Riff ov the Week: 1-2-15 // Riffs from New Bands

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expressive young man playing rock-n-roll music on his electric guitar – retro, vintage style.

I shit you not, dude. That’s what it says.

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I’m sure you’re all dying to know whose entry won RIFF OV THE YEAR 2015 last (sorta) week. Drum roll, please…

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And there you have it. A lame tie. If anyone was wondering — I got 2 votes.

This week we’re running with an idea Joe had – riffs from bands that have no yet dropped a full-length album.

Next week, it’s a normal contest. Just get some killer riffs in. My Saturday needs them. Send your riffs to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com. Include your name, a link to the video, the time of the riff, and a short description. If you have an idea for a theme, do let me know. They’re quite fun.

Ok!

 

Masterlord

I saw one (or was it some?) of you smuggle this album onto your year-end list regardless of the fact that it’s actually just an wee little EP. For that I commend you, and I sorta regret deciding against it myself, because this EP has been crushing my bones to a coarse, shard-ridden powder and snorting it since early September. After a little Demilich worship, they kick into a tremolo riff (about 0:50) that melts all my innards every time like damn.

 

Joe

0:08 – HA, I win.

 

W.

Yes, Khthoniik Cerviiks have completed their debut full-length, and yes, that full-length is sitting in my inbox, but technically speaking, this band has still not released a proper full length, and that’s the best kind of speaking. The riffs in “The Great Sidereal Swindle” flow like molten chaos, but I’ll go with the weird atmospheric riff that sounds like a swarm of sentient meteorite locusts at 0:36.

 

Nordling Rites of Karhu

Tukkanuotta is stupid fun, we’re talking Power Trip levels of fun. They’re so fun I’m willing to wager they’re Danish instead of Finnish as they claim (fuck Denmark, go Riddemark). During their career they released four Eps and a split. This riff is from their last ep, start at the beginning. Unfortunatley Tukkanuotta met it’s demise early this year as an amendment to the propaganda law was passed, finally banning “fun”, so we will never see a full-length.

 

Vegglampe

The weird thing is that i had an idea for a riff the moment I saw the theme, but life and stuff got in the way of the more important things, riff submisions. Moon Tooth is a fun not-Leprous-progressive-progressive metal band with fun riffs. The opening riff of Storm Pill is especially fun.

 

Gorak

GORAK LIKE RIFF AT 1:35!!!

 

Richter

4:48. This was one of my favorite finds of 2015–even though it was released in I think 2014. (When, o when, will we see a full length?) It comes from an EP or demo or something. From the pretty good label Fallen Empire. It’s NAME YOUR PRICE, CHEAPSKATE at the camp of bands, so why not go throw them a few euros or shekels or whatever and get low with your bad self ???

 

Brouroboros

Opening riff of the title track off the debut demo by Venifixion. This riff mercilessly beats the shit out of you then leaves before you have a chance to beg for mercy.

 

Virgil the Ghost Poet

Who doesn’t love Whores. They just got signed and their first full length of noisy goodness will be released later this year.

 

Eliza

I actually didn’t believe “Speed Metal Project” was a legitimate band when I first came across them. Turns out they are and the opening riff in this song is kinda cool.

 

Waynecro

Off the top of my head, I can think of only a couple bands with killer demos/EPs and no full-length album. I could have done a little research, but I’m on vacation. It’s imperative that I stay away from computers as much as possible during this vacation, or I won’t regain enough sanity to make it through 2016 without being a threat to myself and others. Anyway, the beginning riff (which goes until about 0:36) is one of the dirtiest, nastiest, bleakest, angriest, heaviest riffs I’ve heard in ages. This chain of superlatives applies to the entire crushing song, which is pure desolation.

 

Xinen

11:18. These riffs are my kind of catchy. Simple but effective, and returning from the opening of the song. The speedier riff is cool but its the badass groovy bit that hooks me each time. Every time I listen to it I feel the urge to headbang. BÖLZER manage to bring rawness and wed it with unorthodox riffs that set them apart, leaving myself and others highly anticipating a full-length.

 

Ted Nü-Djent

Ever have an album that jumps up out of nowhere and just sucks you in? Yeah it happens quite a bit but for me the one that did the most this year is the debut album from Tau Cross.In an album chock full of riffs it was damn hard to pick just one so in the end I decided to go with the main riff from Fire In The Sky (about 41 seconds in, listen until the end of the first chorus). Such huge, catchy anthemic riffs in this song that if you don’t like it, one would have to ask, “Do you even riff bro?”

