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

Posted by \m/ The Power of the Riff \m/ | File under :
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
https://www.facebook.com/CastleFreakPhilly
https://castlefreak.bandcamp.com/


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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...