RIFF OV THE WEEK: THRASH AND KILL

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Thrash your Saturday off with a thrashload of thrash. 

Last week, good ol’ Edward picked some fruit so low-hanging that he could reach it with his ass on the floor, but the people have spoken and I’m obligated to comply with their vote. Thus, I hereby begrudgingly congratulate Edward as the winner of the very first Scream of the Week.

Most buttpain aside, Travis Ryan is an inhuman vocal alien machine monster demon man and I resent none of you for voting for him/it.

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Ellipsis and Paris Hilton tied for second place with Neurosis and Judas Priest respectively.

This week we only took THRASH RIFFS, so slam some pizza, chug some toxic waste, loosen up your neck hinges or spine or whatever and get ready to bang your head into stuff and smell bad. This might be the best batch we’ve ever had. I’m so proud of most of you.

 

BUT FIRST, pay attention:

  • Christian Molenaar has a killer idea for a theme next week. It’s a tough one, so pay attention and don’t wimp out like wimps, you wimps. Here it is in his own words: Next week’s theme is a special kind of riff: one that has stood the test of time, one that every great metal band has played in some form at one point or another. We’re talking about The Riff. If you’re in a so-called “metal” band and you don’t have a song containing some semblance of this riff you are a poser and will never make it anywhere but deep down the Toilet ov Hell and straight past the Sewer ov Obskurity. This is the riff that opens “2 Minutes to Midnight,” Riot’sSwords & Tequila” (great combination), Accept’sFlash Rockin’ Man,” Madam X’sDirty Girls” and TNT’sDeadly Metal” (go ahead and submit those if you can’t be bothered to find one yourself, hack). The Riff is generally based around a pedal point on the open A string of a guitar in standard tuning with brittle, treble-y 80s distortion. It’s also the foundation of a thousand forgotten mid-80s glam, hair metal and AOR hits. Everyone from Judas Priest to Motley Crue to Saxon to Anthrax has played some variation of this riff. Give us your best.
  • Send your The Riff riff to toiletovhell@gmail.com.
  • If you have some good ideas for a theme, let me know in the comments.
  • High five.

 

Masterlord

When Aggressor gets tired of spamming the ride and hammers the crash at 1:00, all shit is lost. Start it 0:48 and wait for the moment. “Mock your words / I will laugh in disrespect / then wash my hands in your blood / Conqueror!”

 

Ellipsis

Testament’s The Gathering saw the familiar faces of Eric Peterson and Chuck Billy teaming up with James Murphy, Dave Lombardo and Steve DiGiorgio creating a formidable, one album supergroup. @1:47 these forces of headbangery bring the riffage with a stomping change of pace that you’d expect from these experienced thrashers.

 

Elite Extremophile

Not only is this riff (2:46) fantastic, the bass in this song makes everything else look like And Justice For All by comparison.

 

Jimmy McNulty

Guys, I’m ready to win one of these.  Anytime one tries to flush Dave Mustaine down the toilet, he just won’t go down. It’s because of this album. Riff starts at 0:12 and doesn’t let go (why am I telling you this??).

 

Coolstorybro

Gotta give the nod to “Nuke the Cross” by Toxic Holocaust. Starts off just with the main riff and a few drum hits as the deep breath before the plunge – then it’s thrashin’ of the highest order.

 

Nordling Rites ov Karhu

Thrash as music is best when it’s simple beer music. This approach is however often not responsible for the best singular riffs. At 00:05 on your journey through this Tunnel, Coroner unleashes a riff so awesome you will be left with no choice but to feel the Pain.

 

Lacertilian

This week I chose a riff from one of my top 3 Kreator tracks – “The Pestilence” from the 1986 thrash-fest Pleasure to Kill. So many top riffs in this 7 minutes but I pick from 4:44 – 5:38 or so.

 

Satan ov Hell

To have a thrash edition, is for me, not an easy place to pick a riff. I love thrash, I love it alot, I love good thrash, I love trash thrash, I love mediocre thrash, I even like the Slayer song I lied about not liking. But I have to pick this riff; it’s thrash legacy. The opening riff to, “The Final Command” is one of the single most perfect riffs in metal. It builds up the song, it’s melody is face melting, speed blistering, and atmosphere like something from a battle between heaven and hell.

 

Tom Warrior’s Beanie

Forget what I or anyone else has said. This is thrash at its most furious, knocking on the door of the burgeoning death metal movement but not quite completing the crossover. If you don’t like this you definitely don’t like thrash and probably don’t like metal. Or fun.

 

Howard Dean

There are thousands of great thrash riffs. Thrash is a subgenre built around the searing, primal beauty of fantastic guitar riffs. This is one of my absolute favorites, just an absolutely crushing, bang your head bloody thrash riff. Demolition Hammer – “Skull Fracturing Nightmare.” Byah, motherfuckers. Riff starts at 1:36.

 

MoshOff

Aspid’s sole criminally-underrated masterpiece of an album doesn’t have one lousy riff, but the one that starts at the 1:59 mark in “Там где ночь” (very loosely translated to “Where the Night”) just screams THRASH to me the most out of all of them.

