Riff ov the Week: Violin/Cello

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Did you know that riffs could be made by things other than guitars? I didn’t either until a wiseman by the name of W. brought it to my attention after proposing a Riff ov the Week wherein we focus on things called “violins” and “cellos” — these are, presumably, instruments of some sort. More on this shocking new discovery after the jump. 

Last week, Dagon edged me out by like 2 votes. Whatever. Congrats, you Pisces fuck.

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It was a vicious and sensual battle between he, the Tapir, and I, but he emerged victorious with Dopethrone‘s stoner-dooming “Scum Fuck Blues”. A dramatization of these events can be seen below:

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Next week:

  • I think someone suggested this… Solo projects. Your riffs must be from a “band” that consists of only one person.
  • Send your solo project riffs to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com. Include your name, a link to the song, the time of the riff, and a description.
  • If you have an idea for a theme, do let me know.

 

Masterlord

14:20. Slow death by violinblizzard.

 

W. 

You might say the violin part at 3:01 is *puts on sunglasses* uneXpected. Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

 

Stockhausen

I’m not taking the poser route by finding a string riff in a metal song. I’m going with a band that is only strings (and drums), and only metal. If Apocalyptica came to your mind just now, gtfo. Judgement Day rules, and this is easily the best music video of all time. The best riff is at 1:56.

 

Alucard

Symphonic metal sucks. It mixes the worst elements of symphonic with the worst elements of metal to make a clusterfuck of suck. Here’s an obviously synthesized violin/cello (can’t be arsed/don’t want to make sure). Just be glad I didn’t choose “It Never Ends” by BMTH just to spite you all.

 

Zeke

It’s rainy for the second Saturday in a row… FUCK!!! At least it’s good doom weather. Riff starts at 5:45.

 

Ted Nü-Djent

Here’s something to break up the monotony of all the likely shitty folk metal submissions from about 7:24 mark.

 

Ron Deuce

Loom is a hardcore/punk/emo band that has a violin player in it. If you’ve never heard them before, you’re in for a treat. All their songs have violin parts throughout and the song “Prizes” shows off how they utilize it for maximum effect as the guitar lead at 1:30 in sets up the chorus where the violin just rules the entire part over everything else. Believe it or not, there’s an entire album of this and it’s incredible.

 

Mother Shabubu III

When I heard violin or cello riffs, I immediately thought Giant Squid. Jackie Perez Gratz adds a very interesting texture to this band that gives it this almost eerie quality. I mean, cello? Listen to dat riffage. Do I win unfunny pun of the week now? 5:24.

 

Blackbeard

Abigail Williams catches a lot of (misplaced) hell. So, they made a couple mediocre albums, then with Becoming transformed themselves into something glorious. This is, by far and wide, one of my favorite USBM albums ever made. Hopefully we get another this year. The strings in this song start at the very beginning, but this buildup to riff starts around 7:00. [Be it known: this is the link I was sent. — Masterlord]

 

Richter

Jackie Perez Gratz shreds the cello. And I’m jello, baby. 7:38.

 

Ellipsis 

Hårgalåten, if Google Translate is accurate, is based on a traditional Swedish folk song and features violinist Ylva Wåhlstedt, who kicks off proceedings, before electric guitars enter @0:13…

 

Stanley

Not metal, but metal as fuck! I first became aware of virtuoso cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne through Musk Ox’s Woodfall album (which happens to be my number one album of 2014). I know, I’m a poser. If there is one thing that you do today, make sure that it’s listening to this track in it’s entirety. Riff starts at 6:25. I don’t know when it ends. I don’t want to know when it ends. Side note: Stanley implores you to listen to the section at 7:10.

 

Link

Put your Victorian cape, grab your grimoire, enter the misty castle, and prepare to clean the cobwebs. This is Estatic Fear. Riffs starts in 0:00.

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start_date 14-12-2014 20:22:33
end_date 05-07-2015 09:00:00
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  • Dagon

    I am extremely honored to win my first RotW crown. I’d like to thank Dopethrone for coming out with a monster riff – and record. I’d also like to thank my mom, for carrying me in her womb for 4 months; my manager, who always supported me and my fans.

