Riff ov the Week: The Solo-Accompanying Riff Edition

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Nobody ever pays any attention to the poor rhythm guitarist during the solo. They might be playing the most killer riff of all time, but you wouldn’t know because you’re too busy trying to make hand contact with the lead guitarist’s genitals under the guise of that stupid finger-weedly thing everyone does. I see right through that shit. To Maik Beninton, this is an injustice that will not stand. Which is why he claimed this riff of the week in the name of solo-accompanying riffs everywhere.

Last weekCoolstorybro managed to tie with the ToH’s ex-President current-President of Skronk W. with 8 votes.

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Well done to both of them, but the official rules state that the first one to overnight me a case of Mane n’ Tail conditioner may claim the win for himself. If neither does, the win defaults to Schubert our god. It makes sense.

Next week:

  • We’re going to try something special. Originally, Riff ov the Week was designed to highlight some of the best riffs that came out during the week, but it evolved into the clusterfuck you’re familiar with (and I like it). Next week, however, we’re going to do it. We’re only taking riffs released between March 8th and March 13th. I’ll go easy on you – they can be from new singles or from any album that drops during the week. Our weekly feature Toilet Tuesday might be a good place to start if you get stuck.
  • Send your riff of the actual week to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com.
  • If you have an idea for a theme, let me know.
  • Have a great Saturday, friends.

 

Masterlord

The riff at 1:45 in Darkthrone’s “Summer of the Diabolical Holocaust” kicks off one of the nastiest extended moments in all of black metal. By the time the solo shows up an entire minute later, it still hasn’t overstayed its welcome. I’d listen to a full length album built around nothing but this fucking riff right here. Let’s die.

 

Maik Beninton

The riff that starts around 2:30 goes great with the solo.

 

Randall Thor

Nevermore spends 7 minutes moodily churning through an array of emotions, riffs, and leads until we reach the atomic bomb of riff/solo riffs. While the rhythm guitar is just following the root note, the chord progression is what makes this riff, and consequently the solo, so powerful. Obviously, the riff works best if you listen to the entire song building up to it, but you’ve got a riff of the week to choose, so I’ll help you out: It starts at 7:08. [W. is going to be so conflicted. — Masterlord]

 

Iron Lawnmower

Riff starts at 3:40, solo starts after the verse. It’s a fucking monster of a riff that makes me want to throw down in the pit.

 

Dagon

This is my favorite song from one of my favorite bands, Kyuss. After a killer pause, a tasty riff starts at 3:04, and gets repeated all the way through the druggy solo starting at 3:17. If you know any true sons of Kyuss, tell them to go to Windhelm and vote for me.

 

Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

Cliche, I know, but a solo like this needs a kickass riff, and At The Gates‘ best song, “Cold” provides badassery in spades. The riff appears earlier in the song at around 1:30, but its at its best when the solo starts at around 1:54, and the double bass starting at around 2:06 just adds to the insanity. A brilliant riff for a brilliant solo.

 

Ellipsis 

At 7:00, Iced Earth deliver thrashy chug under a Maiden-esque melody, bringing the The Omen inspired “Damien” to an epic close.

 

George Lynch

I am not a Sabbath fan. But, I do like Dio-Sabbath’s The Mob Rules. The opening riff for “Country Girl” is CRUSHING (for 1981) and proceeds to accompany the solo like you wouldn’t believe.

 

Stanley

The riff that starts this song is such a head banging brute that by the time the solo kicks in at the 0:38 mark the neck is already reckt. GO!

 

Guacamole Jim

I’m not the most devoted of Scar Symmetry fans, but the song “Deviate from the Form” on their album Pitch Black Progress is, to me, their crowning achievement. While it would be easy to miss the rhythm section underneath the gorgeous solos sections, if you pay attention to what’s going on, it’s flawless. Simple chord changes combined with tight syncopation perfectly support the blistering stringwork of the soloist. Every time it kicks in I get goosebumps, and the best part of it all is it happens twice: 2:40 and 3:59.