 

Boss the Ross

A few weeks back the Toilet’s favorite doomshake, KJM, introduced me to an English band by the name of Throne. He told me to check out their EP, Where Tharsis Sleeps and said it was a concept about terraforming Mars. So I gave it a listen.Riffs, riffs and more riffs.Riffs piled on top of riffs cascaded upon me. It was superb. My pick for rffiest song is “Surface of Stone”. The intro riff hits you, proceed the head-nodding and the verse riff kills it. The interlude comes around the 2:45 mark, drum beats at 3:15 and your just waiting on the buildup. STOP. 3:43 kicks in, hell yes. The riff changes once at 4:13 but I want you to pay attention to the change at 4:28. That’s THE RIFF. The excellence in it’s descending notes with an ascending finish is pure bliss.You’re welcome. (All votes are to be shared with KJM).

 

Lacertilian

Icelandic band Naðra released this 2-track album in 2014 and are set to drop a full-length in January 2016, their band name has a cool looking letter in it, so you know it’s good. Naðra feature members of MisÞyrming, Carpe Noctem and Skáphe, 66.6% of whom, also have cool letters in their names, so you know it’s going to be extra good. The riff starts at the beginning. It’s really extra good, you know?

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This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 14-12-2014 20:22:33
end_date 15-01-2016 23:59:59
Poll Results:
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  • Boss the Damage Case Ross

    Certainly beefed up since the 3 entries last week. I could’ve had a shot then.

  • Maybe one day no one will win one of these. Everyone loses.

    • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

      And that is why we should have a Deathcore RotW!

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        There’s already been a nu-metal RotW. That was too much. Plz no deathcore.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Id like that. There’s some good deathcore out there, it’s just buried under a ton of shit.

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      I said last week that this rotw was tailor made for you, you should have submitted

    • Heroic Nipple Farts Of Doom

      Then JJD will upvote himself and claim victory.

  • Dubs

    I voted for Wayne. Altarage was my other option for this contest.

  • Boss the Damage Case Ross

    Masterlord – consider innards melted
    Joe – wait, you won already?
    W – that is eerie
    Beargod – mmm… thrashy 5/5
    Vegglampe – proggy
    Gorak – SMASH!!!!
    Richter – might be eerier than Dubs’
    Brouroboros – I can’t feel my face
    Virgil – I love Whores (the band, right?)! So good live
    Eliza – Terrible band name, killer old school riff though
    Waynecro – holy shit. CRUSHING!
    Xinen – i might like this better than Joe’s
    Ted – I like this a lot, thanks Ted!
    Lizard King – Yes, really extra good.

  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHa I guessed Lizard’s pick last week and he LIED ABOUT IT.

    Also, Lizard’s pick won’t play. : (

    • ..

    • EsusMoose

      It’s nadra with a silly looking d not nadra, come on what would all those silly looking iceland-people think?

      • They’d think silly things.

        • EsusMoose

          Silly Iceland and their fermented sharks

          • I didn’t go near the fermented shark. Had some killer fish balls though…

          • EsusMoose

            That sounds awful, but I’m not a big fish eater nor ball eater.

      • Lacertilian

        Exactly Moose, I thought you were craftier/better than this Richter.

  • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

    I guess I shouldve submitted one then, since no one picked it

    • Boss the Damage Case Ross

      Picked what? The anticipation is killing me.

      • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

        Ill never tell!

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Fine

        • Boss the Damage Case Ross

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    BOSS

    • Boss the Damage Case Ross

      KJM!

      • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

        I think my vote will go to ross, as well.

        • Boss the Damage Case Ross

          Thanks Blackbeard!

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            I think you’re the new riff lord

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            As much as I would like to claim that title, I have not actually won any of the RotWs. It’s either been a tie, or second place.
            And your pick was awesome this week, i voted for it, sorry to hear it didn’t fit the theme though. Still has turned me on to the band though.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Yeah, I should have read the terms but with the crazy holiday period I just glanced and saw ‘new band’ and submitted the first one that came to mind.

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            Understandable, thanks for the recommendation of the band though. Tau Cross is pretty badass.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            No problemo

          • Bosse de Hosse Rosse

            Yeah, that album kicks major ass. I got around to listening to it all the way through, it kills.

  • Super Nintendo Chalmers

    Masterlord. I would have voted Joe but he lied about working out so now I don’t trust him.

    Also that Blood Incantation is what we refer to in the bizzzz as siiiiiiiick, dude.

