Riff ov the Week: Bass Edition

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Look, I’ve been putting off this bass edition thing for so long in order to avoid both the Meghan Trainor jokes and the inevitability of subjecting you to all to another instance of Jack Bauer saying his second favorite and second most annoying phrase (dat bass). But then a very special someone (it’s Link) asked for a bass edition, and I was powerless to resist. I’m sorry. My will has been overpowered by sweet, Venezuelan benevolence.

Last week, the mighty Scrimm took home the win by a moderately-sized landslide with “This Mortal Coil”.

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Next week:

  • Someone suggested that we do album openers. I like it. Next week, we’re taking riffs that kick off the beginning of an album.
  • Send your album openers to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com.
  • Include your name, a link, the time of the riff, and a blurb thing.
  • If you have an idea for a theme, let me know. We’ll probably do it.

 

Masterlord

Zeke or Isaac or whatever the fuck his name is unwittingly stole my idea and I’m too lazy to pick another band. Go vote for him!

 

Zeke… or Isaac; whatever

Bass?? Necromantia????? 0:43.

 

Scrimm

You all can keep your fretless Beyond Masturbation bass. I’ll take simple, catchy and badass any day. One second in.

 

Stockhausen

As a bassist and a douchey snob, I’m generally against playing with a pick. However, this opening bass riff in Steven Wilson’s “Luminol” is too groovy not to love. And honestly, I think it needs that pick contact noise to drive it home. A vote for Steven Wilson is a vote for freedom.

 

W.

Simple, effective, and instantly recognizable. The perfect bass riff.

 

Leif Bearikson

Perhaps the most menacing bass riff in the history of low end. Out of the gates you know Jared Warren is fucking bringing it.

 

Nordling Rites ov Karhu

462-years ago I first took up bass and have never let go. In the process I’ve become a Serdce-level bassist and perhaps therefore bass-weedlies are the only kind I can appreciate. But srs, fuck weedlies. I hate craphats who couldn’t play their way out of a paperbag and just noodle. IF I WANTED NOODLE, I’D HAVE ORDERED CHINESE! So here’s a sick ham I jam all day erryday. Definitely a great ham. From 0:15 onwards.

 

Dr. Derelict 

This album is an all around masterpiece. The bass really drives the whole opening song so it should be listened to in toto, but 4:37 is where things really get going. And they keep going until the very end.

 

Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

It was between Primus and Faith No More, but as much as Les Claypool is the best bass player ever and all (and it wouldn’t surprise me if most of the riffs are Primus riffs), my favourite band ever wins out. The build up to the riff starts at 2:11, but the riff doesn’t start properly until 2:28, and it is INSANELY awesome. If you don’t like Faith No More, shame on you, but if you do, then you already know how tasty this bass riff.

 

Ron Deuce

You cannot have this competition without Dan Lilker. The man’s been laying down bass lines since the early 80’s.  The question is, what bass riff do you chose? Since grindcore is my go to genre and Brutal Truth is an all time great band, I’m going with something I’ve been hooked on since I first heard it. “Stench of Prophet” features Lilker’s signature distorted bass tone to start off the 2nd track off  the Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses album. The opening of the song starts with the bass riff coupled with the drums. In typical grindcore fashion, they come in like gangbusters, don’t hang around too long and leave you wanting to hit the replay button again and again.

 

Lacertilian

First thing that came to mind. Sure there are other bass riffs, but there’s only one N.I.B, except for that Primus cover in which the audio has been pulled from YouTube.

 

Ellipsis

From the very beginning of Scream of the Butterfly, Acid Bath’s bassist; Audie Pitre (R.I.P.) lays down a driving, yet melodic bassline that morphs throughout the song, but never loses its unnerving quality or its place as the bedrock of this haunting, sludgy ballad. [Sorry Ellipsis, but your video isn’t available in the US. In fact, there are no videos of this song on youtube in the US. So, to paraphrase Papa Joe, I have to insert this “bootleg-ass” live recording instead. Sorry.]

Dagon

This bass riff doesn’t simply start the song, it defines it.

 

HessianHunter

Joe Lester and Danny Walker are the best rhythm section in modern metal. My evidence? The 9/4 opening groove of Any Port is sexy, groovy, smoother than Santana, and just makes you wanna go ‘sploring the seven seas riding on the back of a magical dolphin. Make the right choice, Toileteers; this Riff ov the Week, vote fretless – vote Joe Lester.

