Riff ov the Week: 9-5-15


Last week was fucked.

Votes for my Spliff ov the Week pick (Creed‘s “Higher”) took an early lead until W.’s nominee (“Spacegrass” by Clutch) crept up from behind. Creed’s votes skyrocketed in response, until it was sitting on 64(!). My suspicion regarding the culprit? Scott Stapp him-fucking-self. He lost despite his admirable efforts when Clutch climbed up to 115 votes. I think the incorporeal force of Justice and Truth is responsible for most of them. Scott wept (Creed 11:35).



Next week:

  • Here’s one from Master Joe. We will only be accepting riffs from South American bands. Granizo Satanás.
  • Send your South American riffs to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com. Include your name, a link to the song, the time of the riff, and an explanation.
  • If you have an idea for a theme, let me know.

Let’s get to it, then.



Greek perfection. Doesn’t get better than this. First riff.



1:16. This is some completely left field fret burning that even gets a savage BLEH. I’m so, so sorry Masterlord.



0:05 to 0:30 is the sound of space-time melting. Thanks, Mustache Bear.



This highly caffeinated expectoration from Amesoeurs conjures images of Voltron assembling itself from its disparate people-brained robot cats. 0:12 or 0:13. You pick.


Ted Nü-Djent

Black Breath have a new album due out on the 25th September and if the song that has been released is any indication you can expect as the YouTube description says: a “harder, bleaker Black Breath than ever before”. This song has nestled its way into my brain these past few days and the riff that goes from 3:28 until about the 4 minute mark is a major reason why.



Who can deny this classic riff from this classic song/album/band. [Bow to the “ugh!” — Masterlord]



So, I was told to check out Bolt Thrower. I never had. Now my skull is broken. The riff through this whole tune works.



The intro riff of this song (which repeats at 4:56 to introduce a nifty guitar solo) gets me ultrapumped whenever I hear it. The riff delivers the perfect combination of harmony and melody over a driving drumbeat that makes me want to thrash around like a lunatic between sets at the gym. The well-timed scream at about 0:38 signals the start of a truly badass, catchy, gore-saturated Impaled song.






Torn between choosing the riff at 0:37 or the intro riff. Does it really matter?




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