Riff ov the Week: Tremolo-a-go-go

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I took no pleasure in moving the non-tremolo-picked riff submissions into the trash folder this week. And by “no pleasure” I mean the exact opposite of that. Being “pleasure”. And by “pleasure” I mean the sexual kind.

What does that mean? Only that when people tell me to get help it’s probably good advice. Even so, you can trust that I did it in order to preserve the integrity of this week’s theme, and that the personal gratification came merely as a bonus.

Last week, in a classic underdog story, Jack “The Little Engine That Could” Bauer defied all expectations by selecting a great riff which rendered him victorious with 25(!) votes. Congratulations on one of the most assertive victories in Riff ov the Week history. Go to your refrigerator and choose your favorite item inside as your prize.

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Next week:

  • W. has decreed next week’s theme: the most sensual riff. He elaborated only with “let the music do the seducing” and offered no further explanation.
  • Send your most sensual riff to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com. Include your Disqus handle, a link, the time of the riff, and an explanation.
  • If you have an idea for ROTW theme, make it known (to the man who suggested supergroup riffs – you are not forgotten and it will soon be so).

 

Masterlord

My dedication to avoiding obvious or overly-“classic” picks for this contest would have been strenuously tested this week were it not for Aurvandil‘s Yearning. The new challenge became picking just one riff from the album. “End of An Age” won out. The drums drop out at 2:34 to give the new riff the space it deserves, then join back in after one run-through. The wistful melancholy of the riff’s consummating ascent up the fretboard gives me goosebumps every time. Brrrrrr, dude.

 

Howard Dean

The tremolo is the foundation for a lot of extreme metal. OSDM used it liberally, and the Scandinavians forged an entire black metal scene around such riffs. Modern Deathspell Omega definitely isn’t the first band that comes to mind when one thinks of tremolo, so would you be surprised to learn that maybe the best tremolo riff ever written comes from Paracletus? Never has a riff sounded like so much dread and anguish. Roi Celeste! Consolateur! Esprit due verite! Start at 2:19.

 

Stanley

Hey, desk jockeys. If you want a few weeks off work on the sick, pick up yourselves a copy of Mgła’s With Hearts Towards None and tremolo pick along for the entire album. You’ll be on your way to the doctor’s office in no time and you’ll depart with a wrist brace and a freshly signed sick note for carpel tunnel syndrome. Voila! The opening riff to “With Hearts Towards None III” is a twin guitar tremolo picking romance and should not be missed but my ROTW submission starts at 1:49 when the romance fades and you’re left with one of the most melancholy tremolo riffs ever written.

 

Vegglampe

This riff is good. 3:32.

 

Sir Tapir

At 0:10. This doesn’t last too long, but it’s great.

 

Mother Shabubu III

The way this song builds tension up to this point is the like dark clouds gathering, then getting thicker and churning. Then almost out of no where, a leviathan of doom soaks the land in a deluge of despair. This might be one of the angriest/bleakest/darkest/heaviest riffs from any band that has ever utilized black metal tremolo picking. I call this the “holy living fuck” riff, since that was my reaction the first time I heard it. This riff is like a music embodiment of what the inside of a tornado sounds like. Riff starts at 4:30.

 

Richter

Explanation: 3:51... That is all.

 

Dagon

The opening riff of “Fogwarning” is embedded deep into my brain. If you’re not up on your Mutilation Rites you are seriously missing out.

 

Brock Samson

I love when tech death can hold back and perform a simple tremolo riff. Starts at 1:52.

 

Lacertilian

Apparently all other versions of this riff were removed from YouTube after the ‘Too Beastly’ clause was invoked. Anyway, I found some guy’s video had part of the beastly riff in question. Starts @ 3:15.

 

Coolstorybro

There were, in such voyages through the tremolo riff, incalculable local dangers; as well as that shocking final peril which gibbers unmentionably outside the ordered universe, where no dreams reach; that last amorphous musical blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbles at the centre of all infinity – the boundless daemon sultan Sunn 0))), whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who drones hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin, monotonous whine of accursed bass amps; to which detestable pounding and droning dance slowly, awkwardly, and absurdly the gigantic Ultimate gods, the blind, voiceless, tenebrous, mindless Other gods whose soul and messenger is the crawling chaos Nyarlathotep. TL;DR the trebly tremolo riff throughout the song is pretty cool. Check it out.