    PS: the dramatization image is amazing. Future Facebook cover for sure.

    http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01592/ChristophWaltz_1592085c.jpg

  • KJM

    Voted Nu-Djent

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      How could you not vote for The Nuge on the 4th July?

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    Not one folk metal submission. I’m proud

  • EsusMoose

    So. Write in vote for this clear masterpiece of string work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxDcWvZCSRg

  • Maik Beninton™

    lol Blackbeard’s submission.

    • ME GORAK™

      BLACKBEARD!!!! FUCK YEAH!!!!!!

    • I feel like voting for him anyway, just to be a dick. Or not a dick. I don’t know anymore.

  • EsusMoose

    Stanley gets my vote, all of your word play and puns are awful and should have fireworks launched at them

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    Masterpants, Ron and Richter sorry but

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    I voted Ellipsis. This was a tough contest but he prevailed with a song from my favorite melodeath band. Runner up is W because of that pun. I am a sucker for puns.

    • EsusMoose

      Puns<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Mecha Kaiju Hitler v3.2

    • Ignatius the Wizened

      I am a sucker.

      FTFY

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        Ignatius plz! I’m relatively smart IRL!

        • Maik Beninton™

          #LeaveKN&Falone

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      I went with Ellipsis, I wanted to vote Stanley but it feels like cheating submitting a virtuoso, so I had to go with my fellow countryman

  • Zeke

    Masterlord, that is grim as fuck. I remember digging that when you posted it last winter, but I kind of forgot about it.

  • Alucard, Fuckmothering Vampire

    Hey, just be glad I didn’t go through with my original plan, that would have been a painful experience for everyone involved, including me.
    And yes, Symphonic metal still sucks, especially Shitewish.

  • Nine Inch Males
    • EsusMoose
    • Alucard, Fuckmothering Vampire

      Yes. Symphonic Black Metal works so much better than regular Symphonic Metal because instead of using the worst elements of the two genres (Symphonic Rock and Power Metal) in a failed attempt to sound epic, instead sounding piss weak at both, Symphonic Rock and Black Metal compliment each other much better (mostly because Black Metal is actually good) and together they both sound heavy as shit and fucking evil. Emperor are a fantastic example of this.

      • Maik Beninton™

        What about Symphonic Deathcore?
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zD4xwKEz2s

        • Alucard, Fuckmothering Vampire

          Works better than regular Symphonic Metal, that’s for damn sure. When they are not rapping (wtf?), WoP are pretty decent, not the best band ever, but if I’m in the mood, they can be fun to listen to.
          Again, I’d still take this over Shitewish any day.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Like a total dope I forgot again. But Jackie Perez Gratz seems to have been covered anyways so no matter.

    Ironically, Ted’s entry is one of the most folk-metal like parts and Loom is incredible, calls for further investigation.

    I voted for Stockhausen.

  • Maik Beninton™
  • Ignatius the Wizened

    Solstice gone, high moon departed,
    A waft of taint, someone has farted,
    A prime divided, a looking glass
    Most cello riffs suck major ass.

    This contest needs Nokturnal Mortum. Neofolk fiddle riffs for daaaaaaays, and the metal still has its balls.

    • Vladimir Poutine

      I am glad that you grace us with your poetry. It provides much amusement.

    • tertius_decimus

      Glad to see Ukrainan bands receive well-deserved recognition.

  • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo
  • Voting W., that shit was crazy. Giant Squid and Violin Hero were good too.

  • DOYOURLYBEARD, THO?

    I think I accidentally just broke the rotw

    • DOYOURLYBEARD, THO?

      Basically if you don’t vote for me, you hate america.

      Happy July 4th!

  • Paris Hilton

    Shania Twain has the greatest violin riffs imo

    • and personalities

      • Paris Hilton

        Most country I can’t stand but Shania was my first childhood crush so she’ll always have a special place in me heart <3

      • Scrimm

        I have to listen to that crap all day at work. That and VH. I sear if I hear one Aerosmith song come out of that pa I’m climbing in the deep fryer.

        • Vladimir Poutine

          I feel you, man. My boss (with whom I share an office) streams the same top 40 station every day, which runs through about 8-12 songs and then repeats them ad nauseum. It’s maddening.

          • Scrimm

            Maddening is the perfect word for it.

      • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo

        And boobies.

