Riff of the Year: 2015

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It is time. I think it’s safe to say that 2015 has been packed to the brim (years have brims) with killer riffs. Go back through our extensive writer’s/editor’s/guest’s top ten lists and you’ll find so many good goddamn riffs that you won’t even know what to do with yourself. But not yet, because now is the time we let our favorite riffs of the entire year do battle.

But first, before someone throws a fucking tantrum — last week‘s results! Blackbeard and Guacamole tied with 7 votes each. Fight it out between yourselves. I expect much blood and at least one death.

Next week is a new year, so I want riffs from new bands. Submit riffs from bands that have not yet put out a full-length album. Send your riffs to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com. Include your name, a link to the riff, the time of the riff, and an explanation for your riff. If you have any ideas for a future theme, let me know in the comments or via email.

Let’s get started! Vote for your favorite here, then post yours in the comments.

 

Masterlord

I certainly could have (and probably should have) chosen a riff that would garner me more votes, but I can’t lie to myself — this is my favorite riff of the year. It’s slow and listless wander is simple but far beyond effectively bleak, and once it’s accompanied by Stainthorpe’s pure-concentrated-sorrow-dripping vocal melodies, things get real dark, real fast. This one has me reaching for my Zoloft every time. Start from the beginning.

Joe

Though we don’t often share similar taste in music, Link’s pick for song of the year has climbed into my head and refuses to leave. The riff that comes in at 1:01 in “Fugitive” is dummy-stupid-simple but it carries the song and makes me bob my head in an obnoxious manner. Careful, it just might do the same to you. Bonus: the solo is pretty siqqq.

 

Stanley

As surely as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, my favorite riff of the year should come off my favorite album of the year. Although, the riff stands alone as something truly spectacular, the preceding riff builds so much tension that when it concludes with the briefest of pauses, it’s effect is magnified beyond comprehension. The interplay between the rhythm guitar and lead guitar is so emotive that as I sit here listening to the song for the umpteenth time, I have goosebumps. Riff at 3:24.

 

Richter

0:21 As I remarked to The Lizard when he introduced this song to me, I could listen to this riff on infinite repeat. Plodding and cyclical like life itself, yet as soothing and addictive as hair dryer ASMR. Doubtless, it will be stuck in my head for at least as long as the keyboard hook to “My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend” was. Which is fine, because if it wasn’t taking up so much space in there I might actually have to think people thoughts, which is an egregious waste of time.

 

Brock Samson

Akhlys released my favorite album of 2015 so it makes sense that I choose a riff from that release, The Dreaming I. Start the song at 7:45 then sit back for the rest of the song. The eerie, haunting and mesmerizing riff and shrieking vocals instill am unsettling dream like trance that transports the listener to a world of equal parts terror and calming. The ability of this entire album to do just that is why it is my number one. Allow yourself to take the journey as well.

 

Cøâl Røll

Riff ov the year must be a riff that every locker stuffed nerd would be called a poser for not being dickcrushed by. It must exemplify the almighty riff, performed only by the most vaunted riff-maestro’s of all time. Because they are only banned in Riff ov The Week, and this is the fucking RIFF OV THE YEAR, BRO, play your air guitars loud and bang your heads to 2015’s RoTY at 5:50. Behold! [You’ve got chutzpah. I’ll allow this. — Masterlord

 

Tigeraid

Far be it from me to be repetitive, but…. How could I not go with the best riff from the Album of the Year? American Power Metal is well and truly alive.

 

Guacamole Jim

The most massive part of the the most massive song released this year is, without any doubt, 7:11 in Tempel’s “Carvings in the Door.” An absolutely breathtaking climax to a song that epitomizes the term “heavy as fuck.

 

Jack Bauer

Naturally, my ROTY comes from my AOTY. 1:33. All hail our celestial gastropod overlords.

 

Ted Nü-Djent

I decided to check out Deeper Than The Sky after another toileteer casually name dropped the album in the super secret No Homers Club message group. I’m sure glad I did because it’s been on constant rotation since. I was hooked on this beast from the start but the riff that really sealed the deal was on the albums title track. The riff starts at the 16.00 minute mark on the YouTube link but where it really picks up is at 16.36 where the riff breaks down into “one of the sickest slide guitar riffs in metal history“. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks for listening and for sharing all your picks throughout the year.

 

Waynecro

This was a very difficult decision to make. I haven’t struggled so hard to make a decision since the time I found myself at a charity bake sale my dog’s veterinarian was hosting (I had only three bucks, but I wanted a cookie, a cupcake, a frosted brownie, and a cake ball). I analyzed riffs for days before I decided to just go with my partially functional gut. The riff from 2:04 to 2:30 is the first thing that pops into my head when I contemplate the year’s finest riffs. This riff murders my nuts whenever I hear it. It’s brutal, catchy, and groovy, and it gives me a +10 rage-strength boost when I’m struggling under the bar. This riff is all that is riff, and I think it makes a mighty fine riff of the year.

