Riff ov the Week: 12-5-15 — NWOBHM

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crazy hat guy having fun playing his electric guitar

You’ll get Schubert when you prove yourselves worthy of him and not one fucking second earlier. Until then, you’ll get crazy hat guy, and you’ll like it.

TOH ROTW:NWOBHM. That’s a long acronym, dude.

I wasn’t expecting very many riffs this week because I don’t see a lot of love for NWOBHM around these parts, but boy oh boy you folks proved me wrong. And they’re mostly pretty good riffs, too. Mostly. Even if you dorks do only know three NWOBHM bands.

Next week:

  • Normal, non-specified riffs. Send them to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com. Include your name, a link to the video, the time of the riff, and an explanation.
  • Start thinking of your favorite riff of the year. We’ll be having a Best Riff of 2015 contest in the coming weeks.
  • If you have an idea for a theme, let me know.

 

Masterlord

I’ll go with a classic for once. Start at the beginning.
Yeeaaaaaaaa-yyeah!

 

W.

Swiggity swooty. At 3:39, Diamond Head is coming for that booty.

 

Zeke

Once upon a time Queensryche were good… like REALLY good. Mindcrime is the kind of fruit that hangs too low for a true ROTW sportsman, so I’m going with a gem from Rage For Order. Riff starts at 0:37.

 

Ted Nü-Djent

You know the riff. But in case you’re a total poser, go to 1.25

 

JWEG

The opening riff of track 2 – “Getcha Rocks Off” (2:51) – is 100% undeniably NWOBHM weedly-deedly goodness. Also: Stay for the tune-closing guitar solo (here from 5:47).

 

Odinn

I am Óðinn, the God of wisdom, war, art, culture, and the dead. I am the supreme deity and creator of the cosmos. Your false gods are meaningless. They will be destroyed. This is my Riff ov the Week submission, a song about Lemmy’s teeth called Snaggletooth by a band named Motörhead. The riff starts at 0:02. If you don’t vote for a song about Lemmy’s teeth, you are a poser. It is known. Hail Óðinn!

 

Lacertilian

You know why I chose the riff @ 1:07?
Fuck you, that’s why.

 

Ellipsis

A rare Diamond Head song Metallica hasn’t covered, To Heaven From Hell’s outro, beginning at 4:44, showcases the galloping rhythms and sizzling melodies you want in a NWOBHM song…

 

Vegglampe

There are some fruits that hangs lower than others. Motörhead is one them this week. 0:13.

 

Tigeraid

I wanted to get all cool and obscure, but I’m a Power Metal brother at heart, and most NWOBHM helped shape modern Power in many ways. What better example than Saxon? The base riff throughout this anthem is plodding, heavy and righteous. The solo is pretty epic too.

 

Eliza

The opening riff is just the right balance of heavy and fast, resulting in a memorable part.

 

KJU

You knew this was coming.

 

Link

This is NWOBH not made by British. This is Resistencia, my favorite Venezuelan band, the pioneers of the metal way on my country and bringer of many epic riffs to our lands. The main riff is an aggresive piece adorned by the entire band excellent musicianship. To this date, few Venezuelan bands had been to their level. Beware the face-melting solo and the groovy bass lines.

 

Boss the Ross

When tasked with finding a NWOBHM riff, many riffs and bands came to mind. It was overwhelming. Searching through the underbelly left me exhausted and then it hit me… the one band to fully embrace NWOBHM and keep the spirit and sound alive. SAXON. Yes, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest may be bigger bands with bigger riffs and bigger records sales, but both bands have changed their sounds over the years and strayed from the NWOBHM. Saxon, on the other hand, has waved the banner for pure British Heavy Metal for the span of their nearly 40 year career. Name another band from the NWOBHM that can boast 21 albums(besides Motorhead). Hands down, Saxon IS the NWOBHM, and what better song to represent this band than Denim and Leather. EVERY metalhead can relate to this song. Regardless of age or era, this song and riff brings us all together.

 

Coal Roll

Riff starts at ~0:33. If you’ve never heard this riff I suggest you visit your local “gentleman’s club” for an introduction.

 

Stanley

Speedy NWOBHM. Biff! Riff starts at 0:40. Big brother approved!

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This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 14-12-2014 20:22:33
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Poll Results:
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  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Love me some Queensryche but…but…

    • Zeke

      But what, fucker?!!!?!?!

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        They’re not exactly British?

        • Zeke

          Does a band have to be actually British to be nwobhm? I guess it’s in the name, but I always just thought it referred to the style

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I think so, but I’m not running this place so I don’t make the rules. Rage For Order is actually my favorite QR album.

