Category: Riff Police

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

Riff Police! Pull Over! #30: Gaza Vs The Chariot!

In 2006 Gaza released their debut “I Don’t Care Where I Go When I Die” complete with a Ram on the cover and 6 minute 49 second closing track “Pork Finder”. It’s an album that has been described as “Art-Core”, fusing elements of Black Metal and Hardcore to create something that is gritty, raw and dirty

Riff Police! Pull Over! #29: Trivium Vs Metallica!

Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto has long been one to trash the bands 2006 released 3rd album “The Crusade”. It’s one that many fans saw as something of a sonic departure for the Orlando, Florida Metallers despite having the same production duo at the helm in Jason Suecof and Matt Heafy as major label debut and sophomore

Riff Police! Pull Over! #28: Megadeth Vs Arch Enemy!

It’s well known that Swedish Melodic Black Metallers Arch Enemy are Megadeth fans. After all, their brutal version of the Megadeth classic “Symphony of Destruction” saw their then German vocalist Angela Gossow deliver the sort of crushing vocal performance that tramples rivals in its wake with her vicious, growling style in full flow. The second

Riff Police! Pull Over! #26: Metallica Vs Excel!

A day late and a buck short. Better late than never? Sponsored by Bombay Sapphire Gin and Fever Tree Tonic, it’s time for another encounter of the Riff Police kind. Avenged Sevenfold have featured a couple of times having both been ripped off and done the deed themselves. Now it’s the turn of the mighty