 

Stanley

I’m not a Job For A Cowboy fan by any stretch of the imagination, but this serpentine bass riff will slither it’s way right into your earholes and make itself at home in that warm, damp, gelatinous organ that you call your brain. The bass riff begins at the start and continues to wriggle like a landed eel throughout. I’m not going to mention the bass tone. Everyone mentions the bass tone. Stop mentioning the bass tone.

 

Esusmoose

Starts at 1:03, ultra melodic, slightly technical, that’s about it.

 

Jack Bauer

The second I saw that this week was a bass riff I already knew that I was gonna choose Beyond Creation. The intro this song is sooooo good. Obligatory dat bass.

 

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 14-12-2014 20:22:33
end_date 05-04-2015 09:00:00
Poll Results:
Which riff was the bass in the hole (kill me)?
  • Ellipsis gets my vote. RIP Audie.

    • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

      Agreed. That bass riff is choice. Hail Acid Bath.

  • Scrimm

    So happy to finally win one of these things.

    • Damn, Scrimm, you’re on a roll. Voted Ghoul. I’m half deaf now from all that ghoulspunk clogging up the earholes.

      • Scrimm

        That’s the first one to pop into my head when I saw this was happening. Been a favorite of mone for a long time. I love that album.

    • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

      Congrats Tall Man! Byaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!!

      • Scrimm

        Had to get lucky eventually!

        • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

          Luck had nothing to do with it. That was a great riff!

          • Scrimm

            This is very true. Lucky though cause I almost forgot to submit it and I was very surprised no one else had.

    • Vladimir Poutine

      Well done, sir.

    • JWG

      On an unrelated note, July 4th is an ROTW Day this year.

      • Siqq Burnington

        So it’s gonna be an American bands only ROTW.

    • Honkey Wienerfart
    • CONANtheDjentlyFuckingKING

      i voted for you.

      • Scrimm

        Awesome!

    • See what happens when you don’t post Bolt Thrower?!?!

  • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

    Dagon wins. My love for QOTSA knows no bounds, besides, I can’t vote for myself without coming across as an ego-centric dickwad, so QOTSA

    • I almost voted for you because ANGEL DUST.

      But then I didn’t. I bet that hurts, huh?

      • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

        Goddamn you Richter. It cuts so deep insid… no it doesn’t.

        • Yes, yes it does. Tell me all about it, Sykes (sic). Tell me how it burns.

          (Seriously, though, it was a tossup between yours and that Ghoul riff. Had to go with Ghoul because I’m not familiar with them and love an underdog.)

        • Honkey Wienerfart

          It cuts like a knife, but it feels so right?

    • Dagon

      We are QueensBROs

      • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

        This feels oddly relatable, even though all we share is a hankering for stoner/sludge metal.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJVt8kUAm9Q

        • Dagon

          All we need is stoner/sludge and a bag of… groceries.

        • Dagon

          I just remembered that we have hip hop as well.

          • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

            True enough. I don’t get the hate hip hop gets from most Metalheads, its not just Wiz Khalifa & Lil Wayne morons.

          • Honkey Wienerfart

            Because most of those types don’t even bother listening to it before coming up with an opinion. Apparently their knowledge of hip hop comes from watching Bill O’Reilly.

        • Lacertilian
  • YOU WANT THE GOOD LIFE
    YOU BREAK YOUR BACK
    YOU SNAP YOUR FINGERS
    YOU SNAP YOUR NECK

    • God ov All

      No joke, demon hunters cover of that song is actually a really solid cover. Still damn catchy.

      • Demon Hunter? Whaaaaaat?

        • God ov All

          Yeah! It actually introduced me to prong. Check it out: https://youtube.com/watch?v=p4pKYI7Tpq4

          • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

            Good God, this is actually really good, God!

          • That was indeed pretty good.

          • Dr. Dubz

            It’s really the best thing they’ve ever done.

          • God ov All

            Gotta admit, I haven’t really kept up with anything they have done since The Tryptich.

          • Dr. Dubz

            Nor have I.

          • Interesting, I didn’t know this was a cover. Their new stuff is hit or miss for me

          • God ov All

            They have the occasional gem, but The Triptych is the only album of theirs I can listen front to back.

          • Óðhinn

            It’s a Prong song.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    In Ron Doozy We Trust.

