Riff ov the Week: Skronk-Off

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Artificial Brain’s Labyrinth Constellation was declared the best album of 2014 by the Toilet ov Hell community, something that made me reasonably proud notwithstanding some of the other. . . less-correct choices preceding it. Skronk is so hot right now, we’re devoting an entire Riff ov the Week to it. Plus W. asked for it, and you just can’t say no to that face. Fucking adorable. My offer still stands, by the way – find a better name for skronk, get a prize of ambiguous character. 

Last weekJoe (Ghost Bath) lost to Link (Asphyx) by a single vote. Careful comment readers might note that if Ted Nü-Djent didn’t fuck his vote all the way up, it would’ve been a solid tie and I would have another two envelopes full of tie-breaking cash in transit to my house right now. So thanks.

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Next week:

  • As per someone (Maik I think?), next week we’ll be doing riffs that provide the rhythm under a solo. The riff might start before the solo, it might start at the same time as the solo, whatever. Remember, you’re not submitting the solo, you’re submitting the riff under the solo.
  • Send your solo-riffs-but-not-solos to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com.
  • If you have an idea for a theme or category, send an email or let me know right here in the comments.
  • Go with Schubert.

 

Masterlord

Not skronk in the strictest sense, but definitely dissonant enough for this contest (resident skronk connoisseur W. gave it the okay, so BACK OFF, BUTTHOLE). A few of us have been making quite the to-do about Devouring Star’s debut during the past weeks, and this first riff should explain why pretty quickly. Right after horse-quartering your brains.

 

Joe Thrashnkill

The riff that opens “43% Burnt” (and returns at 3:08) is like breakdown that requires a calculator and ancient dwarven mesh shorts to properly pit to.

 

W.

As the Toilet’s Patron Saint of Skronk, it is my sworn duty to reach deep into the past to conjure up something hideously dissonant. The riff at 1:22 is skronk incarnate.

 

Dagon

Someone is going to submit a killer Gorguts riff and win. Therefore, I’ll just promote something I only recently discovered and have been jamming consistently. There is a lot of dissonance in this album and the baritone guitar contributes to the skronky tone. The riff starts at 1:20, but you should listen to the whole track.

 

McNulty

Thanks go to W. (who gave thanks to Hubert) for introducing me to the spectacular Dimesland.  The first track “Are They Cannibals?” contains an immense skronk jamming session from 1:00 to 2:00.  So get out your birkenstocks and patchouli oil and let’s play hackey-sack! BTW, best song title ever.

 

Ron Deuce

I was delighted to find out the Noisear is putting out a new record this year. Check out the opening riff from their new track below and you’ll hear that they skronk with the best of them.

 

The Xenosapien

The first riff. It’s skronkadelic!

 

Coolstorybro

King Crimson invented the skronk. The Mars Volta would sound like Kenny G if it wasn’t for these weird Englishmen. To that end, here’s the skonkiest of them all, “Lark’s Tongues in Aspic Part II.” The riff that kicks off the song is fucking jarring, atonal, and just plain awesome. Dream Theater covered this one, but they can’t touch the Crim’s originality (welcome to ’73, boys) and harsh tone. Also of note is guitarist Robert Fripp, who plays through the whole song utterly expressionless while sitting on a stool.

 

MoshOff

I’ve been on quite the Mastodon kick lately and, as it turns out, the opening riff in “We Built This Come Death” (from Lifesblood/Call of the Mastodon) is quite the skronky one.

 

Evan Cluston

I have no idea what the fuck a skronk riff is but that’s kind of feeling my brain gave me when I first heard this riff from Altar of Plagues. It warped my brain so much I had to rewind it and play it over and over. Starts at 8 minutes.

 

Guacamole Jim

Few things are as cool as skronk suddenly busting out a killer groove. Blastronaut, a recent discovery of mine, kill that particular transition on their song, “The Maker.” Get groovy at 6:04.

 

Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

First twenty seconds are agonizing, flush this album, flush this song. G’night.

 

Simon Phoenix

What do you get when you take Obscura and Covenant, put it in a blender and add a sprinkling of old school doom? You get a single classic album that serves as an ode to despair and destruction. These oft forgot skronk pioneers were masters of crafting riffs that filled you with dread and smacked you in the face with insanity at the same time. Simon says peep 1:16 and say goodbye to everything you love.

 

Link 

In my early merol days, I was drawn to Progressive Death bands because of their unique approach to diverse genres without losing the heavy edge. I’ve encountered this band twice before, and I didn’t get it. But, now I’m rediscovering them and I must say that their use of both melodic and dissonant structures made their music a puzzle to dissect and still enjoy. This isn’t just technically accomplished music, it’s also that “thinking” type that gets to you. Go to 1:20 to experience the real embodiment of dichotomy.

 

Stockhausen

The establishing and spinning out of the nasty, grating chord is straight up hypnotic. It makes you want to skronk real good, until all the donk gets the fronk. You know what I gronk.

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  • Dagon

    One can only hope for Dwarven Mesh Shorts that are as gloriously golden as this armor:
    http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2013/081/f/f/bjorg_folkvar___dwarven_armor_2_0_by_thenoremac42-d5ywfjl.jpg

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      This should have way more upvotes than it does. It’s making me a little sad for our community.

