Riff ov the Week: Solo Projects

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Let’s get right to it.

Please excuse my brevity. I have not slept in over 48 hours and I just want to go to bed, dammit. This week we’re focusing on solo projects.

Last week, Ted Nü-Djent’s Opeth took the win for the violin/cello edition with 9 votes, and Stanley followed just behind with 8. Weirdly, I have no prize for you this week and hereby commission Link “The Toilet’s Treasure” Leonhart to make you one of his world famous MS Paint awards.

Next week:

  • I had a silly idea. I decided that I’ll only be accepting riffs from bands whose names end in “er”.
  • Send your riffs to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com. Include your name, a link, the time of the riff, and an explanation.
  • If you have an idea for a theme, let me know.

 

Masterlord

Here’s one from this year. Drowning the Light‘s “Below the Horizon He Stalks”. Starts at the beginning. Prepare to feel.

 

Vegglampe

Since everyone and their creepy uncles who currently are on “vacation” will submit Cloudkicker, I might as well join in. Headbanging begins when the song starts.

 

Gorak

GORAK PICK SONG BY AIC GUITAR MAN! ME LIKE MAIN RIFF THROUGH SONG! ME SMASH SPIDERS!

 

McNulty

I don’t love tech death as much as my fellow law-enforcer Jack Bauer, but the bands that do it right DO IT RIGHT. Example, Sophicide: he is as weedily-deedily as the next tech death artist, but he also writes actual songs. The best pick I have is from “Freedom of Mind” (0:00). It’s catchy, thrashy, and techy; without being too much Archspirey.

 

Blackbeard

Mare Cognitum caught me by surprise last year. Something I might not have known about without the Toilet. A lot of people would’ve quoted “Noumenon” from the album but this riff from “Weaving the Thread of Transcendence” might be my fav off the album. Riff starts shortly after 5:28 (repeats other times within the song).

 

Ted Nü-Djent

Something a little different this week, no time stamp. Just a short song from a solo artist who didn’t see their mental illness as a barrier. Rock over London, rock on Chicago. Blockbuster video, wow what a difference.

 

DCLXVI

Gonna go ahead and eat this low hanging fruit…

 

Nordling Rites ov Karhu

Atmospheric black metal is not known for it’s tremendous riffage but Wyrd‘s Black/Folk/Doom delivers on each and every album. The task was difficult but the riff in “My Ghosts” might be the bands most infectious (and make no mistake, even though Wyrd has a full touring line-up, the album’ are and have always been one man’s work). The beginning is a good place to start, though I feel the riff is at it’s most powerful if you listen to the short solo/lead that begins at 3:52 first as it expands on the verges of the same motif – the riff re-begins at 4:30.

 

Stanley

Mikko Aspa is a very busy man but he still finds time to serve up some simple, catchy and uncompromising meat and potatoes black metal. New Golgotha Rising is full of Celtic Frost, Bathory and Burzum influences which Mikko molds into his own unique gloomy black concoction. Riff starts at 0:50. Eugh!

 

Richter

Dan would have me drawn and quartered if he knew I was doing this . . . 3:15. Get your chugga-chugs on.

 

Lacertilian

I was of the opinion that Labyrinthine‘s Ancient Obscurity album was a masterpiece before I became privy to the fact that it is all performed by one person. This is but one riff amidst a plethora of brilliance. Around 2:20 onwards.

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This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 14-12-2014 20:22:33
end_date 12-07-2015 09:00:00
Poll Results:
There is only one winner this week...
  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    Here’s my ROTW. This man is so underrated and he still has the power that he had back in his prime.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7iWRXH1crw

  • Lacertilian
  • The W.

    Botanist is a solo artist and dope as hell.

    http://verdant-realm-botanist.bandcamp.com/

    • Lacertilian

      He is great when teaming up too. Really looking forward to more Lotus Thief one day.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zeXZ_6zdFg

      • The W.

        Oh dang, I didn’t realize he worked with Lotus Thief.

        • Lacertilian

          He did the percussion and I’m pretty sure she did the rest.
          They posted some photos a while back but I think they were to show that they were preparing to do a tour of sorts.
          I got excited thinking it was a studio jam recording or something.

    • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

      seconded hard

    • This Botanist-related statement is a Botanist-related statement about which I would say, were I inclined to speak on it: “This Botanist-related statement is bountiful with verity and truth.”

      • Stockhausen

        I concur with your concurring, and about said concurring on my part, I am glad.

  • KJM

    Every time I’ve lpayed Uno, it’s so long since the last time that I have to relearn the rules all over again.

  • Dagon

    The Lizard wins this week, followed closely by the Bear and the Roman numeral.

    I love Swano/EoS but the guitar tone on Labyrinthine is one of the best things I’ve heard this year. Plus this riff feels like climbing a spiral staircase that never ends.

    • Lacertilian

      I get so lost in the intertwining riffs on that album, not in a techy way but more in the interplay and depth of the sound.
      That spiral staircase was a relatable description.
      If only I paid more attention last year I could have explored it for months more already.

      • Dagon

        So much atmosphere. The tone really helps to sell it, though. It has the right amount of dirt and distortion

        • Lacertilian
          • Dagon

            This is beyond spot on. That’s the same feeling I get from the album, and the song you posted is definitely a stand out track.

          • Lacertilian

            It really is remarkable, well for me anyway, I am not well-versed in black metal what-so-ever and would really appreciate hearing more Labyrinthine or bands that are similar.
            Masterpants has recommended me a couple like Nocternity and a few others which are great, but I crave MOAR already.

  • btw happy birthday @blackbeard_s_ghost:disqus!