  • Eliza

    It’s more power metal than speed metal, but whatever. Enjoy the awkward video, guys.

  • Richter get’s my vote. Fuck, that riff is grim and cold. Such a killer release too! I think I’ll play that cassette now.

    http://i.imgur.com/yMFm7kg.jpg

    • I have that candle. Slightly used.

  • Bucky O’Hare

    Widdlies start at at the 3:08. Best riff of the year, IMHO.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XQgkaLL-jU&list=PL6Ij23BWQU1vqz1gJAuc-lMdw8ngyDfBe

    • Boss the Damage Case Ross

      Someone else knows Bucky O’Hare??!?!?!!!!!

      • Bucky O’Hare

        Yep! 😀
        Ps, it’s KJU.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I do. He was a video game character. He’s much better than Bubsy and Awesome Possum.

        • Boss the Damage Case Ross

          Comic character first, but you still get credit!

          I picked up Tres Hombres on vinyl yesterday. Sounds amazing.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            They released a ZZ top box set with the original mixes of the albums that they destroyed with that Six Pack box set.

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            CD box set?
            Yeah, unfortunately that was my only way of listening to ZZ Top growing up. When i found out the truth, I was a little upset. I’m glad i was able to find an original pressing yesterday though. Real drums sound far superior to the programmed replicas.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Bubsy 3D >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Surely you jest.

      • Heroic Nipple Farts Of Doom

        Yep yep! Loved it as a kid. Oddly enough, the comics are still around.

    • Eliza

      Me likey!

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Power metal = EWWWWWWWW

      • Eliza

        :,(

        • Boss the Damage Case Ross

          Don’t let the mean Tapir get you down. Kill him with POWER!

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh93IHj0Odw

          • Eliza

            EPIC!

          • Sir Tapir The Based
          • Eliza

            To be honest, this is pretty great too.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            One of my all time tip top favourite albums, in fact.

          • Eliza

            Cool! I’ll give it a listen too, I like this song.

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            grim… we will let you live.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Best owl in metal.

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            This is growing on me, i like it.

          • Bucky O’Hare

            Have to give you credit. This is one of the best CDs I’ve heard in years.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6xJbJnuANE

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Stop giving him credit

          • Bucky O’Hare

            Listen to it. 😉

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Meh

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            You say that just because I recommended it

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            I would cast a spell but im out of Mana Mana

          • Eliza

            XD

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I am now unstoppable!

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            A small victory for the Tapir!

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            This might be the first time we disagree on something hahaha.
            I think 99% of power metal is god awful 🙂

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            Haha, i can live with that. I enjoy over the top music and have the sense of humor to see how goofy it really is sometimes. Just don’t talk bad about Blind Guardian and a handful of others and I’ll be alright.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I don’t know if Nevermore can be considered power metal. But if they are, they’re probably the only power metal band I really really like.
            I have no strong opinion on Blind Guardian though. Out of all the typical 90s power bands I think they’re the most enjoyable. I think that some of the modern bands such as Dragonforce or Sabaton are cringeworthy.

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            Eh, I don’t think I’d call them power metal.

            Dragonforce became cringeworthy, Valley of the Damned is a good album though, for power metal.
            I will forgive you for the Sabaton dislike.

          • Bucky O’Hare

            I’ve heard them being called power metal (they were even in the Power Metal A-Z book I had), but they’ve said over and over that they’re not. Nevermore is a whole bunch of things rolled into one, so pretty hard to pigeonhole them.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Whats it like, being wrong 99% of the time?

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Good question. Maybe a power metal fan on here can answer that question for you 🙂

      • Bucky O’Hare

        Oh, listen to the song past the 3 minute mark.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        icky dragon cooties

      • Heroic Nipple Farts Of Doom
    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Dis good

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Another song by Throne with animated embroidery!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=693ziR0qKfo

    • Eliza

      Love the song and the video.

    • Boss the Damage Case Ross

      I was going to pick this song so everyone could watch the video, but i couldn’t pass up the riff in Surface of Stone.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        The other songs on the EP are much better.

        • Boss the Damage Case Ross

          That riff section just does something for me though.

        • Boss the Damage Case Ross

          I also walked around yelling(not really yelling) SURFACE OF STO-ONE! for a week after i heard it.

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    Gosh dung it, I could’ve submitted Teksti-Tv 666. Well, it wouldn’t have gotten any votes, so nothing was lost.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OXesXgSWUuM

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Hipster

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        I’m a Goofster and a Gaffster.

        • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

          Speak english

  • Bucky O’Hare

    Eliza got my vote. What language is that in? Sounds like Hungarian, Serbian or Romanian.

    • Eliza

      Thanks! The band is from Java actually, but I don’t know whether the vocalist is singing is her own native language or another one. If it were Romanian, I would have known.

      • Bucky O’Hare

        Still sounds great! The language sounded Eastern European.

        • Eliza

          No problem!

  • Boss the Damage Case Ross
    • Eliza

      I don’t know why I avoided Melvins until now, I like the sound of this album.

      • Boss the Damage Case Ross

        Melvins are excellent. They’re kind of a weird band to get into if you don’t like them initially.

        • Eliza

          That’ll be alright. I love them already. This album at least.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Probably my favourite Melvins album. Fucking fuck fuck is it good!

      • Boss the Damage Case Ross

        I’m glad we can agree on Melvins! I don’t care what they say Tapir, you’re good in my book.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          And you are pretty good for a power metal fan :]

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            Golly! Thanks mister Tapir!

  • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED
    • Eliza

      O_O Amazing O_O

    • Boss the Damage Case Ross

      Lots of Crowbar in this, and it’s not a bad thing.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Here’s JJD’s Live Track of the week: Ohio/Machine Gun off of The Isleys Live. Any band Hendrix was in before becoming famous at least deserves some credit. These guys are awesome.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44543L4e7As

  • JWEG

    I almost submitted my most recent doom discovery – Ape Cave – but it would have been rejected if you had noticed before I did that they actually would put out a Full Length on January 1st **.

    Here’s the full EP:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsMIknzydvw

    I dig the main riff from the title track (tune at 10:30, riff at 11:00), especially in its slow thunderous form from 13:49 because of its simplicity.

    ** There was no link on Bandcamp for Pillars of Evolution until yesterday, but a single went up on YouTube mid last month:

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

  • As good as that riff in “Entranced by the Wolfshook” is, I’ve actually always preferred the one that directly follows it. It KILLS.

    • You are alone in the world.
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      Alone.

  • Akurion (featuring ex-members of Cryptopsy and Neuraxis) are working on my most anticipated album of 2016. Riff starts at 3:00, but the whole thing is the best ever
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BakfZNGm4lY

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Oh Ted. Oh Ted oh. That’s an invalid choice. Ted oh. Ted oh Ted.

    • ted doesn’t give a shit about the rules; he doesn’t give a shit about you, me, or his kids. he’s only concerned with being the funniest human being on the internet

      • Lacertilian

        When an invalid riff has more votes than you..

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        And failing miserably

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      New band broheim

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Upon closer inspection, you’re right

  • Sir Tapir The Based
  • Warheart

    I was thinking of submit this gorgeous tune full of sweet riffs, but I guess it would be kinda cheating.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lApyg02VnI

  • Dearest Ted:

    I do not even riff, bro.

    Not in a house. Not with a mouse.

    I do not like Green Riffs & Ham.

    • EsusMoose

      I tried to rhyme, it was bad, I hate things.

      • I tried to rhyme, it was a waste of thyme, I hate Kate.

        (Sorry, Kate, but you suck.)

  • JWEG

    Another just-discovered retro doom possibility (Demo from exactly a year ago): https://timerift.bandcamp.com/album/demo-2015

    My fave track so far (with two of the best riffs) “The Cimmerian” hasn’t been uploaded by that user, though, or it definitely would have been emailed. And the other missing track “Dusty Shelf” is basically a psychedelic stoner-jam around a single stretched-out riff, and awesome for it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJQRTgQDsaM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkvv1Ezzwt8

    • Boss the Damage Case Ross

      Yeah, this jams

  • EsusMoose
  • Boss the Damage Case Ross

    Anybody else seen Hateful Eight?

    • Lacertilian

      I think there’s thread on the FB group with people discussing.
      Cheers for the gift too dude!

      • Boss the Damage Case Ross

        Oh, cool.
        No problem!

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      BOMB

      • Boss the Damage Case Ross

        Yes it was!

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    I get 1 vote. 1 god damn vote! Damn!

  • Lacertilian

    Voted for Xinen, same riff but the description was well above his cocky gloating.

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    Khthoniik Cerviiks, Altarage, BÖLZER, Tau Cross and Naðra are good picks!

  • Moon Tooth all the way.

  • God ov War

    Now I have 15 more bands to listen. Thank you dudes 🙂