      • Dagon

        Yesterday saw little action in the comments compared to what we usually get. Flush it Friday ended strong, though. Tyree was missed.

  • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

    *FLUSH YOUR RIFFS DOWN THE SHITTIEST, SMELLIEST, MOST CLOGGED, AND MOST SATURATED WITH MRSA AND HEPATITIS TOILET OV HELL*

    Have fun on the dive riff tour! Ask the guitarist playing the riff to help you move O’Connor’s hoveround.

    Reichsmarschall Dean > The Ayatollah Barack Ebola Obummer. Vote bitches!

    P.S. I saw Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, Tribulation, and Aeon last night.

    • Scrimm

      Waking up to a Howard Dean comment>>>>>>>>>

      • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

        Waking the (Howard Dean) Cadaver.

    • Dagon

      Did they play the new track? I’m way too excited for the next album. Also, I would like to recommend you the new Chapel of Disease album which is packed with Tribulation flair in its riffing.

      Good to see you around. BYAH!

      • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

        I honestly missed most of Tribulation’s set (motherfucking traffic in Boston!), and nearly cried because of it (they were one of my primary reasons for going; I also cried a little because they played a free headlining set in Montpelier VT on their off day before the Boston show, and I missed it, too). I only caught part of the last song. They sounded good, though they seem a little awkward on stage (still finding their image, I think).

        Aeon was fucking brutal and fun. Their vocalist is a good frontman–great presence and pretty hilarious (he would pretend the mic was his cock, and then faux jerk off keeping tempo with the blast beats, hahaha).

        Behemoth was incredible. Amazing show. Tight as fuck and powerful. Nergal’s voice is getting pretty beat down, which is understandable considering the near constant touring, but they had Orion doing a lot of parts, too, so that was awesome. Highlights of their set were Messe Noire, Ov Fire and the Void (one of my favorite tracks), Slaves Shall Serve, and O Father O Satan O Sun (which they played as an encore–awesome). Seeing it live has made me like The Satanist more than I did. Fucking good shit.

        Cannibal Corpse is insanely tight live. Fun stuff. Kind of a letdown after Behemoth (I would have preferred Behemoth headline). But they are really good live. I’m sort of.ambivalent on their stuff (it’s all solid, but nothing I am dying to hear all the time). I have no idea how Corpsegrinder doesn’t lose his voice. Guy is a beast. His neck is otherworldly. Highlights were Addicted to Vaginal Skin, Ice Pick Lobotomy, and their new stuff sounded really good, too.

        One of the funniest parts of the show: there was this dude in the crowd who had this insanely high and awesome falsetto, and he kept doing it after the songs as a sort of cheer. Dude’s voice was incredible. Sounded like King Diamond. Fucking sweet.

        • Dagon

          I think Behemoth should be headlining as well. I actually follow Nergal on instagram and he posts amazing pics of the tour. I’m jelly of you, Dean.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            Nergal is having an insanely fun time. You can just see it. I’m happy for him. It’s total lifeloving stuff, but it’s really great, and he deserves it. He made a couple of comments along the lines of “embrace freedom and life and make the most of every day.” It’s actually pretty touching, because you can clearly see that he is living that way after almost dying.

            I honestly don’t like when bands pretend to be the super serious morbid tough guys on stage. It was refreshing to see Behemoth taking pictures of the crowd, interacting with them, having unabashed fun, and not caring what people think. A guy from the crowd gave Nergal a flag (I think it was the Polish flag), and he was genuinely appreciative and thankful. Good stuff.

            I’ve always been a Behemoth fan, but seeing them live really solidified it.

          • Dagon

            That’s exactly where he’s coming from, you can tell. That “fun” element transpired to the songs in The Satanist as well, it’s something that made me love that album. You don’t need to sacrifice heaviness to write memorable songs.

            He is thoroughly enjoying every concert.

            https://instagram.com/p/yv-v3wxWQ9/?modal=true

          • this is awesome, bro!

          • Good to hear from you, HD. I carry the byah forever in my heart.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            #byahlife

            P.S. Arizona was pretty tight, though I definitely prefer northern Arizona to southern.

            Flagstaff and Sedona >>>>>>>

          • Flagstaff is one of my favorite places ever. I shall live there in time.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            Yeah, I really enjoyed it. The aspen forests and climate were not so alien and otherworldly to me. I was seriously shocked when I got there. I was like “wait, when did Arizona annex Colorado?”

          • VVayne Brady

            Flagstaff is easily the nicest part of Arizona. It even snows there.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            When we got there, it was like 65, sunny, and not a hint of snow (except for on Humphrey’s Peak). The locals told us it has been an unseasonably warm and dry winter, as they sometimes have 2 feet of snow in January and February. Since we’re having a very brutally cold and snowy winter in northern New England, I was more than happy to see the sunshine and 60’s.

            And then we went to Tucson, where it is already as hot as the majority of the days in July and August in NH. The variety in Arizona (and in the U.S. as a whole) is incredible!

