Category: Riff Police

Riff Police! Pull Over! #40: Exodus Vs Kreator!

Time for some classic Thrash. 1985 and “Bonded by Blood” from Exodus. An album recorded in 1984 but not released for almost a year due to label issues and re-titled from “A Lesson In Violence” due to the lack of suitable cover artwork, it’s a piece of work that not only saw Exodus rise to

Riff Police! Pull Over! #39: Testament Vs Nuclear Assault!

Ah Testament. The Chuck Billy fronted Thrashers are one of a number of bands who could arguably be named as just outside of the “Big Four” that is Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth and of course Anthrax. The Berkeley Californian quintet formed in that classic Thrash era and second album “The New Order” broke the band into

Riff Police! Pull Over! #38 Metallica Vs Gama Bomb!

Signed to AFM Records and hailing from both Newry and Dublin are Ireland’s finest Thrash Metal five piece since… ever. Gama Bomb have been laying down the gauntlet to all challengers for the past 16 years and with newly released “Speed Between The Lines” are showing no sign of any let up. “Zombie Blood Nightmare”

Riff Police! Pull Over! #37: Haste Vs Old Wounds!

text In 2003 “The Mercury Lift”, the third full length in six years recorded by Birmingham, Alabama’s Haste and released by Century Media is a fine effort. It features improved craft and melody over the bands previous pair of efforts, especially in the dual vocal department, while maintaining a Southern Rock inspired breakdown and double bass break element throughout. One song that stood

Riff Police! Pull Over! #36: Kreator Vs Carcass!

German Thrash Metal titans Kreator brought the World to pain with their forth studio album “Extreme Aggression” in the summer of 1989. Recorded in Hollywood, California in the January-February of that year, the band took advantage of their growing fanbase and live reputation following a tour with D.R.I across the US the previous year. While

Riff Police! Pull Over! #35: Pantera Vs Soulfly!

“The Great Southern Trendkill” was released in 1996 to some critical acclaim. Not only Pantera‘s eighth studio album, but widely considered their most aggressive to date and the first to feature Drop G downtuned guitar work. By this point in their career there were growing tensions in the Pantera camp (allegedly due to the Abbot brothers taste for Whiskey and Anselmo’s hunger for Heroin) which

Riff Police! Pull Over! #34: The Browning Vs Limp Bizkit!

“Sick Minds”, the opening track from “Giest” the new album from Kansas City’s The Browning stands out for a very familiar riff after its synth intro. The bands greater Nu-Metal leanings on their new album should come as no surprise with the band starting out in 2005, very shortly after the height of the Nu-Metal

Riff Police! Pull Over! #33: Danzig Vs Stone Temple Pilots!

Having already made his name and his mark with horror punks Misfits, their frontman Danzig went on to create music in a whole other style with his solo project. 1990 saw the arrival of the bands second album “Danzig II: Lucifuge” which saw production from Rick Rubin. One particular song “Snakes of Christ” stood out with it’s classy riffage from

Riff Police! Pull Over! #32: Pantera Vs King Diamond!

King Diamond axe wielding duo Pete Blakk and Andy LaRocque laid down the riffage on their October 1990 released fifth album “The Eye” in fine form. Track “The Trial (Chambre Ardente)” is a particularly juicy cut in the Danish Heavy Metaller’s back catalogue and with fan favourite “Abigail” setting a bench mark, it’s no wonder that the band are

Police! Pull Over! #31: Asking Alexandria Vs As I Lay Dying!

Both Asking Alexandria and As I Lay Dying are controversial bands in their own right, for very different reasons. While now released and seemingly reformed As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was sent to prison for hiring an undercover police officer to kill his estranged wife. Asking Alexandria on the other hand split with