Riff ov the Week: The Out-of-Place Edition

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Listen, you big ol’ buttholes. My sister and her husband are in town and they want to go to the nickle arcade, so I’m about to go piss all the money I have (exactly 16 nickles) into the Black Knight 2000 pinball machine. I gotta make this quick again.

Last week, the Tapir took it home with a nasty old-school classic. Pestilence is a worthy winner. Well voted, my friends. And well chosen, m’Tapir.

tapir

 

Next week:

  • Joe and W. have conspired against me and decided that next week we will only accept riffs from songs about pot. We will call this fucking abomination “Spliff ov the Week.” If you submit Dopesmoker, you’re a predictable dum-dum.
  • Send your riffs to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com. Include your name, a link, the time of the riff, and a description.
  • If you have an idea for a theme, let me know.
  • Ok.

 

Masterlord

It’s been a while since I’ve jerked Shadowstrike off around these parts, so I saw this edition as an opportunity. After reveling in over-the-top bombast for over four minutes, things start to build — starting at 4:20 — into what the power metal-versed (nerds) would expect to be a glorious climax of molten cheese. Instead they drop into a groovy, brazenly non-power metal, almost stoner-doomy stomp (4:51). So, there’s that.

 

Joe

“Money for Nothing” sounds like pretty much every single Acacia Strain song: drop-E chugs of varying quality with a very angry man bellowing atop. At 0:50 the band comes in out of nowhere with a straight country-fried Southern rock riff that kicks more ass than pretty much their entire discography combined. Why was this a B-side? More like this plz.

 

W.

At 3:10, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum go from a regular ol’ Rob Zombie hard rock riff to full-blown nightmarish skronk. It’s freaky.

 

Dagon

Hear me out. It’s 1970 and you just got this vinyl with a creepy cover art. Not knowing entirely what to expect, you put it on, and as the patient, entrancing track develops you think to yourself, “Dude, this shit is creepy af bro. It’s slow, too. Shit.”, Or whatever language people thought in in the late 60s. All of a sudden, when the track hits the 4:39 mark, a brief moment of silence is interrupted by a mighty, almost galloping riff. Mind. Blown.

 

Ted Nü-Djent

Alchemist were the kings of the out of place riff. The first 2 minutes of “Soul Return” is a stark contrast of death metal into some trippy chilled noodling at the 2:15 mark, this carries on for about 3 minutes where the distortion kicks back in and the riffs get even more tastier and trippier until the end of the song.I know it’s a big ask to get you to set aside a full 8:15 to listen to the song in its entirety when there’s so many riffs to listen to but I highly recommend that you do here so you can take in the full majesty of this song. Vote Nuge!

 

Ron Deuce

Everything’s rolling along nicely as Antigama is hammering away at you with their futuristic space grind. Then out of nowhere at 1:50, a great riff starts buttering you up only to confuse the shit out of you when some strange incarnation of Les Claypool starts skeetin’ and skatin’ over the riff. It’s totally out of left field yet it all makes sense when Antigama returns to normal and does the same riff proper.

 

Shabubu

You will probably wonder why I submitted this. It’s well established that Adema is a trash nu-butt rock band, but that’s exactly why I submitted it. It’s not by any means a good riff, but it is the most out-of-place, unexpected riff/section I’ve heard, which is this week’s criteria. Honestly though, what the fuck is a death metal riff/section, complete with blast beats, doing in a song by the NSYNC of nu-buttz hard rock? INB4 “Shabubu Plz! I love Adema!” 1:20.

 

Richter

If ever there were a square riff in a round hole, this is it. We’re blasting away with Bosse-de-Nage‘s signature bright and hectic post-blackness for a good minute forty and then BLAM — everything drops away and this plonky bass starts laying down a bittersweet line like something out of 90’s indie rock tune, soon to be joined by plaintive guitars and some uncharacteristically laid-back drumming. After a minute or so the riff returns to the Nowhere from whence it came, and the blasting resumes as if nothing at all has gone awry. By all known science and math this transition should not work. But it does, and it is a prime example of what makes B-d-N such a daring force to be reckoned with. For maximum “Huh?” effect, begin around 1:30.

