Riff ov the Week: The GUITARMONY Edition!

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Friends, there is no sweeter sound than the wailin’ melody of two guitarists harmonizing a rockin’ riff together.

Last week was a slobberknocker to determine the siqqqest slam riff in the pit. Unfortunately, you all decided to vote for Cryptopsy, a band that is many things, none of which are slam. Congrats to Dave, you may now sit atop your golden throne of lies.

Next week I will be forced to return the Riff ov the Week reigns to the Masterlord. I had a good run, but he wants his baby back. To give him a warm welcome back, your theme is RAP METAL. I’m looking for the best riff on a track that features rapping of any kind. Send your hippity hoppities to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com. Include your name, a link to the riff, the time of the riff, and an explanation. Eat a butt, Masterlord.

This week, I asked you to come hard with your best 2+ guitar harmonies and boy did some of you deliver. Despite the “NO MAIDEN” rule, a number of A++++ dual-guitar riffs await ear insertion below. Let’s get it on!

Joe

Skip to 1:38 for some top-tier harmonized weedily-deedilies.

Ted Nü-Djent

When a theme is announced I generally have an idea what I’m going to submit straight away. This week though despite 100’s of this weeks theme sitting in my collection In drew a complete blank. Then Nick Menza died :(, so in my tribute playlist of Menza era Megadeth (Menzadeth?) I was reminded of this sweet guitar harmony. 3.05 until about 3.40. Rust In Peace Nick

Boss the Ross

On their second album, Gods of the Earth, The Sword wrote some blistering harmonies that bring joy to my doom-laden heart. I could have picked just about any song on this album, but for today I choose “How Heavy This Axe.” The song opens with an excellent harmonized riff that puts goosebumps on my arms and chills down my spine.

Blackbeard

Pick any time. Get rekt. [Joe Note: “Pick any time” is not a valid timestamp. Disqualified.]

Tom Warriors Beanie

I figured Priest was a little too obvious so I went with this one. Epicness starts at 2:45.

Tigeraid

I immediately exploded from my desk chair with a war-cry of “UP THE IRONS, THE GREATEST GUITAR HARMONI–” and then read the stupid rules.  Oh well.

The second greatest yin-and-yang, to-and-fro combination in all of metal?  Probably Mustaine/Friedman.  Any number of classic ‘deth tunes would work, but really, nothing comes close to Hanger 18 for sheer “we’re competing for awesomeness while not really competing” licks.  The base riff comes in around 0:45 and shows it off nicely, but it’s really the tit-for-tat solos starting around 2:23 that show the magic these two made together.

Zeke

When I think of my favorite dueling guitar parts, the first thing that comes to mind is Dissection; but they’ve kind of become low hanging fruit around here.  So I’m going with the second thing I think of, which is the old Peaceville death-doom stuff.  Riff starts at 0:56.

Vegglampe

Know what’s better than two guitars harmonizing? Three guitars pluss a bass harmonizing.

Janitor Jim Duggan

I had to check if this band had two guitarists because it sounds like more than two. It’s a highway song for y’all. Riff goes from 4:23 to 7:01

Gazing Globe

In homage to Nick Menza. Get your air guitars out at 3:40

KJU

How’s about the best twin guitar attack, from the men that brought us the two guitar lead? You know when the twin guitar comes in, and any metalhead on earth knows when the solo comes in at 2:25

Waynecro

Picking a riff this week was difficult, because I love guitar harmonies and thought of a million killer riffs right off the bat. I decided to skip the low-hanging melodeath fruit and pick “The Departure,” which is still my favorite Abigail Williams song. The riff at 2:55 kicks off after a mellow interlude and has tremendous impact. The heart-wrenching harmonious riffs continue until 4:25.

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 28-05-2016 09:00:00
end_date 03-06-2016 00:00:00
Poll Results:
With whom are the guitarmonies strongest?
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  • Eliza

    There’s a plethora of amazing riffs this week, I think every entry is great in its own way. And because voting has been made impossible, they’re all winners!

    • i think Eliza is the nicest toilet dweller

      • Eliza

        Really? Thanks.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Most definitely!

          • Eliza

            I only treat people as well as they treat me, you guys are very nice too.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Agreed

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Good morning lads and lasses! May the best riff win!

    KjU, you might as well have picked Maiden with that riff that has already won a ROTW before…

    Too many Megadeth riffs

    Blackbeard, ENSIFERUM>>>>>>>>>

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Pick me!

