Riff Of The Week: The Chasm Edition


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Before we journey into the deep, let’s take a quick look at last week’s results from our 2017 Third Quarter Edition.

As you can see, aside from 84.2% of people being diagnosed as clinically deaf, there was a goddamn tie. Those who’ve been around since the days when Masterlord started this competition will know how he despised draws. In these forsaken events he would often determine a victor by arbitrarily awarding the contest to his favourite riff. While it would be very Biesy for me to do this, it wouldn’t be fair. In the event of none of the riffs meeting standard, he would give it to third or even last place. This would also be quite Biesy, but similarly unfair. So I decided to flip a coin. Upon opening my wallet, an abyssal maw opened and began to suck in the very fabric of space-time surrounding me. This revealed to me two things – a) physics is garbage, and b) I’m broke as shit and I blame science. Fuck you, everybody loses.

This week, to mark the first new material from the legendary Mexican death metal overlords in almost a decade, we asked for riffs strictly from The Chasm‘s immaculate discography. Today, there are no wrong answers. Everybody wins.


The Chasm – “Entering A Superior Dimension” (Riff @ 1:00)

Look, I had good intentions of scouring their discography for a Corchado deep-cut, I really did. But I’m back on my shit after jamming all their albums at work this week, I cannot go past the riff that started my affinity for this band. The opening riff to Farseeing The Paranormal Abysm still sends shivers down my spine. If you ask me on any given day what my fave death metal album of all-time is, there’s a 33% chance I’ll say it is this, and the riff @ 1:00 is where it all begins.


The Chasm – “I’m The Hateful Raven” (Riff @ 0:00)

A little kernel of eerie melody afloat atop prolapsing dissonance. This riff sounds like something that comes out of your body the morning after chasing lemontinis with shots of fake tequila. Or like trying to gutsfuck yourself with that ol’ chainsaw.

Howard Dean

The Chasm – “The Cosmos Within” (Riff @ 0:21)

You could throw a proverbial dart at The Chasm’s discography and stick a great entry for this contest. These dudes are some of the riffiest hombres in death metal. I’m bringing y’all way back to the band’s 1993 demo. This thing is awesome. Here is The Chasm at their rawest and grittiest, but the riffs still flow like tequila from a blue agave. Toss on a neck brace and take a listen to the fucker at 0:21.

Mad Max Guitar Dude

The Chasm – “Fortress” (Riff @ 3:08)

I am unable to link over email but I’ll just say that one riff in the middle of Fortress. You know that badass guitar break. I also take it that then sweet shirts will all be sold out after tomorrow. When I have no wifi again 🙁

Jom Pooter-san

The Chasm – “Structure Of The Seance” (Riff @ 5:20)

Ear worm riffs are the name of the game, and The Chasm are never short of providing them. Try not get this one stuck in your skull.

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
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Next week we’re getting numerical. Send me riffs from songs/albums/bands that have something to do with numbers in their name/title. Email your entries to toiletovehellriff@gmail.com before Friday, being sure to include a screen-name, a link to the riff, and a short description + time-stamp of when the riff starts.

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  • Lacertilian

    Anyone else think the start of Suffering Hour’s “Devouring Shapeless Void” is reminiscent of the intro riff to “Fortress”? Not a rip-off or anything but the raked part reminded me of it today, similar style/vibe.

    • drug_genosh

      came here to say this. id say its 100% a nod to the chasm. I might be misremembering, but didn’t one of the dudes from SH do a guest piece here where they picked like 7 obscure, nut-so DM bands and listed the chasm? I believe molested was in the line up too. regardless, I hear the chasm all over SH newest album-not a bad thing.

  • Howard Dean

    Had to go with The Chasm because they are the best band in the contest and my favorite.

    -JJD (and everyone else)

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Not accurate. I don’t get the appeal of The Chasm.

      • Lacertilian

        L E A V E

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          How about no?

          • Lacertilian

            How about now?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Y’all know I’m not into death metal.

      • KJM, Blood Farmer

        It’s Death Metal so I have no ear for it.

        • CT-12

          Hey bud, have you checked out the new Loss album at all? I don’t how you feel about when death metal stuff mixes with doom, but good god I cannot stop listening to this album. Here’s a link if you’re interested. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87Znij4oTSE

          • KJM, Blood Farmer

            I’ll check it, but I don’t have much hope from that description.

          • CT-12

            Ahh, well, figured it was worth a try! Also, love your name change by the way! Gotta pull those albums out already, behind in my Halloween listening…

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    “You forgot to submit a The Chasm riff”, he muttered while he stared at a pale reflection of himself in the cracked mirror of his bathroom.
    A single tear made its way down his cheek.
    He gasped and closed his eyes, hoping this would help him in coping with the unconquerable shame.
    “Is it me?” he whispered to himself in his barely audible cracked voice.
    “A-am I…the poser?”

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    Guess I should check out The Chasm.

  • Hans

    “prolapsing dissonance” will provide unwanted food for thought.

    • Wash it down with some herniated temporal effluvia.

  • Brutalist_Receptacle


  • The Master of Puppets

    Been binging this band for the past few days. Farseeing the Paranormal Abyss is what I enjoyed the most. Also really cool that their latest record is instrumental.