Riff ov the Week: The OLD SCHOOL DEATH METAL Edition

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What is the best old school death metal riff? We decide in this week’s Riff ov the Week! Cast your lot and seal your fate.

Last week I left a giant upperdecker for the Masterlord to deal with because it was my last week running Riff ov the Week before returning it to him. I declared we would look for the best Rap Metal riff. Waynecro took the crown with his entry of “Zetsou Billy” by Maximum the Hormone. Somehow, you all decided that rap metal is less cringey when delivered by anime characters. Weird.

Next week is Father’s Day so I’m calling upon you to purchase some new socks for your father and send me your finest dad rock riff! What is dad rock? Let me paint you a word picture: Imagine a middle-aged man in white New Balance sneakers, tube socks, jorts, and a bald spot. He’s headed outside to mow the lawn on a warm Summer day. He picks up his trusty Walkman cassette player to blast some jams while he tends to the grass. Perhaps he’s listening to prog rock from the 60s and 70s. Maybe it’s 80s hard rock. Perhaps it’s 90s “alternative” music, if he’s feeling spicy. Find the finest riff for this dad and send it to me at toiletovhellriff@gmail.com. Include your name, a very brief description of your riff, the timestamp of the riff, and a youtube link for the song. If you don’t submit all of those things I will not run your riff. Also, you’ll be sent to bed without any supper, mister.

This week we’re searching for the perfect old school death metal riff. You’ve all submitted your best riffs from the late 80s through the early 90s. Which riff hurdles through the glut of generic death metal to summit mount rifflympus? Let’s find out.

Joe

No one submitted Morbid Angel (shame on you!) so here’s a selection from my favorite MA record, Domination.  Start at 0:00.

Dubya

I may be unable to pronounce this band’s name properly (it’s Nucyular Death, right?), but I can tell you that the wretched fuzzed out riff at 0:07 is pure flaming garbage in the best possible way.

Lacertilian

Sweden’s Eructation never got around to releasing a full-length, just a demo or two around 1992. I’d never heard of them prior to noticing that a compilation of their work just came out in April. After hearing this track alone, I decided I needed to get my hands on this shit! No need to skip ahead, riff starts at 0:07.

Elegant Gazing Globe

1989. Riff starts at half of 666 and drags your, rotting corpse through the sewer till the end.

Gorak

0:31 FOR SMASH RIFF!!!!

KJU

Severely underrated DM band from Toledo. Ohio’s best back in ’94. Riff starts at 2:34, and the groove before that and after is thicker than concrete pig shits after a chili cookoff in Hell.

Waynecro

The riff at 2:59 kicks ass and just oozes that early-1990s-death-metal nastiness.

Ethan Hooper

Prepare to head butt a small child at 1:45

Boss The Ross

Death Metal prior to 1995, says you? Pestilence “Out of the Body”, says I. The song starts with a killer descending riff followed by a sick descending drum roll that leads into a guttural scream from Martin Van Drunen. So far, so good. Following this is a sweet little octave riff serving as a segue back to the main riff. The guitars interplay and ferociously attack the listener, yielding a fast and intricate riff at 2:12 that soon gives way to my pick this week. At 2:28 the listener is pummeled to death.

CyBro

Despite having an opening narration on damn near every track that sounds like Bon Scott auditioning to be a Heavy Metal villain, this album has a killer opening riff (0:28), classic early 90s scooped guitar tones and some great Giger ripoff artwork. Listen to the whole thing for more riff madness and plenty more examples of those terrible opening narrations which, despite being goofy and out place, have kinda grown on me over the years.

Link Leonhart

This is death metal explained in one song: moody, atmospheric, dark, violent and forged in the depths of hell. This Swedish d-beat assault will crush your soul. Go ahead to 0:13 and prepare your body to be torn apart.

Tigeraid

Inb4 “I don’t always listen to death metal, but when I do…” Death Metal is not my forte, but I know what I like, and I fucking like Bolt Thrower. Riffity riff starts at 1:16.

Old Man Doom

The intro riff makes me want to climb into the turret of an Imperial battle tank and mow down hordes of filthy heretics and xenos scum in the name of The Emperor.

Zeke

Cannibal Corpse don’t get enough love around here.  They’re definitely stale nowadays, but some of their old shit was just savage.  Grind at :33.

Hans Müller

Is it Death Metal enough? Not sure, but that intro riff is weirdly hawt. Simple, but effective.

