RIFF or RAFF: M.O.D. vs Iron Reagan

Today in RIFF or RAFF, our opponents fight it out for the Crossover championship. This week, the combatants are M.O.D. and Iron Reagan. Two Riffs enter, one riff leaves.

Long, long ago was the olden tyme. Few from the era are alive to recount the tales. Our records are spotty at best as it was impossible to blog the minutia of the scene. Back in the ancient age, punk and metal did not get along. Metalheads hated punks and punks hated metalheads. Fortunately, our glue-sniffing ancestors decided to combine the sounds of the two genres in one peanut butter + chocolate concoction that became known as Crossover. Today, we celebrate that sound by sacrificing two noble warriors. You, dear reader, must decide who RIFFS and who RAFFS. The winner of this round will achieve eternal glory. Also, Dubya will do a shitty MS Paint drawing of the winner.

As a Texan, I was tempted to submit a riff from D.R.I.‘s stone-cold classic Crossover. As a millennial, it felt like faking the funk to submit a track from a record that was released the year of my birth. Instead, I’m submitting a riff from a band that formed this decade. Continuing their proud tradition of attacking well-established genres of metal and refreshing them with finely-crafted jams, members of Municipal Waste and Cannabis Corpse brought their motherfucking A-game to Crossover with Iron Reagan. Worse Than Dead, the band’s first full-length displays all the righteous speed and fury that an ADD-addled punk with a penchant for riffage could ever hope for. Tony Foresta and “Land” Phil Hall are so talented that it almost seems unfair to lesser bands. “Cycle of Violence” might be the finest jam the pair have ever penned. From the very beginning up to 0:25, the song builds off a simple, yet imminently headbangable riff. There is no more perfect combination of ignorant punk swagger and thrash riff mastery. When I die, if there is a god, I hope he can tell me how many pounds of weight I’ve lifted to this song. I am currently drunk and headbanging to this riff. Please excuse any typos. –Joe Thrashnkill

In the grand history of Metal, S.O.D.’s Speak English or Die stands as a seminal Crossover Thrash album and any riff on that album would have been a shoo in for winner of this week’s, and any other week’s, RIFF OR RAFF. Its almost not fair how crushing Scott Ian’s riffs are. But I, being the goofball I am, have decided to go with a slightly lesser known album and what would have been S.O.D.’s sophomore album, USA for M.O.D. Billy Milano just couldn’t let go of a good thing while he had it so he continued on the path of S.O.D., recruited his own band and created a vulgar and offensive Crossover classic. With Tim McMurtrie on guitar we have a slightly more headbobbing and fun album. The riffs bounce and thrash all over the dance floor with the finesse of a rusty spoon. Wait, maybe that isn’t a good metaphor. Oh well, it sounds good to me.

Picking ONE riff was really the hardest part, as I just wanted to submit the whole album call it a year and never look back (yes, that is how much confidence I have in this). Alas, I have chosen one in the form of “I Executioner.” Starting off with a solid riff that I have ripped off plenty of times the song speeds up and leads into a SMASHER at 0:31. TIME TO MILANO MOSH! A slight variation segues the song back into the opening riff and into what the bridge of the song at 1:22 with glorious gang vocals shouting “THERE’S NO JUSTICE!!!” And just when you thought things couldn’t get any heavier the breakdown slams you at 1:38. I dare you to stand still during the rest of this song. I DARE YOU!!! There is no way out of it, you will MOSH and you will like it!!! So yeah, vote M.O.D. –Boss The Ross

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 24-09-2016 09:00:00
end_date 30-09-2016 12:00:00
Poll Results:
Best Crossover riff?

