Oh snap! We’re officially in the top ten and only one day away from finding out which riff crushes them all! Have you been keeping up with the awesome riffages that I’ve been posting? If not, check out 25-21, 20-16, and 15-11 before you head on down. That way, you’ll give your neck a nice warm up, getting it ready for some more Guitar Riffs That Make You NEED To Headbang!
Dream Theater – “The Glass Prison”
Album: Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
Start of the riff: 1:54
Another one that takes a while to get things going, the intro of “The Glass Prison” is a slow burn, taking its time before suddenly WHAM! Everything stops and the guitar pulls out a riff that makes blatant use of the Digitech Whammy to great effect. Then you add in Mike Portnoy’s blistering drumming and you’ve got yourself a riff that has made me put my pedal to the floor multiple times while driving (seriously Dream Theater, you think you can pay these tickets off?).
After The Burial – “Encased In Ice”
Album: In Dreams
Start of the riff: 0:07
Groovy, unbelievably heavy and with a guitar tone that is very unique, I can’t get enough of this riff. And for as cheesy as it is, the scream of “Motherf*cker c’mon!” works like a charm.
Slayer – “Raining Blood”
Album: Reign in Blood
Start of the riff: 0:54
Rhythmic pounding drums open up this song as guitars feedback, howling like wounded animals, ready to explode for one final kill. Then, the guitars come together to create one of the most iconic introductions in the metal world. At 0:54, an explosion of violence erupts and heads roll.
Opeth – “The Funeral Portrait”
Album: Blackwater Park
Start of the riff: Pretty much the whole damn song
This is the first of two songs where the entire song is pretty much headbang worthy. Each riff builds off the previous one into something more and more heavy. If you thought that first heavy guitar riff was intense, just let the song keep playing. Opeth was never a group to shy away from bringing the goods. This song just so happens to be among the cream of their crop.
TesseracT – “Concealing Fate Part II: Deception”
Album: Concealing Fate EP
Start of the riff: 2:52
My boys from England were definitely going to make the list with this track. Using a long build up, the track is almost hypnotic in its use of tech/math chugging. Add to that Daniel Tompkins’ soothing, glorious voice and it becomes very easy to get lulled into a sense of false security. But when that djent riff comes in after the second chorus, all hell breaks loose.
Tune in tomorrow for riffs 5-1!