 

Brock Samson

My favorite Revocation opening riff.

 

George Lynch

Metal Church has to be one of the most underrated heavy metal/thrash bands of all time. Their songs, riffs, and performance we straight boss. “Hitman” is a fine showcase of their playing ability and a killer vocal performance by the late David Wayne. The “thrash” riff ov the week starts at 3:03. You will notice it has a hint of punk that would likely not be present in late 80’s “thrash.” Also, how much more fucking metal can that album cover get?!

 

Johnny Crunch

They go by the name of Vektor. It’s a mathematical term, represented by an arrow with both direction and magnitude. Vektor! That’s them, because they’re writing riffs with both direction and magnituide. Oh yeah! The riff at 4:50 starts off a sequence of mega riffs that pretty much goes for the rest of the song. Though, you could put these guys songs on a timeline, throw a dart at it and land on a righteuos riff. Hurry the fuck up and write another album already.

 

Janitor Jim

Xentrix is a great band but they are very unknown by most thrash lovers. This song is one of my favorites by them, with riffs so awesome that the Big 4 should take notes on it.

 

Simon Phoenix

Ha. You thought I was going to go easy on you lifeloving wieners?  Think again. 0:03. That’s all that’s needed to begin the slaughter. That’s right. A Christian band (sort of) will ravage you harder than Alison Tyler after a month of abstaining from getting laid and an all-night alcohol binge. Forget that other band with this name; you’ll be going “Pardon me while splurge all over the walls.” MURDERDEATHMOSH.


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  • ok… who else is up and hungover this early and wants to play??

    • Mr.CustodialArts

      Dude, I’m busy drooling at the selections up there…riffs to me are like tits to Conan.

      • Howard Dean

        And this is a veritable Girls Gone Wild of riffs, my friend. Stay strong.

      • Gvrp

        Which riff is your Taylor Momsen?

        • Mr.CustodialArts

          Oh, MEGADETH for sure, man…I’d titty-fuck that record ALL DAMN DAY.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

          Mine is Metal Church. I would fuck that riff all day and all night.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

        Unlike Billy Gunn, I am not an ass man. I like tits much more than ass.

    • Paris Hilton

      Hungover!? The night is still young Jimmy! Let’s party! Let’s get weird!

      • let’s do it!
        (whoops, accidentally nabbed a picture from a Deafheaven show)
        http://lookatthisfuckinhipster.com/uploads/pics/big/1414-007.jpg

        • Paris Hilton

          PLEASE Tell me you’re the Starbucks barista lookin motherfucker with his eyes closed and his satchel presumably full of those Japanese girl cartoons

          • It is called hentai and it is ART, Paris!!!!!!1!

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

            For realz, who doesn’t love a good tentacle?

          • M Shadows! (Loofah Hunter Extr

            I NEED AN ADULT!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            No it isn’t. It’s just cartoon porn.

          • VVorld Peace
          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I just got the joke. That took a while for me to get but it was a funny joke.

        • CT-12

          Sort of the audience I saw for Author and Punisher last night, a weird makeup of people for sure. On a sidenote, I got his setlist which was completely new songs and was gonna post some of the titles on here, but homeboy asked me not to post so I willfully obliged. If there’s any A&P fans in here, the new material did not fucking disappoint!

          • VVorld Peace

            Eggcellent

          • Is that the guy who makes his own instruments and stuff?

          • CT-12

            Yessir, crazy shit up close!

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            Nice!

    • Scrimm

      Not hungover cause still drunk.

  • I don’t want to choose between revocation and vektor 🙁

    • Howard Dean

      Better pick Demolition Hammer, then.

      • more beer

        I had to go with you Howard Dean. I was good friends with these guys. I can`t even count how many times I saw them.

        • Howard Dean

          Dude! That’s fucking awesome! They slay. Easily one of my favorite thrash bands.

          • more beer

            They do slay. Derrick was with a friend of mine and gave me the Skull Fracturing Nightmare demo. One listen and I was a fan. I gave that demo to a friend who booked shows and helped get them their first gig. Also Vinny Daze did My first tattoo. I miss that guy we hung out a lot.

          • Howard Dean

            Holy shit, man. Fucking awesome. Those are some great memories. Your metal stories kick ass.

          • more beer

            I`m a little older than Conan I have been doing the metal thing for a long time. I will continue until I`m either completely incapacitated or dead.

          • CT-12

            Wow, fucking awesome man, Vinny is one of my favorite drummers, R.I.P.

          • more beer

            He was also a super cool guy who was a lot fun to hang out with.

      • Eh, I honestly wasn’t too impressed with that one.

        • Howard Dean

          And honestly, knowing your tastes, I knew your choice would be Vektor or Revocation. Because tech and modern.

          • It’s not so much that. I just don’t enjoy the audio/production quality of a lot of older stuff. I still enjoy the style though, love dead congregation.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

      Choose me!

