We have arrived. The final five riffs that make you NEED to headbang. It’s been one helluva week getting to this point and I’m sure that many of you are dying to know which songs I’ve picked as the elite amongst the elite. If you’re not already too sore to move your head some more, head on inside for the ultimate dose of guitar riff punishment.
Meshuggah – “Bleed”
Start of the riff: Pretty much the whole damn song
Yesterday saw Opeth‘s “The Funeral Portrait” as the first song where pretty much every riff was worthy of mentioning. This track is the second. Pure chaos and savagery dominates this track making it an absolutely terrifying experience.
Bloodbath – “Iesous”
Album: The Fathomless Mastery
Start of the riff: 1:01
Perhaps the most vile, evil track in this entire list, this song sees the second appearance of Mikael Akerfeldt. Another song that builds up to a furious riff, the first minute of this song is nothing short of frenzied madness. When it all comes together a minute in, it’s so vicious that it sounds like razor sharp teeth gnashing away at your soul.
Soilwork – “Stabbing The Drama”
Album: Stabbing The Drama
Start of the riff: 0:50
This song might have the most epic of build ups on this list. And when that guitar riff comes in, it’s a wave of sonic destruction washing down upon you.
In Flames – “Only For The Weak”
Start of the riff: 0:21
The beginning of this song is, at the very least, a toe-tapper. But when that up-beat guitar riff comes in, it’s so unexpected and groovy. It’s impossible for me to hear the song and not lose my sh*t when that moment comes in.
And the number one guitar riff that makes you NEED to headbang:
Gojira – “The Heaviest Matter Of The Universe”
Album: From Mars To Sirius
Start of the riff: 0:51
Everything leading up to this riff is off-kilter. Just when you think you’ve got the beat down, the band throws you in for a loop. Then, everything comes together in blisteringly fast drums and sustained, dissonant chords right before the most intense, headbang-worthy riff bursts forth. Guitarist/vocalist Joe Duplantier’s hoarse “GO!” is an invitation for pure, mindless, wild pandemonium. Reign supreme Gojira, reign supreme.
And that ends Bloody-Disgusting’s Top 25 Guitar Riffs That Make You NEED To Headbang! I have to give thanks to Adam Dodd for the amazing banner. Also, he recommended that THIS be the ultimate headbang song. I disagreed.
If you think a riff should’ve made the list and wasn’t on there, share it in the comments below!