Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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Legendary Swedish Extreme metal band Mefisto have just announced there long awaited reunion. Underground metal fans will be aware of their two demos "Meglomania" 1986 and "The Puzzle" 1986 both demos which displayed metal taken to it's extreme and pushed the boundaries of what could be achieved within extreme metal. Disbanding after releasing two ground-breaking demos it seemed that was all we would hear from these the band but now after 30 years their silence has been broken.
This metalhead for one can not wait to hear what is to come!


Bio: In their own words!

Mefisto started back in 1984 under the name Torment. Along with Obscurity (as well as Merciless shortly after) the 2 were the first Swedish extreme bands to follow Bathory. Both bands were of superior quality, however after just 2 demos both folded as they were simply too early with their extreme music at the time, getting virtually no support.
Mefisto since gained a cult status, heavily influencing the upcoming extreme music underground, especially the local Stockholm Death Metal scene. Featuring megatalnted guitarist Omar Ahmed, who delivered tight riffs and great solos, played out in a classic yet extreme manner, that to this day sounds fresh and relevant. Roberto Granath delivered violent drumming like few have before, and the singer Sandro Cajander did much deeper and harsher vocals than Bathory or Venom. This deep/harsh style was later further developed by LG Petrov of Nihilist, when the group finally delivered Sweden's first 100% Death Metal effort.

http://www.mefisto.se/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mefisto-Sweden/234630006720804?fref=ts



Thursday, December 4, 2014

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In the Riff the we Trust with Zak Carter of Castle Freak.



THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?
Where Eagles Dare by Iron Maiden

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?
Probably some Maiden or Ozzy or something,  I don't remember to be honest. 

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?
Other than Tony Iommi?  
1.) Matt Pike, because come on, every Sleep riff is legendary and there isn't a bad riff on any High on Fire album
2.) George Lynch.  Listen to the first 4 Dokken albums and tell me I'm wrong.
3.) Ty Tabor from King's X.  Most underrated guitarist in hard rock/metal in my opinion.  Just listen to the albums "Dogman" and "Gretchen Goes to Nebraska".  So good.

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?
 Tony Iommi.  Obviously.

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?
 "Freelance Fiend" by Leaf Hound.  Just the intro.  The part with the cowbell. 

THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?
 I know everyone probably says "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath, but I'm gonna say either "Mr. Scary" by Dokken or "Emerald" by Thin Lizzy.  Both of those riffs are just too good.

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?
 Anything associated with C.C. Deville

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?
As far as riffs alone, my top five albums are: Black Sabbath - "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath", Annihilator - "Never, Neverland", Sleep - "Holy Mountain", Electric Wizard - "Come My Fanatics...", and Candlemass - "Nightfall".  There's not a bad riff on any of those albums in my opinon.

A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?
"Fast as a Shark" by Accept.  Anything with Flying Vs and German midgets is heavy metal.

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?
Just play the entire "Nightfall" album by Candlemass, please and thank you.

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?
A good riff can make you feel like you're on top of the world.  Like, when I hear the riff to "Fast as a Shark" I feel like I'm riding a motorcycle on top of a '69 Dodge Charger speeding down the highway while playing a Flying V, and I've got a sidecar on the motorcycle with 2 naked sluts in it making out.  It rules.


http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Castle_Freak/3540356175
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In the riff we trust with Dennis Ullehus of Roarback




 THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?
It was Korn - Falling away from me (start riff)

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?
I think it was either Korn's somebody someone or Freak on a leash

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?
All 3 from Dethklok songs!:

Briefcase full of guts (Main riff)
The Galaxy (Outro riff)
Thunderhorse (if you know the song, you know what riff I am talking about ;) 

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?
obviously it is Brendon Small

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?
White Zombie - Thunderkiss 65



THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?
Nothing else matters (couldn't we all use the money?)

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

Pantera - Good friends and a bottle of pills (that high pitch riff shit, if that even is a riff?)

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

Dethklok - The Dethalbum
Dir en Grey - Withering to Death
And some Metallica and Megadeth albums (I can't choose between their albums)

A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?
Sepultura - Arise

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?
Dethklok - The galaxy

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?
Because they make songs last for eternity...




Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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When it comes to late 80's early 90's death metal we all know about the ground breaking and pioneering Florida and Swedish death metal scenes and rightly so but it's seems that the rest of the world sometimes gets overshadowed. Which brings me to Finland in my eternal search for that overlooked hidden underground gem which will give the metalhead in me that fix which never seems to quite satisfy my ferocious need for metal. When it comes to Finland the bands that usually get mentioned are Demigod, Convulse, Amorphis and Demilich but there is one other band whose legacy shouldn't be underestimated releasing two underground demos at the tail end of the 80's and turn of the 90's and equaling in my opinion the deathly rumblings of most of what was coming out of neighbors Sweden at the time. Children of the Scorn is a bonified underground death metal classic warts and all. A filthy and brutal album which is unforgiving in it's relentless drudgery sounding like a swampy beast crawling from the deepest pits of morbid insanity. The guitars have an even more distorted and grittier sound than their Swedish counterparts and incorporate a lot of doom elements, think autopsy and your close. The album has a lot of atmosphere which is unusual for death metal releases at the time and along with the doomy riffs, some sporadic and background keyboard effects help to create this eerie feeling of unease. An album for death metal fans who are still in search of a classic death metal album of the 90's.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Funebre/9651

Monday, October 27, 2014

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If there is one period of metal which has a wealth of hidden underground gems then it has to be The New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Before Tokyo Blade and before Genghis Khan there was Killer who released one demo  before developing into Genghis Khan and then finally settling on Tokyo Blade and the rest they say is history. This demo is probably one of my favourite things ever done by any of the aforementioned bands. This captures the heart and soul of classic nwobhm. The riffs and songs are the sound of a band taking their instruments and going all out in pure unabashed metallic joy. For those who love nwobhm, Tokyo Blade or metal for that matter this is one of the must hear etal demos of the 80's.






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A set to be classic cult metal debut taking Slayer era Show No Mercy and upping the nwobhm influences to metal perfection.Hailing from Norway this two man metal beast are creating metal how it was in the heydays of the 80's when it all boiled down to the riffs and songs, no bullshit and that just about sums up this album it's not about anything else other than a pure and honest release of heavy metal. 


http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Black_Magic/118868
http://www.hrrshop.de/BLACK-MAGIC-Wizards-Spell-CD_1
https://www.facebook.com/blackmagicnorway

Sunday, October 19, 2014

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In the riff we trust with Carter Hicks of Valdrin.



  
THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

 It'd probably have to be the main riff in Enter Sandman. I don't even remember how old I was when I heard it (probably 6 or 7?) I think it sparked my interest in guitar...even if I didn't know it at the time.
WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

I believe it was Iron Man by Black Sabbath (is it even necessary to name the band here?)

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

Id say Trey Azagthoth, Mike Sifringer (Destruction), and then I'd say a tie between Jon Nodtveidt (Dissection) , and La Sale De Famine (Peste Noire)

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?

Tommy Iommi of course!

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?

The final fantasy prelude!.....no really though.

THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

The Angel Of Death bridge riff (doesn't every metal head feel this way?)

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

I don't know....sometimes bad riffs are funny and amusing but I guess I'd just have to say every Metallica riff after 1990 are pretty much the worst riffs ever.

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

Riff for riff...I don't define it that way but I guess some of my favorite albums would be                                     
Bathory - The Return
Possessed - Seven Churches
Sarcofago - Rotting
Morbid Angel -  Covenant
Windir - Arntor Ein Windir

 A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?
HOLY WARS...The Punishment Due!!!

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

The beginning of One Winged Angel by Nobuo Uematsu!

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IN THE RIFF WE TRUST WITH POLISH THRASH METALLERS DEATHINITION



THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

 Main riff from Animals – House of the Rising Sun, But I don’t know if it’s even a riff, it’s just few chords.

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY? 

The same again, Animals – House of the Rising Sun J



YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE? 

Piranha by Exodus, Helstar – to sleep per chance to scream, Metallica – And Justice for All.

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF? Gary Holt from Exodus I guess

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS? Highway to hell ;)

THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS? Riff for Khomaniac by Artillery.

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS? Do not need to remember ;)

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

 And Justice for All, Individual Though Patterns, Twisted into Form, Opressing The Masses, Tempo of the Damned. 



A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS? 

Some random riffs usually on E with bunch of melodies in this key.

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

 Hehe, I used to work in funeral company so I have been asked about that few times back then, but I have always tell different answer.

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?

 If riff is good, and fill right in the song, it will be always great. Personally I like more complex riffing rather than simple, basic approach, but it’s individual.







Monday, October 6, 2014

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IN THE RIFF WE TRUST WITH DIRK OF RAGING ROB!




THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

Dirk: Riff in the begining on KISS' Shock me

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

Dirk: Smoke on the water (Deep Purple)

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

Dirk: 1. Middlepart from Slayer's Angel of Death
        2. First Riff on Ozzy's Miracle Man
        3. First Riff on Forbidden's Through Eyes of glass

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?

Dirk: Rich Ward (only on Stuck Mojo!)

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?

Dirk: Complete Slayer Discography!



THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

Dirk: Smoke on the Water! I would be millionaire and everyone would know my f***ing name!

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

Dirk: Almost everything from the Glam Metal times!!! These suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

Dirk: 1.  Slayer Raining Blood
         2. Forbidden Forbidden Evil
         3. Metallica Master of Puppets
         4. Kiss Alive II
         5. AC/DC Let there be blood

A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?

Dirk: Middlepart from Slayer's Angel of Death

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

Dirk: Slayer's Raining Blood (complete Album)

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?