 

Coal Roll

You know this riff… Everyone knows this riff… EVEN George Lynch (now) knows this riff… Stab here.

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 14-12-2014 20:22:33
end_date 10-05-2015 09:00:00
Poll Results:
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  • Maik Beninton
    • Lacertilian

      Think I’ll leave it to the experts this week, sensual isn’t really a term I think of when listening to riffs.

      • Maik Beninton

        Me neither.

    • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

      I have a good one if it’s not already taken.

  • I forgot to submit. The Red Chord, Gunface – tremoloing the fuck out of that opening riff.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WppG4IQy2g&spfreload=10

    • Lacertilian

      Gunface is top notch in every aspect of guitar that I give a fuck about.

    • hhhhhhnnnnnngg

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Mutilation Rites are underrated, in that no one really ever brings them up. Woe are tight, too.

    • INCREDIBEARD

      All kinds of this.

      In fact, I’d say everyone made good choices this week.

    • Dagon

      I liked it so much I actually bought Empyrean. It’s a killer album.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        About two years ago I checked out Woe and Mutilation Rites at the same time, I’m pretty sure they are both from NY (I could be wrong, I’m not gonna fact check that lol) so I always have them grouped together in my mind.

        • Dagon

          MR is definitely from NYC. I talked to Masterlord briefly about them.

          The band caught some flack because ONE of their members “looks like a hipster”. And they have killer killer riffs in every song, plus they’re crusty around the edges which always hits the spot for me, musically.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Lots of New York bands get unfairly labeled as “hipster” bands since they are from New York. A couple years back I remember when Krallice was placed into Deafheaven / Liturgy camp mostly from geographic association.

          • Dagon

            People r st00pid.

            I’d be down to see someone more knowledgeable than me crack a post for Colin Marston shit like I did for Kurt Ballou.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I’d like to see a lot of better writers than me crack a lot of topics, lol

          • Dagon

            I feel like my writing has improved a bit but there’s still a very long way to go. It actually sort of almost helped with my thesis, believe it or not.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I do believe it. I personally feel on the verge of a Muhammad Ali like comeback.

          • Dagon

            I’m hyped for that. We’ll kill the promotion game like last time.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Yeah. That was weird, lol

            Kind of inspiring, too.

          • Dagon

            Harsh Noise is the next big thing, I’m telling ya!

            Fun fact: I was playing some noise the other day and my father walked into the room to have me look up at new ovens for mother’s day. It took him 15 minutes to notice there was sound coming out of the computer. He then said “wtf are you listening to?” with a very confused expression.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I feel like that’s what Bruni and Fernow are trying to do with his new album Frozen Niagara Falls, you know, make it a thing. Dude shot a promo flic with no shirt and leather pants in a blizzard, lol

          • Dagon

            When does FNF drop?

            This is what I had on. I was exploring that noise sub

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxP-M54JHVU

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I feel like Prurient was a part of Wolf Eyes or related to them in some way at some point, just off my head. Uh, FNF drops soon. They are doing the big promotional thing and it was streaming in full this week. I got the promo for it, didn’t finish it, I should email Joe I have been meaning to, lol

          • Dagon

            Which reminds me I got 2 promos to dissect. I went to the gym at 9 PM last nigh, got home and did the ultimate write down thesis-wise. I wrote almost all of what was left from 11 PM to 6 AM.

    • Dean the P.I. Staker

      I’ve never seen/heard the appeal in them.I bought one of their albums once (can’t remember which one, It’s have to look it up–it was from a few years ago), and found it pretty unremarkable. I think they got big because they were seen as the Brooklyn Vegan/hipster band that was more “legitimate” than the Liturgy/Krallice/Deaf heaven crew.

      Woe is pretty solid, though.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        See, I actually made the comment below (below? I don’t know where it is now haha) that Krallice always got lumped in with those bands. I never really saw the similarity between Krallice versus Heafdeaven and Liturgy.

        • The W.

          Krallice sounds nothing like the other two.

          • The Beargod

            Tbh, Deafhaven and Liturgy aren’t the best comparison to each other either.

        • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

          It’s funny cause like Dubs said, the three bands sound nothing alike. And while I’m not on the “Raaaagh I hate hipster black metal fuck Deafhaven/Liturgy” bandwagon, I would rate Krallice far higher than those two.

          At any rate, Yellow Eyes is easily the best BKBM band going right now.

