Riff Ov The Week: Opening Solo Edition

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*insta-shreds*

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Last week we took riffs from debut albums and the contest was fittingly won by a debutante by the name of DoomKopf. The competition was fierce though, with votes distributed relatively evenly across all the riffs (except mine *shakes fist/claws*). Normally I would feel sympathy for someone who had been put in Richter’s position, who through the actions of some son-of-a-bitchin’ saboteur had his riff removed at the start of polling, but since he ended up with more votes than half the other entries, he gets none. NONE! Strong showings from Rusty and the perennial Moose as well. I would also like to commend everyone (well, almost everyone) because last week could have possibly been the first RoTW to be devoid of the asinine “can’t believe no-one submitted this riff” comment…it’s only taken three fucking years. If you’ve got a riff, don’t be a poser, submit it.

This week, we’re doing opening solos. The only rule was that the solo had to start within 0:05 seconds of the track commencing. Throughout the week we received some quality submissions, so much so that I’m going to have to listen to them all again before I vote. I suggest you take the same level of consideration when voting, it’d be a shame to have the appointment of President Cheeto Mussolini and an unsupportable solo sitting on the podium in the same week.

SHRED!


FrankWhiteKingOfNY

Pagan Altar – “Rising Of The Dark Lord

You want leads? You’ll get them. Pagan Altar, in my book, is probably the most “English”-sounding metal band on planet earth, next to Godflesh. Where Godflesh sonically embodies the industrial decay of decrepit factories and crime-ridden council estates, Pagan Altar are masters at evoking the occult atmosphere of the ancient British countryside. And this effect, my dear friends, is obtained by the means of an infectious combination of Sabbathy riffs, haunting harmonies and massive evocative LEADS. No time is wasted before they get down and dirty with them sweet leads either, because as evidenced by my submission above, the leads start right from the get go at 0:01. Go!


Ted Nü-Djent

Nylithia – “Grinder

A toilet friend was nice enough to buy me Nylithia’s Hyperthrash as a Bandcamp gift this past Christmas which reminded me that I owned their Infector E.P. Timely too seeing as the beginning of this song has a pretty sweet guitar solo to open the track. Plenty of hammer-ons or pull-offs (LOL), I don’t know the technical terms, I just know that what gives me wood.Listen up until 0.47. Hello Wisconsin!


ElusiveSamsquanch

Evergrey – “The Great Deceiver

I nominate “The Great Deceiver” by Evergrey. Not only does the solo open the song, but it also opens the album. It’s a pretty sweet quick shred.


Richter

Naðra – “Fjallið

Nadra, ostensibly a harsh black metal band, opens not only this song but this entire album with a guitar solo because Nadra gives 3 – 5 + 2 fucks. For those of you without advanced theoretical mathematics degrees, that equals zero fucks. [Time stamp unnecessary.]


Stanley

Luror – “A Symptom Of Evil

This one took a bit of scouring through the ol’ record collection. Firstly, to find a Black Metal album with a decent solo and secondly, to find a song with a solo within the first five seconds. Luckily, this song rips, as does the surprisingly catchy solo. I couldn’t find the individual “A Symptom of Evil” song anywhere, so here’s the whole album. The song and the solo both start @ 14:56.


Lacertilian

Cruciamentum – “Tongues Of Nightshade

“Hey man, reckon you can chuck a solo in to start this track for us?”
*nods once*
*presses record*
*bar dives*
*maniacal tapping*
*chromatic legato*
*shredding lick*
*chaotic atonal run*
*violent vibrato*
*breaks string*
*presses stop*
*nods once*
“uhhh…thanks”


This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 20-01-2017 20:22:33
end_date 27-01-2017 23:59:59
Poll Results:
Who dun shredded it?

Next week’s competition theme is water. The track you choose your riff from must relate to water somehow. Easy enough right?

Send your submission to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com along with your screen-name, a link to the track, and a time-stamp of the riff you’ve chosen along with a short description of why you chose it. We’ll be accepting entries up until Friday, get on it!


(Header image in honour of the memory of Masterlord’s helmet)

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    Well done participants for not submitting Captor Of Sin or some other obvious choice

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      Everyone prob expected you to send it in

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        Oi

        • more beer

          It is spelled. Oi!

