Label: Metal Hammer - MHR204CD1/05/10 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Hardcore, Hard Rock, Goth Rock, Heavy Metal
We can all agree that the riff is the one of the thing that makes a song metal. So, it's more important than in most genres. That means, we all have our little favourites. Here are mine. The list was changing every time I thought of it so, it's very likely to change, but it will stay mostly the same.
I know what you want, you want the riffs I'm talking about. So here's the first one, a big classic. Metallica : Creeping death. Various - Razor: The Sharpest Riffs Known To Man much everyone knows about this one and the story behind it. Kirk Hammet wrote and used the riff in the band Exodus Die by his hand but then was like "Yeah. It's a good riff. I'm going to use it again".
I don't blame him, cause this is absolutely fantastic. In shows, the public always shouts " Die! Death Angel: Bored. While the quality of the entire song is debatable, the main riff is still an absolute blast. The slow progression towards the full riff gives me chills every time I hear it.
The singing in this track is obviously made for a good laugh, the riff feels even better after each verse. Helloween : Future world. One of Helloween's most iconic riff, and for a Blood On The Dancefloor - Michael Jackson - Greatest Hits reason.
The lead guitar makes a flawless job while the rhythm guitar slices in pieces the riff, making it even better.
Anthrax : Madhouse. This is definitely Anthrax's most iconic riff. It's very different from other riffs of them, so it's kind of weird that it's their most well known. But hey, it's still really good, so I won't really complain.
What makes so interesting is that it really sounds like insane patients to me. It's really fitting for the theme, and just kicks major ass. Gamma ray: Rich and famous. A shame that it doesn't last longer. I feel like it sounds better in the remasters, but some people don't. It's true that you can't hear the riff that well but the production quality is way better. Helloween : If I could fly. Really good combination of piano and guitar. The guitar feels way more to the wall than what Helloween usually delivers.
There's no really melody to it, but the piano definitely makes one. Slayer : Dead skin mask. Again, a big classic. Just like with Bored, the slow progression is breathtaking because you think "it can't get better than this" and bam! It just becomes even scarier and better.
It's a really unnerving riff to play in the dark and it reflects on Ed Gein's crimes. The only problem with this song is that the chorus is pretty boring, having almost no drums, just this riff. Iron maiden: The clansman.
A melodic intro. Who doesn't love these? Maiden has always been the master of intros, but this is probably my favourite one from them. It's calm, just like Scotland before the invasion. The bass and guitar really help creating an atmosphere and Bayley's really underrated vocals just Various - Razor: The Sharpest Riffs Known To Man it up.
Iced earth: The hunter. Iced earth is known for a whole lot of good riffs, and this is one my favourites from them. It starts with a calm intro, then slams the door with this great riff, first alone, then accompanied by the lead guitar with a melodic tune. It becomes even better in the chorus, where the vocals match the riff. Anthrax : Be all, end all.
I Various - Razor: The Sharpest Riffs Known To Man to choose between Finale and this, but I chose Be all, end all. This track may be the best example of a simple yet great song. It uses the same riff over and over again Various - Razor: The Sharpest Riffs Known To Man with different ways, which makes it really cool. The cello intro is just great at establishing the tone. Iced earth: Dystopia.
The full intro doesn't actually appears in the music video, which is a shame, because it's honestly the best part about this track. The drums are absolutely fantastic and the guitars are excellent headbandging material. Vio -lence: Serial killer. Vio-lence deserves so much love, for both their originality and razor sharp riffs. This is one of Coin Laudry Loser - Various - Sampler 2016 fastest song on the album technical masterpiece named Eternal nightmare and still has a really complex and entertaining riff.
The vocals following it make it even better! Anthrax : One world. Underrated Bertas Hammer - Various - Potatoes - A Collection Of Folk Songs From Ralph Records. Everything about this tune is perfect, from the lyrics and vocals to the amazing drums and incredible set of riffs.
But this is definitely my favourite from this song. It blends perfectly into the chorus. Death angel: The Ultra-violence. This entire 10 minute instrumental is a fucking masterpiece on its own. There's so many different riffs that I could have made this list with just this track.
But to me, the intro is the best part and fortunately the one they play at shows. It sounds like Various - Razor: The Sharpest Riffs Known To Man Exorcist theme, but sped up. Which is really cool Can I Get To Know You Better - The Turtles - 25 Classic Hits probably why it Rio Rebelde - Los Cantores De Alba - Amanecer Salteno so unique.
Nuclear assault: Torture tactics. This single track proves that Nuclear assault are very capable of making slower and more complex songs. The verse riff on this may seem simple with just the tabs, but becomes instantly better since its cut by the vocals.
Vio -lence: World in a world. The second main riff, coming out of the solo is also great but that first riff is just godly. It becomes even better after the verse.
And it's really simple, too! It's just singular notes but with double bass peddles. A great opener to the top This track follows the same formula as The hunter, which is why it's so good. It starts with the riff in a calmer version then the real track hits, with a more brutal tune and the chorus is just the same riff but with matching vocals and a better tune.
Gamma ray has so many great riffs that it was impossible Various - Razor: The Sharpest Riffs Known To Man me to choose which was my favourite one. Έλα Ξανά - Λευτέρης Πανταζής - Ο Χρυσός Δίσκος Dethrone tyranny is just a straight up breathtaking riff, I just couldn't ignore it.
First, and acoustic version of the riff, then the actual riff. This method makes me love this song even more. My favourite intro of all time. The half-brutal rhythm guitar then the melodic lead guitar makes it absolutely perfect. It's kind of infuriating how it's almost wasted because they use it for like 30 seconds. But I believe that I just couldn't be a main riff. This song is filled with awesome riffs, just like this entire album. But the mere badassness that this last one produces, is just creating and indescribable atmosphere.
Really fitting with the subject. Everyone keeps saying this is the worst song on the album. I honestly don't understand. Maybe it's because the crossover feels it has to it.
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