          • The Beargod

            What’s BKBM, love?

          • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

            Brooklyn black metal. Came up with it meself cause I was too lazy to think of something else.

          • Hubert

            When in doubt, make up your own sub-genre.

        • Dean the P.I. Staker

          Disclaimer: I actually like Krallice’s s/t debut, especially the song “Cnestorial.”

          To be fair, Krallice got lumped in with that crowd for two reasons: guitarist Mick Barr is a hipster favorite, stemming from his work with program/shred darlings Dysrhythmia; and every NYC based music/culture news source was all over their nuts, saying they were the new, exciting edge to black metal (i.e. they were Liturgy before Liturgy). But really, they are much better than Liturgy or Deafheaven.

          Also: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the most unfairly bashed black metal band ever is Wolves in the Throne Room. They took shit purely for their aesthetics, because they made fairly straightforward atmospheric black , and made it very well.

          • Cheers on the Wolves point. I feel like bands like Deafheaven took a certain essence from Wolves and then drove it into the blackgaze red.

            The lesson: don’t listen to the stupid shit that comes out of musicians’ mouths, just listen to the jams.

  • Voting for Vegglampe. “Golden Number” is probably one of my top five songs that I’ve listened to this year.

    • CT-12

      Same here, and it’s funny because that album was an incredible disappoint to me, but that song made me feel I wasted less money. Easily one of, if not my favorite song of 2015 so far.

      • The album disappointed me too, mostly because “Golden Number” was such an amazing track and the following tracks didn’t really introduce many memorable riffs. I’ve listened to this track (according to iTunes) 27 times. I love that shit.
        EDIT: Fucking hell with my grammatical errors today.

  • When I hear the phrase sensual riff I immediately think of beyond creation

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Funny, I immediately think of Jack Bauer.

    • Dagon

      That bass is rather sensual.

  • Sir Tapir the Based™

    This little tapir voted for Coolstorybro.

    • Lacertilian

      Little you say?
      We need festively plump Tapirkin for this BBQ..

      • Sir Tapir the Based™

        Eating me would be the biggest mistake of your life.

        • Lacertilian

          I’ll continue to make mistakes though, whilst you will remain eaten

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            I am too based to be eaten. If you would eat me, I would crawl out of your asshole.

          • Lacertilian

            Crawling out of my arsehole would be the biggest mistake of your life.

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            But my summer cottage is there.

          • Lacertilian

            Call my perineum whatever you like but as long as you keep pushing it with your prehensile snout I’ll be ok.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I threw a vote at the homey Fish God.

      • Sir Tapir the Based™

        It was guud as well.

    • The W.

      That intro was fiyah.

  • Lacertilian

    Drunken reptile rambling time..
    @masterlordsteeldragon:disqus: Damn! That tone is amazing.
    @disqus_SuTZzQbXC5:disqus: Captivating track.
    @disqus_tkPTWDpIxX:disqus: Your description is spot on.
    Veggelamp: Contender for the last few weeks running.
    @BasedTapir:disqus: Yes! A lower register trem.
    @mothershabubuiii:disqus: (un)Holy Living Fuck!
    Richter: Fuck being pregnant.
    Fishbro: You’ll be getting votes this week.
    Brock: Video not available, not sure if it’s a stupid geo-block thing?
    CoolStoryBro: I didn’t expect to see this band this week.
    CoalRoll: Yep! Psycroptic did a nice cover of this track back in 2008.

    Tough to choose for me this week, I had an inkling it would be BM dominant so I kinda want to pick a DM riff.

    • i’m drunken too!!
      you’da won bby, if it weren’t for that crafty @disqus_SuTZzQbXC5:disqus!
      (ps @BasedTapir:disqus gets a reach-around for his pick)

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        The fun part about this is I know you’re not from the future, Jimmy.

        • lolzordz! hi ed

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Waddup!

            I’m going with my girlfriend and her family to a music festival today. A lot of stuff ToHers would probably clown upon (55DP) but I’m excited to see Slipknot live (I never have) and Anthrax.

            Do you want to go with me to this, Edward?

            Of course honey, sounds fun.

          • oh man, i still have a sweet spot for [some] Slipknot and Anthrax brings it live. have fun mang! cant’ wait to meet IRL later this year…

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            August? I’ll be working then, but full time days so I’ll be off at 4:00 pm each day, weekends off.