More Beer

These guys don’t get enough love around here. Riff @ 0:08

tertius_decimus

Unique band from Netherlands which from its inception to current days still has no rivals, nor followers after their style. In 1994 death metal had fed everyone up to death (pardon the pun), thus many new branches of heavy music arose. Such bands as Cynic, Nocturnus, Phlebotomized, Atheist, Pestilence (“Spheres” — album that everyone hates; for me it’s their best to date) and few others who’ve bet on experimenting with the sound and compositional approach, saved status of pioneers. Their unusual and grossly misunderstood music then became a classic today.

The riff starts at 2:33. Also, don’t skip beautiful intro to the song. I chose this song despite the will to share “Mellow Are The Reverberations” where riffs are simplier and not so catchy but the song due to rich keyboard work doesn’t lag behind this one. If you haven’t listened Phlebotomized before, don’t hesitate.

 

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 11-06-2016 00:00:00
end_date 17-06-2016 12:00:00
Poll Results:
Who riffed the hardest?

 


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  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Did someone say dad rock riff? There’s so many choices!

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Chickenfoot submissions everywhere

      • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

        And Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors and Counting Crows.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Also Red Hot Chili Peppers, who have become the daddest of dad rock

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            Eh, I like their mellow stuff. Not nearly as much as their old material, but it’s pretty good.

    • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

      Does Abba count?

    • more beer

      But none are good!

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      I’m locking horns with you next week Sir James

  • Maik Beninton™

    Oh boy, next week is going to the JJD edtion.
    I will submit mine under his name.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Everyone will be named JJD and every riff description is “It’s so good!”

      • Maik Beninton™

        I’m actually tempted to do that.

      • more beer

        He will be the only one to submit one. He will win by default.

        • Eliza

          That’d be so sad, but it might actually happen.

          • more beer

            I’m old and wouldn’t know what to submit.

          • Eliza

            Does Yes count as dad rock?

          • more beer

            Back in the day no. Now probably.

          • Eliza

            At least I have an idea of what to send, in case I don’t forget about it again.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            No

          • Eliza

            Ok, whatever. I’ve changed my mind about what to send anyway.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            too progressive

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            Just go for something JJD would go for, like Dave Matthews or John Mayer.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I hate Dave Matthews.

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            Good! Quite possibly the worst thing to ever come out of Hampton Roads (yes, even worse than Michael Vick. Chris Brown’s from just outside of here, so doesn’t count)!

          • more beer

            And they have to be coming to my area to play the Dutchess County Fair for authenticity.

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            And they’ll come here and play the military barn dance a la Spinal Tap.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          I just submitted

      • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

        And “they’re coming to my town!”

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          *area

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Such an embarrassment of riches here, to decide is near impossible. But I think it may have to be Dismember.

  • Super Nintendo Chalmers

    Tertius gets it because the rest of you went after the low hanging fruit.

    • BobLoblaw

      Such a good/different album.

    • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

      I already expected quite a bit of low hanging fruit, but there’s some buried gems in there (mine included, of course). I’m amazed the list didn’t get clogged with 9000000000 Scream Bloody Gore riffs.

      • Eliza

        I too am astonished with the fact that there is not even one Death song here, but there are tons of good riffs anyway.

  • Dayum.

    • more beer

      You doing alright?

  • Eliza

    I had a pretty busy week and I totally forgot to send my pick. It would have been the opening riff to this song: https://youtu.be/vVkyniPzZiQ

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      That is solid!

      • Eliza

        I know, right? I really liked your pick as well.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Thanks!

    • That’s a solid pick, Eliza!

      • Eliza

        Thank you!

  • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

    I know I mentioned a week or so ago I was moving, just letting everyone know I made it safely to sunny south Florida, perhaps the most unmetal place on Earth. If anyone cares haha. With that said, I’m really diggin’ Phlebotomized.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Florida is home to many Death Metal acts, I would not call it unmetal. Good to hear the move went smoothly!

      • tertius_decimus

        Upvoted. Florida was really big back in the day. Not sure if now there’s something’s going on but in 90s FDM was on top.

        • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

          I report on my findings in the coming weeks. I’m seeing Brent Hinds’ band Fiend Without a Face when they come here, so there’s a start, though not metal.

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

    Forgot to submit. Slay me. At 00:56: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUgUMC2HfGk

  • Abradolf Lincler

    Glad i didnt submit my Bolt Thrower choice. Lots of good stuff here, gents

  • Goddamnit Joe

    • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

      He went ahead and submitted Gojira’s first CD, I see…………. whoops, that’s not them? How ever could I get the two confused? :-p

      • Dubs

        Early Gojira is very much inspired by Morbid Angel. Not much mystery there.

      • I was more referring to the theme he chose for next week lol.

        • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

          Well, JJD’s been talking about it for quite some time, so time to let him shine. I’m not sure whether I should send a serious submission or the worst I can think of (and there’s more than enough stinkers in dad rock).