 

Stanley

“Limits To Infinity” starts off with you standard melodeath fare but when the pre-chorus and chorus kick in, Scar Symmetry pull a play directly out of the glam rock handbook. What the WTF? Somehow it works though. Odd riff starts at 1:08 but listen to the riffs before to get a feel of how wacky it really is.

 

Waynecro

The bulk of the song delivers Necrophagist’s typical brand of kick-ass tech-death awesomeness. All of a sudden, at about 3:38, a descending riff transitions the song into a strange reggae-sounding section with a slightly discordant, tipsy guitar line reminiscent of a tune from the Duck Tales Nintendo game. Like a girl fart, this section of the song always surprises me.

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start_date 14-12-2014 20:22:33
end_date 23-08-2015 08:59:59
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  • KJM

    Gonna be a boring old man and vote for Fish God.

    • Dagon

      Thank you,

      Boring Young Man

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        Nope, not at all

    • more beer

      That makes 2 old men.

      • ME GORAK B.C.™

        GORAK TOO!!!!! IT GREAT RIFF!!!!!

        • more beer

          Well it is what started it all!

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Gonna join you

  • Howard Dean

    >Submits the idea for “Out of Place” riff ov the week, including expanded definition and example.

    >Submits Out of Place riff to competition at 11am last Saturday.

    >Masterlord forgets to put my submission in the competition.

    Feels bad man.

    • Howard Dean

      My submission (I think it’s a pretty good one):

      “Some of you may know the French band S.V.E.S.T. If you do, you know what they do: they successfully combine outstanding old school black metal drenched in rawness and hate with the fervor of the orthodox scene. In this track off of their 2008 split with Deathspell Omega, they rip and tear across four and a half minutes of harsh, grim second wave blackness before the out of place riff rears its head. At 4:36, the band goes full on cheesy 70’s prog and pop rock and throws out a Steve Miller Band riff. And it sounds fucking awesome.”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aarDJUy2uZk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      I wondered where yours was.

      • Howard Dean

        Forgotten. Or banned.

  • Mxxk Bxnxntxn™© :]

    Shabubu plz I like Adema.

    • Dagon

      That Adema track was so extreme bro

      Like they have a lot of anger in them and stuff

      • Mxxk Bxnxntxn™© :]

        I know bro.

        • Dagon

          Maybe he hurt his knee recording cause he kept saying he feels pain and all he feels is pain many times bro

          • Mxxk Bxnxntxn™© :]

            Yeah pain is bad bro.

          • Dagon

            But its all I feel

          • Mxxk Bxnxntxn™© :]

            Take a painkiller bro.

          • Dagon

            Bro I just took a neosa

            And no one else will get the reference HUE

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            DOOD!!!

          • Dagon

            Man

      • Mother Shabubu 4

        Like they wrote their own lyrics brah

        • ME GORAK B.C.™
        • Mxxk Bxnxntxn™© :]
          • Mother Shabubu 4

            I loled hard at the bridge where the weird vocals say “I was always an outcast…no one ever liked me”. The way it’s edited it sounds like some Frankenstein dude. So…yeah.

          • Mxxk Bxnxntxn™© :]

            Me too, I still like this song cause it’s catchy, it’s basically that angst that everyone makes fun of in nu metal.

          • Mother Shabubu 4

            It’s not even nu metal angst though. It doesn’t feel genuine. Like even his yells feel half-assed. Clearly he did not get “Daddy Don’t Touch Me There’d” like the dude from Korn.

          • Mxxk Bxnxntxn™© :]

            Funny story, the singer is half-brother of Jonathan Davis.

          • Mother Shabubu 4

            I am aware. Like how Spider1 is the half-bro of Rob Zombie.

            Parents; please don’t re-marry. It is the leading cause in nu metal vocalists.

          • Mxxk Bxnxntxn™© :]

            Nu metal is what we get for inventing divorce.

          • Mother Shabubu 4

            Also;

            “Everything that my mom said made me sad / And everything that my dad said made me mad”

            Lyrical mastery.

