Riff Of The Week: Knives Out Edition


We went and saw Knives Out last weekend so I thought it’d make a decent theme idea, you answered the call with riffs from Vastum, Smoulder, Napalm Death, Michael Sambello, and Moray.

Before we decide whodunnit, let’s take a look at the results from last week’s Eleven Edition. We had a close one between Obsequiae and Gutvoid, with the moat moshers taking out the competition by just 3%.


This week we asked for riffs fitting the theme of knives/daggers/etc.
Here’s what you sent in…

Positronic Brain
Vastum – ‘I on the Knife’ ( Second Wound) (Riff @ 1:21)

This song starts off with a really cool doodly-doodly riff that’s dandy in its variations, but the coolest riff in the song is the “heavy stuff on the low strings, spooky single notes on the high strings” one featured here. In unrelated news, the other day I played a really nice Dean ML Select through a Friedman amp (Runt 50 maybe) and had the most godlike 80s thrash tone I’ve ever had. <3

Michael Sembello – ‘Maniac’ (Riff @ 0:12)

It can cut you like a knife / when the gift becomes the fire – Unable to settle for one of the myriad possibilities from the metal realm and having recently learned that this song was originally about a serial killer, I decided it’s good enough. Allegedly, the original chorus had the line “He will kill your cat and nail it to the floor.” Pretty metal, after all.

Smoulder – “Ilian of Garathorm” (Riff @ 1:27)

More Canadian riffs fer da boyz. Go read some Michael Moorcock, nerds.

Napalm Death – ‘Omnipresent Knife In Your Back’ (Riff @ 0:06)

I’ve said it before on here that I love this period of ND discography .And a big part of that are those slower, seemingly lumbering tracks they would throw in there.

Moray – ‘Dagger’ (Riff @ 0:00)

Been a bit since I spun this recent USBM banga. Keen to hear if a full length ever materialises.

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