Riff Of The Week: May Free-For-All


Riffs from Unfathomable Ruination, Thecodontion, Invocation Spells, King’s Evil, The Gates Of Slumber, and Electric Red.

Last week for our Spirit Edition a bunch of you felt the urge to get your re(t)h(r)ash on and served up a fairly decisive victory for a new Warbringer cut.

This week is a good ol’ fashioned free-for-all
Let’s see what you sent in…

Alphonzo Garbonzo
King’s-Evil – “Bind Torture Kill” (Riff @ 1:36)

Craziness from a little-known Japanese death-thrash band. Their second album is hard to come by (and listen to – Youtube doesn’t have it) but well worth chasing down for some bludgeoning. Also check out that artwork: weird skeleton-stand dude with big sickle stabbing Jesus with little devil horns. Weird stuff.

Invocation Spells – ‘Ruins of Cemetery’ (Riff @ 0:00)

For some reason, this is perhaps my favourite opening riff from recent years.

Blackened Weebcore Fan
Electric Red – ‘The Spiritual Eye’ (Riff @ 6:25)

Anime is a virus that can only be cured through the injection of lethal doses of Clorox or overexposure to deadly energy. This riff is also deadly, although not to the extent of human stupidity.

El Eternauta
The Gates of Slumber – ‘The Scovrge ov Drvnkenness’ (Riff @ 0:21)

Riff is monstrous enough by itself, but with that thunderous buildup…These guys knew they had an all-timer on their hands, and decided to SELL IT.

Unfathmoable Ruination – ‘An Obsidian Perception’ (Riff 2:38)

The lead guitar lick at 2:38 is first introduced around the two-minute mark, but as a portion of a full guitar solo. This is a little trick I don’t think I’ve ever heard before! The solo is played in its entirety early on, but then scattered throughout the rest of the song are small portions of that solo, separated and spaced out like meat pulled off of the bone. What a fantastic song by a fantastic band.

Thecodontion – ‘Kenorland’ (Riff @ 0:53)

I was going to send in a song from that Black Curse album, Endless Penis-Fire or w/e, but in this house prehistoric black/death metal about the procession of supercontinents through geologic time (plus a smattering of biogeography!) takes precedence. Life uhhh, finds a way.

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