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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #61 on: January 22, 2019, 01:03:07 PM »
Lots of great examples already mentioned so I'll chuck in some Strapping Young Lad:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiDHtKlFIw0

And a little CoC:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUKzT8hIacw

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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #62 on: January 22, 2019, 04:37:56 PM »
I've been wondering about posting some CoC as well but I'm only into their hc/crossover stuff....
Looking for something a lot faster ans more energy as well though. The world needs more banging riffs.
So for bgmnts here's Corrosion of Conformity in another (my preferable) guise the twofer of Happily Ever After and Crawling
Still got my battered old 12" of this EP, bought on release

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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #64 on: January 22, 2019, 05:36:17 PM »
Machine Head - Davidian - Obviously Robb FLynn is a bit of a joke and this song is no where near as heavy as other tracks on here, but that outro riff from around 3:40 is AWESOME.

Meshuggah - Lethargica - As you can tell I like heavy riffs that are pretty much one note repeated. The riff from 3:03 is URGGHHH.


Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #65 on: January 22, 2019, 06:57:40 PM »
Disco's shite though, isn't it?
Was the misleading question propagated by a handful of guitar-snob at best and homophobic, racist and sexistat worst, music journalists in the mid-70s (Danny Baker aside) in contradiction to vast swathes of the population’s correct opinion that it actually really rather good.

Imagine listening to this and thinking it was crap just because it didn’t have Jimmy Page on it.

https://youtu.be/rvUMTpenVRI


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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #67 on: January 22, 2019, 09:22:32 PM »
Was the misleading question propagated by a handful of guitar-snob at best and homophobic, racist and sexistat worst, music journalists in the mid-70s (Danny Baker aside) in contradiction to vast swathes of the population’s correct opinion that it actually really rather good.

it's a sneering reference to this thread: https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,71320.0/topicseen.html

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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #68 on: January 23, 2019, 02:15:29 PM »
Machine Head - Davidian

That song was on a CD that came "free" with a guitar mag I had in the 90s, before I was into metal at all. Whenever I hear it now (like just now) I get this nostalgic feeling like "what is this strange, repellent, yet oddly fascinating stuff that I'm listening to...?"

Years later, after basically bathing in metal and not really giving a tinker's cuss about Machine Head, that opening riff still does something for me. Whenever my guitar is in drop-D (or some equivalent play-bar-chords-with-one-finger tuning) I find myself strumming it instinctively like a dog chasing its own fart.

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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #69 on: January 23, 2019, 03:24:52 PM »
That song was on a CD that came "free" with a guitar mag I had in the 90s, before I was into metal at all. Whenever I hear it now (like just now) I get this nostalgic feeling like "what is this strange, repellent, yet oddly fascinating stuff that I'm listening to...?"

Years later, after basically bathing in metal and not really giving a tinker's cuss about Machine Head, that opening riff still does something for me. Whenever my guitar is in drop-D (or some equivalent play-bar-chords-with-one-finger tuning) I find myself strumming it instinctively like a dog chasing its own fart.

Drop-B 40 cents sharp...but yeah, great riffs allover that album.

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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #70 on: January 23, 2019, 03:31:17 PM »
Yeah I know it's not actually D, I just meant the guitar format where the 6th string is tuned the same as the 4th*. Regardless of what the root is actually tuned to, you can play a ridiculous amount of riffs with just your index finger.

I can't even name another Machine Head song apart from that one.

*EDIT: but an octave lower OBVIOUSLY.

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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #71 on: January 23, 2019, 06:23:00 PM »
Oh, while I think about it, this thread needs more Schuldiner. Anyone willing to oblige?

Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #72 on: January 24, 2019, 01:56:29 AM »
Entombed left hand path, just the best opening track to a debut. https://youtu.be/D6exw6xT0oo

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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #73 on: January 24, 2019, 03:31:00 AM »
Hum - The Scientists
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjAK1CAz7Io

but really it's got to be Only Shallow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyYMzEplnfU

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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #74 on: January 27, 2019, 08:13:42 PM »
Boulder - Rage With The Dead
Used to hammer this one into the ground with my old band at rehearsals and soundchecks. Goddamn, it's fun to play! Boulder were just riff machines. Listen to their first two LPs - it's like a breakbeat sample LP, but for smoking guitar bits.

Yes, yes and thrice yes.  Their ‘Back For the Show’ (which I can’t seem to find on youtube) is a riff masterpiece.

Equally, you can pick anything from Serpent Throne.  All of their stuff is solid gold:

The Battle of Old Crow

And here’s a little tossed off top 25 but I think they’ve all been mentioned so far:

Rifflist 2019

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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #75 on: January 27, 2019, 11:40:51 PM »
Speaking of metal and disco, this little beauty is absolute trove of massive grooves:

Cathedral - Midnight Mountain

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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #76 on: January 28, 2019, 12:12:15 AM »
Not got far down but nice to see Across Tundras get a mention on that list. I really love his music and I don't think he gets enough attention.


He's got the few physical bits all at $5 as of today on his bandcamp, he does this once in a while and loads of his digital stuff is pay what you want. Lives in a trailer out in Nebraska, collecting his rocks and growing his greens, so chuck him a few quid if you're into it.