          • Zeke

            I don’t listen to enough nwobhm to try to think of any other non-British examples. But anyway, I think rage for order has become my favorite Queensyche album too

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I didn’t like it at first because it was too different from The Warning. In time, I realized that was the whole point, to make something different that would stand out. And then they did it again with Mindcrime.

          • Zeke

            The warning is actually my least favorite Queensyche album (or should I say, REAL Queensyche album, if you catch my drift). I think it’s too traditional nwobhm for me

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            Even if so, Queensryche’s a German name if anything.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Not really but I dunno if I’d put ‘Ryche in that category anyway. Fantastic band back in the day nonetheless

          • Zeke

            I’d definitely consider their debut EP, the warning, and various other songs (like the whisper and the needle lies) to be nwobhm style, regardless of country of origin. Neue regel is probably too out there to be considered true nwobhm, but I think it’s badass so I submitted it since it’s close enough.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        They’re bad.

  • ┼yree

    Wow, lots of good shit here.

  • Dubs

    Man, it’s basically Diamond Head vs. Saxon.

    • Stanley

      vs Def Leppard vs Motorhead.

      • Dubs

        Less from those two, though.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Went with Snaggletooth.

        • Stanley

          Tut.

        • Óðinn

          Fuck yeah! And not just because that was my submission. Because Lemmy.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I have ‘No Remorse’ on vinyl.

          • Óðinn

            Nice. I’ll have to buy a turntable again. I’ve been thinking about getting a Thorens.

            I think I still have it in storage….but I used to have a limited edition No Remorse with a leather cover. Wasn’t particularly good leather if I recall correctly (and may have been fake leather, don’t recall exactly). Anyway, it was cool when I was a teenager.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            When I get a new turntable it’ll probably end up being an Audio Technica. They’re reasonably priced and I don’t need a receiver because of the pre-amp.

          • Óðinn

            Good call.

            I actually had a good stereo at one time. I had break-in many years ago, and my stereo and CD collection were stolen. I replaced a good portion of the CDs but used some of the insurance money to pay of debts rather than replace everything that was stolen.

            I’m thinking now that I’ll get a component stereo again sometime in the near future. I want to get a vintage McIntosh receiver and/or tube amps. I’ll pair it with a new Thorens turntable, a high-end D/A converter, and possibly a vintage Nakamichi Dragon. Maybe some vintage JBLs too.

            http://product-images.highwire.com/6988718/1584.jpg

            http://img.usaudiomart.com/uploads/large/988344-mcintosh-mc240-vintage-tube-power-amp.jpg

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      When I did radio in college I tried to get them to book a concert with Diamond Head and Raven. It got pretty far along but Diamond Head couldn’t make it. It ended up not happening because of that.

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

        Vote Grim Reaper, or Puff Daddy will kill you!

      • Óðinn

        John Gallagher is a pretty easy going guy. Likes his JD. Long story, I almost accidentally killed him with a pizza. Honest mistake.

  • Nativian Taco

    Yup

    • Boss the Ross

      Vinyl it is.

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

        Or cassette.

        • Boss the Ross

          Ooooh, cassette

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            How I fucking hated those things! I couldn’t switch to CD quick enough.

          • more beer

            Then you would have really had fun with 8 tracks.

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            Might as well be playing one of those 8 lbs records from the 1800s at that point.

          • more beer

            Those things sucked so much worse than cassettes.

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

        BTW, Manowar just released this today.

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

        • Boss the Ross

          Too bad its the rerecorded version.

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            Yeah. Their last one wasn’t very good at all.

          • Boss the Ross

            Even though Ross isn’t with them, I’m not going to lie, I still want to see them live. But they basically only play Europe now, which is understandable, it just sucks.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Just put a set of these on my Ibanez. Sounds about twice as loud unplugged.

          • Boss the Ross

            Huh, I havent tried those. I like the size, i might have to try them.

            I’ve been using these. With the occasional ernie balls, depends on thw guitar.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0b5b15064d37336b524d5beb162f7f2331d214dd95cdbe74b2d0930c519bd26e.jpg

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Y’know, the NYXLs say ‘optimised for C’ but at c# or C it’s like stringing a bow close to the headstock. I think the tension would probably be best at B, but I still need to experiment.

          • Boss the Ross

            Check your truss rod tension as well.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm
          • Boss the Ross

            Are you going to get it?

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Possibly. When antichristmas falls I’ll have some more money so I may not have to choose between buying that and the 6505 combo.

          • Boss the Ross

            Getting both would be pretty awesome.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            I mean there’s also someone selling a Rg1527 for about £100 more, and all the prestige ibanezes (?) I’ve played have been stupidly easy to play, so I’m weighing my choices up.

          • Boss the Ross

            Cool, right on.

  • Guacamole Jim

    What has nine arms and sucks?