 

Scrimm

Don’t let the somewhat lolbuttz band name fool you, this album is pretty beastly. This riff is nothing fancy but who cares, it is incredibly heavy, creating one of the heaviest moments on the album. Solo starts at 2:03.

 

Esusmoose

Some don’t like this era of Anthrax and that’s almost alright, but the underlying riff that brings back the song’s main theme to help conclude the solo is glorious. Starts at 3:08.

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start_date 14-12-2014 20:22:33
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  • Scrimm

    Think the Masterlord is gonna get my pick, but still deciding.

    • Dagon

      That Facebreaker song is indeed a good one. My kind of death metal.

      • Scrimm

        That album Is pretty solid as a whole. The one after not so much and I haven’t heard the earlier ones. Some of it has a pretty stron Bloodbath vibe.

        • Dagon

          There’s a good amount of brazilian death metal on the horizon, I’ll hook you up when they drop. Nervochaos is playing here tomorrow and I think I’ll stop by.

          • Scrimm

            Nice!

      • Zeke… Or isaac; whatever

        Masterlord it is! Ugly ugly riff!

  • Warheart

    Country Girl without a doubt, one of my favorites from the Dio era.

  • Dagon

    I gotta go with that Darkthrone. Masterlord you get my vote. And a “thank you” for repping Alraune on the FB group, the last song on their album is a mighty jam.

  • Dagon

    Quote Ov The Week:
    “An ‘I love you’ can be false, but a boner is always sincere.”

  • SUNLIGHTBEARD

    Two Rivers gets my vote.

  • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

    Dagon wins. All hail the fish-god, as he and the sons of Kyuss must be pleased.

  • VVayne Brady

    I have begrudgingly cast my vote for Randall Thor. One of my favorite songs submitted by my least favorite person.

  • God ov All

    Scar Symmetry. Good memories. They were my introduction to melodeath and now I follow anything Christian Alvestam is involved in.

    • Guacamole Jim

      He’s really exceptional. Solution .45’s “For Aeons Past” is one of my favourite metal albums ever, and that’s pretty much entirely due to his vocal performance.

      • God ov All

        Torchbearer is kickass too. He takes backseat on the vocals but you can definitely tell when he chimes in

      • Enemy Of The Free World

        I like the new Scar Symmetry their only really good-ish album as a whole and don’t luke S.45 at all. Even though I want to like everything with Älvestam. Too tired to fite you though.

        • Stanley

          I like the new album. Having two singers is lolbuttz but as long as you don’t to look at them it’s all good.

  • Dagon for the win – that riff is telling that solo to go fuck itself. Honorable mention to both of the Anthrax nominations.

  • Stockhausen

    Masterlord, you have truly outdone yourself with Daniel in the Schubert’s Den.
    Also, GJ gets my vote.

  • Scrimm

    These are all really solid except for the one from Spreading the Disease. Sorry.

  • DeadButtDreaming

    I didn’t want to play any of these. You all lose by default.

    • Guacamole Jim

      PARTY POOPER

  • Dagon

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuNfmJyZVqk&t=151

    I still don’t know what to make of this but I think it might grow on me. The synths sound really unusual with the punky d-beat kind of vibe.

  • EsusMoose

    I want to listen but internet is down and as I try to limit mobile data usage I’m left hanging

    • VVayne Brady

      Curse this day for making me say this, but vote for Randall Thor.

      • SUNLIGHTBEARD

        What did two rivers do to earn your ire?

      • Scrimm

        SHAME ON YOU TOO

      • Guacamole Jim

        Listen not to VV., for Guacamole Jim submitted the best ov the riffs!

        • Based Tapir

          I almost voted for you, Guacamole Queen.

          • Guacamole Jim

            That’s all I need, BT.

    • Dagon

      Vnly fvsh vs trvv. Vvtv Fvsh Gvd.

