Riff Of The Week: 1998 Edition
Last week we spun our collective wheels with our Driving Edition. Scoring poll position turned out not to be enough for the ’73 Dodge Swinger, after getting severely distracted mid-race and taking a detour via the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy. Speedwolf took the chequered flag at the exact same moment as The Tragically Hip, however victory went the way of the wolf on account of it being 666% more metal.
This week we went back in time 20 years to visit 1998. And before you pedant shitbirds start to break stuff, I’d already decided to use the Significant Other dudebro in the header image prior to realising it was released in early 9 teen 90 nine. If you were already listening to it in 1998 I trust you were far too deep in nookie to care anyway, while the rest of us posers were broke getting no sex. So anyway, a lesson learned, can’t be fucked re-arranging it now..show me what you got!
Necrophagia – “Deep Inside, I Plant the Devil’s Seed” (Riff @ 2:28)
One of the evilest riffs off of one of Necrophagia’s best albums. Enjoy.
Iced Earth – ‘Prophecy’ (Riff @ 2:40)
This is an Iced Earth riff. It is like every other Iced Earth riff, in that it kind of sounds like the last one, but it doesn’t matter because it is righteous. Also it was done in 1998.
Crunchy galloping begins at 2:40 and continues throughout.
Ofermod – “Chained to Redemption ” (Riff @ 0:00)
This whole album was years ahead of its time, and it absolutely oozes fervent malice. As a group of sausage shaped hallucinations once implored a deranged automaton, “Dance with us into oblivion!”
Meshuggah – “New Millennium Cyanide Christ” (Riff @ 0:10)
You listen to this riff and tell me Fredrik Thordendal and Marten Hagstrom don’t have literal jackhammers implanted in their picking hands.
Death – ‘Flesh And The Power It Holds’ (Riff @ 1:19)
The primary riff (after the intro) to “Behold the Flesh and the Power It Holds” is a good’un. Listen to how the notes are played, maaaaaan. (Makes a helluva karaoke song too.) Riff starts at 1:19, but you already knew that.
Jerry Cantrell – “Dickeye” (Riff @ 0:27)
Jerry Cantrell’s first solo album is one of the definite highlights of 1998 for me. Basically the dude is fucking awesome. There are plenty of great choices from Boggy Depot but I wanted to go with the opening riff of the opening track, as it lets you know exactly what you are getting into here.
Witchery – ‘Witchery’ (Riff @ 0:09)
Been rocking this song since the early 2000s. Witchery had a really good thing going there for their first 4 albums. This 1998 week brought me back to some good memories and albums. If you haven’t given witchery a spin, start with this album and keep on going.
King’s X – ‘Groove Machine’ (Riff @ 0:50)
AT THIS POINT IN THE CONTEST WE ARE ALL DROWNING IN A TIDAL WAVE OF UNTOUCHABLE EXTREME CLASSIC RIFFS FROM WHEN METAL WAS DANGEROUS® SO DO YOURSELF A SOLID AND TAKE A BREAK TO REDISCOVER WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE WHEN A POWER TRIO CRAFTS A TIMELESS REMINDER OF WHY WE ALL STARTED LISTENING TO ROCK AND ROLL IN THE FIRST PLACE
Enemy Of The Sun
Fear Factory – “Descent” (Riff @ 0:00)
One of the few times Mr Cazares has taken a break from chugging that lowest string to check out what sounds the other strings in his guitar can make. I’ll always have a soft spot for Fear Factory, one of the gateway bands (along with Cradle Of Filth and Pantera) that led me to a life of social ostracism via death metal fandom
Incantation – ‘Ethereal Misery’ (Riff @ 0:00)
Man, Daniel Corchado was one busy boy during 1998. Originally I’d planned to pick something from The Chasm‘s Deathcult For Eternity. But seeing as though they’d gotten a fair bit of love here recently combined with the fact I think Diabolical Conquest is a bit of an undermentioned album, meant I went for something from his only outing with the USDM stalwarts Incantation.
Next week I want to see some BIG ENERGY RIFFS. That can basically mean whatever you want it to.
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