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start_date 14-12-2014 20:22:33
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  • KJM, Shake Zula
    • Boss theHossRossTossGlossFloss

      I was going to submit Sucker for the Witch, but youtube links were not working and i couldn’t find it anywhere else. I feel so ashamed.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        All I have to say today is this:
        D..C..SOUND ATTACK!
        LET THE RHYTHM HIT ‘EM!
        D…C..SOUND ATTACK!
        DROP THE BOMB! GO!

        • Boss theHossRossTossGlossFloss

          Allow me to add:
          THEY CALL ME EL JEFE, THE PRIMO DE LOS MATADOR, THE MASTER OF THE METAPHOR, A CHAW CHEWING TROUBADOUR, THE ONE YOUVE COME TO LOVE AND ADORE!

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            m/

          • Boss theHossRossTossGlossFloss

            Yep, definitely going to be a Clutch day.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Come with me and walk the longest mile.

          • Boss theHossRossTossGlossFloss

            Oh this BURNING BEARD, I have come undone. It’s just as i feared, I have , I have COME UNDONE!

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I’m not as big a fan as you are, but they rock the fucking house for sure. I saw them back in 1998 opening for Slayer. Next time the stars align properly, I’ll see them again.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            I was fortunate enough to see them twice this year.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            For me it’s definitely a day where I listen to bands Steve Winwood was in. I’m listening to Spencer Davis Group which gave him his big break. Next up is Traffic. Blind Faith is not included because they fucking suck.

          • Waynecro

            My parents played Traffic’s Far from Home a ton when I was a kid. By the way, have you ever listened to Beck, Bogert & Appice? The band’s self-titled album has my favorite rock bass playing ever.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I have that album on vinyl. I enjoy it very much.

          • Waynecro

            Nice, dude. That’s the album that made me want to play bass.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            I’ve encountered problems. Is there any other way I can access your riff?

          • Waynecro

            How fucking weird. Try this:

            http://fulgoramusic.bandcamp.com/track/crutch

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Thanks mate, good riff

          • Waynecro

            Cool. Thanks, man. It never fails to get me ultrapumped.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Buying the album…

            Other then that, i got nothing.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            But which album to buy? I only had the band name to go by

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            The answer I’d like to give you is all of their albums… but the riff I was going to submit is from the song “Sucker for the Witch” from Clutch’s latest album, Psychic Warfare.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            I think we’re having 2 different conversations here. I quite enjoy Clutch and will be seeing them in March.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Confusion may have arisen by the fact I replied to Waynecro’s comment to let him know that his link didn’t work

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Oh. Yes, i do believe there was a miscommunicatuon. Happy to hear about you being a Clutch fan though! Favorite album?

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Earth Rocker

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Right on! That’s a good one. Well, they’re all good ones, any answer is correct. But you picked a good good one.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            I’m going to see them in March. Can’t wait

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Hell yes! I can’t wait until they’re back around my area.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        “This material is unavailable in your country due to BMG, who have blocked it on copyright grounds” IOW, Bite me.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    And on the drums, Gemini.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    On bass guitar, presenting Pisces.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    on lead guitar we have, Aries ^_^

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    and on the microphone, SCORPIO!!!!!!!!

    • GO! Last thing I remember, I was covered by the ruins. I don’t know who to blame for that, but I know who didn’t do it! With every day that passes, it keeps on getting stranger, but that really doesn’t bother me cause I get off on the danger!

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Lovely picks from all ye gentleman. All worthy of the title RotY. Had to vote for TigerAid’s pick, as that Judicator album has re-invigorated my love of epic Power Metal.
    Yes. Power Metal. When done right, it’s magnificent. Judicator do it right. Judicator crvshes all posers with steel.
    ,,,_(>_<)_,/,,/

    • Noble Beast master race

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        Noble Beast is good. I find Judicator far more compelling, but that’s probably a matter of personal taste.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          Judicator was aiigt. Too emotionally heavby though

        • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

          Loves me some Judicator. I would’ve given my left ball to see their shows with Angra. #StuckInNoFunNewsVA

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      I like how everyone herr went from hating power metal to loving it all the sudden.

      Posers

  • riff at 2:32 was the other one I considered. https://youtu.be/4VN7sKOb6Sg

  • Hubert
    • KJM, Shake Zula

      2015 Song Of The Year.

  • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

    Jeez talk about some tough choicea

  • ┼yree

    Best drum performance of the year.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TerfpAlJv5A

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Have you listened to that Hate Eternal yet?

      • let’s make one small adjustment (RFI)

        • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

          Now he’ll listen!

          It was first on my workout playlist today. Way better than the previous, still no King or Monarch

        • more beer

          I saw them last month killer show plus Misery Index who were every bit as good

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Skulls n shit >>>>>>>

    • best “no fucks given” album of the year!