      • SUNLIGHTBEARD

        Stay xxx

  • Dagon

    On this week’s contest you can either take blue and keep kidding yourselves or take red and come to the truthful embrace of Kyuss and his tunes. Choose your destiny, motherfuckers.

    http://lolhehehe.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/124.jpg

    • I would totally like to OD on the red pill and jam Kyuss while frying to death in the desert.

  • Based Tapir

    ‘Twas a tough choice but I finally went with *shivers* Randall.

  • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

    Wait, W. is the President of SKRONK? I have to step up my campaign.

    SKRONKSKRONKSKRONKSKRONKSKRONKSKRONKSKRONKetcetc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VICy-hWqzxs

  • For the record – The Sound of White Noise is a really good album from front to back. You just need to put aside that it sounds a lot less like Anthrax albums that preceded it and judge it on its own.

    • Zeke… Or isaac;whatever

      It’s actually my favorite anthrax album. Belladonna is too much of a cheeseball for me

      • It’s a tale of two different bands with Bush and Belladonna. I thought the last album would’ve been awesome if they had both singers on different tracks. There are some songs on Worship Music that sound like they were written for Bush.

    • EsusMoose

      It’s the only John Bush era album I love, it hits the perfect point between how Anthrax had matured at that point and the groups ability to write songs. I consider Persistence of Time my favorite but both are close

  • This week is so difficult! Also, were’s Moshito’s Mastodon pick ov the week? D:

    • VVayne Brady

      Did he submit it through the proper channels?

      • I don’t know, it’s just that he was fanboying Mastodon the last two week and that made me a #happylink because I really love when any of you go full fanboy or fangirl, jjajaja #toiletconfessions

  • I thinked on my picks for this one too late. But I still can share it here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FEWByKT0YI

    • Max

      There are no bad riffs on this album. There are no bad solos on this album. There are no bad drum fills on this album. There are no bad rhythm patterns on this album. There are no bad backing vocals on this album.

      • Definitely my favorite Entombed album, no question.

        • Max

          Mine too! Massively underrated, not least by the band themselves.

      • Scrimm

        If it wasn’t for the lead vocals I’d love this album much more than I already do.

        • Max

          The lead vocals is a point of contention. I had no problem with them at all at the time of release, and there are aspects of their delivery that I still do like. But over the years – yes, I have come to hear the flaws that many others pinpoint. They do sound a little too “hardcore” perhaps and not quite inhumanly deathly enough for the context; I think that’s something that’s become more apparent with the rise of metalcore bands and related genres.

          So I fully sympathize with the “If only LG had stayed” school of thought. The funny thing is, though, that when he did return to do Wolverine Blues, my initial impression was that he now sounded a lot more like Nicke Andersson than like himself on Left Hand Path – so I’m not sure how many dividends having him on Clandestine would have paid. Just my take; nobody else seems to share it from what I’ve seen.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        I’m more of a TRSS&STT era man myself

  • I’m between Iron Lawnmover, Dagon, Guacamelee, Scrimm and Oli Sykes’ picks 🙁 I won’t vote, instead I will send hugs for everyone.

  • Maik Beninton

    Great picks everyone.
    My vote goes for Stanley.
    Gonna have to see dr.Dagon to treat my neck.

    • Stanley

      I’m honored that the person that designed the most difficult ROTW concept in the entire history of ROTW chose me. I guess I win be default.

      • Hail and Kill

        That whole album is a ripper, gonna break it out for my ride to work, thanks!

        • Stanley

          The Onslaught is a good record. On their second record, Black Rivers Flow, they ditched a lot of the thrashy elements in favor of groove and it’s nowhere near as good as the debut. They keep throwing out little teasers on the FB page so if they ever make another record, I hope it’s thrashy.

  • Going to go with Scrimm. Facebreaker shreds some serious ass.

    • Scrimm

      Hey thanks!

  • Scrimm

    We need to do a Bass riff of the week.

    • Anthony

      I agree, would be cool.

    • Good idea, I’m game.

