Riff Of The Week: Ïçéłåŋð Edition
Yes, those letters are pronounced differently, don’t @ me linguistic nerds.
Last week we held a best of 2019’s First Quarter Edition. The theme netted a fair few key social media shares which swung the vote back and forth between the top 4 or 5 entries, but in the end A Novelist outclassed the opposition and took home the win for the UngulatedUlmus. Congrats to all who entered, great round!
This week we asked for riffs from Icelandic bands.
Here’s what you sent in…
Surprisingly not featuring any Svartmidaððy, Sinmama, or Nanðra!
Carpe Noctem – ‘Sá sem slítur vængi flugunnar hefur náð hugljómun’ (Riff @ 0:00)
I hadn’t heard of Carpe Noctem prior to the Riff-Raff podcast (then called the appendix I believe) but one listen of those whammy dives and weird riffs had me hooked. Their album Vitrun was my favorite release of 2018 and it was all capped by the final song on the album Sá sem slítur vængi flugunnar hefur náð hugljómun (say that 5 times fast). That tremolo riff that opens the song and builds due to the other instruments gets me every time, especially when listening to the entire album. It feels dark yet maintains the token strangeness this Icelandic group infuse into their own brand of black metal.
Zhrine – ‘The Syringe Dance’ (Riff @ 1:04)
Hard to choose one song let alone one riff off this masterpiece, but the riff at 1:04 really gets the blood flowing.
Zhrine – ‘Empire’ (Riff @ 0:43)
I’m no good at these short descriptions. This riff is catchy as well.
Misþyrming – “Söngur Heiftar” (Riff @ 3:04)
The track shudders to a crawl around the 2:40 mark with a perfect little brooding buildup and then explodes into this emotional riff at 3:04. This is how it’s done (or at least how it should be done).
Örmagna – ‘Náladoði’ (Riff @ 1:14)
I don’t know the first thing about these guys or the Icelandic scene in general, but this riff sounds absolutely lovely.
Azoic – ‘Skywatchers’ (Riff @ 7:03)
Azoic’s first and only full-length (to date anyway) from 2012 is somehow still an overlooked gem from the burgeoning scene.
Next week I wanna hear your top Grind riffs
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