  • Death

    Gonna go with Kreator.
    Edit: my shitty internet crashed and my comment was left unfinished for a second.

  • Howard Dean

    Easily the hardest RotW to pick yet. Holy fuck are there a ton of great riffs. I’m gonna need to think this one over for awhile. My fuck! Great job, you thrashing, maniacal Toileters.

    • Gvrp

      All the thrash we’ve neglected to discuss has come boiling over.

      • IronLawnmower

        Seriously this place needs more thrash. Like desperately. Instead of underground progressive technical spacegrind noise bands that sing about being raped from the point of view of a carrot.

        • Simon PhoenixKing

          Lol I’m getting to it. My next installment is almost done. Chalk it up to a combination of work and just being plain lazy.

          • IronLawnmower

            Do not disapoint me. If you need help I know many bands

          • IDK if you’re feeling retro but my second “Can’t Flush This!” is going to be about a very underrated and brilliant thrash album from 1990. You’ll never guess so wait for it. 🙂 The level of musicianship on that album holds up very well today.

          • IronLawnmower

            You have me enticed and my nipples erect

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple
          • Gvrp

            Syzygial Miscreancy? Swallowed in Black? Dances of Death? Edge of Eternity?
            (that’s all I got for technical thrash in 1990)

          • It’s more “well-executed” than “technical.”

          • Gvrp

            ooooh.

          • CT-12

            Simon, is there a way I can get ahold of you outside of TOH? If I don’t get around to writing an article anytime soon to help you with the series, I’d at least like to supply you with some bands I think are worthwhile.

          • Gvrp

            You could message him on Facebook if you’re in the group.

          • Simon PhoenixKing

            Basically what Gvrp said. The only other way would be to text me and I’m not giving out personal info like that.

          • CT-12

            It’s all good dude, I completely understand. I might make a fake account for the group, I just don’t like having my personal shit out like that as well. What is your name (you can just share first) so I can find you on there?

        • VVorld Peace

          Be the change you want to see in the world (blog).

          • IronLawnmower

            I will overflow this toilet with Brazilian bestial blackened barrages.

          • VVorld Peace

            This is okay.

          • IronLawnmower

            I already tried for a column a month or two ago and joe never got back to me so I assume it was shit. I’ll make another draft. This time with more crucifixion vomit.

          • My life is a mess. I will get back to you shortly

          • Howard Dean

            There is a cohort here quite receptive to the Brazilian thrash/black/death scene. You won’t need to twist any arms to find fans. I could listen to Sarcofago, Vulano, and Mystifier all goddamn day.

        • CT-12

          Fuck man, I’ve been working on trying to deliver some thrash articles, but always get caught up in writing something. Mark my words, I WILL help contribute to Simon Phoenix’s trash column, sorry I haven’t already!

    • VVorld Peace

      If I had submitted something, I think I would have had to go for Sabbat or Death Angel.

      • Howard Dean

        Byah! Both great bands. Death Angel is definitely underrated. Not many people talk about them.

        • Stan Laurel

          Death Angel are one of the best live bands on the circuit. I’ve seen them a bunch of times at Slim’s (and other places too) and they never fail to deliver. Kill As One!

          • VVorld Peace

            What blows my mind about them is how young they were when they started.

          • Stan Laurel

            I think the drummer was 15 when The Ultra-Violence was recorded! I’m listening to it now, and other than having to turn the volume up (pre-loudness wars) it sounds as fresh as ever. The main riff from Voracious Souls could be a contender for this list.

          • VVorld Peace

            Yup. Voracious Souls is my jam.

          • VVorld Peace

            By the way, are you new here? If so, welcome!

          • Stan Laurel

            Old but new. 🙂 Why thank you!

      • Simon PhoenixKing

        Which one, British or Japanese? Both are great bands but I skew a litter more towards the latter.

        • VVorld Peace

          The British one with Andy Sneap.

        • Howard Dean

          Japanese Sabbat is choice. You ever listen to Barbatos? Raw thrashing fun with hilarious Engrish lyrics. An excerpt:

          Dick is fucking big
          Pussy is fucking tight
          Anal fuck is waiting
          Big dick’s might

          Dick is fucking big
          Fuck off shaving pussy

          Put it in bitch mouth
          It will makes you to ill
          Sexual metal holocaust will
          Crush poser gay!

          • Mr.CustodialArts

            HAHAHAHA YES! I saw those guys YEARS ago, the bass player/singer dude was wearing a fuckin’ studded Sumo diaper.

          • Simon PhoenixKing

            Ha ha. You gotta love Japanese metal bands combination of total dedication to the spirit of metal and their completely broken Engrish.

            My personal favorite is this little gem from Abigail though:

            Bitch! Your my angel
            You have listen Venom and Bathory
            Burning your heart for metal
            Crush! Kill! Destroy!

            Witching metal come here
            Give me the power of thunder
            I love to see your ass
            Pussy kiss of hell

            I drink the your blood
            I masturbate on your face
            Street metal bitch, my master
            Die in blood and pain tonight

          • Howard Dean

            PUSSY KISS OV HELL!!! Hahahahaha.