      • (from the band, not us listeners. wanted to clear that up)

      • ┼yree

        Rolling Stone Magazine loved it for some reason too.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Probably because they still hope to have readers after their retired baby boomer fanbase all dies off, so they throw a bone to something good here and there. They had a ‘best doom bands’ list in a recent issue that had Blood Ceremony and Electric Wizard featured(shrugs).

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            I remember reading RS years back, when they said Mastadon is the heaviest band on the planet. They’re heavy, no doubt, but FAAAAAAAAAR from being the heaviest on the planet. That honor goes to Krisiun.

        • Max

          I get the impression somebody must hack into their website and just plant pro-metal articles sometimes for a laugh.

          That’s the only possible explanation I can come up with for Rolling Stone giving a good review to something that isn’t Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen.

          • ┼yree

            I think you are on to something here.

          • Max

            But it’s not as next-level as the perpetrator thinks. If I knew anything about hacking, I would just add even more Dylan and Springsteen articles, all the time – to make Rolling Stone even more explicitly like Rolling Stone.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            About the same with Guitar World. I guess they have to write about something in between the 999999999999th Beatles worship article or the billionth Led Zeppelin circle jerk fest. Or some publicity stunt like them putting the Boston bomber on the front cover (which, from what I can tell, lost them a huge chunk of their readers, and got them permanently banned from being sold at Walgreens).

          • Max

            And let’s not forget the stellar and ethical investigative reporting they did about sexual assault at the University of Virginia. That would have helped their readership, too. It certainly helped their credibility.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Haha yep, they’ve been on the down low since that whole fiasco.

    • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

      Goddayum this is sick as hell!

      http://i.imgur.com/mBlu9U4.gif

  • ME GORAK B.C.™

    GORAK CAVE COLD!!!!!!!!!!

    https://youtu.be/KBH7zkaMSOk

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    Stanley and Brock, congratulations:

    • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

      They got married?

  • Eliza

    Cøâl, you have my vote and my appreciation.

  • I should be spin kicked in the head repeatedly for sleeping on Fulgora. I’m going to remedy that mistake now. Thanks Waynecro!

    • Waynecro

      Awesome, man! That album fucking rips. One of my favorites this year for sure.

      • Sounds a lot like Pig Destroyer to me and I love PD so this is right up my alley.

        • Waynecro

          Both bands have an excellent mix of groove and ferocity.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Gotta agree with Stanley; first time I heard that riff it stood out like a majestic clouded frost spire over the kvltlands ov icegraves.

    • Stanley

      Masterlord, please can you update my riff description to include this riff “stood out like a majestic clouded frost spire over the kvltlands ov icegraves”. Gracias.

  • Wish I could participate in these proceedings more often but Daddy Daycare is in full effect every Saturday morning and today is one of those rare occasions where Daddy Daycare is closed. That being said, my riff of the year is the riff to end all riffs. This brought to you by God Mother’s “Ophiuchus”. At 1:08 this riff comes in like a god damn take out slide at home plate and results in you being put on the 7 day concussion list.
    https://godmothersverige.bandcamp.com/track/ophiuchus

    • Boss theHossRossTossGlossFloss

      That is good.

    • Waynecro

      Dude, YES!!! I almost picked the riff at the end of “Eyes Bleached” this week. This God Mother album is probably in my top ten for the year.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        I submitted the riff at the end of Eyes Bleached on the “er” edition. I got crickets.

        • Waynecro

          CRICKETS JAMMING TO MUTHAFUCKIN GOD MOTHER!!!

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            It was the week that I convinced myself that people who vote, don’t actually listen to the riffs and just vote for what they know

          • Waynecro

            There’s probably some validity to that concern. But if even one person discovers a new riff they might not have heard otherwise, we all win.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            That’s what it’s all about

          • Waynecro

            I’ve discovered tons of awesome music on the Toilet. This is the best metal website, as far as I’m concerned.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            And it’s definitely come a long way since it began. What started off as Joe’s pet project soon became more or less a full time deal that’s gotten bigger over time. So far, we have people from all across America, Canada, Brazil, Ukraine, Venezuela, Finland, the UK, and probably more that I don’t know about on here. I doubt Failure For Blogs or MI can say that.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Yep, pretty much.

        • Lacertilian

          Crickets, you say?

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Yes, crickets

          • Lacertilian

            I’ll take them off your filthy human hands.

        • Peeps need to recognize.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            I think you were the only one who voted for me actually

          • Waynecro

            I don’t think I voted at all. I was mostly still just lurking at that point. Sorry!

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Coal Roll is the only choice for me due to his chutzpah and my love of Maiden.

    • it is a really good riff

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        It sure is.

  • noice! these pics are all really good (even the ones that weren’t supposed to be before pressing play), but i have to go with Boss the Hoss Ross again this week! m/

    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      ?????????????

    • Boss theHossRossTossGlossFloss

      Wait… what?

