Riff ov the Week: Supergroups


Super groups. More like pooper scoops, RIGHT?

Last week, in the name of W., we pitted 11 sensual selections against one another in an erotic riff battle-orgy. When the smoke settled, only the stylish, street-wise informant of two at-odds detective partners remained. Is it the Antonio Fargas version or the Snoop Dogg version? We may never fucking know.



Next week:

  • Poseur Disposeur has an idea. It’s a good one. “Because Iron Maiden riffs are banned in normal RotW,” he asks, “Have you considered doing an Iron Maiden Riff ov the Week?” So it shall be.
  • Send your Iron Maiden riffs to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com. Include your Disqus handle, a link, the time of the riff, and an explanation.
  • If you submit “The Trooper” – shame on you.
  • If you have an idea for a category or theme, let me know.



Members of AsphyxThanatosGorefest, and Martin vanfucking Drunen doing war-themed, Bolt Thrower-esque death metal. Enlist immediately. 3:12 in “DG-7” will straight up kill you. Gespensterdivision!



Since nobody submitted Down4:11.



The Shrinebuilder riff starts at about 2:44 then carries the rest of the song in one form or another. You cannot ignore its girth.


Maik Beninton

Last year there was another supergroup featuring a member of Sepultura that wasn’t Killer be Killed. It didn’t have much coverage like KbK did. Probably because, aside from Andreas Kisser and Alex Gonzalez (Maná), the other members bands aren’t very famous. Andres Gimenez of A.N.I.M.A.L, D-Mente and Flavio Cianciaurlo of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs. Check the main riff of the song; it’s so groovy.


Ron Deuce

You cannot get anymore super than a group featuring members of Converge, Cave In and Isis. Old Man Gloom death n’ rolls you with the riff that starts at 0:29 and flat out steamrolls your crust punk trousers off. That is what you call a super official riff.


Shrimp In A Pizza Box

0:56, main riff of the song, much better if you listen to it after the solo and the following chorus about 2 minutes in. Most supergroups sux, Iron Reagan doesn’t.


Howard Dean

Supergroup riffs, you say? DISMA. Say it out loud. DISMA. Say it again. DISMA. Carve that shit into your arm with a rusty steak knife. DISMA. Make sure to carve it in all caps for greater effect (Seriously, it works. It’s like you’re yelling — smart people yell all the time). The hardest part was picking just one riff. Towards the Megalith is a clinic on how to construct a death metal album. I could’ve randomly picked a point in any song on his album and found a winner. But this one is real choice. Enjoy. Start at 1:21. FUN FACT: This riff also could have won tremolo RotW had a certain insane American politician (who is now talking about himself in the 3rd person) not submitted that world-destroying DsO riff (a.k.a the greatest tremolo riff ever made). I’m losing my mind. DISMA.


Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

It was either this or Judith. I’m sorry Maynard, but my man-crush for Mike Patton is stronger than the one I have for you. Now if you excuse me, I need to organize a three-way between me, Margot Robbie and Mike Patton (Remember the golden rule), brb.


Brock Samson

Murder Construct is a grind super group featuring members of Cattle Decapitation, Intronaut, Exhumed, Dreaming Dead and Bad Acid Trip.  Enjoy this tasty riff at 1:45.



Off the top of my head, the only true supergroups that are good are Down (first album) and Arcturus (first few albums). I think Arcturus peaked with their second album, BUT this contest is about the riffs, and the riffs are on the first album. 30 seconds in.



This lineup of Arcturus was and remains something truly unique in black metal, and this riff is the culmination of all their otherworldly powers. Too bad the fuckers only play it for four bars in the song, from 1:13 – 1:29. It is gone as quickly as it appears, leaving nothing but chilly feels in its wake. Freeze your asses off, plebs.



Yeah, it’s Testament, but this is Testament with the rhythm section that was spawned straight from Beelzebub’s bowels. Joining Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson we have Steve DiGiorgio (Death, Sadus, Vintersorg), Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Fantômas) and James Murphy (Death, Obituary, Cancer). This is Testament at their most primal and the rage is palpable. The riff starts at 0:24 but the chorus riff is just as juicy.

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