      • more beer

        I just found out Murphy s Law is playing in Denver 420 weekend. Could there be a better band to see that weekend? Saturday night show, Sunday morning weed rally at Civic Center Park. It looks like that`s gonna be a good weekend.

      • SUNLIGHTBEARD

        The winner would be predictable

        • EsusMoose

          Nicki sixx?

          • SUNLIGHTBEARD

            I’m thinking prolly a beyond creation riff

          • Depends on who nominates. I won’t tip my hand but my bass guy would get some nods.

          • Lacertilian

            Les Claypool would surely get a look in too, most of the new JFAC bass riffs were tight and Steve DiGiorgio somewhere.
            I’m sure there’s a few more that could give BC a run for their money.

    • VVayne Brady

      I’m wait ya there

      • Virgil the Ghost Poet

        I still think an Indy rock riff could be fun.
        Or a side project riff.

        • VVayne Brady

          I tried to get Masterpants to go with best Yarl

          • Scrimm

            Much hilarity would ensue

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            Their are plenty of good riffs in indie bands. Are how bout a Melvin’s riff off!?

          • Based Tapir

            I approve of the Melvins riff off!

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            Thank you kind sir.

          • Max

            If we did that, I would seriously fuckin’ try and track down that guy I mentioned yesterday and record him, and submit that somehow.

            And I would win.

          • VVayne Brady

            If you pulled that off, you would deserve to win.

          • more beer

            Because cukolds are hilarious! I`m just playing I couldn`t resist.

        • JVVG

          More challenging (for everyone but a few of us): Early-90s *Canadian* Radio Rock ROTW.

          …I’d love to emphasize that normally, with Italics. Can’t seem to make it work though. Curse you guys and your keyboard wizardry.

          • OldMetalHead

            It might be undeserved, but I’m going to admit right now that my vote goes to a Rush song if this were the category.

      • Scrimm

        I got a good one.

    • EsusMoose

      All the bass all the time

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Cosigned

    • Guacamole Jim
      • Enemy Of The Free World

        You’re outright evil

      • This song is unbearable. I want to get surgery on my brain to remove the memory of this atrocity.

      • JamesGrimm

        I like it.

        • Guacamole Jim

          YOU WOULD—-

          Oh wait. ETjrFT did not make this comment. My world is imploding.

      • Based Tapir

        Why is it so hard to love Jims?

        • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

          It’s not hard to love me. I’m so lovable!

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        Curse you! I despise this song!

    • The God Emperor of Mankind

      Anybody who submits “Bassically” will be interred in the Vault!

  • B00mhauer

    A.I.R. was always my favorite jam from that Anthrax album. The album is peppered with great riffs. Thrash classic.

    Also, anyone know what ever happened to RiotAct666? He was such a nice young man, flushing posers here and about.

    • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

      If he ever comes back, let me know so I can vacate the area quickly. I like the guy, but I’ve been flushed enough.

  • Poseur Diposeur

    This son of Kyuss votes for Dagon

  • tertius_decimus

    Voted for Guacamole Jim.

    • Guacamole Jim

      I approve of this message.

      • tertius_decimus

        Good submission. For no reason I’ve never heard this band before. Some people kept telling they’re nothing special, so I took their advice not to try. Shame. It’s a nice music.

  • Stanley

    I’ve just placed a bulk order of these for you lot. Clearly they are in dire need this morning.

    • JVVG

      As a person who produces a butt-load (or more properly ear-load) of waxy buildup, I would thank you for the suggestion, but I’ve already got one.

      I suppose I should replace it, though. I forgot to check the box for directions on how many re-uses goes from ‘okay’ to ‘don’t stick that filthy thing in your ear anymore you goon’.

  • Paris Hilton

    Anthrax’s Only is a fucking banger. Their fucking best in terms of songwriting imo

  • Stanley

    My vote goes to the D.I.P.

  • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

    I just went for a walk and listened to Immortal’s At the Heart of Winter for the first time in about three years. My fuck that album kicks ass. That album makes 99% of other black metal albums look like busted-ass ghetto ratchet hoes.