          • The Beargod

            Saw Anthrax live last year. Easily best “preserved” of the B4.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Sweet. I’ll make it a point to make sure we see them.

      • Lacertilian

        I’ll take any votes I can get after being thoroughly ignored for my Sewercide pick last week, although I can only blame myself for not including a time stamp.
        Not sure if you read the mini-reviews this week but I think you will like these filthy Aussies..
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2_QniQf5jQ

    • JWG

      That was my plan.

      I was a bit divided on seeing multiple worthy riffs even so, so I just went with my gut. My gut says go with Origin, whenever possible.

    • You just jealous lizzzards can’t git pregnant, fool.

  • Stanley

    Some nice riffs but not enough black metal. Black Fucking Metal!!!

  • Some great riffs up there, but Stanley’s Mgła takes it!

    • Stanley

      Looks like I traded ya.

  • INCREDIBEARD

    Now these are some fucking riffs, genteel men. Votes for Celeste, Mutilation Rites, Aurvandil, or Ghost Bath would seem obligatory for me. So I’ll do just that. My vote goes to Masterturd.

    • Lacertilian

      That Celeste was spot on.
      Shabs brings the goods.

      • Dagon

        Plus their song titles are extremely fucking bleak. I once spent a couple hours just googe translating that shit. I am now on therapy.

  • Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo

    That Mgla riff gave me depression . +1

    • Stanley
      • Dagon

        Amy Adams >>>>>

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          In a general sense, absolutely, and in American Hustle, especially.

          • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

            Funny thing is, my favorite role of hers is a tie between The Fighter and Talledega Nights.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I never saw Talledega Nights. The Fighter is a great flick tho, and agreed she was solid in that. She was bomb in The Master, too.

  • The Beargod

    Some decent riffage here. Lately this “column” has been on fire.

    • Lacertilian

      You feelin’ better dude?

      • The Beargod

        Yeah. Having a massive hangover but other than that I’m pretty fine.

        • Lacertilian

          Good.
          Don’t mention hangovers yet dude, it’s 1:40am and I’m not looking forward to Sunday morning.

          • The Beargod

            You know the night was long when you’re still hung over and it’s 19:00.

          • Lacertilian

            Cyanide molars are handy for that I’ve heard.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            The night is dark and full of terrors.

          • The Beargod

            I’d rather take two nights than a day.

            (And fuck GRRM, in his gaping huge arse)

        • The W.

          We <3 you, bear man.

  • Scrimm

    Immolation>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    but, Close to a World Below<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    • Sir Tapir the Based™

      Imo it’s their best.

      • Scrimm

        I know a lot of people really like it but it’s one of the only albums of theirs I couldn’t get into.

      • CT-12

        Dude, I turn so ignorant when I hear the super dissonant riff at 1:16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmidJ6Z0DiA

        • Hubert

          Did somebody say super dissonant riff?

    • Dean the P.I. Staker

      I actually think Close to a World Below is their best album by a significant margin.

      • Zeke

        Here In After is definitely my favorite, but Close to a World Below is probably #2 for me. Failures a For Gods is definitely my least favorite.

        • Scrimm

          I don’t like failures for gods at all. The first two are a toss up for me, after that Probably Shadows in the Light and Majesty and Decay.

          • Zeke

            I missed Majesty and Decay. I liked the song they made a video for, so I should probably check the album out. I’m sure I’ll like it.

          • Scrimm

            There’s some great stuff on there.

        • Zeke

          On that note, difficult choice this week. The Immolation song and Dawn of the Angry are definitely my favorite songs, but I’m not sure if the Immolation riff is my favorite riff, and I feel like Dawn of the Angry won before.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            This Immolation song is fucking great.

      • Scrimm

        I hate to disagree with you, but I must.

        • The Beargod

          I’m with you on this one. I’m not a big Immolation fan and I’ve never really liked CtaWB that much. The song Tapir sent sounded real good tho, maybe I need to revisit this.

      • more beer

        But they have not put out anything that actually sucks. But I`m also pretty biased since they are old friends.

      • CT-12

        THANK YOU!!! That album is fucking riff heaven, hands down my favorite

      • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

        For me it’s a tie between Unholy Cult and Harnessing Ruin. A lot of folks like to jock Failures and Dawn of Possession but I think Immo’s later stuff is better.

    • ima throw this out there: Majesty and Decay / 666

      • Scrimm

        See, we don’t always disagree!