      • i fixed it

        • Boss theHossRossTossGlossFloss

          Haha, nice, still not understanding though… i didn’t have a riff this week…

          • …………….didn’t you?

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Um… i guess so….

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Did you take the week off to give someone else a chance?

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            I failed this week and could not find a link for my riff.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            I thought I was on a winner this week until someones act of defiance was accepted. I like his moxy.

          • COAL ROLL

            Jimmies rustled

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Nah

      • more beer

        Good name change.

        • Boss the Albatross Ross

          Haha, you can thank Blackbeard for that one.

          • more beer

            Hahaha!

    • Are you living in an alternate dimension?

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Boss the Albatross Ross

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        ALBATROSS!!!!!

        • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

          Ah! well a-day! what evil looks
          Had I from old and young!
          Instead of the cross, the Albatross
          About my neck was hung.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I forget the last time I’ve read the actual poem.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            I crack open some of my poetry anthologies from time to time. Im a big Blake and Keats fan.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Blake for sure. I read a bunch of his stuff for the first time decades ago after I munched a 4-way windowpane.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Perhaps not the best time to try and digest his stuff. Lol

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I’d say the exact opposite could be argued. ^_^ I was hooked from the moment my friend put the book in my hands.

          • KJM, Shake Zula
          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            I donno if youd be interested but this is always dope to peruse

            Blakearchive.org

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Bookmarked.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Think where man’s glory most begins and ends and say my glory was I had such a friend

      • Boss the Albatross Ross

        You can call me crazy!
        You can call me wrong!
        Cause I was born a liar!
        Albatross fly on, fly on!

        https://youtu.be/rKPicUnsPPg

  • Guacamole Jim
    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      I dont wanna get blaow blaowed

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        #PLOPLOPLO #420BLAZEIT #BANGARANG

      • CyberneticOrganism

        #burbleblaow

  • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

    Im gonna end up giving my vote to Brock. One of my most played albums of the year, for good reason. Might as well go ahead and buy the vinyl

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Going with Coal Roal because Up The Irons, that’s why.

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      I submitted Get Shwifty.

      Was not included

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        The Maculate remix, of course.

        • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

          Probably for fear that it would win

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Once the “wubba lubba dub dub” hits you, you just can’t stop dat ass from shakin’!

  • COAL ROLL

    Toda roba MSD.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    The slow riff in Blood Fog. FUCKING HELL.

  • i plan on seeing upvotes from at least @BLVCKBEVRD:disqus and @lmd666:disqus for this one…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGcMoQgAAy4

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      But do you plan on going #BackToTheCabin tonight at 9PM? ^_^

      • i need to catch up, Edward got me hooked on The Leftovers, and now i’m enjoying the shit out of Rick & Morty

        • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

          Infinite points

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Have you finished season 2 of Rick And Morty yet?

          • nope, bout to finish s1 here

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Everybody over 30 do this with your hand!
            Everybody in a red shirt jump up and down!

      • more beer

        I saw it this morning. Good episode. Kind of sad though.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          I’ll be watching it soon. Fully stocked and ready to go.

          • more beer

            I am going to dog sit for 2 1/2 weeks my buddy just called and said he left me. A refrigerator full of food. Money for beer, and a half oz of Afwreck. Which is Train Wreck by Afgooey. I really like both of the straiins to begin with. So both of them combined is fucking Awesome.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            From the 23 to the 30th I gotta babysit my roomies’ pet Pomeranian. She’s pretty low maintenance, as is the cat thankfully.

          • more beer

            You gotta make her leave food, beer and weed.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Lol, that ain’t happening! Most reward I’ll get is the dog not pooping in the house, and maybe just maybe the cat no bugging me to let it inside and outside every 10 fucking minutes.

          • more beer

            I let my cat out. I wait until it is cold and he will be on the porch waiting to get in. If he really wants in he will come to my window. But yoour housemate should show you some kind love taking care of her pets.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Lol, same with our cat, but lately the intervals between her wanting out and wanting back in are getting shorter and shorter. And if I don’t let her out when I go to sleep, she’ll sit by my door and keep meowing. And if I do let her out, she bum rushes me as soon as I wake up and have my morning cig on the porch. I can’t win on this one, I tells ya!

          • more beer

            Mines a pain in the ass too. That’s just how cat’s are.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Eh, but I adore the little turd nonetheless. It’s probably revenge for us naming it Princess Poopypanties.

          • more beer

            I love mine but he is a pain in the ass.

          • more beer

            Plus he is very cute.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I’ve got something called Skywalker OG, and my friends have some Girl Scout Cookies. Earlier in the week it was Egg Salad.

          • more beer

            The Skywalker OG is good so is the Girl Scout Cookies. They have to call that Cookies here now. Because of it being legal. The Girl Scouts were not happy about dispensaries using their name for a strain of weed.

