Riff of the Week: The Hologram Edition

The Masterlord blew it again, so now you’re stuck with me.

Last week, our Venezuelan friend Link saw victory with his elf eyes and stole the trophy out of the Masterlord’s grubby, oddly knotty hands. Well done, Link. And shame on you, Masterlord.

Today, we’re voting on riffs from departed metal guitarists. Since most of you have no imagination and are totally cool with murder, I think we know who the winner will be. Pick whomever gives you the biggest nostalgia boner, I guess.

Next week, we’re doing Stanky Riffs. As Joe envisioned, this is a riff that references some kind of smell. There are a lot of metal songs about sniffin’ dead people, so get to it. Send a riff, time stamp, and description to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com.

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W.

There’s likely a whole heapin’ helpin’ of stupidly predictable riffs in today’s contest, so rather than going with a more recognizable jam from one of the many, many metal guitarists venerated variably as a god, angel, legend, etc. after their death, I’ve selected a more recent riff from a young musician who had a truly promising future. In his short career, Dimesland’s Drew Cook penned some truly monstrous riffs that sound like space-time bending at the will of his sorcery. The opening riff (at about 0:08) of “Institutional Gears” in particular shows off Drew’s ability to rein in chaos as he deftly dives from stuttering start/stops to twisting thrash. RIP Drew.

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Tertius Decimus

As November’s Doom Paul Kuhr once said, mourn not he loss, honour the memory. Juhani Palomäki of Yearning and Colosseum (1977-2010). Start at 3:04.

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Akerskronks ov Steele

Lyke dis if u cry evertim. Especially at 1:56.

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KJU

Drink to forget, and drink to remember Miika Tenkula. Or just drink and enjoy! Riff starts at 2:15.

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Elegant Gazing Globe

Vote in memory of Jon Nodtveidt, who’s life ended 10 years ago today, August 13, 2006. Among an entire record of outstanding riffs from start to finish, the riff at 4:51 off the title track from the band’s debut, full length classic The Somberlain, is, was, and will always remain one of the most timeless riffs in all of metal’s history.

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Sy Klone

I am Sy Klone, a long term lurker who is starting to (obviously) not lurk as much. The submitted riff below is by the ridiculously missed Mieszko Talarczyk, who was lost in a Tsunami more than a decade ago. The man is THE definition of a riffmeister, but the one riff that I always wished would be repeated a lot longer than it actually was is at the 0:04 mark of the video below. Also, since I’m not lurking 100% anymore, the title of my selection is also quite fitting. [Vote for this riff, you dolts. – W.]

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Boss the Ross

Johnny Ramone is a fallen warrior, let us pay homage to him by hailing the almighty RIFF! No frills, no bullshit, just RIFF. On top of that we get a Clockwork Orange reference. I will collect my prize now, thank you.

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Waynecro

This song’s intro riff (which comes back HARD at 2:04) is just super. Thanks for all the great riffing and screaming, Mieszko Talarczyk.

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Tigeraid

Well I wanted to be clever, but I racked my brain for deceased guitarists other than Cliff Burton and Dimebag, and came up with dick-all.

But hark! What do mine jaded ears hear, but the daily dose of “Crazy Train” on the local dadrock station–Randy Rhoads! Of course! To hell with Crazy Train, and to hell with Quiet Riot, this is Rhoads’ finest hour. Suicide Solution not only sent literally THOUSANDS of kids to their deaths (or probably none), but features a killer baseline riff throughout. The man influenced Dimebag, so by the rules of Metal Math, this must win.

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Gorak

TEEMU RAIMORANTA FROM FINNTROLL REPLACE ALEXI LAIHO IN IMPALED NAZARENE & MAKE 1 ALBUM TOGETHER BEFORE FALLING INTO ICE DRUNK R.I.P. RIFF @ 0:31

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Now Choose!