  • Stanley

    Once again, some superb photo-chopping in the header photo. Schubert hiding in the rocks tickles me.

    • That’s precisely why we call him Schubert “Tickler from the Rocks” Stockhausen.

  • Dagon

    Supergroup riffs will be easy. All the Shrinebuilder riffs. All of them.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Blurring.

      • Dagon

        I still need to check that one.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          Do it. I listened to it last night when I was falling asleep on the couch, so I listened to it again this morning. Spoiler: it’s grimy.

          • Dagon

            Damn, I posted one of my favorite RTJ Killer Mike lyrics in response but it caught up in the filter.

            I’ll leave this here instead:

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

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            RTJ3 this summer.

          • Dagon

            OOOOOH shit. Will be fire.

            New A$AP Rocky will drop in June, IIRC. Did you bump that track with Rod Stewart?

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            RTJ2 was great but didn’t have a song as good as “A Christmas Fucking Miracle”.

            that was me and BK on Atlantic / never looked both ways ran in traffic / pops went away but I stayed vagrant / place where the steel and cement became nature

          • Dagon

            There’s this one line from El-P in “Steep Tech” that is always on my mind lately. Peep:

            Just a kid from killer Queens who sell the shit that kill the fiends
            To get ahead like guillotines and never ever spilled the beans

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            “Steep Tech” – I’m not sure I’ve ever heard that song, wat. WAT

          • Dagon

            It’s a Ratking song so you don’t need to feel betrayed.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Haven’t checked them out yet, I know a lot of people have because of that association.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ptIivEW3Is

          • Lacertilian

            Fark!
            So many releases in 15 years, crazy.

          • Lacertilian

            As a whole would you say RTJ>RTJ2 though?
            I only found out about them after 2 so I guess I didn’t have time to sit on the first one but for me RTJ2 feels much more focused.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I actually did an article for this site where I called RTJ2 an improvement over the original, but honestly I’m not sure which one is better. I could say either and be comfortable. I go back and forth, lol

  • Next week: everyone gets laid.

    • Dagon

      I think we’ll see a tour of Tool and Necrophagist supporting their new albums together before that happens.

      • Oli Fucking Sykes, Son.

        Dagon, stop describing my sex life, especially after what (unfortunately) happened last friday.

      • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

        Wrong. Even though it’s been a while I have had sex before.

        • The W.

          I think he was being rhetorical, mate.

          • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

            I wouldn’t have guessed.

          • This week: I regret making an initial comment!

        • Maybe he’s right…depends on how good a pick you pick!

    • Lacertilian

      You’ll have to reach an agreement with Mrs Lizard for that to happen, she has a random cold-sore and refuses to copulate if we can’t kiss, which is fair enough.
      Only hookers do that apparently.

  • tertius_decimus

    My submission didn’t make it through. Nevertheless, the riff @ 0:33 has insane tremolo.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBV1D1bgW4o

    • brolololol, i got the latest Pitbros in the Nursery and it slays m/

      • tertius_decimus

        Glad you like it!

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      You aren’t kidding.

    • I love you deeply and unconditionally but this riff is not tremolo-picked.

      • tertius_decimus

        What if not? Short tremolo sequences of 16th notes.

        • Those are really just very quick triplets, whereas tremolo-picking must be in a continuous run. “Short tremolo sequence” is essentially a contradiction of terms. My very smart and highly-respected consultants agree.

          • tertius_decimus

            Okay. 🙂

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        It sounds very similar to one of the submissions that made it, I was curious about that one…

        • Lacertilian

          Which one ND?

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I think but without checking it was the Immolation submission.

      • JWG

        In all honesty, the written definition of a ‘tremolo riff’ is just confusing enough that I started doubting everything I’ve ever considered a tremolo riff.

        I submitted nothing despite having a Bandcamp folder mostly consisting of blackgaze/post-black metal – any subfolder of which probably would have included many suitable riffs.

    • The live version of this song rules,,

      “On the shoooores… of…. ITHAKAAAAAA”

  • Oli Fucking Sykes, Son.

    Coolstorybro, that riff. <3
    I actually used it in the video I did for my media coursework. It was a dark atmospheric horror thing for a fake TV show that I thought it would fit with. Bearing in mind I also used Nine Inch Nails and Tool, but beggars can't be choosers.

    • Coolstorybro

      Love the song, love the album. But NIN and Tool are awesome too so no judgment.