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        You picked a good one. But there is much deliberation to be done.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          🙁

    • Groo The Wanderer

      Actually, this was gonna be my pick before I went with Priest. Riff/guitar duet starts at 2:36.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXV3-V-NEWU

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        I love Groo comics.

        • Groo The Wanderer

          I’m finally catching up on them (online copies of course). I’ve read them as a kid, and oddly enough the series is still going.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Picked back up recently. Dark Horse also did a Groo/Conan crossover recently.

          • Groo The Wanderer

            Niiiiiiiiiice!!!!!! It was under Marvel for a while, so hoping they’d eventually get around to a movie about Groo. Or at least an anime.

    • Eliza

      I love your pick, The Sword are awesome.

    • tigeraid

      This RotW warms my dark, dark heart as I sit here bored to tears at work.

    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      GORAK ALWAYS PICKS MAIDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      https://youtu.be/bYlKUhtjXio

  • Groo The Wanderer

    Poll is closed?!?!?

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I can’t decide and that’s not just because the poll is closed!

    • Eliza

      That’s in a way for the better, since you don’t have to decide.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Oh shit. The poll is closed

    • Groo The Wanderer

      I’ll go ahead and claim victory. They just can’t stand to see their boy (me) shine! 😉

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        NOPE

    • Eliza

      My reaction when I saw that.

    • more beer

      It is the Toilets way of saying. Get the fuck out of the house and enjoy your long weekend!

      • Eliza

        NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

      • Groo The Wanderer

        Or do like I’m about to do: go out, grab some more beers, come back home, eat some squid bites and figure out what to do with the rest of the day. I got my stuff done for the week, so more or less mindless boredom, beer and good weed from here. :-p

        • more beer

          I am going to get out of the house and do metal things. A goat roast and a show! Pretty metal day.

          • Groo The Wanderer

            Lol, when are you not a show?

          • more beer

            Hey I work my ass off to be able to live this life. It is one of the things I enjoy and will keep doing it until I can’t. BEER & METAL!

          • Groo The Wanderer

            Haha, I know! Gotta cue this one again, and it’s your theme song.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIu0e9JKkBE

            *tosses down a Milwaukee’s best and hits the bowl for ya*

          • more beer

            Oi!Oi!Oi! I am taking out 3 joints of 419 OG, 2 of cheese another eighth of tangie cookies and a half a gram of wax. Plus I have a pocket full of money to drink fine micro brews. Should be a good day.

          • Groo The Wanderer

            I dunno kind I got last night (I don’t bother with brand names. It’s either reg or kush in my book), but it bounced my ass into orbit after one bowl. I don’t smoke much or very often to begin with, so it doesn’t take much.

          • more beer

            Everything is labeled here. You know exactly what you are getting. I have been eating these gummy watermelon edibles all week. They get me higher than hell.

          • Groo The Wanderer

            Then again, you’re buying it legally, hence the brand names. Or perhaps I’m old fashioned. Only names I heard about on the South Side were reg and kush. Aka, it was either really good or not too bad.

          • more beer

            Not really brand names. It is strain specific. Regular what is that? Even the shitty pot here is better than that.

          • Groo The Wanderer

            Reg is simply ok weed. Kush is the kind that leaves not a white eye in the room. Simple as that, and I’ve never known it being called specific names unless it was something like “Red Headed Stepchild” (aka, the kind with red or purple hairs on it). Then again, wax is an entirely new thing to me. :-p

          • Scrimm

            FUCKING CHEESE>>>>>

          • more beer

            It tastes so good! one of my favorite strains.

          • Scrimm

            I can’t smoke atm. killing me

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        I’m out of the house and enjoying the weekend with my mobile toilet friends.

        • more beer

          I am going to be out soon. Once I am, I hardly look at my phone. But that’s because my hands will be full with beer and bowls!

          • Zeke

            It’s fun to toilet while chilling out on the beach

          • more beer

            In all honesty. I hate the phone and see it as a necessary evil.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            I take a little time every now and then to check how everything is going.

  • Stanley

    Rap <<<<<<

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      Christo and Jeanne-Claude are pretty cool though.

    • next week is essentially WotW

      • Groo The Wanderer

        I’d submit some of the new King 810, but most likely that’d get tossed. Sooooooo I’m going for the worst stinker possible, since I can’t really think of any rap metal bands worth a toss.

        • Eliza

          Not even RATM?

          • Groo The Wanderer

            Gah, no! I couldn’t even stand them back in ’95.

          • Eliza

            Oh, ok then. * has already sent a RATM song for the next RotW*

          • Groo The Wanderer

            My submission is even worse than Attila.