  • Mother Shabubu 4

    By posting Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, W. has automatically won.

    • Agreed. Although . . . all of their riffs are out of place. So actually none of their riffs are out of place.

      P.S. Do you miss Whiff of the Week or something?

      • Mother Shabubu 4

        I miss it terribly.

      • JWEG

        That’s the reason I had so much trouble with the topic. I was going to send Unexpect. But the attitude is kind of right there in their name.

        Still, I can’t have NOT voted SGM, even if it is unclear if it counts as out of place if it’s all out of place.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        #bringbackthewhiff

        • KJM

          #StayCunthunt777

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            #neverforget

        • /pleasedon’t
          //goodriddance

      • Lacertilinger

        Your riff wasn’t available for me Richtbro

        • Fuck. Australia.
          🙁

          • Lacertilinger

            Doesn’t actually say ‘Video Unavailable in your location’ as it usually does though.
            Just ‘This video is unavailable’

          • It works for me. Plus I’ve got some votes; the world’s end must be nigh or something.

          • Lacertilinger

            Votes>>
            World’s end>>>>>>>
            Nigh>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

          • I voted 4 u

    • Brouroboris

      That mid section in 1997 is so fire.

  • RustyShackleford

    Ok I fucking hate Acacia Strain but that is A) a tight riff and B) incredibly fucking out of place. It hath recieveth my voteth. Yepth.

    • Dagon

      I almotht voted for them but didn’t. My vote is none of your biznith.

      • RustyShackleford
        • more beer

          I knew a guy who fought Tyson in his heyday. He lasted 34 seconds. I asked him what it was like getting punched by him. His response was “like getting hit by a mac truck”.

          • RustyShackleford

            I don’t doubt that for a second. The man was terrifying.

          • more beer

            He was a beast. He has actually said the best punch he ever landed was on Robin Gibbons his ex wife.

          • Dagon

            Damn.

            Real talk, I think Tyson is one of the “celebrities” I’d be more interested in talking to. Dude must have tons of stories.

          • more beer

            This is a guy who said he fucked 24 women in 24 hours. the stories must be crazy.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Beats Dagon’s 13

          • more beer

            Beats most people.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            I have. I backed away slowly though when he said he wanted to eat my children.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Was that theat white guy that was going to wrap in a “cocoon of terror”?

          • more beer

            Carl the truth Williams. He used to run on the golf course I worked on in Greenburgh, New York.

          • Óðinn

            I remember that. It was a nasty punch that ended it. Tyson really was a beast in the 1980s. I’d say, at his best, he was probably the best heavyweight boxer of all-time. He was fast, could duck punches, and hit like a truck. Once he reached the top, he got lazy though. And then he went to jail, which pretty much was the end of his career. He did have a few fights after jail, but he wasn’t the same.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRN9sTYYQsQ

          • more beer

            That`s why he said it was like getting hit by a truck. But when he was at his best he was unstoppable. I`m gonna go a little further and say. His downfall began with the Buster Douglas fight. Douglas threw him a beating. I remember watching that fight with a bunch of friends. We were all out of our seats in front of this little tv all screaming at it. After losing that fight his life started to fall apart.

          • Óðinn

            Peter McNeeley. He said that he was going to wrap Tyson in a “cocoon of horror” and everybody in the room laughed at him.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW4_DabdpnA

          • more beer

            That fucking left hook was a killer!

          • Óðinn

            McNeeley’s corner threw in the towel (maybe too soon), but it wouldn’t have gone on much longer anyway. He’d already been knocked down twice in the first round.

            https://youtu.be/flEns6Nf3_E?t=1731

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            That’s gotta be painful.

          • more beer

            Watch the video of that Ooinn posted. You will have your answer. Tysons left hook was devastating.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I will when I get home from church.

        • Dagon

          Steve O is an insane person.

  • This was my second choice but I only thought if it yesterday. I should start selling submissions for when people are stumped. Everything this band did was out of place.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu1Lpg_7wSY

  • I have to admit that the Acacia Strain would be 1000 times more enjoyable if they found a way to incorporate that southern rock sound into their style. Gotta go with Joe.

    http://www.stanleylawoffices.com/assets/images/cuz-joe-knows.png

  • hold up, @Stanely knows who Scar Symmetry is?