          • Scrimm

            It is kinda cool that you can drive a couple hours out here and experience such a difference in climate.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            Seriously. It’s mindblowing. Snow and cold and huge elevation in Flagstaff, drive 30-40 minutes and drop 2000 feet in elevation, and you are in Sedona–which looks like the surface of Mars. Surreal. Then drive a few hours south, and you are in the saguaros and dodging tarantulas and scorpions. Incredible. In the east, an equivalent change in climate and flora/fauna takes thousands of miles–from the taiga/subtundra of Vermont/New Hampshire/ Maine to the tropics of southern Florida.

          • more beer

            That drop whenyou are driving down I-40 heading west is pretty crazy.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            Is that the route heading to Sedona? The road we took brought us down Oak Creek Canyon, which seemed like it dropped 1000 feet in a half mile. Intense, but amazingly cool. Gorgeous stuff.

          • more beer

            I just looked and it’s not but it’s almost the same drop.

          • Scrimm

            Yes living on the east coast was quite a bit different. I miss it though. Out here it is good when you have people visit from far away cause there is so many different places to take them. Fun fact about Sedona, Don’t know if they still say this or how true it even was but when I was younger it was supposedly a huge hotbed for Satanists.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            I can see that. Sedona has more New Age crystal freaks, gem shops, alternative health and religious spots than I have ever seen in one place before. It seems like every store sold geodes and aligned chakras. And they are huge on their supposed vortexes. Strange.

            The red rocks were stunningly gorgeous, though. Cool place.

          • Scrimm

            I have seen it snow in Phoenix and Tuscon. Very rare.

          • Scrimm

            I hate living in Phoenix.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            I only spent a few hours there, but I can kinda see why you feel that way. Phoenix is a zoo! I’m not used to crazy, massive, sprawling cities like that. It must be quite a rat race living there.*

            *You can take all this with a grain of salt, as it’s coming from someone who lives in a town of 1000.

          • Scrimm

            I could see how that would be a huge change. At least we have a good record store here, but fuck those guys for not hiring me.

          • more beer

            Phoenix is better than Kingman where I worked for six months. That is one of the shittiest places I’ve ever been.

          • Scrimm

            Kingman is a shithole. I like Prescott and Flagstaff.

          • more beer

            Flagstaff is beautiful. I’ve never been to Prescott. All I know is I couldn’t wait to get out of Kingman. No amount of money was worth being there.

          • Scrimm

            I kinda prefer Prescott but I’ve been there a lot more. I feel the same way about Tuscon as I do Kingman.

          • more beer

            There just some places one should never go to!

          • Scrimm

            Adreed. I’ll still go to Tuscon if there is a show I really want to see, but fuck Kingman.

          • more beer

            I’ve driven through there since I worked there as fast as could. Californa was a much better destination.

          • Gluteus_Maximus_Rage

            Hey mate, did you guys see my RotW suggestion? Sent it to the RotW email.

          • Ah, shit, you’re really making me regret not seeing them when they came by a few days ago. I’ve seen both CC and Behemoth play, and they were easily the highlights of their respective shows.

        • VVayne Brady

          That sounds like a blast. I’m glad you had fun. I’ve seen CC live, and they always put on a great show.

        • The God Emperor of Mankind

          I still have yet to see CC live. I saw Voivod with Napalm and they were poifect.

          • more beer

            I saw that show a couple of days ago. Good show but Voi Vod was the best band of the night.

          • Scrimm

            I have seen them and Behemoth several times. I must respectfully disagree that Behemoth should ever headline over CC.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            Given CC’s history and clout in the extreme metal world, I would agree. Practically no extreme metal bands should headline over them.

            However, actually seeing the two play together, Behemoth was more of the headliner. People were more excited for them, and Behemoth carry themselves as headliners–they sort of give off that vibe. CC just had a tough time following up Behemoth. Behemoth cleaned house. People were excited for CC, but the crowd climaxed with Behemoth’s set.

          • Scrimm

            I could see from a visual standpoint. I’m biased too, cause I reeeeaaally don’t like Behemoth.

          • CT-12

            Voivod>>>>>>>>>

        • JamesGrimm

          Dislocated my shoulder to Make them suffer. would do it again in a heart beat.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            Hah! The pit was crazy. I was drinking Guinness near the bar at the back; even after Corpsegrinder challenged us all and called us pussies, I still stayed there. I prefer to just watch.

          • Lacertilian

            and guinness..watch & guinness.

        • Tyreeling In The Years

          I really want to see Aeon live. Glad it was a fun time duder!!! I’ve been listening to The Satanist again here. Such a great album.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            The Satanist has really grown on me recently. I listened to it a lot leading up to the show, and I’m digging it more and more. Seeing them play the songs live made me like them even more.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            I’ve seen them 3 times and all 3 times where really great experiences. This tour I’d really loved to have seen. I’m jealous!

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Twas my album of the year

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          I need to tick Behemoth off the list as a band that I have not seen. I only gave The Satanist another spin last night too.

        • Sounds like it was a good time. I totally would’ve joined in with the high falsetto dude. Mine can go pretty high but I’m not in tune with it so it sounds sort of like a strangled cat.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            Haha, it was really cool. I’m positive the guy was a vocalist (probably for a trad or power act), because it was in tune and he could rally project–even without amplification, you could hear him over the din of the concert noise.

    • miss you bby

      • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

        <3

        I see you and GL are still fighting the good fight and bringing Devin Townsend love to the plebeian masses. That warms my heart of hoarfrost. Good work, Detective.