  • God ov All

    Oh sweet Jesus. Dubya nails it with that Prong pick. That’s THE song that made me pick up the bass (and subsequently put it back down because I don’t have he patience to learn).

    • Dagon

      I have no patience myself. It’s a shame 🙁

  • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

    Conflicted between the lizard and Daaaaaygon. Sorry Beyond Creation, still luv u.

  • Zeke… or Isaac; whatever

    Congratulations on bringing the win home for Mr. Steer. Now all of you ingrates remember, a vote for Zeke is a vote for the Masterlord.

    • Zeke

      Oops, I meant to write that to Scrimm.

      • Scrimm

        Thanks man. You gave me a new appreciation for a song I never really noticed last week.

  • Who the hell names their band Job For A Cowboy?

    • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

      They started off as deathcore.

      • God ov All

        And now they are more recently a deliciously progressive tinged Tech death band.

        • LobsterAttack

          Indeed. Still hate their name and don’t care for their earlier material, but Sun Eater is a beast of an album.

      • Honkey Wienerfart

        They started off as doodoocore.

    • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

      Someone who mistakenly posted their help wanted ad for a ranch hand on their record contract.

      • Scrimm

        HAHAHA!!! Different lineup now but damn did most of the people I new make fun of them when they were local. This place is so much better when you show up.

        • Honkey Wienerfart

          I saw them with Gojira and Behemoth, with JFAC headlining. I swear, almost everyone over 15 years old cleared out within a couple of minutes of them coming on. Thankfully they’ve improved though.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            JFAC headlined over Gojira and Behemoth?! What the fuck!

          • Honkey Wienerfart

            Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeexactly!

          • Óðhinn

            JFAC headlining is bullshit. On the positive note, at least you don’t have to sit through their crap if you didn’t want to.

          • Honkey Wienerfart

            Glad I did stick around, because I met my now ex-fiance after the show. 😀

    • Honkey Wienerfart

      A band who obviously is influenced by Brokeback Mountain.

    • Óðhinn

      Cowboys only want to listen to Country Music anyway:

      http://youtu.be/Br29sKy9PRA

  • Going for Lacertilian this week. Every instrument in N.I.B. has been permanently stuck in my head for about six years now.

  • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

    457.

    The number of people who will pick that eye-level fruit and submit Like An Ever Flowing Stream and Left Hand Path next week. It’ll be a veritable flood of Swedeath classics.

    • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

      Unless we’re thinking of completely different Left Hand Paths, doesn’t that start with a short solo?

      • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

        Yeah, kinda. It goes “sample, short riff, short solo, monster riff.” It’s one of the most iconic OSDM openers, so I figured someone would have it in mind.

        • Dr. Dubz

          I’m thinking thrash, actually.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            That’s a good place to go. Klondike. Lotta gold in them hills.

          • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

            It’s definitely in the middle in my opinion, about as thrash as Scream Bloody Gore.

          • Dr. Dubz

            No, I meant I was thinking of finding a good thrash riff.

          • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

            Thrash definitely does have some good openers that come to mind (batterybatterybatterybatterybatterybatterybattery).

    • God ov All

      I’ve got a killer intro riff from a melodic power metal band. Hoping to convert some nonbelievers. Gotta wait till I get home to email it in though.

    • Scrimm

      I’m going to try to think of a different SDM classic. I already submitted That Override of the Overture some time back.

  • Stanley

    The Elipsis link doesn’t work for me.

    • Dr. Dubz

      Uh, lemme look into that.

    • Dr. Dubz

      K, should be fixed now, unless the video I grabbed is total lolbuttz.

      • Dr. Dubz

        Well crap, I guess it’s a cover. Unfortunately, no good videos of this song exist in the US.

      • Stanley

        Thanks, Dubs. It was liek, totally worth the wait.

        • Dr. Dubz

          It wasn’t fine. Please see my editorial note.

  • Dr. Dubz

    Gotta go with HessianHunter. Almost submitted Intronaut myself.

  • Stockhausen

    Forcing me to choose between Joe Lester, Evan Brewer, and Nick Schiendzelos is cruel.

  • Siqq Burnington

    Voted Jack Bauer.
    That was great despite those fart sounds.

  • RustyShackleford

    Putting N.I.B. on is basically cheating yo! The mother of all tasty metal bass!

    • EsusMoose

      There is a lot of classic bass lines that would make low hanging fruit look like objects near the moon. N.I.B. has tone, melody and groove that set it apart from a lot of other lines. I wish I would have chosen Orion’s mid portion bass riff, or the beginning one, or most of the bass parts as they are all glorious.