    • Based Tapir

      You really know what’s good.

      • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

        Thank you Based Tapir, God of Sisu and Salted Licorice.

    • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

      Everyone always jocks Blizzard Beasts and/or Battles in the North (which I love). But “At the Heart of Winter” really is their best album.

      • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

        Yeah, At the Heart of Winter is their apex for me. I really dig Battles in the North and Sons of Northern Darkness, too, and Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism is my favorite of their really early stuff, but nothing compares to At the Heart of Winter. A perfect Immortal album.

        • Stanley

          I’ll never forget Abbath staring me down on the Sons of Northern Darkness tour in 2002 at The Pound in SF. Scarred the shit out of me!

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            Haha, that’s awesome!

  • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

    Yeah I had to go with Masterlord. That Darkthrone riff is menacing as fuck.

  • Nine Inch Males
    • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

      Emperor. <3<3<3<3<3<3
      I cried when I missed the In The Nightside Eclipse shows.

  • EsusMoose

    Dagon with the super groove riff gets it, it’s helpful that riff takes a more prominent spot in the mix compared to others where they get slightly buried, all were great

  • tertius_decimus

    Tell Karhu about this one…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWw46O_Yyro#t=151

    This is the perfect candidate for video breakdown.

    • Based Tapir

      He must not see this. It will make his god complex stronger!

      • Enemy Of The Free World

        Too leit meit!

        • Based Tapir
          • SUNLIGHTBEARD

            I stopped listening to my thou&thebody collab for dis?

          • Based Tapir

            Oh honey, you could not understand the brilliance of this song.

          • SUNLIGHTBEARD

            Obvs

          • Based Tapir

          • SUNLIGHTBEARD

            hipstapir

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            Oo. Pretty nice and even funny.

          • Based Tapir

            Check out the compilation album. Has all of their stuff on it. It be kool as fuuck.

  • I went with Esus on this one. Anthrax fucking rules everyone’s shit

  • FeelTheDarknesses

    Sabbath will get my vote every goddamn time

  • Stanley

    Which one of you mofos wants to be number 666?

    • Ok what do I win?

      • Stanley

        Eternity in hell. Congratulations!

        • A sham. That was certain either way.

          • Stanley

            I actually had two prizes picked out for the winner. An all expenses paid trip to St. Lucia or a night out with Natalie Imbruglia and enough GBP to spend as desired. I couldn’t decide which prize to award you so I flipped a coin and it landed upright on its edge. According to Article 13044-1.B.ii of The Manual of Disqus Upvotes, no prize is awarded and the winner is required to spend Eternity in Hell. Sorry, but them’s the rules.

          • Supreme Chief Poopypanties

            A fully paid house in west Detroit! If everyone can toss in 3 cents, we can get the $50 needed for the winner.

      • Supreme Chief Poopypanties
    • Based Tapir

      Now it’s 667. I ruined it.

  • JVVG

    I am finding it impossible to submit for the next ROTW topic, not because I don’t have ideas, but because those ideas lead me to streaming versions that have individual-track sharing on other websites blocked.

    See for instance Cancer Bats. The only shareable track is the one with the least interesting riffage, IMHO.

    • Supreme Chief Poopypanties

      First and foremost, it’s about music here on the Toilet, so share. You’d laugh your ass off if you knew what I’m listening to. :-p

  • Max

    It would’ve been so easy to vote for Darkthrone. That’s one of my all-time favourite albums, that’s one of the better songs on it and yes, that break section is ungodly.

    But instead, I’ll go with Iced Earth. Horror Show is just about the only power metal album in my collection, but it’s a very strong record, with a powerful rhythm guitar sound that ensures the riffs will never get lost underneath the stellar solos.

    • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

      I also voted for Iced Earth. That riff/solo combination was just too good.

      • Lacertilian

        That album was the last one I could get into a couple of tracks from. Haven’t really bothered with them much past that, Damien wasn’t even one of the tracks I remember jamming that often but you’re spot on, that riff works so well there.