LAST WEEK, Lief Bearickson’s 7-string riff beat Esusmoose by a healthy margin of 69 votes (nice). Here is your glorious prize:

lief-bearickson wins

NEXT WEEK I want you to send me your best RIFF FROM A SONG ABOUT ALCOHOL. Want to be the riff wizard? Here’s what you do:

  • Submit your riff at toiletovhell@gmail.com
  • Put “RIFF or RAFF” in the subject line
  • Include a link to a place where we can stream your song
  • Include the timestamp when the riff kicks in
  • Write 150-500 words about why you love this riff, and why we should love it too

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Published on: September 24, 2016

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  • I knew something with Tony Foresta on it was going to make the cut.

  • Randall’s Sweaty Space Pants

    My heart says IR, but Tony’s hit or miss vocals, get on my nerves. Then again, this is about riff raffs and not the vocals. That MOD is classic though.

    This is riffraffonundrum.

  • Toiletron, Flusher Of Gods

    That Iron Reagan guy’s so metal, even his boogers are made of steel (judging by that pic).

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Tasty choice Joe

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Had you picked DRI i would’ve declared you the winner by Texas default

  • BobLoblaw

    I was expecting some Suicidal Tendencies this week.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    should be seeing IR on wednesday, so ill drop my vote there.

    • more beer

      I have seen them 3 times. They were good every time.

      • Yeah, I’ve heard that band brings it live.

        • more beer

          Yea they really do. They are playing here 2 or 3 days before I go to CDF or else I would go see them again.

  • tertius_decimus

    Miss those RIFF OF THE WEEK charts.

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  • EsusMoose

    I lost by 69 votes? Very nice. I can’t be more proud of my failure as a human being

    • more beer

      Keep in mind. Billy Milano isn’t exactly well liked by those who are PC.

      • EsusMoose

        Thankfully my failure is based on poor taste and not from being from New York

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    You’ll guys don’t even mosh.

  • Waynecro

    You have my vote, Boss. Nice work! Also, after seeing that outstanding Microsoft Paint rendering of last week’s winner (Dude, is he wearing an Agoraphobic Nosebleed hat?), I have never wanted to win anything so much in my life.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Thank you Mr. President!

      I know, on good authority, that is most assuredly an Agorapgobic Nosebleed hat

      • Waynecro

        That’s so awesome. I was listening to Agoraphobic Nosebleed (and Handsome Prick, Pig Destroyer, Contagion 237, and Jesus Ain’t in Poland) in the gym today.

  • Major Zim

    Honestly neither riff stands up to the one that bookends this perfect dilution of hardcore songwriting. I’m kicking myself for not submitting this beauty. It was my introduction to hardcore/crossover, and it’s so good I didn’t even bother checking out the discography of the band, let alone the rest of the genre. Why would I when everything I could want from the genre is encapsulated in just over two minutes? Hardcore heavy mosh, classic d-beat, even a little double bass with the gloriously mushy production of classic OSDM drums, and a breakdown so simple, pure and angry that as a teen who got into metal through the golden age of metalcore, it was the final nail in the coffin of the escalating breakdown race. It showed me where everything “-core” had come from and that nothing could compare to the original when you do it right. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F13nVmQcENk

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      That’s pretty jamming

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    If someone doesn’t pick one of the tracks off any of my alcohol themed albums for next week I will be ashamed. Also here’s a new album from Mr. In Your House 4.


  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    Sorry Boss

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      It was rigged

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        Didn’t want to vote against MOD but that Iron Reagan is one of my favourites

  • B00mhauer

    LOVE that Iron Reagan riff, gets stuck in my head for days every time I see them play it live. That MOD riff is killer too, so this was a tough one. had to go with Iron Reagan on this one.

  • Guppusmaximus

    Iron Reagan are pretty cool. Love the riffs…BUT, I absolutely cannot vote for them over a band that helped pioneer such crushingly, headbangable riffs that were groovy as fuck.
    The fact that Milano & crew were willing to push buttons with their hateful & crass music during that assclown’s presidency in a time of such suffocating religious conservatism is stuff of legend, imho. I don’t recall (smirk) another band who gave any less fucks…


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