    • Lacertilian

      As I said Rusty, it was the first thing that came to mind..well second (first was ‘Evil Woman’).
      I’ve gotta submit quickly to make it these days as with the timezone difference I’m already 12 hours behind (but really ahead).

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Damn I wanted to submit this week

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    Damnit. I should have guessed the link I sent either didn’t work or wasn’t a bass riff.

  • Dagon

    Ah, the bass. Undoubtedly one of my favorite creations.

  • ChuggaChuggaDeedleyDoo

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YsJBDkOtmf8

    I still defend this one. Come at me.

    • EsusMoose

      it’s a solo not a riff, but a great piece

      • john

        Ah. I was confounded as to why this wasn’t on the poll, but I suppose that makes sense.

    • FeelTheDarknesses

      I’m with you

    • Óðhinn

      What’s to defend? It’s Cliff Burton on a Metal classic.

      http://agentpalmer.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Cliff-Burton-Metallica.jpg

      Cliff Burton: The major rager on the four string motherfucker. A man so cool that he wore bellbottoms in 1986 and nobody said a word about it.

  • dolab
  • Dagon

    A lot of bands I love in this week’s contest. Melvins, Intronaut, Black Sabbath, Acid Bath… I might just have to vote for myself.

    • The Beargod

      I thought I was the amoral deity here.

      • Lacertilian

        Bears are noble, fish I’m not so sure about.

  • Nonmetal nonsubmission. Does anyone remember these dudes? They had two bassists. What would a punky altrock band need two bassists for, you ask? Bass Class starts at 0:21.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaTcIzLk880

    (I was trying to think of a metal band with two but failed.)

    • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

      I’ve heard of these guys.

    • FeelTheDarknesses

      I remember

    • Honkey Wienerfart

      I love Ned Atomic Dustbin! Haven’t heard them in quite a while, but I used to listen to them ALOT back in high school. Didn’t they get back together?

      • Don’t know. Haven’t followed their career beyond middle school. But I remember jamming the shit out of that God Fodder tape. I should try and find that on CD. Bet I could get it for like 1.50.

        • Honkey Wienerfart

          Most likely Amazon has quite a few used copies on the cheap.

  • The Beargod

    Oh shit I just listened to that Necromantia masterpiece a week or so agi for the first time in a decade or something! So good.

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    Too many great choices but I have to agree with Nordling Rites on this one: I cant listen to Jamiroqui and not feel better even Black Crow the song doesn’t matter. Love dat bass and moon buggy….great choice!

  • KJM

    Lazy old man iz old, and lazy. N.I.B.

  • Dagon
  • Sir Tapir the Based

    Ya ya, friendo Stockhausen gets mah vote.

    • BLOODBEARDE

      Got thru cainhurst and picked up everything, made one attempt on boss before sleeping. Pretty tough place

      • God ov All

        starting ng+ myself. gonna last me until DSII re-release.

        • BLOODBEARDE

          Can’t wait for that either. My buddy and I were discussing which of our builds we were gonna remake first

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          For PS3 or PS4?

          • God ov All

            Ps4.

      • Sir Tapir the Based

        Logarius rekt me hard. I decided to go for Paarl, he was easy to kill. Now going for Shadow of Yharnam.

        • BLOODBEARDE

          Shadow is ez too. Rom was giving me problems so I decided to farm and do optional shit

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Just beat Shadow. ‘Twas not too too tough. That giant snake almost got me.

          • BLOODBEARDE

            What kind of build are you running?

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            I’m guessing it’s some kind of a strength build, I’m not sure.

          • BLOODBEARDE

            Yeah I’m going str/arc quality build

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          Yo I beat the Blood Starved Beast last night. Fuck that guy, lol

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            I used an npc helper with him. I would’ve probably died if I didn’t use his help.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I didn’t learn I could do that until after I beat him. Took me about six tries.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            He didn’t do much damage to the beast, but he took a lot of hits for me.

          • BLOODBEARDE

            Summoned one helper for him and did him first try, after testing him successfully as a summon a couple times

          • BLOODBEARDE

            Did you guys ever figure out how to summon each other? Is it only the chalice dungeons?

          • BLOODBEARDE

            Actually, research told me.