  • KJM
  • JW(E)G

    Wait. Cello riffs, and nobody submitted Helen Money?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPr8KgMB8xM

  • Thanks Ron for introducing me to something new and tasty; my vote is yours.
    Honorable mention: Zeke & Shabubu.

  • JamesGrimm
  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    +1 Stockhausen. Shit’s awesome.

    • Stockhausen

      You’re my favorite nipple.

  • HessianHunter

    This is the best pop song of the 2000s and those violins fucking jam. Quit posing – you KNOW it’s true.
    https://youtu.be/LOZuxwVk7TU

  • i got into trouble a while ago by posting this as a violin riff. but seeing as how this week’s competition is “violin/cello”, i take back my apologies!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBaNaK1j7Vs

    • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo

      No trouble here! I love ’em!

    • Óðinn

      Never apologize for Agalloch.

  • more beer

    So last night in Texas some moron. Decide to Ignore both signs and peoples warnings about going swimming in this marina, as there were alligators. He said fuck the alligators and jumped in. He Promptly became lower on the food chain and was eaten.The reason I bring this up here. Is the picture of him had him in a straw cowboy hat with one bad ass Iron Maiden pin on it. It is idiots like this that all of us as metal heads get a bad reputation. So as of last night we have one more idiot who became a statistic. Who makes us all look stupid to the rest of the world. All of you have a safe and happy 4th of July. Remember to eat and drink too much. But don’t blow yourselves up nor swim with alligators.

    • ME GORAK™

      GORAK SECOND EAT & DRINK TOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!

      • Óðinn

        As usual, GORAK is the voice of reason. Thanks GORAK.

    • Óðinn

      Ouch! Sorry to hear that.

      • more beer

        Darwin award winner for July!

    • DOYOURLYBEARD, THO?

      Hes not the first. There ha e been two others in Texas to meet th same date recently.

      Even scarier are the 11 shark attacks off our coast recently

      • KJM

        There’s been a lot of shark activity in the Northeast too.

        • DOYOURLYBEARD, THO?

          Yeah I heard about those too

        • more beer

          There is always shark activity in the ocean. It’s just this year they decided people look tasty!

          • KJM

            It’s the 40th Anniversary of Jaws. They’re celebrating.

          • more beer

            Hahaha!!!!!!!

      • more beer

        Yea but was the last one wearing Iron Madien gear. The best thing you can do is stay in the mountains and away from the beach.

        • DOYOURLYBEARD, THO?

          I live in the mountains for a reason

          • KJM

            I don’t go to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket.

          • more beer

            No sharks! Just like I live in Denver for a reason. I think I’m going to partake in that reason right now!

          • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo
      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        11? Do you guys have shark nets up along your coast?

        • DOYOURLYBEARD, THO?

          Pfffffffffffffffffffffffffft

        • more beer

          We believe In survival of the fittest. Not to mention natural selection! You gotta thin the heard somehow!

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      There’s idiots from all walks of life. I don’t think as many people would have noticed the Maiden pin as you

      • more beer

        Yes there are but I still noticed. Also keep in mind that Maiden has been rather mainstream for 30 years. So a lot of people who maybe listened to metal in the 80’s but don’t anymore will notice.

    • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo
  • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo

    I voted for Link.

  • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo

    This goes out to Joe and Link, speaking of Texas. 🙂

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

  • Óðinn

    Les Claypool. Awesome cello and bass…

    http://youtu.be/o3Y3lIr4Rks

  • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo
    • Óðinn

      Happy 4th of July!

      http://youtu.be/m1E9MiUECXU

      • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo

        “Awwwwwwwwwww, America! Built by the blacks and owned by the Chinese!”

        • Óðinn

          To be fair, it was built by the Chinese too.

  • The Satan Ov Hell

    Had to give my vote to ted.

  • DOYOURLYBEARD, THO?

    Although the outcome was hilarious, this was the original intended clip (with timestamp):
    https://youtu.be/AxpUQK7-2qQ?t=7m33s
    I win, either way.

    • Maik Beninton™

      I really hope you do, just to piss everyone off.
      Riff ov random shit.

  • KJM
  • tertius_decimus

    Estatic Fear? Haven’t listened to it for ages! I even forgot about existence of this nice band. Thanks for reminder, Link!