Here's a video of a non-riffy acoustic number (Townes Van Zandt cover) recorded at home

Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #77 on: January 29, 2019, 10:19:22 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fep9IDYuWKE

'This Tribal Antidote' by Killing Joke.  It feels to me like Hosannas is their heaviest album, although that could be down to a lot of things, not just the riffage.

I could listen to Killing Joke's guitarist all day...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eigtcbs5QoY

Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #78 on: April 01, 2019, 06:28:55 PM »
ANOTHER entry for Matt Pike


High on Fire- Bastard Samurai

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZuo3ryNFPk


Riff starts 40 secs in.

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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #79 on: April 01, 2019, 07:40:08 PM »
Lots of heavy stuff in Porcupine Tree post-Opeth influences:

The riff at 6.56 in this is pretty outrageous when you think of their back catalogue:

https://youtu.be/WbWhpfXisZw

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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #80 on: April 01, 2019, 10:23:23 PM »
The one from Bowie's Gene Genie and Sweet's Blockbuster.  Staying with the Sweet, the one from Love is Like Oxygen.

Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #81 on: April 02, 2019, 03:09:28 AM »
The one from Bowie's Gene Genie and Sweet's Blockbuster.  Staying with the Sweet, the one from Love is Like Oxygen.

bollocks oxygen. have this:

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xn32j

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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #83 on: April 02, 2019, 11:08:11 AM »
Lots of heavy stuff in Porcupine Tree post-Opeth influences:

The riff at 6.56 in this is pretty outrageous when you think of their back catalogue:

https://youtu.be/WbWhpfXisZw

"Blackest Eyes" has a superb riff in it, although the song as a whole isn't that heavy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh9osYZNilU

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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #84 on: April 02, 2019, 07:22:32 PM »
Pelican - March Into The Sea; basically a succession of big fucking riffs and my introduction to the band.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1XsRltRoT0

But I guess the biggest fucking riff of theirs comes from their first EP (and they still close their set with it).

Mammoth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NZ0EoOuJi4

Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #85 on: April 02, 2019, 08:08:49 PM »
I've always thought that Pelican need a better drummer, someone a bit more hard hitting. Not everyone gets to have a Jason Roeder behind the kit I suppose.

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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #86 on: April 02, 2019, 08:57:50 PM »
I've grown to love Pelican's drummer, just as they have. He helps blur their edges (alongside the rest of the band) so it it isn't just slickly produced instrumental post-metalling. They are exactly what they need to be.

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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #87 on: April 02, 2019, 11:18:52 PM »
I've grown to love Pelican's drummer, just as they have. He helps blur their edges (alongside the rest of the band) so it it isn't just slickly produced instrumental post-metalling. They are exactly what they need to be.

He's certainly not the greatest drummer in the world, but is definitely unfairly maligned, and I agree that his sloppiness gives them a nice looser, punkier feel. Metalheads can be such dipshits sometimes, especially when it comes to the sanctification of overly sterile, triggered drums. Scott Burns has a lot to answer for.

Edit: Not directed at you in anyway btw, Nice Relaxing Poo. Just feel like it's been open season on him since that scathing Pitchfork review, with everyone piling on, but a lot of folk talking out of their arses. Plus, his drumming on the first Lair of  the Minotaur album (some great riffs on that!) is solid, so he can turn it on when he needs to.

Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #88 on: April 03, 2019, 12:58:46 AM »
It's hard to define "big", I guess, but this is one of the most simple-yet-crushing:

Swans - Stay Here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5ZkzUGKQzo

And since someone already suggested Strapping Young Lad, I offer this recurring riff from one of Devin Townsend's later works (1:58):

The Devin Townsend Project - Sumeria - https://youtu.be/PHgaP41Ifd8?t=118

Bass-and-drum-heavy and few notes - that's apparently what makes a "big riff" for me.

Other nice riffs off the top of my head:  Candlemass - At The Gallows End, Carcass - Corporal Jigsore Quandary, Opeth - Serenity Painted Death (the "chorus" pinch-harmonicy riff), any number of Celtic Frost songs.
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Re: Fans of heavy music: What's the biggest fucking riff you've heard?
« Reply #89 on: April 03, 2019, 09:56:37 AM »
He's certainly not the greatest drummer in the world, but is definitely unfairly maligned, and I agree that his sloppiness gives them a nice looser, punkier feel. Metalheads can be such dipshits sometimes, especially when it comes to the sanctification of overly sterile, triggered drums. Scott Burns has a lot to answer for.

Edit: Not directed at you in anyway btw, Nice Relaxing Poo. Just feel like it's been open season on him since that scathing Pitchfork review, with everyone piling on, but a lot of folk talking out of their arses. Plus, his drumming on the first Lair of  the Minotaur album (some great riffs on that!) is solid, so he can turn it on when he needs to.

Take a listen to to the glitchiness of the rhythm (at certain points) of Mammoth, for example; that isn't him alone creating those moments; the whole band colludes and even repeats those moments as if to confirm there was no error (and still play it live exactly the same way a decade later). It's a Pelican thing to make tempos lurch faster or slower in the space of a couple of bars, they are not following the drummer; he's following suit with the band.