    • VVayne Brady

      You don’t like Burnt Offerings?

      • Max

        What little I heard of it didn’t sway me, no. I’ve only got the one Iced Earth record let alone the one power metal record. A bit strange, I know: Why wouldn’t I check out more of a band if I really liked one of their records?

        But I’m weird like that: For some reason, my favourite record by a metal band is usually the first one I heard, and then I tend to judge that band’s back-catalogue and forthcoming releases entirely of the basis of how closely they conform to that first (biased) impression – unless it’s REALLY obvious that they were trying to pursue a different direction or sound.

        An all-time favourite band, for me, is one where I actually do like two or more of their records equally, or nearly so. There is a shortlist of maybe ten bands who have qualified.

        • VVayne Brady

          Very interesting response, as always. I actually prefer Burnt Offerings to the rest of their discography, but that’s just my opinion.

          By the way, I just submitted a Think Tank post.

          • Lacertilian

            For me it’s –
            Burnt Offerings>Night Of The Stormrider>Iced Earth>Something Wicked This Way Comes>Dark Saga>The rest

          • Hail and Kill

            Burnt Offerings if definitely their best release. I actually like Framing Armageddon, with Ripper Owens, a lot as well.

          • VVayne Brady

            I do too. It’s a shame they canned him the way they did.

    • Supreme Chief Poopypanties

      Don’t feel bad. The one solid album they had is ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’. That was a masterpiece.

  • Tyreeling In The Years

    Darkthrone always wins.

    • Supreme Chief Poopypanties

      Have to disagree on that one!

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    Esusmoose gets my pick as I considered submitting this myself + SOWN>>>>>> the rest of Anthrax’s output and the genesis of many a dual with Conan

  • Unrelated to anything: New Bell Witch & Bosse-de-Nage albums on the way. Makes me want to throw out all my Lifelover albums because I just can’t stand the sarcasm anymore . . .

    • VVayne Brady

      I saw that Bell Witch was impending. very intrigued.

      • Nice to see that clean vocalist dude will return for one track. They should bring him on full time. He gives me nonfatal artery-boners.

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    I’ve got a theory on why @Maik Beninton has no votes so far

    • Maik Beninton

      I knew that my riff wouldn’t be the best of all but I still submitted because it’s a good representation of a solo accompanying riff.

  • Jointsalot

    Voted for Randall Thor cause Nevermore

  • SUNLIGHTBEARD

    Has anyone brought up this glorious photochop img? Its majestic. Well done.

    • Stanley

      I had a laugh at it earlier. I thought to myself, “shit, there’s a lot of work and creativity that goes into this site”. Hats off gentlemen.

  • john

    As the world’s biggest Iced Earth fan, a vote for Damien was almost certain, but instead Randall Thor gets my vote, as This Godless Endeavor is one of my all-time favourite metal epics. The lyrics and theme are amazing, but what seals it is the way his vocals gradually rise and soar and eventually end in that blood-curdling “THE SKY! HAS OPENED!” at the very end with Loomis’ crushing the entire thing louder and louder… It’s really just the perfect song.

    • Supreme Chief Poopypanties

      Same! I’m guessing you heard the new Sanctuary CD?

      • john

        I have. It basically just sounds like Nevermore without Jeff Loomis… Which is okay, I guess!

        • Supreme Chief Poopypanties

          Yeah, it’s as close to Nevermore as you’re gonna get for a while.

  • OldMetalHead

    I have to admit that I voted GL before listening to all of the riffs because Sabbath.

  • Lacertilian

    … this week

  • Supreme Chief Poopypanties

    Randall got my vote. Sorry, Masterlord, you usually have some pretty tasty jams, but I can’t fucking stand Darkthrone. My best friend tried getting me into them, and they are easily one of the worst bands I’ve ever heard.

    http://s2.quickmeme.com/img/f2/f2148ec6e99fd6de66478f87a503affd8af75394b49d01150d680bdaeac3fafe.jpg