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 13-08-2016 09:00:00
end_date 19-08-2016 00:00:00
Poll Results:
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Published on: August 13, 2016

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  • Stanley

    Oops. Riff @ 1:31. Hail Euronymous.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85ielup_aPQ

    • Dubbbz

      You should’ve submat.

      • Stanley

        I was gonna, but I was slow, and by the time Thursday rolled around, I was 100% money back guarantee certain that someone would have submitted Mayhem. Dammit.

        • ME GORAK!!!™

          SURPRISED NO MAYHEM, DEATH, SLAYER OR BATHORY!!!!!!!!

          • I am never surprised when no one submits Slayer, lolk

          • ME GORAK!!!™

            GORAK SUBMIT SLAYER ONCE!!!!!!! RIFF WON!!!!!!

          • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

            Or Type O Negative, Pantera, or Windir.

          • ME GORAK!!!™

            KENNY HICKEY NOT DEAD THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

            My goof, I forgot we were talking about just dead guitarists. :-p

          • ME GORAK!!!™

            SOMEONE GET THEME BACKWARDS & SUBMIT RIFF WHERE GUITARMAN ONLY 1 ALIVE…!!!!!!! BUT NEVER BAD THING TO PLAY MOTORHEAD SMASH LOUD!!!!!!!

          • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

            The drummer and guitarist from Motorhead’s last lineup are still alive.

          • ME GORAK!!!™

            LOVE ME LIKE REPTILE FROM ACE OF SPADES!!!!! PHILTHY ANIMAL DIE LAST NOVEMBER 🙁 !!!!!!!!

          • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

            Aw, gotcha.

          • Shit, I should have submitted a Bathory riff. I always forget.

          • ME GORAK!!!™
  • BobLoblaw

    Knew my submission would be too late but you guys have Nasum covered. I opted for a live (badoom tsh) clip of Scoop.
    https://youtu.be/y5X8NIoAS7I

  • B00mhauer

    Oh man, I can even vote on this one yet. Two Nasum songs and Somberlain-era Dissection? Fuck. I remember traversing university campus listening to The Somberlain years ago. I gotta pick that one back up. Nasum were great, even their live albums were awesome and I’m not big on live albums. My favorite song of theirs is Relics, from Helvete, which is decidedly quite un-grind. Killer tune though.

    • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

      Weird, your comment got deleted or whatnot, but my response:

      Heart attack actually, apparently from a heart condition, from what the
      rest of the band was saying. But yeah, he drank A FUCKING LOT and
      ballooned fast as hell over the years.

      • B00mhauer

        Yep, I deleted it because i realized I was thinking of someone else. Don’t remember who, but some band lost their guitar player to suicide because he couldn’t get his alcoholism under control. Happened around 3-4 years ago.

        • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

          Hmmmmmmmmm………. vaguely remember something like that, but can’t recall off the bat.

    • Scrimm

      Hard choice

  • I AM HERE ON THE WEEKEND. M/M/

    GL

    • Abradolf Lincler

      racist

      • Elizabethjbly3

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  • BobLoblaw

    Coulda cheated and went with Roger Patterson.
    https://youtu.be/hhELtHOkDFI

    • TomWarriorsBeanie

      That rhythm section is out of control.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    The Ramones got my vote even though they were a sad shell of themselves by the 1990s. I still enjoy their stuff though.

    • more beer

      I saw the Ramones numerous times in the 90’s. They were not a shell of themselves. They were actually still a very good live band.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I meant album wise. I did not like any of their 90s albums except for Acid Eaters.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    No Quorthon, no Schuldiner. Wtf are you people doing with your lives

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    WOWOWOW! Stop right there! Someone’s implyin’ that Ramones are good. That’s a paddddddlin’!!!

    • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

      *insert random Oh You gif*

    • RJA

      I just gave my first down vote on this site – so, congratulations I guess?

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        I’ll take your downvotes. If anyone has extra downvotes that they don’t use, give them to me.