    • Dubzlinger, Malandro

      Surprises abound.

    • Sir Tapir The Based :]

      Is that a surprise?

      • @Stanley is svper kvlt doe

        • Stanley

          Nope. I’m a poser like alla ya’ll.

        • CT-12

          Stanley convinced me to really check out Unearth. Stanley’s just super-knowledgeable

    • Stanley

      Ha ha. I have a few ringers in my collection. Black Cilice is not good running music!

      • Howard Dean

        It is good ritual murder music, though.

        • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

          I have both A Corpse, a Temple and Mysteries on vinyl and cd format now.

        • Stanley

          Oh, it most certainly is. But when your heart is beating at 60 decibels and the wind is blowing at 20, Black Cilice playing at 3 doesn’t cut it. 🙂

      • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

        Still great though.

  • Óðinn
    • Dubzlinger, Malandro

      I think Stanley suggested someone else should use this one.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        Correct

      • Mxxk Bxnxntxn™© :]

        It’s a solo though.

      • Mxxk Bxnxntxn™© :]

        It’s a solo though.

        • Mxxk Bxnxntxn™© :]

          Wat? My comment got duplicated.

  • Stockhausen

    Yo Waynecro, that Necrophagist section is a nerdy tip o’ the hat to Prokofiev from his (lesser known that Tchaikovsky’s) Romeo and Juliet. I always liked the way they used it.
    https://youtu.be/DUmq1cpcglQ

    • Someone has already submitted this for RiffotheWeek. In the past.

    • CT-12

      Was gonna post this. I remember hearing this song for the first time and having to find out more about it. Voivod also has a few classical nods in their music too (if that interests you at all). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r8qCxEYiUg

    • Waynecro

      Shit, man. I had no idea. I know Necrophagist drops some classical pieces in their songs from time to time, but I didn’t know that this was one of those. Derp!

  • 365chaosriddendays

    My vote goes to Dagon, good choice, you fish God.

  • KJM

    As a regular consumer I gotta admit, most songs about pot suck.

    • even Kotton Mouth Kings?

      • KJM

        “especially Kotton Mouth Kings” FTFY

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        What about Cotton Eye Joe?

    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      GREAT SONG FOR WHEN SMOKE DOPE & GREAT SONG ABOUT DOPE 2 VERY DIFFERENT THING!!!!!

      • KJM

        Very true, Man Of The Caves.

      • Dagon

        ^
        Evidence that this is indeed ancient knowledge.

      • more beer

        Yes they are.

    • Pipelord69

      I completely back this statement. My favorite artist to smoke to is definitely tool

      • KJM

        Oh plenty of music is great for smoking, but songs that are actually about herb are mostly silly.

      • Mother Shabubu 4

        I was gonna submit “The Pot” by Tool, but I figured some boring Sleep or stoner rock riff would win, so I didn’t bother.

        • Pipelord69

          I was thinking the same thing mannnnn. I have a riff to submit this week. Stay tuned…

    • Dubs told me I can’t submit Cannabis Corpse so I’m really up the creek without a paddle.

      • KJM

        They’re seriously one of the few exceptions to that. I can see why he’d make that rule.

      • They were the first band that came to my mind. Luckily I didn’t submit them.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        Just you?

      • Lacertilinger

        Just submit Sweet Leaf and be winnahhh

      • Óðinn
    • Mother Shabubu 4

      As I’ve said before, David fucking Draiman made a song about smoking weed, it’s not edgy or cool anymore.

      • KJM

        I will do my best to avoid that song at all costs.

        Yeah, it’s about as cutting edge as songs about drinking now.

    • more beer

      Yes they do. I ran into David Peel singing his marijuana song at the pot parade in New York in 2001. I told him he needed to learn a new song. That is possibly the worst one.

      • KJM

        Oh man, David Peel is a prime example of this, so horrible.

