For this week's In the Riff We Trust we sat down with Deconstructing Sequence.
THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?
“Mother North” main riff by Satyricon! I can’t recall any other guitarwork that shredded my soul to pieces in a similar way. Very intense and inspiring, you listen to it and instantly know that this is the hymn of the North! I’ve heard that and said to myself “shit, I wanna play stuff like that”
WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?
That was “Paranoid” riff by Black Sabbath. I remember struggling with those hammer-ons thinking “how can he play them so effortlessly? That’s fuckin’ impossible!” But I had to know how to play the riff, fuck Metallica, I wanted my first riff to be Sabbath!
YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?
Karl Sanders from Nile for redefining extreme metal riffs with exotic elements, Rune “Blapshemer” Eriksen from Mayhem/Ava Inferi for brilliant harmonies and Vegard “Ihsahn” Sverre Tveitan for very eclectic and open-minded riffwork throughout Emperor and his solo work.
WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?
Blapshemer! Maybe I don’t value his music as much as other’s, but his riffwork is exceptional. Both in terms of innovation and harmony. This guy has a 3D musical imagination, there is that extra depth to his tunes. And the stuff he made on “Ordo Ad Chao”? Pure musical genius!
THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?
It’s hard to pinpoint a single riff, as the tides of life are changing, but many times when I was facing a challenge in my life and when the first wave of consternation fell back and determination kicked in instead I’ve heard opening riff to “Nemesis Divina” by Satyricon in my head.
THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?
Introductory riff to “In Lies Where Upon You Lie” from Mayhem’s “Grand Declaration of War”. Brilliant melody, brilliant structure, a single riff that has some very interesting twists in it’s duration. It builds up and resolves within it’s own structure, it has an identity and story on its own.
THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?
“Satanic Blood” riff by Von. Yeah I know the got some cult following and are praised by some, but seriously…. This isn’t even mediocre…
RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?
“Prometheus” by Emperor, “Grand Declaration Of War” by Mayhem, “Fractal Possesion” by Abigor, “Supervillain Outcast” by Dodheimsgard, “Those Whom The Gods Detest” by Nile
A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?
“Deathcrush” main riff by Mayhem. It’s just self-explanatory. Pure evil, pure metal.
THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?
“The Light That Would Fade” first riff by Doom:VS. Nothing else suits a funeral better than doom metal and this song is top-notch!
WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?
They make the song recognizable and immortal . They are a beginning, an idea to what can be a great, killer song!
Deconstructing Sequence released their debut Ep "Year One" last year with their second Ep " Access Code" to hit on August 14th.