          • Eliza

            Is that even humanly possible?

          • Groo The Wanderer

            Some people just want to see the world bro-n. That’s how.
            Submitted it, and I’m embarrassed that I played it out loud so I could pick the time of the riff. *quickly plays Alquimia before my roomies know I ever listened to the submission*

          • Eliza

            I’m both frightened and curious.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Is it Kottonmouth Kings?

          • Groo The Wanderer

            Good guess, but no. Something much much worse.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Oh god.

          • brokensnow

            ENDO?

          • Groo The Wanderer

            No idea who they are, but I’m sure my pick is worse. Never underestimate my ability to find yet another layer of bedrock to dig into. :-p

          • brokensnow

            I actively listened to NU for 8 years. impress me.

          • Groo The Wanderer

            Who’s NU?
            I dunno. I did preorder a CD from (toddler)Metal recently, but then again I ended up giving that one away.

          • i think this is a viable choice

          • Eliza

            The song has rapping in it, so it technically qualifies.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Aw man…

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Well, rap metal>>>>>>

        • Groo The Wanderer

          Arrows in the wrong direction. Old school rap rules (and some of the new stuff, though you have to really dig for it). Rap metal for the most part is the musical equivalent of Godzilla felching a gorilla.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            I love rap. I don’t enjoy much rap metal though.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Oy! Bugger! Wrong man!

  • tigeraid

    Poll is closed. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< 😀

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    The poll is closed but Joe picked a killer song by In Flames to me, I think that “Whoracle” is their best album:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IWSLeAusDo

  • Stanley

    If I could vote, I’d go with Vital Remains. It’s one of the few that doesn’t smell like a gym sock.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      The vital remains album with the goat on the cover has a classical guitar solo

  • Dubs

    It is fixed.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      You the man Dubs!

  • tigeraid

    Rust in Peace, folks. You know what to do.

    As for next week, I was about to go “WTF RAP METAL FUCK YOU” but then I had an idea…. I will win all the riffs.

  • tigeraid

    I boldly predict that Masterlord will celebrate his return to Riff ov the Week by forgetting to post the Riff ov the Week.

  • Rap Metal? y u do dis?

  • Groo The Wanderer
  • Zeke

    I’m glad that at least joe understands that cryptopsy are not slam. That was a great riff, though

    • Groo The Wanderer

      Well, it did say “brutal death metal” in there as well, so it definitely counts. Especially with that breakdown, which is kinda slammyish.

      • Dubs

        No, it isn’t bdm either. BDM is stuff like Dying Fetus and Brodequin.

        • Dubs

          Although Dying Fetus are borderline tech too. A little polished and groovy.

          • Zeke

            Yes, I don’t know if I’d consider them bdm either. But they’re closer than cryptopsy. For the record I love old cryptopsy

        • Groo The Wanderer

          Orange, blood orange, roughly the same thing but slightly different. It’s about like comparing industrial and EBM.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    So much good stuff, but going with Zeke. Old school Peaceville death-doom rules!

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Yay, I got a vote! I voted for Kvelertak because it’s so good. It reminds me of Moby Grape.

  • ChuggaChuggaDeedleyDoo

    I still remember when In Flames was good (sigh)

  • ME GORAK B.C.™
  • Sir Tapir The Based

    Where are all the good riffs at?

    • Groo The Wanderer

      You don’t like Judas Priest or Megadeth?!

      • Maik Beninton™

        Do you expect him to like something?

        • Groo The Wanderer

          Credit given, he does have great taste in music when he actually does like something.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        That Judas Priest song is ok, but it’s the lowest hanging fruit that has hanged. Megadeth is pure shite.

        • Groo The Wanderer

          Can’t fuck with Rust In Peace or Peace Sells, man. But even Kiko (my all time favorite guitarist) wasn’t able to save the the new one. He even made Tarja’s first CD listenable, which is saying a lot.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I can’t fuck with those two albums because I’m not a coprophile. Also, Kiko didn’t even play on her first album.

          • Groo The Wanderer

            Whoopsy, I thought ‘My Winter Storm’ was her first one! Anywho, it was sorta good.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            All of her albums are terrible.

          • Groo The Wanderer

            True, but Nightwish’s ‘Once’ was a masterpiece. Other than that, nope.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Nightwish has no masterpieces. Only bad music.

          • Groo The Wanderer
          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Not new.

          • Groo The Wanderer

            According to Young God Records, it’s new.

            http://younggodrecords.com/products/the-glowing-man

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            That excerpt has been released a long time ago. Scrub!

