Riff ov the Week: Album Closers

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For everyone who’s ever finished off an album and thought to themselves, “Well, I’ll be — that album finished up quite nicely. That was indeed a satisfactory finale.”

Last week was our very first Maiden-specific contest and the best Saturday I’ve had in quite some time. Great picks, all of you.

Also I won.

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I must say, it’s always pleasant to forego my Sunday morning ritual of ROTW loss. Usually I stand in front of the mirror and say, “You are a loser and you will lose everything forever.” This time I was able to say, “Really outstanding job.”

I forgot to mention this last week, but the prize for winning was $100 out of Edward’s pocket. Let’s set up a time to meet.

Next week:

  • I think it’s about time for another solo of the week. Does that sound good?
  • Send your solos to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com. Include your name, a link, the time of the solo, and an explanation for why it’s the best.
  • If you have an idea for a theme, let me know.
  • You’re all handsome.

 

Masterlord

This oft-overlooked death metal classic brings things to a close with a real hammer of a riff and ends with a perfectly-utilized death-belch from the grimy depths of the old-school. 3:15 to the end. Beat people up.

 

Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

Nails‘ 2013 masterpiece Abandon All Life is one devastatingly heavy record. In less than 20 minutes it manages to be 1 million times heavier and more brutal than most 45 minute albums are, and no song on the album shows this better than the closer, “Summ Cuique”. Go to 2:20 if you want to headbang till your head separates from your body. DAT FUCKING GUITAR TONE DOE.

 

Ron Deuce

One band that know how to close out an album is Trap Them. They’ve been closing out their albums in expert fashion with sludgy Sabbath-infused Entombedcore for the past 3 albums. Hard to choose which one is the best, but the first time they did it was with “Mission Convincers” off Seizures In Barren Praise. The opening riff is of the aforementioned variety and the rest of song continues along with a similar pace while it segues through its peaks and valley.

 

Shrimp in a Pizza Box

Probably the best riff out of the best deathcore band that doesn’t like being classified as deathcore! 4:40.

 

Zeke

3 straight minutes of grinding- THAT is how you end a great black metal album. And let’s be honest, they might as well have called it quits after this album anyway. At least they would have gone out in style. Battery begins at 7:06.

 

Ted Nü-Djent

I’ve been telling all and sundry about how great Enforcer‘s From Beyond has been since it came out, but the jewel in the crown of this magnificent bastard is the album closer “Mask of Red Death.” The riff starts at 1:30 and leads into a very Maidenesque riff at 2:00. The original riff returns at around 4:25. This continues to close out the song. A great ending to a great album.

 

Richter

This here song ends with a climax that blows the roof off the House of Feels. Bonus: It just might be the best song I’ve heard in 2015 (it’s older than that, I know, but I’m on Martian time). With any album closer you’d have to listen to most if not all of the song to get the full effect, so… if you feel inclined to do so, have at it. 8:03 —–> End.

 

Lacertilian

Sure that someone would submit “The Call Of Ktulu”, I’ll go with a slightly less obvious choice. There’re closers I like better, but I’m sure we can all reach a consensus that this rips, especially the haunting piano coda (Dante’s Inferno should also get a run).

 

Ellipsis

On their second album, Intronaut end on a sixteen minute, five part epic, titled “The Reptilian Brain (Sleep, Eat, Shit, Fight, Fuck)”. After a proggy build-up, the riffage is unleashed @10:00

 

Sgt. Shock

While melodeath may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s always commendable to see a band like Be’lakor who consistently dishes out metric tons of good-quality riffs. But this one… oh man. This riff makes the album. It builds and serves up a monumental conclusion. It tells the listener that this is gonna be a hell of a final ride. And after he dust settles, it makes you want to put the whole thing on repeat and listen again. That’s what a closer track should always aim to do. Start at 7:20. The riff begins at 7:37 and goes till end.

 

McNulty

I need the Darkest Hour fans of the Toilet to man up, put on your Ring of Shame +1, and help me out here. “Tranquil” starts with the killer Swedish melodeath that we’re used to from the band and smoothly transitions into an outro of absolute beauty. Those last couple minutes offer a great sense of cool-down… And if you have the album on loop [God, why. — Masterlord], it leads right back to the beginning of the first song! 4:15.

