Thursday, February 7, 2013

Some of My All Time Favorite Riffs

Part of loving music is loving the sound of the guitar. Some people prefer solos or technical stuff, but I've always been a "riffs" guy. Don't get me wrong, I love guitar solos, but honestly I can hardly play Blitzkrieg Bop. I like catchy stuff. So why not make a list of all my favorite riffs, right? I'm not going to rank them, because that just requires too much thought/contemplation which completely defeats the purpose of writing about music to begin with! So without further adoooo.....

1. The first I'll mention is Suffocation's Funeral Inception. I might say this is my favorite riff of all time, but my mood changes alot. It is very dynamic, brutal, and cyclic. It also evolves into the main.Brilliant.

2.Carcass - Tomorrow Belongs to Nobody  This may be a weird one, I don't know. All I know is this main riff is simply an awesome work of genius. Very catchy.

3.Pantera - Mouth for War This needs no introduction. It really embodies Dimebag's legacy of heavy, chunky, catchiness. I never get tired of it.

4.Metallica - To Live Is to Die - An amazing piece of music. Lots of emotion on display.Genius

5.Deicide - They Are The Children of the Underworld   Deicide was THE Death Metal band of the mid- late 90's (to me ) This track is probably my favorite of theirs, and really sums up the whole "meat n' potatoes" Brutal Death Metal. Very heavy, very catchy.

6.Cannibal Corpse - Hammer Smashed Face      I didn't know if this would be to obvious like Angel of Death or somethin, but I'm not sure of the audience reading this so this must me mentioned.

7.Pennywise - Fight Till You Die - Full Circle is a mandatory record. The riff from the opening track of this on really sums up the sound of the record, the metal influence is slight, and suprisingly that is what makes it so interesting! Love this record.

8.Fear Factory - Self Bias Resistor - I'm not even a big Fear Factory fan, but when they got it right, they got it right! This songs' riffs are brutal as they are simple and repeatative, but not too much. Cool song to headbang to.

9.Sepultura - Mass Hypnosis  Max Cavalara and Andreas Kisser were a fuckin riff factory back in the day. I just named this song off the top of my head. Check out Beneath the Remains, Arise, Chaos AD, even Roots. Talk about a riff goldmine. These guys were geniuses. Highly Recommended

10.NOFX - Decomposer  I will never be a democrat, NOFX's War on Errorism was an inspired piece of SoCal punk rock. In case you didn't know, NOFX can fuckin shred with the best of em. Lots of great riffs from these guys..

11.Dismember - Misathropic   I'm not even that into this style of death metal, but the "Death Metal" record by Dismember is chock full of cool riffs. My only complaint is they should have saved this song for the last as it is the obvious climax of the record. But I digress.This riff is crushingly heavy, and played at multiple tempos in the song which is always cool (as in Hammer Smashed Face)

12.Bad Religion - Lookin In BR are probably my favorite band. This song epitomises the bands sound, sort of.

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