          • Simon PhoenixKing

            Come to think of it, I should’ve submitted a riff from Fastkill instead.

            https://youtu.be/GAM7A4ypKvE

        • Gvrp

          I listened to the Japanese one a couple times. I was put off by their lack of bottom end.

      • Stan Laurel

        Both excellent choices. Sabbat and Onslaught are the only British bands that could hang with with the Bay Area scene. Sneap wrote some tasty riffs though and Walkyier’s vocals, along with Sean Killian’s, are some of the most unique in the genre.

    • —>

  • i’m sure most of you have seen Toxic Holocaust play that song live. it gets a crowd going like no other…

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Masterlord, having lost his steed, throne and glory, is now awaiting execution by decapitation. His crime: misspelling my name.
    I’m beginning to think this is a conspiracy

    • oh no, you ain’t getting any sympathy votes pal

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Ain’t looking for any. I’m looking for compensation.

  • Paris Hilton

    SCREW TESTAMENT AND CHUCK BILLY’S TEAM OF WASHED UP HACKS!!

    COME TO THE LOCAL DIVE BAR, ORDER SOME POTATOE WEDGES AND BUY YOUR SHARE OF “NATIVE BLOOD”! ALL YOURS FOR THE CHEAP PRICE OF $19.99!! BUT WAIT!!!! THERE’S MORE!!!!

    BUY NOW AND CHUCK WILL DOUBLE THE OFFER!!! CHUCK WILL GIVE YOU A FREE LANDING STRIP RIDE! AN OVER $2500 TOTAL! BUT ONLY IF YOU ORDER IN THE NEXT 10 MINUTES IT CAN BE ALL YOURS $19.99!!!

    *flushes Chuck Billy and his Sasha Grey pubes lookin facial hair down THE TOILET OV HELL*

    BLACKENED! IS THE! END!

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

    I’m not familiar with thrash at all so take all of this with a bucket of salt. Or cocaine, your choice really.

    AURA NOIR: Pretty good, nothing very special though.
    TESTAMENT: Wah, this is heavy as fuck. Great fucking riff.
    DARK ANGEL: Uhhm sir, this is a guitar solo, not a riff. The solo is pretty cool though, but it doesn’t apply.
    MEGADETH: Well this is quite good yes. Not what I would call spectacular though.
    TOXIC HOLOCAUST: Sounds like a regular thrash riff to me.
    CORONER: This is a weird riff. Quite good though.
    KREATOR: I’m a poser or this is another regular thrash riff. Meh
    SLAYER: This however, is not. Great fucking riff. BYAH!
    MORBID SAINT: That opening riff is quite fucking great. I like thrash.
    DEMOLITION HAMMER: It works well in the context of the song, but the riff itself is not that special.
    ASPID: This would be better if the guitars didn’t sound like shit. Meh
    REVOCATION: I don’t revocation because David’s vocals are somewhat fucking terrible, but this is a good fucking riff.
    METAL CHURCH:
    VEKTOR: Another great riff. BYAH’S ALL AROUND.
    XENTRIX: It’s alright.
    INCUBUS: This riff sucks. *FLUSH*

    Testament wins. Congrats Ellipsis, your riff is the best. According to me of course.

    • Gvrp

      not familiar with thrash at all
      FIX THAT

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      Owning a bucket full of cocaine >>>>>>

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

        I regret not voting for Dark Angel. I love that band very much but Metal Church was just heavier and I loved their album The Dark so they got my vote.

    • …Ellipsis…

      Your opinion is all that matters to me, o’ mighty wise goat.

  • TomWarriorsBeanie

    I was torn between Morbid Saint and Certain Death by Sadus. Hardest decision I’ve ever had to make.

    • Howard Dean

      That is a hard decision, my friend/beanie. But you can’t go wrong with either band. Morbid Saint and Sadus are the tits.

      • TomWarriorsBeanie

        Other than that though I see nothing but great picks this week. I had to go with Coroner.

  • my vote goes to an article of clothing this week. i love these contests! i always get to discover new (to me) old bands. yes i’ve never heard of morbid saint before.

    • Mr.CustodialArts

      Dude, me neither! Shit was KILLER! I WIKI everything like a nerd-guess they have a DEATH connection…

      • Howard Dean

        Yeah, they were like the official Death tour mates for years. I actually prefer them to Death.

    • CT-12

      If you’re interested, Relapse re-issued that album like a year or two ago on vinyl, so there might still be some available copies left.

  • KJM

    Gotta show some love to the classics and vote for GL’s pick.

  • MoshOff

    Vektor’s name isn’t because of the math term, it’ because of the biological thingamabob.

    Still voted for them because FORESTS

  • Scrimm

    Demolition Hammer!!

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Demolition Hammer! Byah!! Howard Dean gets this nip’s vote. All of this week’s entries kick ass, especially Morbid Saint.