    • Yo that show last night was tight, naawmeeeeeen

    • mr. Dean! how are you? We miss you a lot here!

      • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

        Pretty good, Link. Extraordinarily busy. Lots of work, lots of travel. But things are good.

    • The God Emperor of Mankind

      Reichsmarschall Dean, the Ayatollah of Rock n Rolla. Thus I have anointed you with your official title.

    • Drewcifer

      I caught them on the first night of the tour in New Orleans! I had never seen CC or Behemoth, Aeon played God Give Head in Heaven because I asked them to. It was a glorious evening.

      • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

        Haha, awesome! Aeon were a lot of fun, and brutal as all hell.

    • Virgil the Ghost Poet

      Governor Dean! Hi! I was asking about you. How are you buddy?

      • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

        Pretty good, Virgil. Very, very busy (the campaign trail is rough on these streets), but good.

        • Virgil the Ghost Poet

          Glad to hear from you. A Forest of Stars has a limited band handmade box up for pre-order, I thought that you would be interested too.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            I saw that on Facebook! I think I might just stick to the CD when it’s released–I’ve never got into buying box sets or custom/limited edition specialty things. It did look pretty sick though.

  • I was seriously going to submit this one because:

    A) That song title

    B) The music sounds like The Dillinger Escape Plan having sex with Gorguts

    But didn’t do it because:

    A) vocals are beyond terrible

    Full disclosure: I like this song

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

    • Damn. I have not thought about this band in a long ass time.

      • They are a guilty pleasure of mine.

    • Dagon

      I actually thought the vocals were very fitting. The fact that they’re low on the mix makes it that they’re not overbearing, they just add another texture to the song. Really dig the riffing in this.

      • To me, the vocals sound like dude got his nuts chopped off and then recorded his vocal tracks. And yes, the riffing is well done on this song.

        • Scrimm

          That’s what most power metal sounds like to me.

  • Scrimm

    Tough week. I have no idea.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      I’m kind of leaning towards TDEP because I fawn over them every time someone submits them for a ROTW contest. I just like seeing their mugs on here. I just listened to an album that was seriously good and seriously skronky but I’m hesitant to post it here because I might sometime soon (or eventually lol) try to blog about it.

      • Scrimm

        Every time I hear those guys I enjoy it a little more. It’s not my usual kind of stuff but it’s hard to deny the quality. I would probably go with Gorguts myself but don’t really want to vote for someone that says to flush that album.

  • Dagon

    http://maresofthrace.bandcamp.com/track/and-the-bird-surgeon-2

    This is the track I submitted, video is not working for me. I’m being sabotaged AGAIN

    • Maik Beninton

      I also found @Stockhausen’s pick only on bandcamp not on youtube
      http://willowtip.bandcamp.com/track/mountain

      • Dagon

        I’m telling you, Youtube hates Brazilians.

        • Maik Beninton

          I know right?

          • Dagon

            O gigante tem que acordar de novo, dessa vez contra o youtube. Lol.

        • JVVG

          perhaps their adult content censors are just confused or overworked…

  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    This is what I was listening to last night before I fell asleep and what I am listening to now. It’s actually a little skronky…

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

    • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

      luv this album.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        I remember playing this album a long time ago (eight or nine years or something) and thinking how extreme it was. It doesn’t sound nearly as extreme and with the passage of time it sounds totally different than what I remembered or expected.

        • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

          There was a time when all I was listening to was Converge through full album streams on Youtube with shitty sound quality. Gud times.

    • i pretty much love every Converge album beginning with this one and everything after.

    • Dagon

      I never got into Converge a lot. Which albums should I start with? I am actually more familiar with Kurt Ballou as a producer than as a musician.

      • Jane Doe is a good start. I like All We Love We Leave Behind a lot as well. I think the vocals are an acquired taste with this band but the music/songwriting is so good you really don’t mind them.

        • Dagon

          I’ve heard Jane Doe is one of the most accessible? Or at least one of their most popular albums.

          • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

            I wouldn’t call Jane Doe accessible.

          • Jane Doe is probably the album that put them on the map. It’s tough for me to recommend a specific album because you really can’t go wrong with anything from Jane Doe onward.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Oh, Axe To Fall could be a good one… it’s intense.

        • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

          Another one I love. It’s probably the most varied Converge album.

      • HessianHunter

        Jane Doe is widely considered their watermark record, and their best. Axe To Fall is their most accessible in my opinion, and it’s the album I play to non-metal types when introducing them to Converge (my favorite band).

        • Dagon

          That favorite band medal is a tough one to carry. I shall pay extra attention when I listen to it.

          • HessianHunter

            It’s not something I say lightly, but every time I hear them it just gets more obviously true. They’re the absolute best at my favorite subgenre of punk/metal fusion.

          • Dagon

            I know how you feel, although that favorite band title has been somewhat of a revolving door for me.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            For a few years I could hang my hat on “Cage is my favorite rapper” and after his career went south it was legitimately El-P for a few years, but as far as a favorite band? Botch and The Dillinger Escape Plan have a special place in my heart as being the extreme metal bands I have played the longest but as for my favorite band, today, no questions, fuck I dunno.