  • ME GORAK B.C.™
    • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

      Haha I knew I had your vote in the bag with that one!

      • ME GORAK B.C.™

        LAST TIME ME SUBMIT GUTTED ME GOT 1 VOTE : ( !!!!!!!!!!!

        • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

          Probably gonna be the same for me. I think Bolt Thrower might have this one signed, sealed and delivered.

  • Rob M

    No Incantation? Im ashamed of all of you

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeqHXbiIPy8

  • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

    So next week is the JJD edition? Hmmmmmmmmm……………… I’m either going to have to dig for the most brutal blast beat that Captain And Teneal have to offer, the crustiest and filthiest riff that Pat Boone has to offer, or just skip that pesky ‘rock’ hurdle and submit Kraftwerk.

    • Eliza

      Kraftwerk is great.

      • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

        Yep! Ever heard Metroland? They’re more or less like an updated version of Kraftwerk. Been jamming tons of them lately.

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

        • Eliza

          I haven’t heard of these guys before, but this song sounds really neat.

    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      LATEST OPETH????

      • Eliza

        I think it’s to recent to count as dad rock, but still sounds like it.

      • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

        Jason Mraz?

        • ME GORAK B.C.™

          ME WOULD PROBABLY REGRET IT IF GOOGLE THAT!!!!!!!

          • Eliza

            Yes, yes you would. His “I’m yours” song is one of the most irritating earworms I’ve ever had the displeasure to hear.

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            He sounds like an even more neutered version of James Blunt.

      • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

        Or the ultimate in old school rock n roll rebellion:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMZCWGyk388

        *as JJD yells “KJU, please! I love that song!”*

        • ME GORAK B.C.™

          THAT WHY U DON’T LET BROTHER & SISTER BANG EACH OTHER…..

        • Eliza

          *headbangs*

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            *windmills and spin kicks*

        • more beer

          Make it stop. There is nothing good about that.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          KJU plz! I hate the Osmonds!

    • brokensnow

      CCR and the like are heavy as hell compared to some contemporaries.

    • more beer

      I expect about a thousand submissions from him.

  • BobLoblaw

    Wish i had remembered to submit. Would have been this at :28
    https://youtu.be/2Bn8JxFEJrM

    • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

      I was kinda wondering the lack of Macabre on here. *scratches head*

      • BobLoblaw

        I spaced on submitting or it would have been. They dont get the respect they deserve in my opinion.

    • Waynecro

      MACABRE!!!

  • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

    This was my second choice, and kinda surprised no one submitted it:

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

    Also thought about submitting some old school Tiamat, but figured it wouldn’t have been brutal enough. Also kinda surprised no one submitted Amorphis.

    • Waynecro

      SINISTER!!!

  • Berit Dogg

    You realize this the real dad rock week?

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    How the fuck am I supposed to vote in this? I usually go directly for the OSDM riff anyway.

    • End it all.

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        That’s my solution to everything.

        • That’s my solution to doing poorly in Ninja Gaiden.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            My solution to that is to ‘snort the billy whiz and fuck a girl with the face of the whore’

          • Are you quoting Whitman?

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            I was quoting Gian-Luca Caruga, Italy’s numero one music journo!
            http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TAdxPdGS0ng

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Wrong link first time, fuck

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            NO FURRIES HENTAI!!!!!!

    • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

      Do the right thing, and vote Gutted, perhaps?

      “There comes a time when a man must stand up against all odds and do what’s right, even if it involves rustling a whole lotta jimmies” – Ghandi

  • It comes down to Dubya’s pure filth, Lacertillian’s riff of woozy seasickness, or Waynecro’s example of almost unneccessary compositional competence.

    Bribes? No, no, I’m accepting donations.

    • more beer

      You sound like a craigslist hooker asking for flowers!

      • Tell me what to say instead so that I sound like a craigslist hooker asking for dicks.

        • Abradolf Lincler

          “Bribes? No, no. I’m accepting dicks.”

          • The answer was right in front inside of me all along!

          • more beer

            I was more talking about him accepting donations.

        • more beer

          Bribes are much better than donations.

  • CT-12

    Props to Joe on his pick; I always use “Dawn of the Angry” as my leg/double bass warmup before jamming with folks (followed by some blast arm/leg synchronization).