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This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 14-12-2014 20:22:33
end_date 07-06-2015 09:00:00
Poll Results:
Who left you the stiffest?
  • ME GORAK™

    GORAK ROCK OUT!!!!! ICED EARTH ROCKS!!!! FROZEN IN ICED EARTH FOR 1,000,000,000 YEARS SUCKED THOUGH!!!!!!! TRAVEL IN STYGIAN GET CLUBS UP!!!!!!!

    • Lacertilian

      So I’m guessing it was john, you and your 2 other cavebros that gave Iced Earth those 4 votes.
      I’ll have to remember to post caveman applicable riffs in the future to try and secure the triple voting power of the neanderthals.

  • Damn, I wish I’d thought of Nails myself. That is one heck of a close out Mr. Sykes.

  • Going with Enforcer. That album was perfect from start to finish.

  • Alucard, Fuckmothering Vampire

    Shrimp wins, TBDM are not Deathcore, never have been, never will be.

    • more beer

      Nope they just the most generic kind of death metal. But you do get my vote for Nails.

      • Melodic death metal?

        • more beer

          Still generic nothing special.

      • Alucard, Fuckmothering Vampire

        Well, as least I got one thing right.

        • more beer

          You`re young you`ll learn.

  • DeadButtDreaming

    No Windir, no win.

    • Spear

      dir

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    The appearance of Psalm Zero in this contest nearly brought a tear to my eye.

    Masterlord IOU.

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

    Damn hard week this one, but Be’Lakor ultimately wins the Shrimp’s favour. Also, I like how every time someone says something like “I picked this because this other thing would totally be submitted by 10 other people”(in this case, the Lizard), no one submits it. Call of Ktulu would have probably won this 100% to be honest.

  • Gotsta go with Enforcer. That’s such a good finisher (and a great album all around, too).

    • That’s a paddlin’

      NO

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        Yes

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Thank you my liege

  • Spear

    Shrimp gets this poser’s vote.

    • Lacertilian

      The repeating lead hook has always got stuck in my head, but the stompy backing riff gets overlooked.
      ‘Twas a great choice @shrimpinapizzabox:disqus.
      Still not sure who I should vote for though.

  • EsusMoose

    sgt shock got my vote

  • I’m sorry I can’t help myself. Tbdm isn’t deathcore 🙁

    • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

      I did it just to piss people off actually, I really couldn’t care less if they are or not.

  • Nails>>>>>>>>>

    • old_man_doom

      I’m going to be honest here: I had never really given Nails a listen up until today. Big mistake. That song fucking crushed my dick.

  • D. Lee

    Converge – Wretched World would’ve been my entry

    • Óðhinn

      That’s a great song.

  • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

    Ellipsis gets my vote, because, Intronaut.

  • Dagon

    Am I the only one who thinks the cover of that Satyricon’s album is lolbuttz?

  • Dagon

    Ellipsis, Ron and the wannabe vampire all killed it, but I have to go with my boy Richter because I’ve been up on those feels many times since discovering that album.

    Also shouts out to my brother Ed who put me on Psalm Zero.

  • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys
    • CyberneticOrganism

      Brilliant.

      • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

        Part of where Dr. W’s engineering degree goes into effect!

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    Here’s my album closing riff for all you people.

    This song by Van Morrison is off one of his forgotten classic albums called Saint Dominic’s Preview. This song also uses the same intro as Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, only it was released 3 years before that album. That intro rocks my socks so from 0:00 to 0:47 listen to this awesome song from Van The Man.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz7fWE47N8Y

    • What do you mean “you people”?

      • KJM

        I GOT A LOTTA PROBLEMS WITH YOU PEOPLE!!!

        • FUKKBEARD

          This my boy Lysol.

      • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys
      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        All the Toileteers. I meant all of you Toileteers.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        It means he’s racist

  • tertius_decimus

    Nails rocks but my vote goes to Enforcer. Incredible song. I dare to say it, writing such simple yet catchy stuff is far more difficult than writing complex things.

  • FUKKBEARD

    It went down to nails or trap them. Followed closely by psalm zero, which I need to give another listen. Nails wins.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Clintons=nazis

    • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys
      • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

        “look ma…it’s a libtard”

        • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

          Vaddírassgat, Ef ég myndi hitta þig úti á götu myndi ég skíta framan í þig. Gom eg veitter heige.

          I’ll leave it at that.

          • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

            it’s really nice—seeing all the people on the web–
            rising up to the msm/harassment—and unitarily saying
            fuck you—to those motherfuckers
            god bless america

          • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

            I highly doubt you know what I even said.

          • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

            no one cares what “you’ say

          • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

            Ananin amina cam dikerim, golgesinde seni sikerim trans.

          • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

            piss on the clintons

          • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

            We can agree on that!

          • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

            iven tind seppil in tosh de—–gradule!!

          • Óðhinn

            http://resources2.news.com.au/images/2009/01/19/va1237520082985/Diplomacy-…-US-President-George-W.-Bush-holds-hand-6446422.jpg

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            I care about what he says.

          • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

            I know…—he dose have an “actual” sense of humor—thus the global internet includes-

            the “shills” did not do 911—they have jobs–defending a pile of horseshit—-given trigger word instructions and agendas–
            but they are still humans
            and the heart is gonna shine thru—-on a “person’–even if they have specific instructions to carry out
            so nowadays the conversations are more diverse—-and there are more variations–of loyalty—not just simply black and white

            “sophisticated’ propaganda gifs—-where only the laws of s&m apply to the distributor—-where as all words/abstract concepts are interchangeable—-but a racist/eugenic/forced totalitarian core
            where there is no “win or lose” in a situation–and betrayal is the ultimate virtue

          • Óðhinn

            I care. I care a lot.

            http://youtu.be/Ho6pZqUNtko

          • more beer

            He doesn`t even know what he`s saying.

          • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

            Clintons did 911

          • more beer

            Yea I`m sure the 2 of them and their daughter. Spent late nights there. Painting the towers with thermite paint, and planting and wiring explosives. I don`t believe the official story. But Bush being responsible is much more believable. I lived close enough to there that I could see the smoke. Plus lost friends there. I think Alex Jones is calling you because you are missing the Jade Helm boat.

          • KJM

            Something about poop.

          • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

            Haha, kinda. I thought he was insulting me by calling me a libtard, Lol. It’s Icelandic for “fuck off, I wouldn’t even shit in your mouth if I met you in the street and you were starving” (rough translation)

        • Óðhinn

          Ríða þér, þú fasista stykki af skít.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        GAH!

        • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

          GADZOOKS!!!!!

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Fetid!

          • KJM

            I am very grateful for the “see more” feature.

    • FUKKBEARD

      But Nazis == clintons

  • CyberneticOrganism

    @Ron_Deuce:disqus upstabbed for Trap Them

  • KJM
  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    -https://youtu.be/Bt_kR7u6mM4

    • FUKKBEARD

      this seems out of character.

  • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

    Not to spew shit, but this is the reason I’m giving up on Metal Injection forever. The comments section more than pointed out why.

    http://www.metalinjection.net/shocking-revelations/falling-in-reverses-ronnie-radke-accused-of-participating-in-gang-rape

    • KJM

      I’m not even gonna look. That place is a cesspool.

      • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

        Yeaaaaaaah, some band got accused of gangrape and they actually posted to the victim’s Facebook. My response was on MI was “And naming a rape victim and posting to her Facebook? Rob, go ram a pine tree up your ass and fuck yourself under the shade.”

        I draw a line, and simply did it for me.

        • KJM

          I read about it at MS. That was enough for me.

          • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

            I’m strictly Toilet from here. Oh, and Metal Archives of course.

        • Howard Dean

          Wait, Metal Injection posted something to the person’s Facebook wall? If so, that’s fucked.

        • more beer

          So did that other blog that won’t be named.

    • Kevin Nash & Friends

      I’ve never gone there. I never will now.

    • Óðhinn

      It was pretty much the same at MetalSucks yesterday. They posted the rape story, then posted Radke’s denial, neither of which was very conclusive….and then the peanut gallery chimed in to make it worse. One person even said that they hope Radke gets away with with it. I don’t know want happened, but Radke is a scumbag. If he did it, I hope he goes to jail personally. Unfortunately, rapes can be very difficult to prove, contrary to popular opinion. It often comes down to he said this and she said that, and then whose story gets believed.

      • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

        What’s Metalsucks?

      • Maik Beninton

        I only go to see Sgt. D posts there.
        Every time I look there is at least two clickbait in the featured posts section.

  • Howard Dean

    “Nails” plus “Masterpiece.”

    *Does Not Compute*

    Uhhhhh let’s get ready to ruuuuuuusssssttttlllee!!

    http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20141203231815/prowrestling/images/5/5f/Michael_Buffer.jpg

    • This comment has been flagged for being incorrect. In the future, please try to use better discretion when commenting. Thank you.