        • more beer

          The worst part is he`s been getting away with singing that horrible song since like the 60`s. I was gonna embed it. But no one deserves that kind of torture.

  • Pipelord69

    I voted for Scar Symmetry
    The riff that’s been in my head for a couple of days is the opening riff to “Curb Crusher” by Killer be Killed. So excited for the new material they’ll be bringing out next year! Hopefully they can somehow get a tour together and come to Northern California!

    • good to see your face around here again!

      • Pipelord69

        Glad to see Maryland’s finest again!

      • Dagon

        Even though it’s not a really pleasant face

  • Vegglampe

    Holy crap, Scar Symmetry went full Van Halen on that riff.

  • Stanley

    I’m a little surprised that there’s no BTBAM submitted. I guess all of there riffs are out of place so nothing stands out.

    • Lacertilinger

      Yeah, that’s where I struggled.
      All the choices I had were from bands who play a spazzy-out-of-control style so the riffs, although bizarre, were not really out of context on the larger scale.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I hate Adela Shabubu. I still voted for you because that’s their one good song.

    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      HOW MUSHROOMHEAD SHOW?????

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        It was fucking amazing as usual.

        • ME GORAK B.C.™

          GORAK HAD MISS GOATWHORE & BLACK FAST LAST NIGHT!!!!!!!! 🙁 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • KJM

            : (

    • JWEG

      “Adela Shabubu” sounds like what would be John Travolta’s second attempt to say Idina Menzel, had he not thought he got it right the first time…

  • Hubert

    I like the Black Sabbath one. VOTED FOR THAT

  • Stanley

    That bit at the end of the Necrophagist track is a butchery of Prokofiev’s most splendid Montagues and Capulets.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ljOMXgfflRI

    • Stanley

      Oops. Just noticed that Stocky pointed this out. Ignore this and go read his comment.

    • Waynecro

      Yeah. Thanks. I didn’t know that until today (I’m not super familiar with tons of classical music). The riff is still pretty out-of-place sounding, I think. At least, the way the band plays it sounds very odd in the context of the song. I was going to submit a Sigh song, but it’s hard to call anything Sigh does out of place because everything the band does is so weird.

  • JWEG

    There is one and only one stoner riff I’d submit for next week, if I hadn’t already submitted it for a previous ROTW. And every April 20th metal blog post I’ve seen since it came out…

    Riff starts when you press play (0:00): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VcJOxzWlO4

  • 365chaosriddendays
    • Lacertilinger

      Odin is a rill kewl dude

  • Warheart

    FUCK, I was about to submit a riff for the first time but I forgot it because, life and all that shit.

    Anyways, here it is, mother of all weird riffs out of place (but still fucking good) starts at 1:25

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aLkhF__F5M

  • KJM

    Hip Hop seems to be a bit immune from silliness when it comes to songs about pot, “Peach Blunt Smoke”, for example. ^_^

  • JWEG

    Also, apparently I *did* get some important mail yesterday evening; I just didn’t find out until this afternoon…

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    Dagon. Because Sabbath.

  • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

    This day of working down in South Carolina has only reaffirmed my hatred for the garbage state

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    Would this song fit the criteria for next week?

    https://youtu.be/79xsXQf7M5A

  • KJM

    Perhaps someone will submit this?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwEHMSb-woE

  • DCLXVI

    These riffs are more like whiffs

  • Lacertilinger

    Fuck man, that stoner-riff could only have been bettered if it started @4:20.
    This week you have the lizard vote Masterlo.

  • Dubzlinger, Malandro

    If you submit Black Sabbath or Cannabis Corpse next week, you’re boring and deserve to lose.

  • Heroic Iron Boogers Of Doom

    Gah, that tapir needs to brush it’s teeth with some tough actin’ Tinactin!

    http://cdn.theglow.com.au/app/uploads/2015/06/bad-breath-gif-02.gif

  • tigeraid

    Because I don’t smoke pot and don’t know much about it, and because Sweet Leaf will very much be a halfassed choice, I will abstain next week.

    Unless the band “Dope” counts? They suck, but I think I know a couple of their songs…

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I could not think of one either.