Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Posted by \m/ The Power of the Riff \m/ | File under : ,



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/


Posted by \m/ The Power of the Riff \m/ | File under :
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...




Posted by \m/ The Power of the Riff \m/ | File under : ,


Back in the day people used to make mixtapes for each other on actual cassette tapes. With the coming of CDs, CD compilations became a big thing. The internet age in the 21st Century is fastly eroding the physical in music and digital is how everything is done. Compilations and mixtapes have not died away though and thanks to such streaming sites like Bandcamp, Soundcloud and YouTube, people can freely share their favourite tunes.

Dewar PR, which specialises in effective heavy metal and hard rock publicity, has put together a digital compilation of some of the most interesting tunes coming from the heavy metal underground at the moment. This collection of songs represents what Dewar PR strives for: discovering talent deep in the underground and providing it with the media coverage it deserves.

The compilation is available for free streaming and download via MetalRecusants. (URL: http://metalrecusants.com/2014/12/03/dewar-pr-releases-free-compilation-via-metalrecusants/)

For more information regarding Dewar PR, please visit us on FacebookTwitter or simply email us at dewarpr@gmail.com

Included on this digital mixtape are bands that have worked with Dewar PR and those who haven’t but we thought that you would enjoy. 


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Posted by \m/ The Power of the Riff \m/ | File under :



When it comes to late 80's early 90's death metal we all know about the ground breaking and pioneering Florida and Swedish death metal scenes and rightly so but it's seems that the rest of the world sometimes gets overshadowed. Which brings me to Finland in my eternal search for that overlooked hidden underground gem which will give the metalhead in me that fix which never seems to quite satisfy my ferocious need for metal. When it comes to Finland the bands that usually get mentioned are Demigod, Convulse, Amorphis and Demilich but there is one other band whose legacy shouldn't be underestimated releasing two underground demos at the tail end of the 80's and turn of the 90's and equaling in my opinion the deathly rumblings of most of what was coming out of neighbors Sweden at the time. Children of the Scorn is a bonified underground death metal classic warts and all. A filthy and brutal album which is unforgiving in it's relentless drudgery sounding like a swampy beast crawling from the deepest pits of morbid insanity. The guitars have an even more distorted and grittier sound than their Swedish counterparts and incorporate a lot of doom elements, think autopsy and your close. The album has a lot of atmosphere which is unusual for death metal releases at the time and along with the doomy riffs, some sporadic and background keyboard effects help to create this eerie feeling of unease. An album for death metal fans who are still in search of a classic death metal album of the 90's.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Funebre/9651

Monday, October 27, 2014

Posted by \m/ The Power of the Riff \m/ | File under : ,

If there is one period of metal which has a wealth of hidden underground gems then it has to be The New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Before Tokyo Blade and before Genghis Khan there was Killer who released one demo  before developing into Genghis Khan and then finally settling on Tokyo Blade and the rest they say is history. This demo is probably one of my favourite things ever done by any of the aforementioned bands. This captures the heart and soul of classic nwobhm. The riffs and songs are the sound of a band taking their instruments and going all out in pure unabashed metallic joy. For those who love nwobhm, Tokyo Blade or metal for that matter this is one of the must hear etal demos of the 80's.






Posted by \m/ The Power of the Riff \m/ | File under :

A set to be classic cult metal debut taking Slayer era Show No Mercy and upping the nwobhm influences to metal perfection.Hailing from Norway this two man metal beast are creating metal how it was in the heydays of the 80's when it all boiled down to the riffs and songs, no bullshit and that just about sums up this album it's not about anything else other than a pure and honest release of heavy metal. 


http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Black_Magic/118868
http://www.hrrshop.de/BLACK-MAGIC-Wizards-Spell-CD_1
https://www.facebook.com/blackmagicnorway

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Posted by \m/ The Power of the Riff \m/ |

In the riff we trust with Carter Hicks of Valdrin.



  
THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

 It'd probably have to be the main riff in Enter Sandman. I don't even remember how old I was when I heard it (probably 6 or 7?) I think it sparked my interest in guitar...even if I didn't know it at the time.
WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

I believe it was Iron Man by Black Sabbath (is it even necessary to name the band here?)

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

Id say Trey Azagthoth, Mike Sifringer (Destruction), and then I'd say a tie between Jon Nodtveidt (Dissection) , and La Sale De Famine (Peste Noire)

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?

Tommy Iommi of course!

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?

The final fantasy prelude!.....no really though.

THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

The Angel Of Death bridge riff (doesn't every metal head feel this way?)

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

I don't know....sometimes bad riffs are funny and amusing but I guess I'd just have to say every Metallica riff after 1990 are pretty much the worst riffs ever.

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

Riff for riff...I don't define it that way but I guess some of my favorite albums would be                                     
Bathory - The Return
Possessed - Seven Churches
Sarcofago - Rotting
Morbid Angel -  Covenant
Windir - Arntor Ein Windir

 A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?
HOLY WARS...The Punishment Due!!!

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

The beginning of One Winged Angel by Nobuo Uematsu!