      • Howard Dean

        I’ll try that again:

        Nails: Best when used in carpentry.

        Masterpiece: See Rembrandt, Fabergé, Twain’s Tom Sawyer, Katy Perry’s voluptuous womanhood, and Morbid Angel’s Altars of Madness.

  • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

    Sorry I’m late gang. End of album riffs? It’s recent, but it’s crushing and powerful as fukk.

    https://youtu.be/Z6E7Znz6H04?t=3m15s

  • That’s a paddlin’

    Jumala loi alkkomahoolin ja antoi miehelle kyvyn sitä kuluttaa. Kiitos herraselle siittä. Nimittöin kyllähän tuo tuntuu näiden melko kovien riffien parissa. VITUNJEEEE!!!

    • Sir Tapir the Based

      Ei ne vittu ymmärrä sua. Vittu sä oot säkki jätkä!

      • That’s a paddlin’

        Mikä vitaliksen säkki? Mulla mitää säkkiä oo!

        • Sir Tapir the Based

          “jos on tyhmä / urpo äijä ni se on sillo säkki.”
          – Urbaani Sanakirja
          Voi helvetin kuustoista sun kanssas.

          • That’s a paddlin’

            Vitun ylikoulutettu yliopisto kommarihinuri en kai mä nyt tollasta tietäis!!

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Vai että oikein kommarihintiks haukut? Saattaapi kohta alkaa Stalinin puhdistukset Osa 2.

          • That’s a paddlin’

            Sen kun näkis.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

  • KJM

    Eep opp ork ah ah!!

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    Well, I got my answer from her. I’ll be seeing her soon but apparently she doesn’t feel the same way. I’m going to need some time to ponder what I should do now. I guess in the meantime I just won’t go for relationships.

    • KJM

      Ah well. At least you got paid. ^_^

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        You know what? Maybe it isn’t worth it to ruin something like our friendship. I don’t want things to get weird between us so I’m just going to accept that fact and be her friend. I hope she finds someone who will be good to her. She’s too pretty to end up with a guy who will mistreat her.

        • The W.

          That’s very mature of you to just accept it.

        • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

          Nothing wrong with a friendship at all. They often outlast the drag and pull of an all out relationship.

        • more beer

          Always remember if she is a friend who`s friendship you value. Leave it at that. Sex and relationships will ruin friendships. I have some really good looking female friends who I never went there with because I valued our friendships. We are still friends years later because we didn`t complicate things.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            I value her friendship. I don’t want to ruin it.

          • more beer

            So keep it at that and don`t fuck up a solid friendship.

    • The W.

      I’m sorry to hear it didn’t work out, but at least now you know and can move on.

      • KJM

        Remember, when you’re a teenager “moving on” takes a couple months.

        • The W.

          Very true! Just trying to encourage him. Friendships change over time, but once he heals, he’s free to pursue other interests.

        • Kevin Nash & Friends

          I’m 20 and it’s going to probably be a month or two until I move on.

          • KJM

            I stand corrected.

        • more beer

          I was trying to bang every hot chick i met when I was 20. At that age moving on is just to the next one.

          • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

            Agh, I got into a 3 1/2 year relationship and lived with the chick at 19, when I moved to Chicago. Don’t make the same mistake, folks! Still managed to bang anything that moved about halfway through the relationship, though, when everything soured. Sounds bad, but after a year, I was in a relationship that’d make Sam Kinison cringe!

          • more beer

            They always start out as the nicest sweetest things. It typically takes 9 months to a year to see their true colors. When things are good they are good but when they get bad they are really bad. Here are some things I`ve learned through the years. If you are going to live with your girlfriend. First and foremost Keep everything in your own name. The lease, utility’s, cable, internet everything. So if the shit hits the fan you don`t end up out in the streets. Plus depending where you live and how the laws are written. You may still have to go to court to get her out. That is much easier if you are covering the bills and they are in your name. Have some basic rules. Mine at this point is she needs to be employed, have a place, and a vehicle. This makes your life much easier. You don`t have to drive her every where, you both have a place to go if you`re fighting, and she has her own money. These simple things will save you a lot of headaches.

          • Lacertilian
          • more beer

            Well live and learn I have. Those rules keep my life pretty stress free.

          • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

            With my last relationship, didn’t have to worry about that since I already had everything covered and was making more than enough. To be honest, I still miss her to this day and never bothered with another relationship since. Sounds depressing at first, but I’ve gotten over the thought of having another relationship. I just don’t see myself being with someone in that way ever again. I prefer friends (and I do mean friends) with benefits, personally.

          • more beer

            I certainly have no illusions of fairy tale love. That was just some solid advice. For anyone who wants to take it. I truly like the friends with benefits thing no expectations except in the sack and friends. The Beared Dragon thinks it`s too many rules but whatever it works for me. I just know I`ve had my heart broken enough times that just try and keep things simple and casual.

          • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

            Same here. I get along with people, and they like me, and that’s enough haha!

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        I know now. I’m probably not going to go about the whole relationship thing for a long while now or at least until I can mature.

        • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

          And at least she’s not pulling a ‘500 Days Of Summer’ on you and simply pulling you along. It’s been 7 years since I’ve even bothered with a relationship, and sorta happy with that. I’ve talked about what happened before, and nearly drank myself to death over that (literally) for quite a while.
          Let it all come to you, rather than chasing it when it comes to relationships.

    • more beer

      You’re 20 don’t tie yourself down to one girl. Enjoy your youth and sow your wild oats so to say. You have the rest of your life to be tied down to just 1. Remember variety is the spice of life.

    • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

      Nothing wrong with a friendship, as long as it’s sincere.

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        It’s sincere. Ive known her for years and she’s a good person.

        • Kim Jong Un

          Then you’re good to go!

  • Óðhinn

    Sometimes, I’m reminded that Metallica actually used to know how to write really good songs/riffs.

    http://youtu.be/v6kb5fvv6_A

    • Howard Dean

      They’ve done some outrageous shit and have shat out a few real turds in their time, but anyone who ever doubts Metallica’s talent and songwriting abilities is likely just a troll. There is a reason they became one of the biggest bands in the world. Those first four albums are golden.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    def leppard pyromania-
    here’s a post about the last song on that record “billys got a gun”–not cuz I want to shoot anybody–or anything like that
    ——
    1980–the pmrc u.n.commie attack on media—led by al gore’s wife—as a pretend “outraged mom”–which was misdirection for tv—to use religious hysteria–to censor records

    this was a ploy—to introduce population control themes into music-like abortion,masturbation—as long as it had a “sticker”–to social engineer teen sex—in a more direct way—that they weren’t able to—before the “sticker”
    ===
    pyromania–as a psych theme –to “rock out” is “self destruction”—all the songs-carefully calculated–the “star wars” of rock—a peak pinnacle of hippie libtard/al gore type sneakiness—very innovative for the time—as the first “libtardedly castrated”record–in hard rock—->
    https://youtu.be/ngQXAT3zBTI

  • john

    Lacertilian gets my vote because Iced Earth.

    • Lacertilian

      I could have chosen Dante’s Inferno or The Coming Curse, both are fine closers in my mind.

  • Lacertilian

    Appears I could have chosen Ktulu after all, also Masterlord & Richter’s were not available for me.

  • KJM
    • Lacertilian

      mmmm, nugs

    • more beer

      I have some Lambsbread, S.A.G.E. and Blue Rhino right now. All of them are incredible. The buds are so dense. It`s a beautiful thing.

      • KJM

        What’s pictured is White Shark. I have that, some leftover Cherry Pie, and another unidentified strain.

        • more beer

          I`ve had the White Shark before. These 3 strains I have right now are off the charts. I drank this a couple of weeks ago. It was no joke. Next time I`m only drinking a half of one. My friends were making fun of me because I was so high I couldn`t function that well for about an hour and a half.

          • KJM

            Nice.

  • KJU’s Dancing Testicle Teethys

    I’d submit this one. Not exactly riffy, but damn if this doesn’t close their first and only CD out!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GX1amA9esU&list=FL-LZE8Vu9GPbO_DxGlCX2kw&index=48

  • Kim Jong Un

    Masterlord, may I grant you some

  • Kim Jong Un

    Posted this a few times, and amazed no one noticed this new masterpiece of skronk!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtjgIBhpNOc&index=35&list=FL-LZE8Vu9GPbO_DxGlCX2kw

  • Elizabeth Short

    Not a riff, but “Feathers Fell” that closes out the import version of Storm of the Light’s Bane always feels like the perfect outro .

  • Void Dweller

    Masterlord picked a Celtic Frost cover? Best album closer’s? Into the Void and Close to a World Below.

  • deathcube