    • Howard Dean

      Thank you, my favorite perspiring left nipple! Byah!

    • Howard Dean

      Thank you, my favorite perspiring left nipple! Byah!

      • CT-12

        Though I love that song, the rest of the album doesn’t do it for me (I’m more of a “Tortured Existence” man myself). You might dig the album “Destruction Comes” from a band called Vengeance Rising, very similar to D.H. to me (though the rest of their material didn’t really do it for me). The video’s fairly lolbuttz as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAg2t4f9oGo

        • Howard Dean

          Goddamn that video is incredible. Will all of those gyrations and arm movements, that singer is like the Anthony Kiedis of thrash/death metal.

          • Mr.CustodialArts

            I’d dare say akin to Mike Patton doing Anthony Kiedis gyration level.

          • Howard Dean

            Nailed it.

          • Lacertilian

            I was reading earlier this week about the Patton/Kiedis feud from the 90’s over the RHCP canning Mr Bungle gigs on festivals.
            Prior to that I had no idea, now I have another reason to dislike Kiedis.

          • CT-12

            Sidenote, the band was Christian, the singer/guitarist served as a priest for years then turned to theistic Satanism. The more you know!

        • Simon PhoenixKing

          Another great band similar to DH are Overthrow from Canada.
          https://youtu.be/XzuY7W3712E

  • Edward #negrod4eva

    I’m really just stopping in to confirm my victory from last week. Cheers guys.

    • Mr.CustodialArts

      A pyrrhic victory for your Pyrrhon lovin’ ass.

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        That is a fantastic word / phrase. I learned bucolic yesterday too.

        I have always been very partial to a Faustian bargain.

        • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

          *Faustian Echoes

          the only faustian story I need.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I was playing a little bit of Eyehategod [S/T] this morning. I’m about to play that 2014 Giant Squid album on the drive out to work today. I dunno what I will get into on the way home. Maybe this new Child Abuse album “C” hooked me up with, or maybe something far more brutal.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

            Eyehategod is incredible live. That being said, I dont really like them that much. Dat Giant Squid doe.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I have started Minoans a couple times but life happened. I will remedy that today with a 40 minute car ride.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

            Or you could always just listen to the best album of the year: The Old Believer.

          • Howard Dean

            *flush*

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

            You’re worse than Death. Much much worse.

          • Howard Dean

            Thank you. I’m the obscure and oft-neglected fifth horseman of the Apocalypse.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

            Prepare yourself for the Deanalypse!

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I added it to a new Spotify playlist. I will listen to it tomorrow evening on my drive back from work for at least 40 minutes.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

            If you aren’t Howard Dean you wont be disappointed, Ed. TAM has my #TrillBacking

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Howard Dean was disappointed by The Old Believer?

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VCHING VDORVTION

            I’m not sure if he was just joking but he most decidedly flushed it. Unless he was just flushing me. TBH, I’m not sure.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I’m gonna play 40 minutes of it tonight. We will revisit Atlas Moth!

          • VVorld Peace

            Giant Squid are legit people.

          • NefariousDude

            I was in love with the ichthyologist or how ever its spelt back in the day

          • VVorld Peace

            Solid album, ND.

          • NefariousDude

            Downloaded blood of kingu yesterday and a bunch of other stuff. I am very excited. I didn’t know big krit released another album this year. If I had known it probably would have made its way into my top ten

          • son of a fuck… i avoided the band because i thought Blood of Kingu was doom all this time. I LOVE IT.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

            Why avoid something because you think its Doom?

            Doom >>>>>>>>>>>>

          • KJM

            DOOOOOOOM

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN
          • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

            10/5 Bong Hitz

          • KJM

            would smoke again

          • VVorld Peace

            You scrub. I wrote a review of it months ago.

          • Honestly, I probably loved it back then; but think of how much new music you stalwarts introduce us to! Ok it’s coming back to me, I did love it then. Guess I just didn’t get the album at the time…

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I’m not up on too much Big Krit to be honest but Blood of Kingu >>>>>

          • J.R.

            Kamelot’s “III Ways to Epica” and “The Black Halo” tell my favorite Faust story. So super good.
            But now I am reminded to give Agalloch’s another spin. m/

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VCHING VDORVTION

            While I really love Kamelot. The loss of Roy Khan due to *ahem* religion means they’ll never make such a wonderful album again.

          • J.R.

            I HAD JUST GOTTEN OVER THAT WHY MUST YOU REMIND

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VCHING VDORVTION

            Sry, brosef. I’m still butthurt, too.

        • VVorld Peace

          Bucolic is a great word. Lately, ossify has been my favorite word.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            os·si·fy
            ˈäsəˌfī/
            verb
            verb: ossify; 3rd person present: ossifies; past tense: ossified; past participle: ossified; gerund or present participle: ossifying
            1. turn into bone or bony tissue.
            “these tracheal cartilages may ossify”

            W you already know but denouement is one of my favorites lately. I learned it from a description of a True Detective episode and then you went ahead and used it in a review.

            magnum opus >>>>>>

          • VVorld Peace

            I’m currently tutoring a kid for the SAT, so I get to brush up on all the vocabulary I’ve forgotten while pursuing a STEM degree.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            … a STEM degree?