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Edited

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    Also, here’s my selection for next week
    https://youtu.be/FNQtPeHude8

  • KyleJMcBride

    Mr White gots mah vote.

  • Spear

    Brace for every riff from Leviathan.

    • Eliza

      I can’t wait.

    • I wouldn’t mind, I need to revisit that album anyway.

      • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        MASTODON ALBUM OR LEVIATHAN THE BAND????

        • Black Smallbeard

          dont recall many Leviathan albums about water gorak!

          that said, Leviathan band > Mastodong album

  • tigeraid

    Mmmm Evergrey on the Toilet. You have my vote.

  • Black Smallbeard

    How many votes can i count on if i submit Drag the Waters by Pantera

    • Sir Kookaburra The Based

      This is not whiff of the week.

      • Black Smallbeard

        Whiff of the Kookaburra

        • KyleJMcBride

          That’s a concept album just waiting to be made.

          • Sir Kookaburra The Based

            Way ahead of you. The first song is a 35 minute piece that consist of singing bowls and kookaburra singing.

          • KyleJMcBride

            I’m thinking a Leviathan-era Mastodon style epic, just replace all the Moby Dick references with lyrics about kookaburra laughter sounding like a howling arctic wind or some such.

          • Eliza

            The world needs that.

          • Sir Kookaburra The Based

            It’s gonna be a fusion of neofolk, black metal and drone. No poopy mastodon.

          • KyleJMcBride

            I’ll just record myself playing acoustic next to my freezer for 40 minutes. That should work.

          • Sir Kookaburra The Based

            Sounds like it’s gonna be way too overproduced. What are you going to record it with?

          • KyleJMcBride

            my 15 year old Sony cassette player.

          • Sir Kookaburra The Based

            Yeah, not with that. You can probably hear that someone is playing some sort of instrument. The listeners do not want that.

          • Black Smallbeard

            *records next album with SONAR technology

          • more beer

            Didn’t you mean singing bowels?

          • more beer

            It will be called. I Am An Asshole.

          • Black Smallbeard

            hah!

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        That has nothing to do with the question though.

      • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        >: ( !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Black Smallbeard

      ok, so are we voting on the solo? if so, then Evergrey basically wins. then seconded by Pagan Altar, tho im not a huge fan of the style. Cruciamentum is pretty bangin thrashy solo, so is Nylithia. Nadra has been used so many times in RotW now im hesitant to give it much creedence. Luror is a pretty standard fare solo but a good song.

      • EsusMoose

        Yeah it’s solos

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        So that would be a nada on Nadra?

        • Black Smallbeard

          lol, i love that album. for sure. maybe we will get a new one from them before long. i just dont want it to overstay its welcome

      • FUK ur beard

        • Black Smallbeard

          sryyyyyyy

          • I actually kind of agree with you. Didn’t really want to submit this janky solo but it’s the only high-hanging fruit I could find.

          • Black Smallbeard

            loke i said, really love the album. busted out the vinyl the other day. but i really really dont want to get sick of it and i dont own the EP on wax

          • I keep forgetting to listen to the EP. S’okay but the LP is miles better.

          • Black Smallbeard

            i dig them both mightily

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      At least one.

      DRAG THE WATERS SOME MORE!

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      13

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        TED>>>>>>

    • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
      • KyleJMcBride

        +1 for rollin’ out the 8-ball.

    • CyberneticOrganism
  • Pentagram Sam

    Voted for Evergrey cos I really dig that album. Although it is a little funny how the title got a bit lost in translation. It’s suppose to be like re-creation, like recreating yourself, but he pronounces it like reck-reation like a “rec” center, so in the real serious title track, I keep thinking he’s singing about playing kickball

    • Black Smallbeard

      i guess youve just never considered kickball as like . . . a metaphor for life . . . man

      • KyleJMcBride

        #MindBlown

      • more beer

        I think Kill the Carrier is a much better metaphor for life.

  • Eliza

    I still prefer opening riffs. Though the solos on display here are quality works.