          • Dagon

            Queens of the Stone Age is probably the currently active band I like the most. I know all their material, am able to sing every song (and almost every guitar part) so I think they have that title. I do have to say I haven’t listened to QotSA in a while.

            Rap is too hard for me.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I listened to most of that Blade of the Ronin yesterday but ended up wandering away from it.

          • Dagon

            I felt the same way. It didn’t grab my attention too much, although I did like the beats. Even Big Sean put out a better album this year IMO, but that might be too mainstream for your tastes.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I like some mainstream rap. The album that really changed my views on that was My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy which I listened to a lot of when it got so much love at the end of the year in which it came out. Of course I always liked acts like Biggie, Nas, and the Wu Tang Clan.

            Don’t even get me started on this jam here.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTXeg-Swq9w

          • Dagon

            I have a feeling Kanye’s new album is going to be great. The track he debuted at the Brit Awards got me psyched. New Kendrick should be dope as fuck too.

            http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2i47g8_all-day_webcam

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Even though it’s a live video you can tell that beat is just fire.

          • This album is one of the records that really go me into hip hop. Actually heard it on metal radio show and the DJ decided to play a couple songs from it. Bought the album the next day.

          • Botch and DEP are all time favorite bands of mine. There is a talk of a Botch reunion. Not sure if that means touring or an album. I hope touring, I only saw them once but they were incredible live.

          • Minus the Bear also gud.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Those dudes went on to be in a lot of bands. These Arms Are Snakes, Russian Circles, and more.

          • Dagon

            I loved Minus the Bear when I was in fish god high school.

          • Zeke

            I toured with minus the bear and bugged Dave into giving me a little impromptu guitar lesson. I have a book somewhere where I tabbed out a bunch of the riffs he showed me. Good times.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I’d crap my pants over a new Botch album.

          • If any band should do it, Botch should.

          • Scrimm

            That’s how I feel about Demilich.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Are they doing any kind of reunion shows or anything?

          • Scrimm

            I know they are playing at least one festivsl in Finland. I’m just so happy I got to see them and loan them an amp for the show.

  • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

    Excuse me sir, do you have a moment to talk about Luc Lemay, our lord and saviour? Sir?

    Anyway, Karhu wins, good job. Honourable mentions go to Dillinger, Dimesland and that thing W. posted, whatever it is.

    • VVayne Brady

      Thanks, Goat. I couldn’t submit just any old thing, now could I. Also, I’m glad you’re back. I missed you.

      Edit: you’re, not your. Sleepy brain.

      • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

        I missed you people too.

    • Scrimm

      I have many moments to talk about Luc Lemay.

  • Maik Beninton

    Yay skronk, I don’t get the skronk thing but yeah skronk
    http://assets.naointendo.com.br/uploads/post-assets/2354/Felicidade.gif

    • KJM

      boingyboingyboingy

  • Based Tapir

    There’s no way I’m not gonna go for King Crimson.

    • i will admit, that was a good song. coming from a guy who basically just likes In the Court and RED.

      • KJM

        Give ‘Discipline’ another shot.

        • i will do this! maybe if i do them one album at a time it’ll be less intimidating…

          • Based Tapir

            Check out Lizard as well, tasty cheeks. One of their most underrated and best albums.

          • Lacertilian

            Iz lizard,, iz good

        • EsusMoose

          this song is my favorite off it> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmN9QRWbreg

          • Dagon

            This is great. Very entrancing.

      • Based Tapir

        I love most of ’em. There are few that I like less. Larks’ is one of my favourites from them.

    • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

      I love them! They’re my favorite prog band.

  • KJM

    Crimson Skronk is gadonkadonk.

  • Dagon

    Guac and Blastronaut get my vote

    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/m1Rqeqs3Nh8/maxresdefault.jpg

  • LobsterAttack

    Yikes, another tough one. Was gonna go for Karhu, but then had that thought “Gorguts is too obvious a choice.” Went with Stockhausen.

    • Beneath your carapace there is sage wisdom. Clackity clack.

      • LobsterAttack

        Lots of time for contemplation in An Exoskeletal Domain.

        • Today I join the ranks of the Nephropidae. Clack.

          • Based Tapir

            I can already smell the butter.

    • Stockhausen

      Da-da chik, da-da chum, my friend.

  • how many peeps are going to skip @nordlingritesovkarhu:disqus for confusing his pick for a Whiff ov the Week?

    • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

      He knows it’s the bestest album, he just pretends it isn’t.

      • Based Tapir

        Nah, he’s just a fool.

    • Scrimm

      Probably this guy.

    • Scrimm

      Yours is a good pick to. I miss playing with the hackey sack.

      • thanks d00d, have you heard the album? it’s a trip and a half. as is their website

        • Scrimm

          Nope, never heard of them until this morning, I’ll look into them more. Screw it, you got my vote.

          • VVayne Brady

            That album is killer. Sounds a lot like Voivod.

          • Scrimm

            I will dig deeper.

  • A Skronk Riff of the week with no Immolation and no Incantation is an abomination.

    • oh shit, any song from Majesty and Decay could have made the list!!!

      • Scrimm

        That’s becoming my favorite album.

        • B00mhauer

          I really do like Kingdom of Conspiracy over Majesty, though they are both great. ROSS DOLAN SIGNED MY COPY IN GOLD INK SO FUKK YOU

          • Scrimm

            That’s a good one too. I managed to not sell my signed Here In After in my recent cd sell off.

