Riff Of The Week: Bands Please Do More Of This Shit Edition
Riff Of The Week is filmed in front of a captive studio audience.
Last week’s Lunar Riff Of The Week saw one of the contest’s underdogs just manage to eclipse some superstars, with Kalmah shutting out Type O Negative, Mayhem, Dead Kennedys, et al. Well done to the enigmatic caveman known as Gorak, may you stealthily club many a mastodon in the umbra of victory.
This week asked for riffs featuring techniques you wanna see more of in metal. You responded by asking for MOAR whammy cowbell, galloping cowbell, start-stop bendy-ass cowbell, papal skateboard stunts, and cowbell scrapes. Which one of those suits you most? Make sure you use the PROMO CODE SPLURGE after voting to get your free 4 year mandatory trial of Stype’s Pre-Pulled Toilet Paper© – “You’ll Wipe A New Record With Stype’s”.
Pantera – “Becoming” (Riff @ 0:04)
I used to own a Digitech Whammy pedal because (surprise) I once played in a cover band that did “Killing in the Name.” It’s really fucking tough to know what the hell to do with a Whammy pedal that doesn’t make you sound like Tom Morello, The Edge, or like this here badazz riff from Diamond Darrell. But, hey, Gojira made cool use of a Whammy on their last album, so maybe I should get with the times and snag one of those original WH-1’s for $500 that I see on Reverb right now.
Dissection – “Night’s Blood” (Riff @ 2:00)
I first heard this one when Abysmal Dawn covered it. Which led me to checking out Dissection. The riff is a tremolo riff that first appears at the 2:00 mark. It resurfaces around 4:55 and leads into the end of the song. It has a cool galloping feel to it while being evil at the same time. One of my favorite riffs in any song ever. Storm of the Lights Bane is a killer album. If you haven’t, give the whole thing a listen. Definetly some of my favorite black metal.
Kuolemanlaakso – “Arpeni” (Riff @ 0:00)
We have plenty of bend riffs. We have plenty of stop-start riffs. But we need more stop-start bend riffs. This one’s really simple, only the tail and the occasional bell extending beyond the couple notes. But it’s kick-ass. At the beginning.
The Locust – “Psst! Is That A Halfie In Your Pants?” (Riff @ 0:21)
THIS IS A FINE EXAMPLE OF THE BEST AND MOST UNDER-USED RIFF STYLE WHICH I WOULD DESCRIBE AS WHAT HAPPENS IF THE POPE DID A 720 VARIAL POP SHUVIT KICKFLIP OFF OF YOUR GENITALS INTO A WEEK-OLD BUCKET OF TAPIOCA
Obliteration – “Transient Passage” (Riff @ 2:22)
Pick slides/scrapes are not just for the start of songs or that split second before a solo. Put that shit everywhere. RRRRRRRRRRRRRRHHHHHHEEEEWWWWWWWW
Next week we’re going to be firing up the buzzsaws, chainsaws, bonesaws, coleslaws, you name it, if it sounds like a spinning metal disc slicing some sweet juicy cabbage, its probably got a good chance in our SWEDEATH Riff Of The Week.
There’s just one catch, the riff must be from a song released after the year 2000. Any jack-off can send in “Override Of The Overture” and win, lets at least try and make this a little less predictable.
Send in your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday including your screen-name, a time-stamp of the riff you’ve chosen and a short description.
First in, least stressed.