            Link here and scroll down if interested http://kotaku.com/a-helpful-guide-to-bloodbornes-confusing-multiplayer-op-1693582137

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I’m very interested, I’m gonna study this shit here.

          • BLOODBEARDE

            Basically the password system replaces the name engraved ring. Now if you get within summoning range we can plaay

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            When me and Jack Bauer were trying to team up with came up with “toh” as a password. I’m going to play in a little while, for a couple hours. I’m down!

          • BLOODBEARDE

            We’re on our way out of town to see liturgy a d Sannhet atm. Won’t be back til the wee hours. Then another show tomorrow night. Maybe play a little during the day

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Can ai friend you?

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Absolutely.

            MN_Hugo-Stiglitz

            what’s your gamertag?

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            AgnosticCorn. I’ll add you in da morning

  • Applause for those of you who went with dirty distorted fuzzy baselines like me:

    Melvins -Yes

    Queens of the Stone Age – Yes

    Not distorted but I give my love to:

    Prong

    Faith No More

    And I wouldn’t count out Acid Bath either since I’m currently on my bi-monthy Acid Bath binge.
    Edit: Intronaut too, that dude kills it on the fretless.
    RA the Rugged Man says – “I feel that bass line cat”.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIRjKwEiGKw&spfreload=10

    • Dr. Dubz

      I had hoped Prong would be a simple yet respectable choice.

      • I still rock Rude Awakening regularly. My fav Prong album along with a couple songs from Cleansing. Snap your fingers included.

  • FeelTheDarknesses

    Sabbath. All day. Every day.
    Melvins. Second

  • FeelTheDarknesses

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYp28tEAVvs

    It’s right in the name^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • Warheart

    My name is lucifer, please take my hand.

  • Huggy Bear OH YEAH

    Not a riff really, but that intro. Would you have expected something like that from Cronos!?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9968BN0epEY

  • Honkey Wienerfart

    Jack got my vote on this one, simply because I get all girly and giggly for some Beyond Creation. I meant to submit this one and forgot (CURSES!!!!). You know the riff (and may tree sloths eat you in your sleep if you don’t)!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8raOyF92iQ

    • Scrimm

      That is a good one, Wish they had used it again later in the song.

  • HessianHunter

    Big ups to the Guzzlemug choice. That band is killer and hella obsqeure.

  • JWG
  • Lacertilian

    No Steve DiGiorgio or Les Claypool?
    I’m sure they’ll be very upset when they read this at Stu Hamm & Billy Sheenan’s bass complex.

    Evan Brewer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1KDEQoVM50

  • KJM
  • KJM
  • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

    I’m surprised no one went with Om. It’s an obvious choice, I know. But with good reason. Riffs for days. Al Cisneros is a bass riffing machine. Was Om outlawed from competing, or did everyone just figure that it was too obvious/ everyone else would choose one from them?

    • Lacertilian

      What would your Om pick be Reichsmarschall?

      • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

        I actually submitted Om’s “On the Mountain at Dawn” from Variations on a Theme a few months ago. I’d probably submit that one again or “Rays of the Sun/To the Shrinebuilder,” which is probably their best track. Tasty riffs in that one.

  • Geo-CockBlocker…

    No need to apologise, guys.

    It’s a shame that people in the country that the band is from can’t listen to their tasty riffs.

    But it does give me a giddy thrill that it’s the US being geo-blocked for once…

    • Siqq Burnington

      It’s really weird.
      Specially now that there is entire music channels whose videos I can’t watch.

      • BLOODBEARDE

        #illuminati

        • Siqq Burnington

          #getyourshittogetheryoutube

  • BLOODBEARDE

    Hunter hunt hendrix has a limp handshake

    • I’ve never heard a more believable thing in my life.

      • BLOODBEARDE

        If it weren’t for my crew here there wouldn’t be a broad shoulder in the building

        • I’m glad that you’re repping the meathead element that is SOLELY lacking in extreme music today.

          • BLOODBEARDE

            Tough guys rep

          • KJM

            I’m not exactly Mr Macho but I get the value of a good, firm handshake and/or hug.

          • Honkey Wienerfart
  • Óðhinn
  • Óðhinn

    A lot of good choices.

  • Shit, too late to the party. So much love to the Beargod for including Jamiroquai, one of my fav non metal bands of all!!!

    • Virgil the Ghost Poet

      How’s Rhanda?

  • Wil

    Oh, i’m late……

    Nothing defeats this. I still think so.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPGakO32e9o