    • KyleJMcBride

      Riffs >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • Black Smallbeard

        bunch of Burzum-esque riffs mixed with a little Emperorisms. been diggin on this a lot this last week
        https://youtu.be/57fLMBk1cAw

        • KyleJMcBride

          Love those youtube comments!! ^_^

          • Black Smallbeard

            ?????????????????????

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    I challenge everyone who didn’t vote for Pagan Altar to a good old fashioned bareknuckle fistfight.

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/U1j-c06NubY/hqdefault.jpg

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      You put Gorgeous George into a fight with a gypsy bare-knuckle boxing champion? What did you expect? A grease-down and a shiatsu?

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Originally I wanted to submit this song, but that would break the 5-second rule.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXE2WbmznUU

  • Howard Dean

    The fact that “Captor of Sin” didn’t get submitted this week makes me want to leave this site and this life forever and never come back [insert nihilist meme here]. I was positive it was going to be submitted by at least four people, since it’s easily the most iconic and most kickass song that starts with a solo. I am disappoint. I don’t know if I can ever trust you all with my feelings again.

    Thanks for ruining my day, fuckfaces!

    inb4 “Well you should’ve submitted it lol”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeAV3LTNGks

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      “Well you should’ve submitted it lol”

    • Lacertilian
      • Howard Dean

        inb4 in this context meant “I am stating my legitimate surprise that no one submitted the riff. Yes I expect everyone is going to be a bitch like usual and say ‘well you should’ve submitted it’ but honestly I really just wanted to state my disbelief that it didn’t get submitted, poking fun at a longstanding thorn in the side of the ToH riff czars while harnessing some of my usual bravado and ‘no fucks given’ irreverence. So fucking spare me.” There was/is no argument to be made.

        • Lacertilian

          Same, I just wanted to use that cartoon.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Captor Of Sin sat in the low hanging fruit category for mine. I know it’s just a silly competition but I think that ROTW should be used more for highlighting work of lesser known acts, unless the theme specifies otherwise.

      • Howard Dean

        Oh, it was totally low hanging. But it’s also a really, really good one, so I thought it would warrant at least one submission.

      • Howard Dean

        Also: It sounds crazy, but in this day-and-age of “rush to find most obscure and extreme band no one has heard of yet” submitting Captor of Sin might actually constitute submitting a lesser known work. Hahaha.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          In saying that, I’m likely to contradict myself sometime in the near future and submit that obvious song

  • KyleJMcBride
    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      “NOPE” – Scrimm 2017

      • KyleJMcBride

        BOO.

    • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

      Of course it does

  • Some Guy

    I’m pretty excited about next week’s ROTW because I’m a sucker for bands that write songs about the ocean.

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    You’re a poser if you didnt vote lizard

    • Okay but can posers still vote Lizard?

      • Lacertilian

        Puts me in a difficult place, can’t vote for yourself but if I vote someone else I’m a damn poser.
        Guess I’ll abstain this week?

  • James

    woo spazzcore

  • Look at the Lizard lapping up the pity votes. Pfffffft.

    • more beer

      I gave mine to Stanley so he didn’t get shut out.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I voted for you. See you at the party, Richter.

  • This was too easy… Richtilian gets my vote

  • Dumpster Lung

    Is Metallica banned from these, similarly to Iron Maiden? Surprised nobody submitted Trapped Under Ice. It’s the first thing I think about when hearing “opening solo.”

    • Lacertilian

      We stipulated the solo had to start before 0:05 in the song. Just going through the intro in my head here, I think the solo would start a little bit after that mark?

      • Dumpster Lung

        Oh man, SHAME ON ME. You’re absolutely right. I forgot all about the little opening buildup hahaha. *facepalms self to death

        • Lacertilian

          Fucked myself up a bit with that rule as it meant I had to skip a few of the ones I’d originally thought of too.

  • NDG

    I was away camping for the week otherwise I would’ve submitted this.

    Strictly not metal but opening shred is done after 9 seconds and recommences at 26 seconds, some respite is given at 52 seconds but at 1:07 we’re off again!

    The whole track, the entire album is face meltingly good.

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/edqF8FpHAQ8