    Def Leppard.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Nah, their first 3 albums were ok, especially High N Dry.

    • Dubs

      I’m surprised this wasn’t delivered in gif form.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      One armed drummers>>>>>>>

    • CyberneticOrganism

      A mutated squid?

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Their first EP is actually really good. I like their stuff up until Adrenalize.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Nope

      • I”ve always been down with Pyromania. There’s a few decent tracks on Hysteria (even though they went soft) but I can’t listen to Wipe a Booger on Me even one more time TBH.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I hate Pour Some Sugar on Me as well but most of their singles are really good.

          • “I don’t know man; they kinda sound too much like songs. Songs make me really bitchy. We just need to tryhard-er, JJD.” 😛

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I prefer songs with an actual structure.

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            Pour Lex Luger On Me

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I hate him. Miss Elizabeth died because of him.

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            And he was a shitty wrestler in general. Looking at him nowadays, it looks like karma definitely caught up with him. Nowadays, he looks like Klaus Kinski with full blown AIDS.

        • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

          Pour Some Loogies On Me

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

        I like Hysteria and Pyromania, haven’t heard High N Dry or Through The Night. I saw them with Journey (with their second singer) years ago, and they were fucking horrible live.

        • Óðinn

          Their early albums kinda sounded like AC/DC.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I was about to say that in my description of High N Dry, a more melodic AC/DC.

          • Óðinn
          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            Might have to check those out sometime.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          High N Dry is their best imo. It has the highest amount of quality songs without the overdone production of later albums, especially Hysteria.

          • Óðinn

            I’d have to agree with that. I’m not really a fan, buy High ‘n Dry is their best.

      • JWEG

        Obviously I agree with the first sentence.

        Wouldn’t make sense to have submitted it if I didn’t, though…

  • Eliza

    Damn, I like all of these songs! I’m not kidding, this edition has some of my all-time favourite songs. This will be a tough choice.

  • KJM, Shake Zula
  • Nativian Taco

    http://youtu.be/Ll4Ij58497Q
    Can you survive the Blitzkrieg?

    • Óðinn

      They stole that from Metallica. 😉

  • Nativian Taco

    I voted for Saxon, but I should have voted for Angel Witch. FUCK!!!

    • Boss the Ross

      Its a hard decision, Angel Witch rips.

      • Nativian Taco

        Yes, sir

  • Nativian Taco
  • Guacamole Jim

    The Masterlord gets my vote, and my heart.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      TOH couple ov 2015

  • CyberneticOrganism

    DENIM AND LEATHAAAAAAH
    BROUGHT US ALL TOGETHAAAH

    • Boss the Ross

      IT WAS YOU THAT SET THE SPIRIT FREEEEEEE!

  • Vault Dweller

    DENIM
    AND
    LEATHER

    PAY 20 CAPS, YOU LECHER

    • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

      Welcome to the Toilet!

    • Boss the Ross

      Welcome to the throne of porcelain of hell of doom of death!

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Such a hard decision.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Dude, Ash Vs Evil Dead just gave us some ‘Renegade’ by Styx on the soundtrack. #DadRockLyfe

      • more beer

        It also gave us “can I string your racket”.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Yay!

  • Queensryche song is busted, 1:50 – 2:03 includes a random clicking noise

  • RustyShackleford

    Denim and Leather is THE riff! Fucking jams. Yep.

    • Boss the Ross

      My thoughts precisely.

  • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

    Today I learned that Queensryche is from Britain!

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Bolt Thrower are my favourite NWOAHM band.

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

        Galneryus is my favorite New Wave Of Congolese Metal band.

        • Dave Vincent’s Perm

          Ghost Bath are my favourite Chinese band.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Swans are my favourite Indonesian band.

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            I thought Swans were from Greenland all this time. I learn something new everyday!

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            Sigur Ros are my favorite Mexican mariachi metal band.

          • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

            If only they were chinamen

          • Boss the Ross

            Chinamen is not the preferred nomenclature.

          • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

            Duh

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Asian-American, please.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          *Weeb metal

  • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2YEE4ZE3b0

    So, soooooooooooo underrated, even back in the 80’s NWOBHM scene.

  • Boss the Ross

    Damn, Angel Witch and CRUSADER! awesome picks this week gentlemen.

  • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

    Damn, I should’ve submitted this, but totally forgot. Prepare for maximum butt-chopping!

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

  • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

    Youre all disqualified

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    I’ve got my favourite riff of the year ready in my hole.

  • *votes Linkypoo, reaches Fucks Given Level: 0*

  • Óðinn

    You learn something new every day. I had no idea that Queensrÿche were British. 😉

  • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

    Watch out, America, Marshall Law from Tekken is at your door! Or did he mean the NWOBHM band? Oh, the evangelicals are always a constant source of entertainment (and bizarre and factless theories).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc4Si1p0zLY

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      (triple Picard facepalm w/Worf scowl)

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Do they live in fear of the Marshall Tucker Band?

    • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

      How long before a new Tekken for current gen is the rel question

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

        I dunno. I lost track after Tekken 5.

        • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

          Tekken is one of my jams

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            Same here. I just haven’t kept up on videogames outside of Audiosurf in fuck knows how long.

  • tertius_decimus

    Nevermind this off-topic.

  • tertius_decimus

    Future motorist.

  • KJM, Shake Zula
    • Óðinn

      Monolord! Monolord! Monolord!

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Mono = One
        Lord = Lord

    • tertius_decimus

      Raw.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        STOMP STOMP STOMP goes the Brontosaurus.

        • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

          *tribal music plays as Gorak appears in a plume of dinosaur bone dust*

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Spoiler alert: my riff of the year is a Doom riff. You may or may not like it.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        I’m already curious.
        I don’t think there’s anything coming out in the next 3 weeks that will alter my 2015 faves, but I’ll wait until everybody else starts talking about theirs.

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

        I probably won’t have a ROTY. I’m still trying to even figure out my top ten albums of the year, and album of the year.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          I’ve got my whole list, set, locked, ready and loaded

      • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

        Probably Swallow the Sun

    • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns
  • tertius_decimus

    Platform of railroad station in Odessa.

  • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

    Not British, but classic 80’s metal nonetheless.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7baTsGEv4

  • ┼yree

    The mail has not arrived yet. This has been my the extent of my afternoon… Waiting for the mail. Good times.

    • ┼yree

      While listening to some tunes though. (RFI)

    • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

      Lol, I’m picturing them having to use one of those military cargo planes to deliver your usual album/CD orders.

      • ┼yree

        I was hoping it would be waiting for me after my 5 mile run, but nope. Had to just eat a PB&J instead to reward my self.

    • Scrimm

      It’s grueling.

    • ┼yree

      Still no mail. Goddamnit.

      • Stanley

        Go for another run. I guarantee that he’ll come when you are gone. Every time I go for a run the USPS man comes and leaves a fucking sticker on my door. It’s uncanny. Leave the parcel you bastard!

  • Lacertilian

    That prick in the header image has clearly just finished a sloppy rendition of a Guns n Roses riff.

  • Óðinn

    A Momentary Lapse of Reason. Opinions?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNEpgbaS2Sg

    • Boss the Ross

      Anything Pink Floyd is good, though this might not stand up as tall as Animals or Wish You Were Here, it’s still Floyd.

      • Óðinn

        Yeah. No Roger Waters too, but still a solid album in my opinion.

        • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

          Considering his solo shit and driving The Wall into the fucking ground afterwards, it’s better that he was outta there.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        “Anything Pink Floyd is good”
        Not The Final Cut

    • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

      My favorite PF album, actually.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      It’s okay, but I don’t find myself listening to it much anymore.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Not nearly as bad as Final Cut

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

        That’s the only PF album I haven’t heard. Guessing I’m not missing anything?

  • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

    Just when you thought BDubs couldn’t get any more Guy Fieri/bro-esque……..

    New Mountain Dew Chicken Wing Sauce Coming To BDubs

    http://www.foodbeast.com/news/this-blogger-rips-into-mcdonalds-employee-for-no-damn-reason/#JLP6ELziGmYuzyQA.99

    • Óðinn

      ~~~

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

        GAH!!!!!!!!!!

    • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

      That link goes to some broad whining ab mcdonalds cookies

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

        Should be the article a couple down. Their page is kinda goofy when it comes to linking to just one particular article.

        • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

          I think you got too much freetime, bro

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            Yep!

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            It’s not so much the time, it’s what you do with it.

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    Didn’t Zeke read the t’s&c’s?

  • Lacertilian

    Lizard vote went to the Red Helmet.

  • Óðinn
  • Óðinn
  • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

    Got a multicultural buzz goin on over here

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      #RoxyLyfe continues in full effect. Unfortunately tomorrow will be #HangoverLyfe.

      • more beer

        I shall be living the hangover life because of this tonight.

        • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

          Tightbhole dude!

          • more beer

            I have been looking forward to this show for months now.

          • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

            That be a goodn

  • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

    Bruce Dickinson’s former band, and extreme lolstinkybuttz galore.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0mwQTtacr4

    • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

      Best part is the drummers gimp mask

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

        Lol, Thundersticks, their drummer is hilarious but also incredibly good.

  • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns
  • Óðinn
    • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

      A major tourist destination in the mid 80’s!

  • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns
  • Óðinn
    • Sir Tapir The Based

      This is one of my favourites this yeaaaar