          • Groo The Wanderer

            Still the newest one they got out there, so nyeah!!!! Getting your signed copy/preorder?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            No it’s not. They released a full song already.

          • Groo The Wanderer

            Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiice, that I didn’t know! Gonna check this one out in a few.

    • so cuddly ¤♡☆♡♡`~€£¥₩%

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      They went home right when the cops arrived.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm
  • i voted Wayne for Prez. it may not be my fav Abigail Williams song, and a lot of those harmonies arent guitar, but it is fuckin dope

  • Special Agent Dale Cooper

    Ted, you have my vote. Countdown To Extinction is unfuckwithable.

  • RustyShackleford

    Stoked to find the best goddamn banger of a rap metal track for next week lol. Also Megadeth rules my butthole harder than this coffee I’m drinking. Yep.

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    The rain in spain falls mainly heavier than modern day in flames

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Heh heh heh

  • The_Dude

    Totally forgot to put my pick in but I was gonna submit this. Skip to about 2:42 if you wanna get your face melted.

    https://youtu.be/_bOHF9m0m8k

    • i might wouldve voted this

      • The_Dude

        Well now I know I might have had at least one vote.

        • its ok, ill get no votes this week, despite 10 minutes worth of STEEL

          • The_Dude

            Eh you win some you lose some. But your pick was great.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            I always vote for STEEL

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            This pleases me.

          • top 5 all time PM album

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Solid!

          • poser killing metal.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            The only kind of metal

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Now I want to know the rest… Hahaha

          • demons & wizards – either album
            dragonland – astronomy
            some rhapsody album
            last spot murky (Symphony X – Divine Wings of Tragedy)

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Right on.
            Though… your lack of Blind Guardian disturbs me. But D&W>>>>>>>>

          • top 10 np Middle Earth

          • Groo The Wanderer

            Good picks! Mine:

            Angra – Temple Of Shadows (my all time favorite CD, so of course it’s gonna take the top spot
            Aquaria – Shambala
            Fairyland – Fall Of An Empire

            Alquimia- Espiritual
            Galneryus – All For One, One For All

        • Lacertilian

          Two

    • Such a good song. This was my evening smoke break soundtrack at work for a good 4 months, probably.

      • more beer

        Hey if you aren’t doing anything I am going to this this afternoon. Then there is a good powerviolence Grind show at Bar Bar later.

      • The_Dude

        That still is my favorite album of theirs. I wish they would have stuck with the catchy songwriting style they had on those first few records. Seems like there going for more technical approach now which I can still dig just not as much.

        • Chaos of Forms is my favorite as well with Deathless close behind.

          • The_Dude

            Chaos of Forms and Existence is Futile are actually tied for me can never pick which one I like better. Really it just depends on my mood.

        • Agreed on pretty much all fronts there. And yeah, Chaos of Forms is easily their best IMO.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Would have had my vote

      • The_Dude

        Well damn there’s two

      • if it wasn’t for Globe’s Megadeth pick, i would be on team revocation as well

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          I was almost going to submit that myself

  • brokensnow

    Tough pick between Crestfallen and Victory song……Anathema hits the spot me thinks.

  • RJA

    I voted for Janitor Jim – did you guys even watch that video? obvious choice.

    I am stuck at work here today working on a bunch prints/quoting for a big job.
    Morning in review:

    1. That inferno record that Lacertillian reviewed the other day – and I think somebody brought up before – This record kills, can’t believe I’m just now discovering it. https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/omniabsence-filled-by-his-greatness

    2. I came across Austin Lunn (panopticon) on bandcamp and listened to this record that he had bought/commented on – pretty alright pacific northwest black metal https://barrowlands.bandcamp.com/album/thane
    3. I am now eating a killer brisket sandwich and listening to the howls of ebb record – I know KJU loves it but I’m not sure what I think just yet.
    Adios.

    • you find out anything ab that omega order bundle bro?

      • RJA

        I didn’t really. The End Records (label) is putting out the Agalloch records. – Seem like a pretty weird label but seem pretty legit – They have The Omega Order listed on their site as a partner webstore and distributor. So…..
        I don’t know anything concrete but it seems pretty legit – how’s that for a non-answer.

    • Hint, in re: Howls of Ebb: you like it.

  • Died at “Menzadeth” but Globe picked a better harmony so sorry but suck it.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      I hope it sticks when referring to Menza/Freidman era Megadeth

  • Stanley

    Ding, dong, ding dong.

    “Hello”.

    “Hello, we are issuing positive thoughts from the bible”.

