Riff Of The Week: The Chasm Edition


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Before we journey into the deep, let’s take a quick look at last week’s results from our 2017 Third Quarter Edition.

As you can see, aside from 84.2% of people being diagnosed as clinically deaf, there was a goddamn tie. Those who’ve been around since the days when Masterlord started this competition will know how he despised draws. In these forsaken events he would often determine a victor by arbitrarily awarding the contest to his favourite riff. While it would be very Biesy for me to do this, it wouldn’t be fair. In the event of none of the riffs meeting standard, he would give it to third or even last place. This would also be quite Biesy, but similarly unfair. So I decided to flip a coin. Upon opening my wallet, an abyssal maw opened and began to suck in the very fabric of space-time surrounding me. This revealed to me two things – a) physics is garbage, and b) I’m broke as shit and I blame science. Fuck you, everybody loses.

This week, to mark the first new material from the legendary Mexican death metal overlords in almost a decade, we asked for riffs strictly from The Chasm‘s immaculate discography. Today, there are no wrong answers. Everybody wins.


The Chasm – “Entering A Superior Dimension” (Riff @ 1:00)

Look, I had good intentions of scouring their discography for a Corchado deep-cut, I really did. But I’m back on my shit after jamming all their albums at work this week, I cannot go past the riff that started my affinity for this band. The opening riff to Farseeing The Paranormal Abysm still sends shivers down my spine. If you ask me on any given day what my fave death metal album of all-time is, there’s a 33% chance I’ll say it is this, and the riff @ 1:00 is where it all begins.


The Chasm – “I’m The Hateful Raven” (Riff @ 0:00)

A little kernel of eerie melody afloat atop prolapsing dissonance. This riff sounds like something that comes out of your body the morning after chasing lemontinis with shots of fake tequila. Or like trying to gutsfuck yourself with that ol’ chainsaw.

Howard Dean

The Chasm – “The Cosmos Within” (Riff @ 0:21)

You could throw a proverbial dart at The Chasm’s discography and stick a great entry for this contest. These dudes are some of the riffiest hombres in death metal. I’m bringing y’all way back to the band’s 1993 demo. This thing is awesome. Here is The Chasm at their rawest and grittiest, but the riffs still flow like tequila from a blue agave. Toss on a neck brace and take a listen to the fucker at 0:21.

Mad Max Guitar Dude

The Chasm – “Fortress” (Riff @ 3:08)

I am unable to link over email but I’ll just say that one riff in the middle of Fortress. You know that badass guitar break. I also take it that then sweet shirts will all be sold out after tomorrow. When I have no wifi again 🙁

Jom Pooter-san

The Chasm – “Structure Of The Seance” (Riff @ 5:20)

Ear worm riffs are the name of the game, and The Chasm are never short of providing them. Try not get this one stuck in your skull.

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Next week we’re getting numerical. Send me riffs from songs/albums/bands that have something to do with numbers in their name/title. Email your entries to toiletovehellriff@gmail.com before Friday, being sure to include a screen-name, a link to the riff, and a short description + time-stamp of when the riff starts.

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