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Posted in: Forum Home >> General Music Discussion >> RIFFER MADNESS

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Aug 12, 2009 2:10 AM ET #1 (permalink)

Ok, we've all heard tons of guitar riffs throughout the course of our musical interest. Now it is time to decide which "riff" reigns over all. Simply list the riff in which YOU think is the greatest of all time. Remember, there are no boundaries here, the riff can range from any time period and genre. Also, if you find it difficult to decide on just ONE, feel free to list your top 3,5,10, or maybe even 100! Make sure to provide the artist's name as well. Very well then...choose wisely!

Aug 12, 2009 2:29 AM ET #2 (permalink)

Slayer - Black Magic
Exodus - Bonded By Blood
Razor - Evil Invaders
Violent Force - Sign of Evil
Darkness - Tarsman of Chor (melodic riff)

(This post was last edited on August 12, 2009 at 12:51 PM ET.)

Aug 12, 2009 2:33 AM ET #3 (permalink)

Opeth ->; Damnation ->; Death Whispered A Lullaby ->; 3:27/3:28 til end.

Puts me in a trance, EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Seriously, I could listen to an album of just that, over and over and over. I wouldn't even know the time was passing.

Aug 12, 2009 12:13 PM ET #4 (permalink)

1. Megadeth - Tornado Of Souls
2. Nothingface - Make Your Own Bones
3. Obituary - Cause Of Death
4. Slayer - Black Magic
5. Old Man's Child - The Plague Of Sorrow
6. Acid Bath - Tranquilized
7. Deftones - Lotion
8. 3 Inches Of Blood - Goatriders' Horde
9. Converge - Eagles Become Vultures
10. Helmet - Unsung/Crowbar - Self-Inflicted

As you can clearly see, I like variety and it doesn't necessarily have to be "shred shred br00tal kerrykingsolo shred dundundurka" all the fuckin time.

Aug 12, 2009 1:03 PM ET #5 (permalink)

Top 9 from the top of my head,

1. Master of Puppets/Battery/One/etc. (Metallica)
2. Lack of Comprehension - (Death)
3. Baptized in Fire and Ice - (Bathory)
4. God of Emptiness - (Morbid Angel)
5. Terminal Spirit Disease - (At The Gates)
6. Metal Church - (Metal Church)
7. Transylvanian Hunger - (Darkthrone)
8. Bloody Kisses - (Type O Negative)
9. Phobophile - (Cryptopsy)

(This post was last edited on August 12, 2009 at 2:02 PM ET.)

Aug 12, 2009 2:05 PM ET #6 (permalink)

In no particular:

1. Acid Bath= Cassie Eats Cockroaches
2. Sepultura= Slave New World
3. Pantera= War Nerve
4. Amorphis= My Kantele
5. Metallica= Dyer's Eve (sorry Branded, it's just badass)

There are so many more, but this is just what I can come up at this moment.

Aug 12, 2009 3:12 PM ET #7 (permalink)

Man, I haven't listened to Acid Bath in a while, but as soon as I read that, I could hear that riff. It definitely sticks with you.

Aug 12, 2009 8:23 PM ET #8 (permalink)

Fat Lip by Sum 41. Sorry guys but I love it.
The intro rules!

Aug 12, 2009 8:47 PM ET #9 (permalink)

Destruction Overdrive - BLS
Princess of the Night - Saxon
Voodoo - Black Sabbath
Sinners Swing - Van Halen
Nobody's Fault But Mine - Led Zeppelin

This list is bound to grow... these are just a few off the top
of the ol noggin.!

Aug 12, 2009 8:54 PM ET #10 (permalink)

Sum 41 is a guilty pleasure of mine so I'll agree with Wiggles on that one.

Another non-metal riff I love. Every Morning by Sugar Ray. Sorry guys but it's classic!

Purely metal though...

Slayer - South Of Heaven
Slayer - Dead Skin Mask
Black Sabbath - Symptom Of The Universe
Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
Pantera - Walk
Sepultura - Refuse/Resist
Anthrax - I Am The Law
Metallica - Seek And Destroy
Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
Judas Priest - Breaking The Law
Saxon - Wheels Of Steel
AC/DC - Highway To Hell
AC/DC - Back In Black
Budgie - Breadfan
Budgie - Breaking All The House Rules
Body Count - There Goes The Neighbourhood

I'm sure I could think of alot more lol.

Aug 12, 2009 9:36 PM ET #11 (permalink)

You can check some of my memories spanning 30 years on the lame entitled "GnR wins best riff ever!!!!" or some such lameassed bullshit. I can't guarantee that those are the best, just that they were what I could come up with in my present state of sobriety.