          • VVorld Peace

            Science/technology/engineering/math

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I have long thought, for you and a couple others that write for this rag, that if your professional careers don’t work out you could just be real metal bloggers. Lol.

          • VVorld Peace

            No way, man. That would be selling out.

          • Mr.CustodialArts

            Yeah, man, you know…STEM.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbHp-euz_N8

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            There is a blast from the past!

            DJ Shadow >>>>>>>>

          • Guacamole Jim

            This is dope.

          • NefariousDude

            What’s that?

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            W explained it here, science/technology/engineering/mathematics

          • NefariousDude

            So Basically a mad scientist degree?

          • VVorld Peace

            Basically.

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            Magnanimous.

          • VVorld Peace

            Rapscallion.

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            Callipygous

          • VVorld Peace

            Had to look that one up. Good word.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN
          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            Bescumber

          • KJM

            Utter codswallop.

          • Mr.CustodialArts

            Saw what ya did there, buddy…VOCAB BY LES.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIq_0_v0CBA

          • WE, WE ARE THE BITTER BUCOLIC!

          • Lacertilian

            I’m working on bringing my cuils back.

          • VVorld Peace

            I thought your wife put the kaibosh on the cuils?

          • Lacertilian

            I performed an incantation which rendered everything I say to her as an antiquated dialect, for which she has no Rosetta stone.

        • Max

          I like it when people use “reclining” for lounging around.

          • VVorld Peace

            I’m a fan of pronouncing leisure “lezher.”

          • Max

            I like saying it as “leesure”.

            And leisurecore is one of my favourite developing genres. I can recline for hours and listen to that stuff, no matter which band. The Rakes, Casual Attitude, TV Remote, Hail of Skullets; they’re all good.

  • MoshOff

    Can I just please urge everyone to listen to the Aspid album in the hope that the stars will align, pigs will fly and someday they release new material? Stay Russian Tech-Thrash!

  • MoshOff

    Can I just please urge everyone to listen to the Aspid album in the hope that the stars will align, pigs will fly and someday they release new material? Stay Russian Tech-Thrash!

    • Simon PhoenixKing

      Aspid were highly underrated. They re-released the album a couple of years ago with English song titles and a much faster tempo. I think I prefer the original though.

  • Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo

    Hard choice between aura noir and that megadeth riff but the masterlord takes it

  • Gvrp

    Ugh, why did everyone have to pick good shit?

  • FeelTheDarkness

    Demolition Hammer!!!! Holy shit!!!!
    I seen those guys on a regular basis back in the day. They were fucking awesome!!!!

    • more beer

      I was good friends with them!!! They ruled I remember the Tortured Existence record release at this club called Streets. Which had a lot of big names play there. They packed that place as full as Danzig or Kreator did. Not to shabby for a local band.

      • FeelTheDarkness

        They used to play all the littlest shit holes but they were great shows.

        • more beer

          Yea but they always played those little shit holes like they were an arena!

  • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

    I hate to say it but I’m gonna give this RoTW to Megadeth. You’re welcome McNulty

  • Stan Laurel

    All good picks but for me there’s not a better riff in the entire thrashosphere than this. Starts at 0:26.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxCTVssoddo&spfreload=10

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      Awesome. A classic album. The cover art is terrible, but the tunes are essential thrash listening.

      • Stan Laurel

        Yep. You could just throw a dart and it would land on a majestic thrash riff. Everybody, drop what you’re doing and go and listen to “A Lesson in Violence” right now.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

          I love that song. It makes the Toxic Waltz look like nothing.

    • JamesGrimm

      bonded by butt

      • KJM

        bonded by lolbuttz

    • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

      Fucking cover makes this band so scrubbish.

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        I don’t want no scrub…

    • FeelTheDarkness

      This album was the blueprint that is all things thrash

    • CT-12

      Man, I love Exodus, “Pleasures of the Flesh” is assuredly one of the most underrated thrash albums of all time.

      • Howard Dean

        “I’m faster than you’ll ever beeeeeeeee!”

        [Riff, riff, solo, face melt]

  • I’ll never vote against Kreator. Unless there’s Morbid Saint. Tom Warrior’s Beanie takes it!

  • Swedish Chef

    Erm ern eh bert oov er querndry in’a regoords ers to wherch rerff er shourd a perck tooder. Eh mert joost herf tuh gooer werth ether Nerdling Rerts er Mr. Hewerd Dern’s rerfs becerz those bernds berth kerck erss!

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

      I love you. You are my favorite Muppet commenter.

    • KJM

      BORK BORK BORK!!

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple
  • Stan Laurel

    Has to be Coroner, but I would have picked the opening riff to Reborn Through Hate.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMGF_nvZhJ0&spfreload=10

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      No More Color>>>>>>>>> tho

      • Stan Laurel

        Agreed. Although Punishment for Decadence >>>>> NMC.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          NMC is prob my favorite Coroner hands down.

