animated embroidery!) before dropping a nuke on the polar region.

At any rate, the riff begins at the beginning(18:53) and it’s a dank as you can get.


The_Dude

Artificial Brain – “Frozen Worlds” (Riff @ 1:13)

The riff at 1:13 is not only a great chaotic ball of dissonance that sounds like deep space, but its also accompanied by an inhuman growl that’ll make you want to astral project your consciousnes into the galaxy and contemplat your meaningless exsistance. Or maybe that’s just me? Anyway this riffs slays.


EggBeater

Nucleus – “Swarm” (Riff @ 4:16)

The riff at 4:16 almost made my head explode onto innocent bystanders at Full Terror Assault 3, but that was probably from all the LSD I had taken. Either way, Nucleus killed it.


The GranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

Discordance Axis – “The Third Children” (Riff @ 0:00)

GET IN THE FUCKING ROBOT, SHINJI!!!


Lacertilian

Execration – “Cephalic Transmissions” (Riff @ 0:00)

Going for something a little different this week. Execration‘s new album is a spectacular ride through the interstellar void, and while I could choose any number of its dense spatial dimension-distorting riffs, I’ve decided to pick the otherworldly clean intro to “Cephalic Transmissions”. This would make the perfect soundtrack to a clouded descent through the turbid slime-green atmosphere of some environmentally hostile exo-planet. Breathe deep the acrid atmosphere from 0:00. Will the gravitational plummet ever end? Does a terrestrial nightmare await below? Turn to page 115 to find out.


This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 20-10-2017 20:22:33
end_date 27-10-2017 23:59:59
Poll Results:
Who?

Next week’s theme is GREEN. Get creative. Send in your green-themed riffs to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com by Friday, with a screen-name, and a short description that includes a time-stamp of when the riff starts.

(Image via)


Did you dig this? Take a second to support Toilet ov Hell on Patreon!
  • Howard Dean

    That Iced Earth riff is rill tite. They cop a lot of shit, but the dudes know how to craft a killer heavy metal riff. Honorable mentions to the Mithras riff for shredding our assholes with death metal and the Nucleus banger for being a proper head exploder. Some pretty dang good picks this week.

    • God

      Actually really enjoyed their latest effort. Seven headed whore is a ripper of a track.

      • Óðinn

        Little known fact, that song is actually a tribute to Jon Schaffer’s mother.

  • Yarnhawk

    Hells yes that Mithras riff! I had actually wanted to submit the riff directly before that one, and then I totally spaced on it. (You see what I did there? 😎 )

  • Óðinn
  • KJM, Blood Farmer
  • JWG
  • Morbidly Obese Angel

    Not a single person submitted a Wormed riff huh? Oh well. My vote goes to Mithras

  • God

    I knew Vektor would make an appearance. Voted!

    Now I gotta figure out wtf a green riff is.

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    HD getting SAVAGE up in here

  • Count_Breznak
  • themaleshoegaze

    Bunch of pretty cool riffs here, I’d single out Discordance Axis, because it’s a rad track and/but I’ve never even read the band’s name, who are these dudes?

    Next week any Napalm Death riff with the singer growling over it is fair game, I suppose, bc Mark GREENway, people. Easy meat, I say.

    • Lacertilian

      Defunct weirdo grind band, you should be familiar with their drummer Dave Witte

      • themaleshoegaze

        Cheers!, quite dug Municipal Waste for a while (and will still put them on from time to time), while the drummer’s great I wouldn’t have guessed he comes from something like this. Just listening to “The Inalienable Dream”, total smash so far.

        • drug_genosh

          the rest of DA went on to form Gridlink – which id highly recommend. And it always pains me when Witte is brought up but not for burnt by the sun 🙁

  • Brutalist_Receptacle

    I PUKED SO HARD AT EPCOT CENTER

    • Lacertilian

      What colour was it though?

  • Bert Banana

    Discordance Axis. Forever

  • Hey, it’s me! Didn’t see this earlier, working nights this weekend so I was asleep all day. m/

  • EggBeater

    Man, that Artificial Brain.

  • Androidd-Prince

    I’m shocked and disappointed that nothing from Vortech, The Contortionist, Origin, In Flames, or Gojira was posted here. Though some of those are a bit different in genre.

    Still, gotta vote for my boys in Mithras. Not even their best riff imo, but I’ll take it. 😛