        • RJA

          The first one probably should have gone to JJD when he said the Velvet Undergound was terrible! I guess it seemed easier to downvote you!

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            That comment by JJD is a comment that I would downvote.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            The Velvet Underground has one good album and that is Loaded. Every other album they did is abominable, especially White Light White Heat

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Fuck off! Loaded is nowhere near as good as the first two.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Wrong. I’d rather listen to Squeeze than hear White Light White Heat again.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            How can you be so fucking stupid?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’m not stupid. I just have specific taste.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Nah, you’re stupid.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      READY YOUR PADDLE!!! FOR YOU WILL MEET MY STEEL IN BATTLE!!!

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      You are the wrongest wrong to ever be wrong.

  • TomWarriorsBeanie

    My dumb ass forgot to send a link with my submission. D’oh. How ’bout that intro riff? Also note the unintentionally hilarious video.

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

    • Killer fucking song. Stupid yelping in the middle of the song is the only flaw in a otherwise unfuckwithable tune!

      Also, lol at “Rare” tag in the title.

      • TomWarriorsBeanie

        Haha yeah that’s pretty ridiculous.

  • Not gonna lie, Rainbow in the Dark is a waaaay better song that Holy Diver. I always thought it weird Holy Diver got more attention.

    Thoughts?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmSt1oEIshE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkysjcs5vFU

  • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

    Thought about submitting this one; riff starts at 1:50. RIP, Hide (X Japan)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTRo7omZxXs

    • Waynecro

      Damn, man. That’s a good one!

      • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

        Yep yep! Sadly, he died really young (33. No one’s been able to figure out if it was suicide or a failed auto-erotic asphyxiation attempt, since he was into that sorta thing), but you can hear his influence all over j-metal, especially Galneryus and Jupiter.

  • Stockhausen

    I wanted to vote for Nasum, but the call of the skronk (or something like it) was too strong. Dimesland it is.

  • EsusMoose

    How does a riff have the ability to reference stank? Is it nasty enough to imply the stench, or are we talking a riff that has the boring, old lyrics about sniffing questionable things on top?

  • No Jesse Pintado makes me sad.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR6kTPJ80jU

  • tertius_decimus

    Whatever happened to Drew, the world lost a truly talented composer. My vote goes to W.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Disappointed in the lack of THUNDERSTEEL

  • RJA

    At first I thought it said next week we were doing Stanley riffs – which I was totally on board with.

    • Lacertilian

      Stanley riffs>>>>>Paul Stanley riffs

  • Against W’s instructions, I have voted for W.

  • Departed metal guitarists? RIP Mark Reale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZUysqemMmg

    • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

      Fuck yeah! m/

  • dat Dubsland doe…

    really Dubs, i love that album. Don’t Miss This! Vol. 8 #neverforget

    • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

      Haven’t heard Dimesland before, but goddamn this is good! Technical as hell without being wanky and showoff-ish, atmospheric, melodic, and otherworldly all rolled into one. Definitely gonna have to check out more of these guys, and tipping my hat to Dubs on this one!

      • now you like Voivod!

        • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

          How so? I’d consider that an insult if I didn’t think so highly of you.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Bob Rusay gave up on metal, which is kinda like dying.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D8UTJJqMuFQ

  • tigeraid

    I’m a little disappointed, I thought the requirement here was for the guitarist doing the ACTUAL riff, not just someone in the band deceased. I could’ve done better. 🙁

    • welcome to the toilet!

      JM

    • Lacertilian

      Name & shame!

  • Count_Breznak

    Someone submitted Nasum, I am pleased.

  • Waynecro

    This was a really tough decision. I’m definitely going to check out more Dimesland and Yearning, so thanks Dubya and Tertius.

    • tertius_decimus

      Yearning’s best is the debut one — “With Tragedies Adorned”.

  • Thanks for this, guys. Lots of epic picks!

    Hails!!!!