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Joe: I was too busy listening to Pestilence.
    Dubs: Raw riff is good riff. The dude’s vocals are cool too
    LizardKing: That is one slick and groovy sounding Death Metal riff
    EGG: CRUSHING!!! Obituary knows how to do it.
    Gorak: GORAK PICK SMASH RIFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    KJU: Too bad this isn’t solo ov the week, because that one was jamming
    Waynecro: My ass has been kicked by our next president
    Ethan: I like the dichotomy of that riff section, you have the slow singe notes followed by the slamming chugs. Very well written
    Cybro; Spot on with the narration description. That riff rips! I’m going to have to check this album out
    Link: THAT TONE!!!!
    Tigeraid: Solid choice, my man, solid choice
    Old Man Doom: Sorry Tigeraid, OMD picked the superior Bolt Thrower riff
    Zeke: Loves the CC
    Hans: That riff is Deathy enought for me! Early Sepultura had that tinge to them.
    more beer: Did I read that correctly?! more beer submitted a riff?!?!?! One that is bluesy southern death sludge goodness? Yes I did and yes he did.
    Tertius: Very interesting track, lots of influences showing through on it. That riff is mean.

    • more beer

      Except those guys are from Austria.

      • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

        You know who else was from Austria…………………

        http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51dmv2wP94L.jpg

        • more beer

          GAH!

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            I always wondered what happened to him. Young Einstein was a masterpiece.

          • more beer

            No it wasn’t. Where ever he is. He can stay there.

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            I might actually order that movie if I can find it on the cheap, after I replace my copies of Soul Plane and Uncle P.

          • more beer

            Whatever you pay for that . It will be too much. I have never seen Uncle P and will probably bother. Now Soul Plane, I can appreciate Snoop on shrooms. So it gets a pass.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          I saw this at the movies when I was a kid

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            Wasn’t it marvelous?!

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        In reference to Pungent Stench? Interesting… You gotta admit though, that has a serious NOLA vibe to it.

    • tigeraid

      wtf, Boss pls!

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Tigeraid plz! I said you had a solid choice!

  • Simon PhoenixKing Rising

    Making me choose between two Bolt Thrower riffs and a Sepultura riff? Bah.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      That Pestilence though…

      • more beer

        If you have never seen Pestilence I suggest you see them the first chance you get. They are on some sort of hiatus. But they have done that before and came back. I am pretty sure this is the same this time also.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          I would very much enjoy that.

  • JWEG

    The same day AMG revisits Morbid Angel. Cosmic.

    https://twitter.com/AngryMetalGuy/status/741698698753638401

  • If you didn’t vote Morbid/Joe you’re incredibly fucking wrong.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Tempting but more beer prevailed in the end. Such a hard choice

  • JWEG

    Also:

    Perhaps he’s listening to prog rock from the 60s and 70s. Maybe it’s 80s hard rock. Perhaps it’s 90s “alternative” music, if he’s feeling spicy.

    How exactly do you know my second cousin (twice removed), Christian, anyway?

    I guess we all have someone like that in our family. But fewer dads. And less so if it’s still 90’s tough-bro nu metal rather than unspecified “alternative”, since that ought to be the sort of thing that precludes breeding.

  • tertius_decimus

    My vote wholeheartedly goes to Lacertilian. The riff is 4/4, granted, but somehow Swedes managed to sound it in marchy “up” and “down” vibe. To say it sounds uplifting is an understatement. The track is pretty technical and the fact that our amphibian friend chose unknown song from unknown band from forgotten depths of history is a big plus as well. A little hidden gem right there. Congrats on the choice!

    • Lacertilian

      If you listen carefully, the riff is actually in 5/7.
      Heh heh.

  • tertius_decimus

    Leonhart’s pick is also top notch.

  • Dagon

    Phlebotomized and Pan.Thy.Monium >>>>>>>>>>>

    • tertius_decimus

      Pan.Thy.Monium>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    Forgot to submit ?

  • Waynecro

    I finally win one of these things, and I did so with a rap-metal song. My shame is great. I should point out that anime characters didn’t deliver the rap metal; some Japanese people did. There is a slight difference, bro.

  • tigeraid

    Hmm…. My DadMetal friend just talked about how much he liked the new Machine Head single…. So I guess It’s a Nu Metal RotW all over again? 🙁

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm
    • I’m deleting your comment, just like I did the last time. Next time I’ll ban you. Don’t be a dick.

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        Won’t happen again. There are a million things I want to say but it isn’t worth it.

  • Joe at some point, we’ll need a best Hot Dad Riff. u no it.

  • Well, well… What we have here…

    Joe accused me in my last win (Satan riff) of grabbing a low hanged fruit with my Bathory choice and he uses a Morbid Angel one :O

  • Megan Alexandra

    late to this one as well…love all of these OSDM picks but man oh man, butchered at birth used to be my jam! all those riffs are pure fucking evil, i used to fall asleep with that album in my headphones. Thanks for the reminder.