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Actually been jamming this again the last couple days. Solid album, not top 10 tho

    • Waynecro

      That’s a gym jam right there.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      I feel like it would be rude if I didn’t now

    • Count_Breznak

      They always have some fucking awesome songs..and then 3-4 that just sound like Napalm Death.

  • JWEG

    I bet this was already pointed out, but next week isn’t quite a new year.

    I know this because next week is my Birthday, which always happens same day (funny how that works out, eh?) near the end of the year. Expect me to mention it again either on Friday or that Saturday.

    Also: I will consider my fave riff next week to be an additional birthday gift.

  • Stanley

    Hungover 12 mile run. Ouch. Flotsam & Jetsam were pretty awesome last night. Four of the original five members (sans Newstead of course) pulled out some old classics (Hammerhead/Desecrator/She Took An Axe/No Place for Disgrace/Dreams of Death/I Live You Die). Death Angel on the other hand were less than stellar. I’ve seen them a bunch of times and this was probably the worst. They brought it of course, as they always do, but the set list was so meh. And they spent at least 15 mins doing stupid shit when they could have filled that time with the Evil Priest and the Ultra-Violence.

    • OldMetalHead

      I saw those guys on the “Dark Roots of Thrash” thing they did with Overkill and Testament (three years ago I think). At the time I was thinking these guys are still insanely good even after so long a layoff. We need a new Flotsam album. I’m sorry Death Angel weren’t up to snuff last night.

      • Stanley

        Ha. They announced last night that they have a new album coming out in April.

      • Stanley

        Here’s the DA set list. What do you think?

        Relentless retribution
        Claws so deep
        Mistress of pain
        3rd floor
        Left for dead
        Son of the morning
        Seeming endless time
        Stop
        Veil of deception
        Buried alive
        Band Introductions (like we need this)
        Fallen
        Dream Calls for blood

        Encore
        Christmas Krampus Garbage
        Beatles Song Garbage
        Kill as One

        • OldMetalHead

          I don’t understand playing the bullshit during the encore set, that’s supposed to be for the most popular songs.

    • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

      No Place For Disgrace and Doomsday For The Deceiver (one of the very first metal albums I ever heard. 7 years old and rummaging through my brother’s collection) are classics, but they should’ve hung it up after Cuatro.

  • Ted, Stanley, Wayne and Guac, you are all making my Saturday difficult. Thank you and fuck off.

  • Stanley

    Considering that there were some great albums released this year, there are some very average riffs on this list.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Agreed. For some reason I was convinced you would submit Ghost’s Cirice. Not surprised you submitted Mgla though.

      • Stanley

        There you go. That riff in Cirice is a proper riff.

  • Stanley

    Guess I’ll go with Tigger, because of the bown-bown chug at the end of the riff. I like that.

  • tigeraid

    Never mind the fucking riffs, tell me more of this bake sale!

    • Waynecro

      We took our dog to his annual checkup, and there was a table lined with confections right outside the office. I may have squealed with joy.

      • more beer

        Ahhh just like heaven.

        • Waynecro

          Seriously, dude. That ended up being a pretty sweet day.

          • more beer

            Fuck yea. See my above comment for how my day was.

          • Waynecro

            I saw that. Sucks, man. I used to get hassled by the cops a lot. This one creepy officer patted down me and a friend (for a little too long) because he thought we looked like “gang bangers.” I was wearing a Cannibal Corpse shirt and BDU pants. Not typical gang-banger attire.

          • more beer

            Thankfully the sales girl came out of her office and told them I was legit.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Good.

          • more beer

            Yes she is a sweetheart.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I just got a phone call for extra work next week, very happy.

          • Waynecro

            Congrats!

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            More money is always good.

          • Waynecro

            This is true.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross
  • Waynecro

    I took this vote so seriously that I nearly sprained something.

  • Stanley

    The Visit put out their new video today. While it’s all magical, the section at 6:58 is particularly intense.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WnXsOOWUBxg

  • more beer

    I just got stopped by the cops on one of my job sites. One of the neighbors called them and said I looked like a shady character. I’m lucky I didn’t get shot for having my hoodie up. I work outside it’s Colorado it isn’t exactly summer like this time of year. How else should I go to work in shorts and a tee shirt or a suit to power wash?

    • Wear a TOH shirt and nothing else. Damn rhetorical questions……

      • more beer

        I think I still need pants.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          Get another ToH shirt and wear them as pants

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            This is exactly why we needs TOH diapers and unitards.

          • more beer

            So my balls will just hang out of the spot for my head. Wearing them the other way would be like a dress and that’s out.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            That’s the idea. Balls out, free and easy.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Legs through the sleeves

        • No that’s just what modern society wants you to think.

          • more beer

            Plus it is fucking cold here.

          • Now you’re just looking for excuses.

          • more beer

            You go power wash in the cold, when there is snow on the ground. Tell me how that works out. I will keep my pants on.

          • I’ve been tortured by multiple terrorist organizations. Arrested and shot multiple times. A little power wash in the snow is like the bite of a flea.