          • The God Emperor of Mankind

            I need to get into Immolation, all I have is Failures For Gods.

          • Scrimm

            In my opinion they have stuff that is so much better. The last two albums are a good place to start I think.

          • Zeke

            Failures for gods is probably my least favorite. Here in after will always be the top for me.

          • Scrimm

            Mine too I think. I’m also not a big fan of Closer To a World Below, which I know some people think is just awesome.

          • Zeke

            I love closer to a world below

          • Scrimm

            I think most of their fans do. I found my cd, Have to give it another spin.

          • more beer

            I’ve been friends with him for 30 years. He is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet!

          • Scrimm

            He was cool to a young kid at his first death metal show, I can attest.

          • more beer

            I don’t doubt that for a second. Since he is just an all around good guy. I miss those days in 80’s drinking with the Yonkers metal heads.

    • Scrimm

      HOLY SHIT I didn’t even think of Immolation’s absence but you’re right. Kinda rustled now.

      • The jimmiez have been rustled to the max.

        • Scrimm
          • I’m so wet right now.

          • Scrimm

            I need to see these guys live again, It’s been almost 20 years. Damn.

          • i seen them last year, they still bring it. and of course they haven’t released a turd yet, so you get decades of great music!
            also, met the two guitar players at the merch table. couldn’t be nicer fellas

          • Scrimm

            I saw them twice after Here In After came out. I hardly ever hear of them playing around here, the last time was a few years ago but i couldn’t get anyone to go and was fucked on wheels at the time. I gotta make more of an effort next time. I am very interested in that new project with Bob and Ross.

          • more beer

            I go back to the Rigor Mortis days with Ross. I’ve seen them to many times to count. Never saw them play a bad set ever. Every album has been good. You are very right they are the nicest guys uou will meet.

          • I’ve never had the chance to see them. I’ll have to keep on eye on their tour dates to see if they come near here.

      • more beer

        This isn’t as bad as Vince from that other blog, missing mentioning Rob from Immolation playing in Gospel of Witches. The guy runs a blog in New York and doesn’t reconize one of the members of one of the biggest death metal bands in New York.

        • Scrimm

          Very true.

          • more beer

            That was a crime against metal!

    • This Riff ov the Week made Lisa old D:

      • Where in the holy name of crap does one find a copy of Elvenefris?

        • Scrimm

          I found one for 5 buck at my local store a few years back. Almost shit myself.

          • I can’t find shit for Kommandant either. I’m just gonna go back to listening to my eighties hard rock and hair metal records. Listening to some of these bands in acceptable quality is getting to be too much of an effort *goes back to chasing kids off lawn*

          • Scrimm

            It is and I HATE waiting for stuff in the mail.

        • That, my friend, it’s a good question that I’m afraid I don’t have the answer T_T

    • CT-12

      I’ve been jamming “Closer to a World Below” for the past few weeks, so insanely good. That skronkadelic breakdown thing at 1:17 on “Furthest from the Truth” has been making me want to fight a goose at work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmidJ6Z0DiA

    • Between The Buried & Smee

      I’m seeing Incantation in a few weeks!

  • VVayne Brady

    The Gorguts fruit hangs so low you could pick it up off the ground.

  • HessianHunter

    Mares of Thrace are such a ripping band. Unf.

    • VVayne Brady

      Did they break up?

      • HessianHunter

        I think they’re on an effective hiatus for school. I really hope they get active again, and soon.

        • VVayne Brady

          Aye, pumpkin baby. I do too.

        • Dagon

          There is an album being made slowly. I don’t think it will come out this year and yeah, they did pause for school. The drummer got in a grad school program she wanted or something.

          The day I discovered them, I acidentally ended up on her facebook and looked at all the wedding + honeymoon pictures. I then felt ashamed of my stalking ways.

          • JVVG

            Art/technical program learning to make video games, from what I recall when I was more plugged in to Facebook.

            I don’t recall if her program specializes in one aspect or is more general though…

          • Dagon

            She is even more suited to rule by my side than I originally thought.

  • HessianHunter

    Semi-relevant; Edward and I finally met at a house show in Minneapolis to see this skronklord solo saxophonist, Curt Oren. He’s touring through most of the Southern US this next month, so all y’all that say “all y’all” should look at the tour dates and try to see some circular breathing in action.
    www://curtoren.bandcamp.com/

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      This story is factual.

      HH that was why I went home to revisit Jane Doe haha, but ended up falling asleep in my hooded sweatshirt and one sock.

      • HessianHunter

        Wouldn’t want that one foot to get cold!

    • VVayne Brady

      This cat will send you homemade cookies.

      • HessianHunter

        He brings cookies to every single show he plays. Dude’s brilliant.

        • VVayne Brady

          Curt Oren has a song called “Big Jazz.” He’s definitely a big jazz boy. Sadly, I’m just a little jazz boy.

          • Dagon

            But you’re daddy’s beautiful little jazz boy, W. Be proud.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            You are a big jazz boy in my eyes, Dubya.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9CD4_3wChM

          • VVayne Brady

            I can’t think of this song without hearing the Squidbillies parody.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I guess I am glad I haven’t heard it, because this song is the jam.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          I was hesitant to eat one of the cookies because I thought they might have been weed cookies, lol

          • Lacertilian

            In that case, eat them all!