Aug 17, 2009 8:37 PM ET #12 (permalink)

master of puppets metallica
gung ho anthrax
relentless strapping young lads
wrathchild ironmaiden
hell awaits slayer
eye of horus decpitated
into the arena msg
heir apparent opeth
the philosopher death
amok run kreator
advancing once more hail of bullets
dallas 1 pm saxon
stranglehold ted nugent
cannibal corpse everything they put out on cd or album they rule

Aug 18, 2009 9:02 AM ET #13 (permalink)

Fvck its a hard one :

Metallica - Master of Puppets
Slayer - Reign in Blood album
Pantera - Becoming, Walk, Cowboys from Hell etc
Megadeth - Symphony of Destruction
Cannibal Corpse - Hammer Smash Face
Iron Maiden - Fear of the Dark / Dance of Death
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Mayhem - Freezing Moon

All I can think of so far

Aug 18, 2009 7:14 PM ET #14 (permalink)


lynch mob paris is burning
pantera cowboys from hell
morbid angel everything they ever did

Aug 27, 2009 10:22 PM ET #15 (permalink)

Supernaut - Black Sabbath
Mob Rules - Black Sabbath
Painkiller - Judas Priest
Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest
Seasons in The Abyss - Slayer
Death Rider - Anthrax
Only For The Weak - In Flames
Damage Inc. - Metallica
How Many More Times - Led Zeppelin
Achilles Last Stand - Led Zeppelin.
There are tons, I just figured I'd list a few of my favourites that I didn't notice on the list already.

Aug 28, 2009 1:37 PM ET #16 (permalink)

I will stand by it till the end of time. Raining Blood by Slayer has the greatest riff of all time hands down.

Past that, my favorite would have to be Black Dog by Led Zepp. I love playing that everytime I pick up the guitar.

Opeth's Ghost of Perdition ond Isis's Holy Tears always put me into a jolly, yet relaxed and entranced mood.

Anything by Behemoth really. Any riff they have in their arsenal makes me giddy like a schoolgirl that just lost her virginity to the most popular boy in school. With a few exceptions however. there are a few songs, and a few riffs within other songs of their that i just cant seem to stand.

Aug 29, 2009 12:17 AM ET #17 (permalink)

This is one of those posts that I could go on about all day... SO I WILL: (btw, I realize not everyone is gonna read this, I just felt like doing it for fun)

#1 Slayer - Raining Blood

The rest (in alphabetical order): Amon Amarth - Pursuit Of Vikings

Annihilator - Human Insecticide and Refresh The Demon

Anthrax - Among The Living, Caught In A Mosh, Indians, and Deathrider

Arch Enemy - Nemesis

At The Gates - Blinded By Fear
Behemoth - Towards Babylon, The Nephilim Rising, Slaves Shall Serve, Slaying The Prophets Ov Isa

Black Dahlia Murder - Contagion, Elder Misanthropy (it's just really catchy)

Black Sabbath - Heanven And Hell, Black Sabbath, The Wizard, N.I.B., Children Of The Grave, War Pigs, Paranoid, Electric Funeral, Hand Of Doom, Snowblind.

Burzum - War (yeah, that's right, I'm putting this on here)

Cannibal Corpse (the main ones) - Stripped, Raped And Strangled/ Priests Of Sodom, Shatter Their Bones, Hammer Smashed Face, Frantic Disembowelment, Festering In The Crypt.

Celtic Frost - Crypts Of Rays

Cradle Of Filth - Scorched Earth Erotica, Beauty Slept In Sodom (it's a slow but it's awesome)

Danzig (metal elvis) - Twist Of Cain

Death (oh boy) - Lack Of Comprehension, Trapped In A Corner (the two riffs, one at 1:08, the other at 1:19), Pull The Plug (whole song), Evil Dead, Beyond The Unholy Grave, Bite The Pain, Spirit Crusher (from 2:20 to 2:55), Misanthrope, Symbolic (most of the song), Crystal Mountain (certain parts).