          • more beer

            And you can do all of that without pants. I don’t like being cold and wet.

          • I don’t see the problem here.

          • more beer

            Okay so you run around without pants then. You have some fancy government badge. You can break the law with impunity. For me cold and in jail don’t work.

          • why would I do that? That seems rather counter productive. Can’t have all the honeys staring at my junk while I interrogate them.

          • more beer

            Because you’re a government cop and we all know cops are above the law.

          • I’m a counter terrorist agent, not a cop. Cops get to go home on the weekend.

          • more beer

            It’s all the same to me you got a badge and a gun. Other government agency’s I consider cops. The FBI, ATF, DEA, CIA, Secret Service, Border Patrol. All cops.

          • I don’t have a badge, badges are for posers.

          • more beer

            Sure you do. All feds have badges.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch
        • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch
      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Had he worn a TOH shirt he would’ve been shot for sure.

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Man, this is one of my greatest fears at work. If it werent for the outfit and company car and communication, im sure it would have happened by now

      • more beer

        I have been doing this for a while. This is the first time It ever happened. Plus I don’t have a uniform I go to work in my most fucked up clothes. Since I my shit gets trashed.

        • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

          Man, my job emails a picture of me to every client i see in a day (anywhere between 5 and 12)

          • more beer

            People don’t even live in the houses I work on yet. All new construction. People who moved in to the other ones are a little paranoid.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Fucking lame. Hopefully the cops acted more reasonable once they realized what was up.

      • more beer

        Yea after the sales girl took my back.

    • Boss the Albatross Ross

      Tuxedo, definitely a tuxedo.

      • more beer

        Hahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Boss the Albatross Ross

          That does really suck though.

          • more beer

            It does they didn’t fuck with too bad. But I hate any contact with those mother fuckers.

      • plot twist: Canadian Tuxedo!

        • more beer

          I will not dress like a Potoo!

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Tennessee Tuxedo!!

          • more beer

            I loved this guy when I was a kid!

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Phineas J Whoopee, you’re the greatest!

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            I think only an irishman is allowed to name his kid Phineas nowadays

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I hope so.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Sounds like a Greek name if anything.

          • more beer

            Hahaha!

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          Canadian tuxedo you say?

      • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch
        • more beer

          Not even when I am dead. I should really down vote this..

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            I’d love to be buried in one of those! Hopefully my junk would still be in rigor mortis mode for all to see when they look in the casket.

          • more beer

            I choose to keep my self respect. Even in death.

    • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

      If you were carrying a Sprite and a bag of Skittles on top of wearing a hoodie, you’d be a goner!

      • more beer

        Thankfully I am in Colorado and not Florida.

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    My number 2 pick for ROTY, main riff
    https://youtu.be/-0Ao4t_fe0I

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Absolution is my favorite track from ‘Meliora’.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        The riff at 12 seconds too on this track. This album shut up a lot of the naysayers
        https://youtu.be/6NzD7zLww2A

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          They’re a Metal band that’s releasing Billboard Top 10 albums, and going on tours that play to sold out clubs and theaters. I don’t think they need to prove anything to anybody now.

          • more beer

            They are a hard rock band at best. But I don’t really like them either.

          • if you see them live, your opinion MAY change

          • more beer

            I don’t really care about all of the spectacle. I prefer bands to just come and and play play their asses off.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            More beer..

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            That’s subjective and that’s fine. I’ve seen them 4 times and they were excellent each time. They also have great taste in opening bands.

          • more beer

            All of that elaborate stage show and costumes just isn’t my thing.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I’ve always been a fan of large productions: original KISS 3 times, Iron Maiden, Dio, David Lee Roth, Peking Opera, so many others.

          • more beer

            I never have. I have only been to maybe 20 shows at big arenas in my whole life. Almost every band I have seen has been in a club setting. Honestly the smaller the better.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I’ve been to shows with 80,000 people and shows with 8. I’m good with both.
            And yes, Ash Vs Evil Dead was very sad at the end, but hilarious at the same time.

          • more beer

            Yea it ended on a sad note. But “I will give you head and you can skull fuck me” was great. Coming from the ex girlfriends head.

          • more beer

            Did you watch the Democratic debate? Fuck, I really hate Hilary Clinton even more now.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            No. I haven’t watched one since 2008. I’m not surprised though. She’s never met a war she didn’t like.

          • more beer

            Nope and that hasn’t changed. Man she looked like Bernie and O’Malley were there just wasting her time. She even looked at Bernie like one of the demons from Ash a few times.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Bernie probably watches the show. ^_^

          • more beer

            Hilary is certainly one of the Deadites. After tonight’s performance I have no doubt

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Hopefully Bernie keeps a boom stick or a chainsaw handy.

          • more beer

            He will need a chainsaw or gun without a doubt.

