Riff of the Week: The “Fire” Edition // 4-2-16


Rock guitarist play on the electric guitar around fire flames stock photo

Fire flames, guys.

You people really like the word fire. This is like the most submissions I’ve ever received. We got a shit-ton of riffs from songs with the word “fire” in the title for you today. Are more than one of them any good? This remains to be seen, but prior experience suggests no.

Last week, Gorak won with fruit of the lowest-hanging variety because Slayer is the only band included that most of you have heard of.

I’m mad because, for a while, I was winning. BUT NO. It would appear that nothing can overcome your aggressively bad tastes.

Next week we can do another word-themed thing since you all seem to be so into it. W. suggested a “dragon-banging riff of the week”, and I’m going to interpret it like this: next week, your riff must be in a song that has the word “dragon” in the title. Before you throw a little tantrum, let me assure you — there are plenty of good, non-power metal songs with the word dragon in them.

Send your dragon riffs to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com. Include your name, a link to the riff, the time of the riff, and an explanation for why you chose such a probably shitty riff that everyone is still going to vote for anyways.

Ok. Fire.



I don’t care anymore don’t vote for me I want to die 0:10.



The main riff (intro/chorus) in this song makes me want to boogie until my trousers catch fiyah.



Thou shalt burn @1:39…



It’s got goats. It’s got fire. All it’s missing is some pita bread and tzatziki after the goat in question gets done cooking. The goatdayum riff starts at 3:20.



Do yourself a favor and play for the duration but things start getting funkin’ rockin’ around 3:53.


Dr. Derelict

I was tempted to submit Building With Fire from In Times just to annoy Stanley, but instead let’s burn in the black fires of god. Desolation begins at 0:00, riff at 0:26.



When Masterdork unveiled the theme for this week’s rip-o… sorry, riff-off I had the perfect riff in mind. It had be the one, there was no other choice. Then the Caped Nerd made a retraction and a withdrawal and a slightly changed the theme so my winner-without-a-doubt wasn’t eligible any longer (maybe someone’d vote for you if you played fair) [Full disclosure: his pick totes sucked anyways lol — Masterlord]. So I was left with this, mind you that riff at the beginning is pretty fire and as the second-best choice still better than the rest.



On this, most glorious of days, the lowest branches doth bear the sweetest fruits. Opening riff/refrain.


Salvador Dali Lama

Whenever I see the band’s name, this is the one riff I always hear in my head. When an opening riff is that good and massive, you know the song will be chock full o’ riffage.


Jack Bauer

Starts at about 40 seconds in. Translates to “fire free”. I’m not the biggest fan of these dudes, but this song fucking crushes my dick every time.



I am Óðinn, the God of wisdom, war, art, culture, and the dead. I am the supreme deity and creator of the cosmos. Your false gods are meaningless. They will be destroyed. This is my Riff ov the Week submission, Fire and Faith by a band named Ascension. The riff starts at 0:54. Many thanks in advance for your votes. Hail Óðinn!


Ted Nü-Djent

During this fight, I’ve seen a lot of changing, in the way you feel about me, and in the way I feel about you. In here, there were two guys killing each other, but I guess that’s better than twenty million. I guess what I’m trying to say, is that if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!


Ron Deuce

You want fire? Immolation brings it on “Into Everlasting Fire” You could pick anyone of the creeper riffs on this song from the opener to the chorus, but I’m gonna go with the song’s climax riff at 2:12. That riff is trademark Immolation and it is fire. Come to think of it, this whole track is fire.






As far as Megadeth’s 80’s releases are concerned, So Far So Good … So What is my least favourite, but the riffs in this song are undeniably awesome.



This is the first song title that popped into my head after I read the parameters for this week’s Riff ov the Week. I’m picking the riff that kicks off this beast of a song; however, this jam is one killer riff after another, so pick your favorite one and rock out with your cock out/jam out with your clam out.



Roky Erickson is one of Texas’ finest musical exports (along with ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Absu, and Beyoncé). Roky broke out of the Texas state mental hospital in Austin numerous times in the 70s, and was singing about trve and kvlt stuff like Nazis, vampires, and Lucifer before the Scandinavians made it cool. This song uses the word “Fire” 26 times and is about a Balrog or something, so you should vote for it. The embryonic form of the gnar riffage kicks off the song, while the juicy, unabridged version emerges at ~1:00-1:20, ~2:30-3:10, and ~4:20-the end.


Boss the Ross

Fire is best served with Black Wind and STEEL!



Man, I found a shocking number of great riffs…. in songs with the word “flame” in the title. But let it never be said that I bend the rules!!!! So fire it is. BLUE FIRE, in fact. Base riff throughout the tune is chuggy goodness.



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