    “I’m not interested thank you. Goodbye”.

    “Goodbye”

    • more beer

      Stanley that is blowing a golden opportunity. You let them in. Let them get comfortable. Then excuse yourself to put some music on. Something from the Fiery Pits of Hell. Then laugh as they trip over themselves to get out of Satan’s home. If you are lucky they will start speaking in tongues for added laughter.

      • Groo The Wanderer

        I dunno, the Mormons that are here almost every day treat me nicely. Theeeeeeeeeeeen, it gets into the religious talk and then I just say “Um, I got something to do”. No way on Earth I’d let them in here. I didn’t even let Jehovah’s Winesses in when I was a kid and forced to study that. I do, however, have intelligent religious conversations with my roomie. Lol, though, I have to have a sorta waiver before I start conversing on it, simply because she’s one of my best friends. Plus, she knows my stance and isn’t pushy about it at all.

        • more beer

          How do you think I know this? We let let the Jehovah Witnesses in the morning after a crazy party. The music came on they ran out and never returned. I find nothing intelligent in believing in the make believe.

          • Groo The Wanderer

            Same, but in the case of my friend, and many I’ve known, it does help them get through some horrific shit. And that aspect I respect. Even if the concept of a wonky father figure in the sky completely ridiculous to me.
            To me, as long as they’re not being pushy about it, it’s about like me watching anime to get me through the day. They have God and I have RWBY (and Lemmy).

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            With that said, a lot of nonreligious people are pussies when it comes to music as well.

          • more beer

            Agreed But religious types get really offended by metal!

      • Stanley

        Nah, they were nice people doing god’s work. Now if it was another person selling solar, that would have been a different story.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Beer plz! You know I’m very religious!

        • more beer

          I wasn’t talking to you. Do you knock on strangers doors reading the bible to them?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if he did.

          • more beer

            Fair enough.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Tapir plz! I’m a Catholic, not an extremist!

          • Groo The Wanderer

            Lol, I could picture you knocking at people’s doors and asking them “Hello, sir, do you have time to talk about Camel and Riot?” though.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            All Catholics are extremists.

      • more beer >>>>>>>>

      • Waynecro

        Last night, I made my Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 emblem an upside-down cross in a blood splatter. Within five minutes, two people had told me I need Jesus, and one said he or she would pray for me. My brother made his emblem a dick blowing glitter loads on a skull, and no one said shit to him.

    • Groo The Wanderer

      Misread that as “we are issuing positive thoughts from my ding dong”. I might open the door and let them in at that point, depending who it is.

    • *kneecap

    • Lacertilian

      My front door.
      The only people who still knock are the Jehovahs, they are accosted accordingly.

      • Stanley

        My mum has something similar.

        • Lacertilian

          Stan’s Mum>>>

      • Mother Shabubu

        Do you have a doorbell?

        • Lacertilian

          Yes?

          • Mother Shabubu

            A loophole!

          • Lacertilian

            No batteries in it.

  • Groo The Wanderer
    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      New Obsessed is good Obsessed.

  • Max

    Wow,, so much twin-headed goodness this week. Make mine a double! (I went with Flames of the In.)

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Joe – weedily deeedily weedily weedily deedily doo
    Ted – RIP Menza, but he was the drummer not the guitar player.
    Blackbeard – GLORIOUS!
    Tom – I’m glad you decided against Priest, nice pick beanie!
    Tigeraid – More Megadeth?
    Zeke – Very cool piece of music, I enjoy the shock out of the intro
    Vegglampe – I can not argue with your logic. I might have to buy this album
    JJD – 5:15>>>>>> Don’t ever change, my brother
    Gazing Globe – MORE MEGADETH?!?
    KJU – See comment below
    Waynecro – Or should I say… MR. PRESIDENT!

  • Scrimm

    FUCK I MEANT TO VOTE FOR JOE, CLICKED THE WRONG CHOICE!!! lucky for you ted

    • EsusMoose

      It’s cool, I’ve thrown my vote for your choice.

      • Scrimm

        My new favorite person.

  • Waynecro

    VITAL REMAINS!!! Also, old In Flames!

  • Dagon

    I love guitarmonies. Shouts out to The Boss, he did it again.

    Vegglampe you are cool in my book.

    • Vegglampe

      Fishgod praises are among the best praises.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Shout out to Dagon for being a fishgod!

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Could have at least posted something from the one good anathema album.

  • Voted for Blackbeard with his Ensiferum pick.

    My choice today is Slaegt:

    https://ironboneheadproductions.bandcamp.com/track/move-in-chaos