  • VVorld Peace

    At some point we need to do a best grind riff.

    • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

      Tyree wins. No point

    • IronLawnmower

      Which one? The one that goes Dun dun dun or the one that goes RAGGAHAGDHJB SBHD JKANHJK FJSHK FUKFUCK DEJ FJAK DA< CHUGGA SPLISH?

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        ^That one. The second one.

      • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

        SKRONK

    • Howard Dean

      Though I’m not a huge grind fan, I already have a good one in my head for that week.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Ellipsis wins this week! That slowdown was killer as fuck. It’s hard to pick a second place though… Nordling Rites, Howard Dean, and Brock Sampson all brought some rocking shit to the table.

  • Guacamole Jim

    I’m amazed Joe didn’t post anything! The title is literally his name!!

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      He was probably too busy recovering from his well documented illness and playing that new new A Pregnant Light LP.

      • Guacamole Jim

        Oh yeah…

        Papa Joe Thrashnkill >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
        Strep throat <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          I agree with your assessment here.

          ‘Glock’ Jim >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

          BLAOW BLAOW

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

            BLAT BLAT BLAT

    • VVorld Peace

      So many great choices, but I went with Coroner.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Why, it’s good to know they are not forgotten.

    • CT-12
    • Haha, we had so many great submissions I didn’t wanna water it down.

    • Johnny Thrashn’Crunch

      Tis why I changed my name this week

  • Jormungandr

    This is hard! Can I pick all the riffs?

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

      You can pick my riff. It’s so good.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

    Why no love for Xentrix? They wrote good thrash even if they were forgotten like Toxik.

    • Guacamole Jim

      There can be only one, and Xentrix just didn’t have the magic this time round.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

        Yes it does. Would it have been better if it was their cover of Ghostbusters?

    • i’ve been playing the underdog card for too long. whereas it is fun to find obscure stuff, it don’t win

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

        Xentrix wrote a classic album which I picked the title track from.

    • CT-12

      Personally, Xentrix doesn’t do it that well for me. They seemed like a band that was trying to be very anthemic and become the UK Metallica. In that conquest, I think they lost some of the piss and aggression that I prefer in my thrash. Still a good pick though, but you’re going up against some pretty stiff fucking competition.

    • Simon PhoenixKing

      Xentrix and Toxik were okay. Though i think the latter band tried a little too hard to be like Anhilatior but didn’t have the vocal chops or enough songwriting skill to match.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

        I love Annihilator and Toxik rules as well. I should have put an Annihilator song.

  • Simon PhoenixKing

    I am proud of all of you today, as all of these are top notch thrash riffs. If I hadn’t self burned my tear ducts, I might very well had cried.

    As much as I wanted to vote for Final Command though, as that’s my favorite song off Show no Mercy, the vote is going to Mr. Dean. You can’t fuck with Demolition Hammer. BYAH!!!

    • Howard Dean

      Thanks, Simon! I will perform 5 murderdeathkills tonight in your honor!

  • IronLawnmower

    Thrash is both cool and good. this song has a really cool riff that goes DA NA DA NA NA NA DA http://youtu.be/A9qGVe082lI

    • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

      I believe that is Weird Al on the cover.

  • old_man_doom

    That Metal Church album cover has to be one the greatest covers in history. That ancient, moldy explorer is just begging to be wielded once again and to slay posers with extreme prejudice.

  • The Satan Ov Hell

    Oh lordy, gamergate is coming to metal apparently. BATTON DOWN THE HATCHES, FLUSHING MYSELF FOR SAFETY

    • IronLawnmower

      Fuck this I quit.

      • The Satan Ov Hell

        Same here. I’ll be back in a few months when they move on to sports or something.

        • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

          What’s this? i’m confused

          • The Satan Ov Hell

            I don’t even know but it’s not good.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

            fuckin kids and their internets.

          • The Satan Ov Hell

            All I know is there’s going to be people fighting in 140 characters or less, and I don’t want the headache

          • KJM

            I keep myself blissfully ignorant of all this crap.

    • VVorld Peace

      Let’s keep that away from here. We don’t want any mouthbreathers muddying the waters.

      • The Satan Ov Hell

        I love me a ridiculous internet fight, but the toilet is a holy sanctuary, for the great calling must be a time of serenity.

        • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

          can we still fake fight?

          • The Satan Ov Hell

            sure. I’ll start “Hahahaa, gojira is bad, who writes songs about whales!”

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

            varg had some legitimate points.

          • VVorld Peace
          • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

            check out that sexy native american princess.

          • Johnny Thrashn’Crunch

            I’d poke her cuntas

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

            Nice.

        • KJM

          This must remain a bullshit free zone.

