Riff Of The Week: Sci-Fi Edition
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Firstly, the numbers are in from last week’s Numerical Edition, and in a result that will surprise exactly zero people, Bolt Thrower took out Riff Of The Week for a record 4386th time. The_Dude knew you could always count on Bolt Thrower to win, and I will refrain from snark this time as it just happened that he chose my fave riff of theirs. ‘Tis a good riff…and thorough.
This week we asked for Sci-Fi riffs and we got a whole heap of killer shit for you to jam from the confines of your locker prison. So much so that everything I write here will be rendered superfluous and promptly forgotten once you scroll down and start putting them through your rigorous selection criteria. Anyone who skips listening and just votes for their favourite band will be severely castigated. I’ll be able to tell, don’t test me. Remember to use the PROMO CODE PUMICE before voting for your chance to permanently reduce growing vigour of 3 toe-nails of your choice by up to 6%.
Vektor – “LCD (Liquid Crystal Disease)” (Riff @ 0:35)
Not only scifi-themed and one of the most inventive metal bands to surface in the last few years, but this riff is also an absolute banger and really catchy!
Vektor – “Charging The Void” (Riff @ 1:36)
Vektor is nothing more than Tech Death for nerds. You wanted nerdy…You got it. This riff starts at 1:36 and easily gets stuck in your head. Heed the Cygnus Call and Charge That Fucking Void!
Iced Earth – “Jekyll & Hyde” (Riff @ 0:27)
It’s been too long without a little Iced Earth injected into RotW. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was written in 1886, but like Frankenstein I think it’s generally accepted as science fiction…. And like every other homage from 2001’s Horror Show, the tune is fun and frenetic. Riff begins at 0:27.
Mithras – “Time Never Lasts” (Riff @ 2:21)
My sci-fi themed riff arrives via “Time Never Lasts” by Mithras. At the 2:21 mark the crunchy guitar is removed and we’re treated with a rather clean riff that’s going to win me this competition. Mithras is a band from space… in the future.
Positronic Brain – “I, Borg” (Riff @ 2:27)
THE TOILET’S OWN ANDROID MIND MATERIALIZES AS MUCH SPACE-RIFF WRECKAGE AS THE AFTERMATH AT WOLF 359 AND AS HOT AS FRESHLY REPLICATED EARL GREY TEA SO GO ADD YOUR DISTINCTIVENESS TO THE TOILET’S OWN BY ENGAGING YOUR COMPUTER TERMINAL AND MAKE IT SO
NANOPROBES BEGIN PERFECTING YOUR WEAK HUMAN BODY AT STARDATE 2:37
Graf Orlock -“Game Time” (Riff @ 0:58)
Graf Orlock’s Destination Time Tomorrow is one of the most solid EPs ever released. Being a cinemagrind band, half of their output is sci-fi. This track is about the hubris of the marines of the USS Sulaco and their downfall at the hands of the titular Aliens. After the song opens with bravado and some swagger-filled crunching riffs, the riff at 0:58 is approximately when shit starts hitting fan, followed shortly afterwards by a complete loss of hope as the marines realize they are in some real pretty shit now.
Scanner – “Terrion” (Riff @ 0:20)
Sci-Fi, huh? Who are you going to vote for? Maybe one of the Vektor riffs that inevitably got submitted? (Probably, because you are a fucking front-running prick). But if you like German speed metal from the 80’s I recommend you give this one a try because my fuck does it riff. This album is so Sci-Fi that Elon Musk once masturbated to just a thought about it. Riff starts at 0:20.
Throne – “Two Worlds” (Riff @ 18:53)
My submission is from defunct UK Stoner Doom band Throne. It’s the closing track “Two Worlds” from “Where Tharsis Sleeps”, one of my fave releases of 2014. It’s a concept EP about the trials and pitfalls of terraforming Mars. Perhaps Mr Musk should check out the title track video(animated embroidery!) before dropping a nuke on the polar region.
At any rate, the riff begins at the beginning(18:53) and it’s a dank as you can get.
Artificial Brain – “Frozen Worlds” (Riff @ 1:13)
The riff at 1:13 is not only a great chaotic ball of dissonance that sounds like deep space, but its also accompanied by an inhuman growl that’ll make you want to astral project your consciousnes into the galaxy and contemplat your meaningless exsistance. Or maybe that’s just me? Anyway this riffs slays.
Nucleus – “Swarm” (Riff @ 4:16)
The riff at 4:16 almost made my head explode onto innocent bystanders at Full Terror Assault 3, but that was probably from all the LSD I had taken. Either way, Nucleus killed it.
Discordance Axis – “The Third Children” (Riff @ 0:00)
GET IN THE FUCKING ROBOT, SHINJI!!!
Execration – “Cephalic Transmissions” (Riff @ 0:00)
Going for something a little different this week. Execration‘s new album is a spectacular ride through the interstellar void, and while I could choose any number of its dense spatial dimension-distorting riffs, I’ve decided to pick the otherworldly clean intro to “Cephalic Transmissions”. This would make the perfect soundtrack to a clouded descent through the turbid slime-green atmosphere of some environmentally hostile exo-planet. Breathe deep the acrid atmosphere from 0:00. Will the gravitational plummet ever end? Does a terrestrial nightmare await below? Turn to page 115 to find out.
Next week’s theme is GREEN. Get creative. Send in your green-themed riffs to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, with a screen-name, and a short description that includes a time-stamp of when the riff starts.