    • Dagon

      This is your birthday
      You’re gonna have a good time
      You’re living in a house boat

      For more Beatles and Anal Cunt mash-ups.

    • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

      thanks guys!

    • Kevin Nash & Friends

      Happy birthday to Dawkinsbeard!

    • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

      Jimmy, have you watched the new Comedy Bang Bang episodes with Kid Kudi?

      • i have not. is he a suitable replacement for the almighty Reggie?

        • Lacertilian

          What?
          They replaced Reggie or did he leave?

          • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

            He’s been replaced by Kid Cudi because he is joining the Late Late Show (I think)

        • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

          Well, he’s no Reggie. That’s for sure. Its okay I guess.

      • Totally read that as Comedy Gang Bang.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Gotta be Wesley Willis. When there’s Wesley Willis, it’s always Wesley Willis.

  • @CoalRollFromTheToiletBowl:disqus, is that some straight-up In Flames worship?
    @blackbeard_s_ghost:disqus gets my vote

    • Scrimm

      In Flames worship?

    • DCLXVI

      Because Sweden?

  • KJM

    It’s Bohemian Grove week!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK7PaZHxeDs

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      Bohemian Grove is the place with the giant owl right?

      • KJM

        Yep.

        • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

          I’m all for giant owls. Owls are in the top five animals.

          • KJM

            The Owls are not what they seem.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Best show ever, possibly.

          • KJM

            Almost every good TV show out now is influenced by it to some degree.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            True Detective?

          • KJM

            True Detective S2 finally showed it’s Twin Peaks colors in episode 3.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg2jXDINve0

          • KJM

            True Detective S2 finally showed it’s Twin Peaks colors in episode 3.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg2jXDINve0

          • How is s2 so far? I was not sucked in by the first episode.

          • KJM

            The first ep was one big prologue. It’s like they’re feeding you little bits of interesting info to keep you going week to week. Episode 3 is where it starts to shift gears a bit and things start to come together more.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            I’ve not started s2 yet. First was really great though.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            True Detective?

          • KJM

            Almost every good TV show out now is influenced by it to some degree.

  • Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo

    Dysphoria cloudkicked my butt +1

  • EsusMoose

    Gorak with another submission. Huh strange strange things

  • Scrimm

    From this list Edge of Sanity is an easy winner.

    • did you see Deadspawn was featured on that other site?

      • Scrimm

        Yes I did. Good for them promotion is promotion. It seems that bands with ex members of our band do well.

  • Zeke

    Well done touleteers! I was expecting 15 burzum submissions. Low hanging fruit avoided

    • Howard Dean

      Indeed. A Burzum or Graveland riff could have won this contest.

  • So should I submit Seether or Hinder for next week

    • Howard Dean

      Winger.

      • John Mayer brings teh riffs

        • Howard Dean

          Janitor Jim is gonna submit Joe Cocker.

          • KJM

            I could go him one better and submit Robin Trower.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            You’re wrong. I was going to select Ten Years After.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Clearly you forgot about Foreigner

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            Damnit, how did I forget Foreigner?

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Because you’re as cold as ice

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            I love this pun.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            where did he go?

        • Kevin Nash & Friends

          Jimmy plz! John Mayer is terrible!

      • ME GORAK™

        STRYPER!!!!!!

    • Stockhausen

      Iron Maidener.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        The Dillinger

  • Bolt Thrower ends in “er”

    • Howard Dean

      ATTACK!!!

      P.S. SPOILER ALERT (I already submitted a BT gem for next week)

    • ME GORAK™

      GORAK WANT KNOW IF NEVERMORE & GOATWHORE CAN BE SUBMIT!!!!!

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        They can if you’re dyslexic

        • ME GORAK™

          ME NEED DOCTOR NOTE FROM VILLAGE SHAMAN???????

        • Sadistikexekution

          Dyslektikk

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Nyukk nyukk nyukk

    • john

      Good call. I submitted my first, hope to get teh sweet sweet votes. But I avoided the low hanging fruit of Dream Theater. I hope you do the same.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        I almost submitted Dream Theater

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      So does Enforcer

  • Howard Dean

    This week was between Gorak and Stanley. That’s a damn mean Jerry Cantrell signature riff that channels through that track, but I have to go with Stan’s wicked Clandestine Blaze riff. New Golgotha Rising is one of my favorite black metal albums from this year. FEEL THE FINNISH SECOND WAVE FURY!

    • Stanley

      Byaaahhhh!!! It’s a monster of a record.

  • KJM
  • It would have come down to Stanley and Lizardface, for the record.

  • JW(E)G

    I look forward to next week, if only to see how many people submitted Bolt Thrower, Slayer, or Vader.

    I have a little less faith Exciter is in the submission list, but I’m not feeling up to the task of finding a riff myself this afternoon.

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    I think we should have a goth/ industrial riff in honor of our departed loved one. He liked that stuff. As a remembrance.
    I am still sad.

    • Throbbing Fart Thong Of Doom

      Definitely sounds like an idea!

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      I was thinking of a Blood Duster riff for next week for Boz

  • KJM

    Thanks to the MBTA I missed the Akrobatik show at the Middle East tonight. Thanks a lot, assholes!!

  • Throbbing Fart Thong Of Doom

    I’d vote for Ted, because Chicago and stuff. But indeed, Boz is the true winner this week!
    Some goth industrial in loving memory of him:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHc_089Bpac
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLEsINOcyrU

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    Love the voting options this week. Nice touch Masterlord.

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    The Nuge appreciates even though this week has been a terribly sad one.Thank you for your votes last week.