    • Johnny Thrashn’Crunch

      I don’t know what that is

  • MoshOff

    @disqus_SuTZzQbXC5:disqus I just remembered my 6:45 AM alarm during my entire freshman year of college was LATERAL BLAST INCINERATION, CANDENT VISCOUS FLOW.
    Fuck coffee, I had Demo Hammer!!

    • Howard Dean

      My fuck that would be a sweet/terrifying alarm! I used Belphegor’s “Belphegor – Hell’s Ambassador” for awhile, but some mornings it would scare the ever loving shit out of me “the alarm started right when Helmut growled that super deep chorus line “BEL-PHE-GOOOOOOOR”

  • tertius_decimus

    Kudos to MoshOff for mentioning Aspid. Kick ass stuff.

  • CT-12

    OH MY FUCKING GOD, how in the fuck did I not know about this week’s ROTW being a thrash only edition??!!!!! I’mma fucking cry, fuck dis shit. Anyhow, I’m just gonna leave this here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rNKyF6p78c

    • Howard Dean

      Oh shit! Merciless Death! Fuck yeah!

      • CT-12

        Glad you dig em man, “Evil in the Night” is fucking textbook, grade A thrash

        • Howard Dean

          That’s the only of theirs that I own, but I really like it. Slaughter Lord! I bought it cold in a record store one time simply because of its album cover. I love when you find good shit that way.

          • CT-12

            Yeah dude, “Realm of Terror” definitely has some good tracks too, though the drum production on the album sounds way too polished for thrash, you probably wouldn’t dig

  • Call the Slambulance

    MOTHERFUCKING DEMO HAMMER. BYAHHH!!!

  • CT-12

    Well, it was between Incubus and Aura Noir, but I had to go with Simon when everything was listened to and done. Great picks guys, making me so proud *singular tear runs down cheek*

  • Spear

    *flushes Mustaine*
    *votes for him anyway*

    • Howard Dean

      I think a large portion of metal fans feel the same way. The guy is a dick, and pretty much always has been, but early Megadeth is timeless thrash excellence.

  • JWG

    I’m going with CSB’s “Nuke the Cross”. Because I actually contemplated entering for once, and that song was very nearly my submission. Just so I have some other contribution, though, have some 80’s Canadian Thrash/Speed Metal (that wasn’t Anvil):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBWBwoM67Gs

    Partial credit to Angry Metal Guy for reminding me of Razor.

    Bonus: Full album (shame about the awful album art though): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsz9NI5gwFc

  • Stan Laurel

    I could play this game all day long.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZOYlOQEEhQ

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

      suzanne summers is a puppet of agenda 21.

    • Howard Dean

      The voices in your head are lying to you. Smoke peyote and talk to the Great Spirit. He will show you the way.

      P.S. Say hello to Elvis for me!

  • Lacertilian

    @masterlordsteeldragon:disqus – Fuck yeah! That rips.
    Ellipsis – While I love the riff, I’m not thrashing out, I’m stomping.
    @James_Jimmy_McNulty:disqus – Of course fucking of course
    http://youtu.be/mGIne_622Oo?t=7s

    @nordlingritesovkarhu:disqus – Great choice, contender for sure.
    @captainsatanovhell:disqus – I was going to pick from MetalStorm/Face The Slayer. Good work!
    @disqus_SuTZzQbXC5:disqus – This is awesome. Definite contender.
    Brock – I was adamant that someone would pick the intro to the next track. So thrashy.
    @lmd666:disqus – I agree, new album soon please.

    • Lacertilian

      This is what I was referring to Mr Samson –
      Revocation – The Tragedy Of Modern Ages
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVT-8ONyKtY

      The solos at the end shred too.

      • Grimmace

        As much as I loved thrash back in the day….I personally don’t think any of the old stuff holds a candle to what Revocation is doing these days. LOVE TRAGEDY…..

  • The Battle Born NDN

    Of course I’d be totally oblivious to this week’s RoTW theme. Thrash is my shit.

    But this list contains some of the most obscure Thrash ever!!!
    Testament, Slayer, Megadeth!!! WHOOO!!!

    Jk <3 you guys

  • Old Man Hetfield

    I’m assuming Tellica wasn’t allowed cause we’d obviously
    win hands down. But just in case some lame poser thinks this list is the
    definitive Thrash list, I thought I’d just post this here. (Tallica bring the
    heavy @4:38)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM8bTdBs-cw

    • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

      banhammer.jpg

  • BLVKKBEVRD’S FETVL PVSITIVN

    Here’s a dope idea for ROTW: User submitted riffs.

    Only riffs made by us, the community. This is a bit more involved but I think it sounds awesome.

    • Scrimm

      I could get down with that.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    paris hilton vid–100% vol
    2nd vid–100%vol
    3rd vid—50%vol

    http://youtu.be/ovsP5CoAwcY

    http://youtu.be/ln2i5Isn3vQ

    http://youtu.be/5VNYt63u0fg

  • TheCheezFace

    C’mon McNulty, we got this.

  • How the fuck did Xentrix go so far under the radar?!? This shit is AWESOME!!! BTW, voted for ya, Jim.