      • Oli Fucking Sykes, Son.

        Don’t get me wrong, love em both, two of my all time faves, but they do divide a few people on this site.

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

    I hope you slowly rot in the deepest pit of hell, Masterlord. Pretty good pick though.

    • Lacertilian

      You guys seemed to reach an aquatic convalescence during the ‘coral’ week, now it’s come full circle back to passive aggressive taunts.

  • Oli Fucking Sykes, Son.

    Next week, it’s business time.

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

    • The W.

      I’d vote for this

    • Lacertilian

      This has always been one of their best, and they have some great takes.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    I’m torn between Masterlord’s, Vegglampe’s, Mother Shabubu III’s, and Coolstorybro. Sunn O))) was a bold choice imo, props deserved on that one. But if I had to choose which riff I actually enjoyed the most… Celeste wins, though Aurvandil gets my pick for coldest and most epic atmosphere, and Ghost Bath’s is very tight and I liked how it sounds more “technical” than most. The Celeste riff won out for me due to how it just bleeds darkness, sorrow, and rage all at once, a suffocating whirlwind of black despair and hatred, consuming and dragging the soul of the listener to the darkest pits of Tartarus… or something like that.
    Anyway, congrats Mother Shabubu III. You win this Nipple’s vote. Excellent choice.

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

    Oh lord almighty dat Deathspell Omega. 10/10 puts everything else to shame, even the riff I submitted that didn’t even get in because apparently it wasn’t tremolo picked.

    • Stanley

      What was it?

      • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

        0:12. I wasn’t 100% sure that it was tremolo picked to be fair.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5RQ2IXPRpk

        • Stanley

          Masterlord’s filter is operating in fully functioning capacity. What you hear in your submission are hammer-ons and pull-offs.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V6Lxafq5Sg&spfreload=10

          • Zeke

            False, Masterlord’s tremolo filter is malfunctioning. There’s no way the riff at 4:45 isn’t tremolo picked. Just because the picking isn’t absolute hyper speed doesn’t mean it’s not tremolo picking!

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

          • Zeke

            On another note, Paul Gilbert has always seemed like such a cool guy.

          • Wait a minute, I didn’t/don’t see this riff in my inbox… This is most certainly tremolo picking. Are you sure you sent it?

          • zeke

            it’s in my “sent” folder, so who knows. oh well. missing the chance to honor dave mustaine isn’t the worst thing in the world. great riff though.

          • Stanley

            You’ve got one bar of 16ths followed by a bar consisting of 6x16ths, 1 quarter note and 3x8ths. Not tremolo picking. Masterlord wins.

          • zeke

            pshhhh, while there are accents in there and there’s that little pull-off powerchord thing at the end of the phrase, the tremolo picking is consistent enough to constitute a “tremolo riff”.

          • Stanley

            The “accents” that you speak of make up over half of the bar! By your definition, riding any string for more than one beat would be considered a tremolo riff.

            Yours sincerely,

            The Riff Police.

          • Zeke

            When I play that riff I wouldn’t break my picking pattern until I got to the pull offs at the end the phrase. The accents don’t disturb the alternate picking pattern. It’s almost like a metal version of a Dick Dale surf riff.

        • Stanley

          Actually, here you go. Here’s a guy doing it.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQsCtiTBAY0&spfreload=10

  • Guacamole Jim

    Good job, Tapir. You win my eternal love and devotion.

  • Almost didn’t vote because nearly every one of these is an awesome riff, but then the idea of not voting gave me an anxiety attack, so . . .

    . . . Coal Roll.

  • J.R.

    I was paused that very same Ghost Bath song before opening this page so I could check these sweet riffs.
    Imagine my surprise.

  • JamesGrimm

    Never associate Lovecraft and Sunn 0))) again.

    • The W.

      I’m sure he’s writing it down in his diary that there will be severe consequences if he does.

      • JamesGrimm

        just a recommendation.

    • Coolstorybro

      I’ll take that under advisement. No promises.

  • Vegglampe

    I feel like it is appropriate to comment for the first time to thank all you motherfuckers who got the riff I submitted as a backup because I could not remember where my original pick was from, to the leading position. Yall motherfuckers cray.

    • Lacertilian

      G’day Vegg, welcome to this land of filth & frivolity.

  • Lord Flashheart (aka KJU)

    Tasty picks, but I had to go BYAH! on this one.