Dirk: The chunk spreads power! Gives me a peaceful kind of relaxation!
      
STAY METAL, my friend!!!
-dirk-


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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For this weeks In the Riff We Trust we put the all important questions to the slaying Simon Pickett of the metal titans Bakken.





THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?
Heartwork by Carcass, blew my 16 year old mind!

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?
Screamager by Therapy? (on the bass)

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?
Dimebag, Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?
Probably Dave Mustaine, he's a talented guy

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?
I'd like to choose Diary Of A Madman by Ozzy, but my life is way more boring than that ;-)

THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?
Ashes In Your Mouth by Megadeth

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?
Walk by Pantera. Its actually a great riff but after you've heard it a million times it gets a bit old.

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?
Gamma Ray – Land Off The Free
Helloween – Keeper Of The Seven Keys pt 2
Children Of Bodom – Follow The Reaper
Megadeth – Peace Sells
Judas Priest - Painkiller




A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?
Ride The Sky by Helloween

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?
Diary Of A Madman, I'd like to think of people headbanging at a funeral

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?
A tasty well placed riff puts a smile on your face every time :-)

BAKKEN'S NEW EP WORLDWIDE GENOCIDE IS OUT SOON!




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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

I was in the age of 17 and I wanted to play „Live Wire” from AC/DC.

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

Like every guitar player on this planet my first riff was „Smoke on the water”,
of course.

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

1. Malcolm Young-AC/DC
2. Scott Ian-Anthrax
3. Gary Holt-Exodus

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?

In my point of view it's Malcolm Young. He made his musical career with only
three cords and created his own Rock'n'Roll universe!

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?

Ulvaskall from Grand Magus. A great metal band from Sweden.
Check out their first two records. Fantastic stuff!

THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

The ”Hammer and Life”-riff from the Exodus album „Exhibit B: The Human
Condition”. Such a great song from a great band!

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

„The final Countdown” of course!

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

1. Metallica: Kill 'em all
2. Motorhead: Overkill
3. Anthrax: State of Euphoria
4. Sodom: Better off Dead
5. Grand Magus: Monument

A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY
THEM IS?

This is easy to answer. Of course he or she has to listen to the riff of „Paranoid”
from Black Sabbath. One time playing, no more questions :-)

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

I think the best riff to be played at my funeral is „Dead Again” from
Type O Negative. A very cool band always looking in a very ironic way on subjects like death and so on. Last  not but least they are deeply influenced by the
Beatles, which I appreciate a lot.

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?

The riff itself is one of the main elements in metal music. Bands like Black
Sabbath with their extraordinary guitarist Tony Iommi is a good example of what a good riff is all about. This band was copied a thousand times but was never reached!
And with this kind of music they created a whole genre.
A good riff can make you move!



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https://myspace.com/assassinthrashmetal
https://www.youtube.com/user/AGDHQ

Saturday, August 16, 2014

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This weeks dose of he riff with thrashers Eternal Judgement!

THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

IRON MAN - BLACK SABBATH .


WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

IRON MAN - BLACK SABBATH .


YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

HETFIELD , MUSTAINE & SCHULDINER .


WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?

HETFIELD .


THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?

SAD BUT TRUE .


THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

SAD BUT TRUE . ( ONE OF THE LOUDEST SONG EVER ) .


THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

RAMSTEIN .


RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

BACK IN BLACK ( AC/DC ) , MASTER OF PUPPETS ( METALLICA ) , DOMINATION ( MORBID ANGEL ) , COWBOYS FROM HELL ( PANTERA ) & HELL AWAITS ( SLAYER ) .


A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?

HIT THE LIGHTS


THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

HELLS BELLS ( OR RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL BUT IT IS ONE OF MY FRIENDS IDEAS ALL READY ) .



WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?

THEY SUCK .


https://www.facebook.com/eternaljudgmentmetal
http://eternaljudgment.bandcamp.com/

Monday, August 11, 2014

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THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?  

R/ Hi my name is jimmy Acevedo of Betrayer f.t.m. speed thrash metal band  from south America Colombia and the riff that put me into heavy metal living stile was metallica kill em all phantom lord riff.

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

R/ paranoid from black sabbath

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

1)     Jimmy page led zeppelin
2)     Tony iommy from black sabbath
3)     Ritchie blackmore




WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?

R/ Tony Iommy from black sabbath

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?

R/ escape song from Metallica ride the lighting  

THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

R/ electric eye from judas priest

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

R/ I don’t know  

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

R/  Metallica kill em all
     Black Sabbath black Sabbath
     Iron maiden number of the beast
     Motorhead another perfect day
     Judas priest hell bent for leather
     Tank this means war
     Venom welcome to hell

A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?

R/ Metallica hit the lights

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

 R/ metalized blood form Desaster 

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Betrayer_F.T.M./115969