Decapitated - Spheres Of Madness

Deicide - Forever Hate You, Scars Of The Crucifix, Fuck Your God

Dethklok - Thunderhorse

Dimmu Borgir - Blessings Upon The Throne Of Tyranny, Kings Of The Carnival Creation

Dio - Holy Diver

Disturbed - Get Psycho

Dying Fetus - Homicidal Retribution

Evile - Thrasher (I know it's a whole bunch of open notes, I don't give a damn. But the whole song actually has great riffs)

Exodus - Piranha, The Toxic Waltz

The Faceless - Legions Of The Serpent

God Dethroned - Necromagnon (top 10 stuff right there)

Gojira - Ocean Planet (calm but awesome)

Gwar - Bring Back The Bomb

Hate - Hex (whole song), Euphoria Of A New Breed, Omega

Hypocrisy - Warpath (certain parts), Legions Descend

Immortal - Against The Tide (In The Arctic World), One By One

Iron Maiden - Prowler (top 10), Be Quick Or Be Dead, Aces High (certain parts)

Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze (top 10), Foxy Lady

Judas Priest - Painkiller

Kataklysm - Like Angels Weeping The Dark, In Shadows And Dust, In Words Of Desperation

Kreator - Flag Of Hate, Enemy Of God, Betrayer, Love Us Or Hate Us,

Kronos - The Road Of Salvation, Divine Vengeance

Lamb Of God - Purified, A Devil In God's Country, Laid To Rest, Hourglass (whole song), Now You've Got Something To
Die For

Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song, Whole Lotta Love, Living Loving Maid, Black Dog

Living Sacrifice - Violence

Machine Head - Clenching The Fists Of Descent

Megadeth - Symphony Of Destruction, Holy Wars... The Punishment Due (pretty much whole song), Kill The King

Metallica - Way too many, but if I had to choose 6 - Damage Inc., Seek And Destroy, Metal Militia, Fight Fire With Fire,
Battery, Master Of Puppets. (oh, and the whole intro to Dyers Eve).

Mors Prinpium Est - Sinners Defeat

Motley Crue - Live Wire

Municipal Waste - The Art Of Partying

Nile - Cast Down The Heretic, Sacrifice Unto Sebek, Lashed To The Slave Stick, Execration Text/ As He Creates, So He Destroys/ The Essential Salts.

Obituary - Slowly We Rot

Overkill - Rotten To The Core, Elimination, Deny The Cross

Ozzy Osbourne - I Don't Know, Crazy Train

Pantera - Cowboys From Hell, Heresy (top 10), The Art Of Shredding, Slaughtered, 5 Minutes Alone, Drag The Waters, Yesterday Don't Mean Shit (top 10), Mouth For War, Walk, Fucking Hostile, Regular People, By Demons Be Driven, Rise.

Sepultura - Arise, Refuse/Resist, Roots Bloody Roots

Six Feet Under - Sick In The Head, Ugly, Blind And Gagged, Ghosts Of The Undead, Feasting On The Blood Of The
Insane, War Is Coming, Shadow Of The Reaper.

Skeletonwitch - Beyond The Permafrost (top 10), Upon Wings Of Black, Vengeance Will Be Mine, Fire From The Sky.

SLAYER (this one is gonna take a bit) - Raining Blood (#1 best riff ever invented), Flesh Storm, Angel Of Death, Jihad (1:47 mark), Black Serenade, Cult, Killing Fields, Dittohead, Hell Awaits (whole intro, #3), Spirit In Black (#2), War Ensemble, Kill Again, At Dawn They Sleep, Necrophiliac, Black Magic (top 10), Necrophobic, Piece By Piece, Altar Of Sacrifice, Postmortem, Skeletons Of Society, Born Of Fire, Seasons In The Abyss, Evil Has No Boundaries, The Antichrist, Die By The Sword, Metal Storm/Face The Slayer, Show No Mercy, South Of Heaven, Live Undead, Behind The Crooked Cross, Mandatory Suicide, Spill The Blood, Scrum.

Sodom - Agent Orange, M-16, Code Red, Book Burning, Christ Passion

Suicidal Tendencies - Trip At The Brain, War Inside My Head

System Of A Down - Attack, B.Y.O.B., Cigaro, Nuguns

Tankard - Total Addiction

Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever, Stranglehold

Testament - Legions Of The Dead (top 10), Over The Wall, Raging Waters (certain parts), C.O.T.L.O.D.

Torture Killer - Forever Dead

Vader - The Sea Came In At Last, The One Made Of Dreams (main riff, top 10), Wings.

Venom - Black Metal, Countess Bathory, Welcome To Hell.

Vital Remains - Dechristianize, Savior To None... Failure For All..., Icons Of Evil, In Infamy (2:00-2:37)

Warbringer - Total War (whole song), At The Crack Of Doom, Instruments Of Torture (1:13-1:44)

Watch Them Die - Bastard Son (first 2 riffs)

Wolfmother - Woman, Joker & The Thief.

3 Inches Of Blood - Deadly Sinners

Those are the ones going through my ipod I thought needed mention, so 2 hours and 45 minutes later, I am done. Enjoy!

P.S. Someone should create a favorite solos one, that would be interesting.

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