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            That would not jive with my sobriety, lol

          • Scrimm

            Damn Ed, That’s being serious about your sobriety. Good on you.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Dubya you would dig the skronky sax playing I think. That’s what sold me “skronky sax”.

        • Dagon

          I listened to some of his stuff and he honestly reminded me of the bass solo in Kill ‘Em All, (Anesthesia)–Pulling Teeth.

        • VVayne Brady

          I have it primed and loaded. I’m ready to be seduced by that sexy sax, man.

          • Dagon
          • VVayne Brady

            I actually watch this video every night before going to sleep.

          • Dagon

            It provides much necessary sensual relaxation.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            If his recorded music sounds like his live music there are definitely moments where he sounds like a wailing animal.

    • Dagon

      I envy all Toilet gatherings.

    • Based Tapir

      This sounds niceeee.

    • JVVG

      Saxophone is the one True Skronk.

    • VVayne Brady

      So, I’ve listened to this whole album. I dig it, but I think it would make a little more sense to me in a live setting.

      • HessianHunter

        It’s definitely more powerful live than on this recording.

    • Enemy Of The Free World

      I damn you to the lowest pits of hell for bringing this to my attention, Fiend!

  • great picks everyone! the best part of this is discovering about 10 new skronk bands!!!

  • EsusMoose

    I’m gonna have a near impossible time not voting for 43% burnt even if I didn’t think it would count as stronk, and as I don’t know near enough about stronk I believe I should binge listen stronk today and become one with the stronk. Love is stronk, life is stronk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2F-WD3kNPs

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      I’m so stoked about this upcoming Imperial Triumphant album Abyssal Gods I can hardly contain myself.

      • EsusMoose

        I thought it had already came out, so now I can enjoy it when it comes out and then in 8-9 months when we start considering top lists

    • 43% Burnt seems skronky to me but I am from from a skronk expert. Skronkspert.

  • Matt Damon

    SKRONK DAMON

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      MATT SKRONKON

      • Dagon

        SKRAKK SKRAMON

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          TXXLXT XX MXTT DXMXN

          • METASKRONKAL ANUS

          • Dagon

            Can I have that with a large order of fries?

          • Dagon

            XTRVMX XKRVNK GVNGXTVZ

          • I tried to pronounce this and my co-workers came with an ambulance because they thought I was having an epileptic seizure.

  • Discordance Axis probably belongs in here too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e16M1-4383M&spfreload=10

    • Tyreeling In The Years

      Fucking amazing.

  • Dagon

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

    I am addicted to this. Srsly. I think @linkleonhart:disqus is responsible for that.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    So much goodness here, but I gotta go with W. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum were some of the first skronk I ever jammed and that song remains an absolute (although eminently fun and approachable) monster. Good work everyone though, few doozies I wasn’t familiar with before.

    • VVayne Brady

      I was jamming that whole album again yesterday. It’s a bizarre study in fun and terrifying music.

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        Terrifying and fun is a rare but great combination.

  • Alex P.

    Jesus, I feel late to the game. I finally understand what the fuck you guys are talking about with this “skronk” thing and what it implies musically. It’s so simple I can’t believe I didn’t get it earlier, but since you’re referencing riffs based upon 3 different dissonant intervals, I guess there isn’t exactly an appropriate term that refers to them all directly. So carry on and I’ll continue to enjoy one of the hallmarks of guitar-based music with you all: Discordance.

  • Spear

    Gorguts is the obvious choice, though I’m disappointed none of you kvnts thought of An Ocean of Wisdom. http://youtu.be/cg6bWoH_aUU

  • Enemy Of The Free World

    Of all these whiffs Coolstorybro is ghe most horrible for pretending that KC was the first to spread this abomination.

  • STANKBEARD

    There’s a shit ton of good songs here. Some of them I definitely wouldn’t have called Skronk. I used to love that SGM song “Sleep is Wrong,” despite not believing its skronk, and Mares of Thrace used to be a dope Sludge band, and I really can’t think Dillinger isn’t a hardcore band still. Plus I dont like Gorguts. So, I’m going to vote for Stockhausen because thats a pretty pure Skronk album that I can enjoy. 2nd place to Altar of Plagues, because Mammal is a masterpiece of an album, but not skronky like their newest.

    • VVayne Brady

      It definitely isn’t death metal, but that heavy, jarring bass sound still counts imo.

      • STANKBEARD

        OT: Neige fanatics (like myself) rejoice! Glaciation, with Neige as frontman, have a black merol album coming out called Sur les falaises de marbre. Its pretty dope

        • VVayne Brady

          Is that Glaciation album good? I haven’t checked it out yet because it isn’t on Spotify, but I’ve been curious.

          • STANKBEARD
          • VVayne Brady

            Thank you, beardman.

          • STANKBEARD

            You’re welcome. I’m really enjoying it because I’ve missed the black metal days of alcest and some of his other projects. So, getting a pure black metal album from him this year is great.

  • JVVG

    I admit it. I still don’t understand what Skronk “is”, and the variety in these videos doesn’t help settle it.