          • They’re getting regular radio play down here in the AZ now. That song about “I can hear the thunder” or whatever it’s called.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Cirice.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            They got my pick for Earworm Of The Year.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            That too. If you like catchy songs that stick in your brain, they are very good at it. From the first time I saw them live, I knew they were already experienced professionals.

    • Stanley

      Yep. That riff at 1:10 is fuckin’ tasty.

  • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

    I hereby nominate catchin a decent christmas buzz as roty

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OeJ4m1OFjDE

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      That’s what I’m doing.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    BREAKING GNUS: One of my favorite acts of 2015, Witchhelm, have just dropped a new instrumental track on Bandcamp.
    https://witchhelm.bandcamp.com/album/j-tunn

  • Stanley

    Hundreds of riffs of the year on this album. Check out the riff at 0:40. I want you all to be familiar with this riff so that when you see it on a future ROTW, you pick me. Bonus points for listening to the riff at 1:45.

    #stanleystricks

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

    • i like dis. i’m gonna have to pull a GL and order the physical…

      • Stanley

        Get the other one while you’re at it.

      • All the physicals

    • You can has my vote bb

      • Stanley

        Cheers luv.

    • Lacertilian

      You should have submitted this.

      • Stanley

        Maybe, but riff of the year should come off album of the year, no?

        • Lacertilian

          Not necessarily. I thought about submitting a Tempel riff but I honestly think my fave individual riff of the year was from my #10 album.

          • Stanley

            Then you’ve got your albums in the wrong order. It’s all about the riff. The riff lives. The riff breathes. The riff moves inside is. Let the riff prevail. Long live the riff!

          • Lacertilian

            After your scientific approach to AoTY list creation I think you can appreciate that an entire album of 94% riffs should rank higher than an album of 82% riffs with one 100%er mixed in.

          • Stanley

            I can! We have reached consensus. The riff wins. Metal wins.

          • Lacertilian

            The riff abides.

        • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

          *submits Carley Rae Jepsen riff*

  • EsusMoose

    More liek My Dying Eardrums huehuehuehue. Gave the album a try, not my stuff really

    • They have not aged well.

      • Yes they have, Richter.

        • No they have not, Masterlord.

          (Not even a little bit.)

        • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

          Nope, they’ve aged like week old scallops.

    • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

      The vocals killed it for me, on top of the second rate Cathedral guitars. Gah, I used to like this band so much, but now I see why I quit listening to them after Like Gods Of The Sun.

  • OldMetalHead

    I know the Maiden is going to win, and I’m totally ok with that. However I had to pick Jack after Slugdge grabbed me by the balls.

    • Praise mollusca!

    • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

      I was thinking Mgla pretty much had the whole contest on lockdown.

      • OldMetalHead

        You could be right. I thought Maiden had it all sewed up.

  • Lacertilian

    The Alligator Pear made that easy.

    • Guacamole Jim

      #TEAMAVOCADO

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Fuck wid da Guac, you get da Glock #PLOPLOPLO

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Fuck wid da Guac, you get da clap

    • Boss the Albatross Ross

      That Clutch hat makes me happy…

      • Lacertilian

        I’d thought it had been stolen for years until I went looking for my guitar pedal and stumbled across it. Mrs Lizard had put it in a box.

        • Boss the Albatross Ross

          I’m glad to hear about your reconnection!

  • JWEG
    • it’s pretty boss, also the whole song, also the whole album

  • Boss the Albatross Ross

    Somebody must’ve just dumped their music on my local Half Price Books. I’m seeing damn near full discographies of Judas Priest, ACDC, Metallica, Megadeth, Queensryche, Jethro Tull, Gwar, Ozzy and Manowar. With a few odds and ends.

    Kinda makes me sad to see it.

    • Someone did a major black metal dump at the local Zia Records the other month. Leviathan, Xasthur, Immortal . . . these are not the kinds of things one normally sells. Unless one is converting to Christianity or Islam. Or one is dead.

      • Boss the Albatross Ross

        Damn, that’s one hell of a load

        • I don’t know how I feel about purchasing used music though . . . is there a system in place to pay the artists or is it pure profit for the seller.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            I usually will only buy older music that is used or albums that are out of print, etc.

    • more beer

      Sounds like someone died. Or is entangled in a nasty divorce and their spouse gave away something they loved.

      • Boss the Albatross Ross

        That’s why I was a little distressed when I saw it all. Especially with Chriatmas coming up and since half price gives practically nothing for stuff.

        • more beer

          There always could be other reasons. But those two definitely came to mind.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Yeah, it’s happened a few different times to me. Kinda eerie.

          • more beer

            Yea since most people don’t decide I hate y music let me get rid of all of it.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Especially when it comes to metalheads. We get pretty attached to shit.

          • more beer

            No Doubt.

