Riff Of The Week: QXZ Edition
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Last week we braved an inundation of riffs for our Storm Edition. Seemed to be an excessively popular theme, so we won’t be doing that one again. Normally we promote creative entries, but some of those were just tenuous ties to the topic, at best. I’ll be sure to be much more explicit in the future. Who won?
This week we asked for riffs from bands whose name begins with Q, X, or Z. Thank you to pretty much everyone who submitted for making the effort in formatting, y’all saved me at least 5 minutes of my ever dwindling time. Now I’m only mad I didn’t make a point of asking for that a year or so ago. Anyway, on to the riffs!
Zimmers Hole – “When You Were Shouting At The Devil… We Were In League With Satan” (Riff @ 1:06)
While the official video to this is pretty fun, the volume on it is too low and it’s got that radio edit censorship. Anyhoo, here’s a riff that would even make me bang my head if it woke me up at 3 AM. Stick around for like 5 seconds till the drums kick in and I think you’ll relate.
Xasthur – ‘A Walk Beyond Utter Blackness’ (Riff @ 42.23)
BLLLAAARGGGHHH!!! TAZ NOT ABLE FIND EXACT TRACK IN ISOLATION SO WHOLE ALBUM!!! RIFF START AT START OF SONG AT 42.23!!! TAZ TEMPTED BY ‘HATE OF BATTLE’ RIFF BUT TAZ WENT FOR BEUATIFUL DEPRESSION RIFF!!! HELP TAZ GO TO SLEEPY-BIES!!!! BBBLLLLAAAAAGGGGEEEYAAAWN!!!
Queensryche – “Queen of the Reich” (Riff @ 0:39)
The Queensryche EP is 17 minutes of excellent, balls-to-the-wall traditional heavy metal. The band’s biggest and best days may have been ahead of them, but this is one helluva way to kick off a career. The main riff in “Queen of the Reich” is an ass kicker. Bonus: this music video is super cheesy and awesome. Byah!
Zyklon – ‘Disintegrate’ (Riff @ 1:53)
This is one nice galloping death metal riff right here. I miss this band. I bet you can’t listen to this riff without making an evil snarl with your fucking face
Zyklon – ‘Core Solution’ (Riff @ 1:49)
Remember when half of Emperor were in a Morbid Angel worshiping death metal band?
Qrixkuor – ‘Crypt Of Illusions Bane’ (Riff @ 0:48)
Without knowing the slightest thing about the Azerbaijani language, I’m going to assert that if you translate and then pluralise the band’s name into Azerbaijani it becomes Qrixkuorz, thereby attaining the coveted QXZ triple word score combo meal deal. xəstə!
Next week we’re going to be taking riffs exclusively from intro songs. However, before you go off and just grab your fave album opener, I want to make it at least somewhat challenging by stipulating that the track must have “intro” or “introduction” in its title.
Submission details below.