    • Scrimm

      Honestly it kinda sound like someone dropped their guitar or smacked a chord when the thing was out of tune. I like a lit of it though, I just can’t take it in large doses.

    • das okay, just vote McNulty

      • JVVG

        You’re four hours late. My vote went to Mares of Thrace.

        • vote for me with your joke account, Christian Molenaar

          • JVVG

            If I’m anyone else, it’s JAG.

            Because similar initials are far more indicative than posting style.

          • OT: are you in the FB group?

          • JVVG

            I am not. You’d definitely recognize me by the correspondence to my initials, and that Thor is my profile picture.

            I have lately consciously limited my social media presence to reasonably “professional” activity; most of which has been interaction through a ‘closed’ Group with my thesis data source. And to be honest once the data are sufficiently accounted for, I’m going to pull the plug.

          • ah well you are one respectable flusher and if you ever join, i hope that we shall become friends!

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      As I recall the term came from Robert Christgau or Lester Bangs and just referred to music using dissonant or discordant or otherwise unpleasant sounds.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    clintons/u.n./david rockefeller–rain blood on the earth—did 911

    http://youtu.be/RgqnbZrxNrk

    http://youtu.be/3wJMO7cmhHo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4Cro2yxRjw

    • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      all 3 at once–full vol

  • Tyreeling In The Years

    DEVOURING STAR >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    Imperial Triumphant’s Abyssal Gods currently streaming on Spotify!

    Thank Masterlord, Tyree, and others who I can not identify on Disqus for bringing this to my attention.

    • Tyreeling In The Years

      Ayyyy!

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Tyree it’s so dark and skronky.

        • Tyreeling In The Years

          That’s next for me!

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I still might listen to Ghost Bath’s Moonlover before I leave depending on how long it is.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            I thought you quit the second job?
            Or are we talking different things here?
            KnowWhatIMean? Nudge Nudge? Eh?

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I did quit the second job, my last day there was Feburary 8th and life has been magically lifeloving since, haha.

  • Lacertilian

    Got into this band late (based on a recc from Dave of Revocation) and they are exactly what their name implies (+Colin Marston).
    This track has some subtle melody combined with what I can only describe as dune-buggy skronk.
    Get in.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH8IlsVbiDQ

    • Maik Beninton

      You need to twist your brain to get it.

    • enter the world of Marston: Behold… the Arctopus, Krallice

      • Lacertilian

        I’d been a fan of Behold…The Arctopus from around 2008 after Skullgrid during my time at uni, blasting weird-shit (Psyopus, Meshuggah & The Red Chord), but had never heard of Dysrhythmia until 2012. Oh well, I got there eventually.
        Still haven’t listened to much Krallice (if any?), but I enjoyed Indricothere. I found out about them randomly one day and didn’t even know it was Colin.
        Such a nublet.

        • *pets lizard
          i was jamming Behold, Mesh, and TRC in college as well! though it was more like 2003. are you sure we aren’t quantum entanlgled?

          • Lacertilian

            TRC in 2003?
            But Clients & Prey For Eyes weren’t out then..

          • oh my, pls don’t tell anyone.
            i was definitely jamming Mesh and Behold’s first EP in college, i suppose the others were once i became an adult!

          • Lacertilian

            I assumed you meant you were jamming Fused Together In Revolving Doors. Took me a bit to get into that album after being introduced through Prey For Eyes.

          • VVayne Brady

            Prey for Eyes was my entry as well. Killer album.

          • it’s a prog-deathmerol-grindcore masterpiece

          • Lacertilian

            Indeed. Gunface is pretty under-rated in my opinion, people just got on the ‘deathcore hatred’ bandwagon and missed out on alot of great metal.
            For a band with one guitarist he held it down like a beast, riffs & solos that stick in your head and command multiple listens to get the whole picture.
            Porcelain throne material.

          • KJU’s Breakdancing Bodybags
  • Lacertilian

    I can’t vote this week, I’ll leave that to those with the power to choose between these awesome riffs.

    • sure you can
      *offers recommendation via folded-up paper underneath the table

      • Lacertilian

        *opens folded up piece of paper*
        I don’t like farts! WTF?
        *scrunches up paper, only to be seen by angry teacher*
        DETENTION!
        *shakes fist vehemently whilst yelling “McNulty”*

    • LobsterAttack

      I have a feeling that many Toileteers couldn’t make a wholehearted choice this week, and chose just for the sake of choosing (that sounds really dumb now that I’ve typed it out).

      • it’s not so dumb. @BasedTapir:disqus voted simply because he’s partial to King Crimson. not a cool thing to do, but he did it.

        • Based Tapir

          Not simply because of it being King Crimson. I listened to all of the riffs and I liked it the best. It was finally between AoP and KC, but I liked Crimson’s riff slightly better. Fuck off Jimmy.

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    Let the record show that I voted for Joe this week

  • JvRv

    Bruh Evan Cluston…who even cares what skronk is……this is great. I opened to some other tab to read while I listened and this just slid me into another sphere

  • KJM
  • Tina…The Brutal Fey

    Looks like a close race this week.

    The W./Sleepytime Gorilla Museum ticket gets my vote and my prediction is they’ll take Florida and then the trophy…

  • Brouroboris

    I really like SGM…