  • Lacertilian

    I like this riff.
    It is best riff.
    I like this riff.
    https://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/track/piety-carved-from-flesh

  • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

    I couldn’t really think of a particular riff for the year, but if I had to choose:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_dUa0Mvp9M

    • Toilet-wide freakout in 4…3…2…

      • Stanley

        Fuck, no!

      • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch
      • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

        Honestly not seeing how or why this would cause a backlash.

        https://iguessimagrownup.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/rashida-jones-the-office-shrug-gif.gif

        • Were you sleeping under a rock for the controversy caused by the last time you dropped a Ghost Bath bomb on this place?

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Lol, oh yeah! Because the band decided, of their own free will, to post the link on their FB page? I thought that’d became a new thing on here if anything.

          • EsusMoose

            It wasn’t really the ghost bath sharing, more people got sick of seeing it pop up on Rotw, but it’s suppose to be fun so doesn’t matter

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Exactly!

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Not to reheat a souffle, but I agree with you.It seems to me this place is here to let people know about new Metal and Metal-related stuff that they may not have heard about anywhere else. Shouldn’t bands participate in that if they care to, and if Joe wants to?

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Pushing the whole “oh it’s cheating because a band backed it up and posted the link!” takes from the whole fun of it. If you read the article regarding that, they even said that people should get bands involved. It brings in readers, gets the bands involved, and is a win win. And it’s not like we’re winning anything haha! It’s not like we’re getting championship belts.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Again, it’s a fun contest meant to get attention on music that people might not know about, and to get this site some page views. You never know who might be browsing this place in their spare time.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Who knows, Taylor Swift might be browsing this page! :-p

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            It’s about like music interviews, which promotes both the band and the site/magazine/blog/whatever. It’s a paradigm that spans the ages.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            This is not a fun contests! This is serious fucking shit, man!

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch
          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            “They” as in whoever does the main articles for ROTW.

        • hotter than Aubrey Plaza

    • oh boy here we go

  • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

    Too many juicy riffs on this one to pick just one, but this would be another pick for ROTY. Riffs start at the start of the album, and gallops out of the gate like Hannibal’s elephants.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7WOng8p24Y

  • more beer

    This guy is on his way to jail next month. I don’t see that working out very well for him. PC or not.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Bubba bout to make him his bitch.

    • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

      Is Dustin gonna have to stab a Screech?

      • more beer

        I think his booty will be getting stabbed and the only screeching will be coming from his mouth.

        • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

          Screech = going from getting slammed in lockers to getting slammed in lock up.

          • more beer

            Yes his next few months are looking pretty bleak.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Hopefully Pharma Bros’ jail time will be much much more horrifying.

            http://cdn.bgr.com/2015/12/shkreli-thug-life.png?w=624

            “Where be your gibes now? Your gambols? Your songs?
            Your flashes of merriment that were wont to set the table on
            a roar? Not one now to mock your own grinning?” -Hamlet

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Luna says Good Morning, or is it “Hey! I’m sleeping here!”(RFI)

    • Boss the Albatross Ross

      Good morning KJM! Start your day off correctly!

      https://youtu.be/pubwrWqyfIQ

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        and you just don’t stoppa

        • Boss the Albatross Ross

          Dun dun da duh.

    • Boss the Albatross Ross

      Are you going to submit a riff next week? If not, I got you covered.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        I don’t think I have anything in mind that fits the criteria.

        • Boss the Albatross Ross

          A certain band called a “group of royal chairs”

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Oh, that’s right! They haven’t released a full album yet. They were supposed to put out something new this year, but it never showed up. You should see the official video for Where Tharsis Sleeps, animated embroidery!
            I’d love to read your opinion of that EP in general. I still crank it on the regular.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            I will have to watch it.

            Let me give it a few more listens. My first listen was not as focused as i would have liked. It was really good though, that’s for sure.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I honestly didn’t like their previous EP as much. It was well done, but the songs weren’t as catchy(for lack of a better word).

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Just listened to it for a second time. It jams yet again. It makes me want to listen to it while watching Total Recall at 3/4 speed. I think it would work well, just put it on loop and nod out. My favorite track is probably Surface of Stone, I love the riffs and transitions in that one, followed by Two Worlds. I also really enjoy the vocals and how they sit right on top of the riff in each song, killer. This is the kind of band I want to be in.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Seriously dank guitar sound with bluesy Phil Lynott/Peter Steele type vocals. All sci-fi Metal should sound like this.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            That’s a good description. Yes it should. Or like Warp Riders.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            check these dudes out. Band is called Egypt.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_owMR67km6Y

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Dang dude, I’m really dropping the ball on this one. Here’s another great recent tune from a newer band that hasn’t dropped a full disc yet. If Lee Dorrian likes ’em, that should be good enough for any Doom fan.They’ll be dropping a 7″ on Rise Above(of course) in 2016.

        https://beastmaker.bandcamp.com/

        • Boss the Albatross Ross

          I will be checking them out as well.

  • COAL ROLL

    Congrats on the co-championship Stanley