Riff Of The Week: German Edition
Competition was ostensibly tight last week for our Riff Of The Week – Final Edition. As you can see below, my pre-polling period addition of 100 votes to all the riffs that weren’t “The Final Countdown” proved vital, as a bunch of you gluttons voted for it anyway. The final results were extraordinarily close so I’m awarding sweet victory to every riff that wasn’t written by a band called Europe.
This week we asked for riffs from German bands. Apparently this was a theme that appealed to the creeper weirdos who use children’s television programs/cartoons for novelty accounts demographic. Why? I don’t know. Anyway, here are the riffs.
Dark Fortress – “Insomnia” (Riff @ 0:48)
GORAK BACK 4 RITEFUL PALCE AZ RIFF DISQUS NOVELTTY #1!!!!!! SINCE COULD NOT CHOOSE RITE MORGOTH RIFF ME SUBMIT DARK FORTRESS INSTEAD!!!!!!!!
Destruction – “Bestial Invasion” (Riff @ 0:00)
Riffing starts at 0.00 but it’s an epic riff-fest of epic proportions throughout. I butchered Ernie’s body to this song so it’s pretty close to my heart.
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KMFDM – “Megalomaniac” (Riff @ 1:30)
I was originally gonna go for ‘Bück dich’ by Rammstein, but that would be too obvious. Besides, this riff is way better, it’s super heavy but also meshes perfectly with the electronic elements perfectly. What else can I say, KMFDM for the win.
Krypteria – “Shoot Me” (Riff @ 1:08)
ELMO LIKE METAL’S EQUIVALENT OF ABBA!!!! RIFF THAT START AT 1.08 MAKE ELMO SHOUT “HECK YES”. MAKE ELMO SLAM DIVE OFF BERT’S FRIDGE (BUT WITH SAFETY HELMET, KNEE AND ELBOW PADS). YAYYY!!!
Running Wild – “Calico Jack” (Riff @ 7:29)
I’ve already submitted like a dozen riffs from one of my favorite German bands (Katharsis), so I decided to choose a timeless masterpiece from one of my other all-time favorite Deutschbands. Few bands in history have riffed quite like Running Wild. If you’ve listened to “Calico Jack” before, you can probably guess what riff I’m talking about. It repeats a few times throughout the track, each time slightly modified but no less epic. It hits first at around 0:51, but the outro version at 7:29 is the one to which I wish to draw your attention. Here the band just goes completely nuts. My god. What a fucking riff.
Dark Fortress – “Insomnia” (Riff @ 3:42)
Well, here you have it: the best riff from the best song of the best album by one of the most underrated bands around. Seriously, I think this may be one of the best black metal riffs ever recorded. Listen to these German masters and find out if you agree.
Sodom – “City Of God” (Riff @ 0:16)
TAZ THINK TOO MANY GERMAN BANDS WITH EPIC RIFFS TO LIST. THIS ONE RANDOMLY SELELECTIFIED FOR RIFF AT 0.16. TAZ COULD EQUALLY HAVE SELECTIFIED RIFFS FROM ASSASSIN, KREATOR, HELLOWEEN. NECROPHAGIST, AND REST.
Einstürzende Neubauten – “Zerstorte Zelle” (Riff @ 0:55)
BACK IN MY YOUTH THIS BAND WOULD GIVE ME A STEEL I-BEAM IN MY PANTS BUT I CAN ONLY ACHIEVE A HALBER MENSCH THESE DAYS
ARCHITECTURE COLLAPSING SHOPPING CART RIFF STARTS AT 0:55
Shrine Of Insanabilis – “Hamartia” (Riff @ 2:05)
The overarching chord changes that work their way through this track were nigh on impossible for me to get out of my head for weeks on end when this EP dropped last year. However, for today the part that kicks in just around 2:06 is where you should head, and ride this shit on out.
Next week we’re getting geological. Send me riffs that have some kind of stone/gem/rock reference. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, include a screen-name, and a short description with a time-stamp of when the riff you’ve chosen starts.