Category: Riff Police

Riff Police! Pull Over #48: Warmen Vs Children of Bodom!

Appearing on their 2001 album “Beyond Abilities”, the interestingly titled Warmen song “Salieri Strikes Back” is a bold offering from the Finnish Progressive Metallers. It takes its name from the film Amadeus and the rival of Mozart and was written by bassist Lauri Porra and synth king Janne Wirman in inspired form. What’s interesting about this

Riff Police! Pull Over! #47: 36 Crazyfists Vs The Royal!

When it came to the first wave of Metalcore bands, Alaskan quartet 36 Crazyfists are right up there as one of those that have stayed the course. Yes, they have had their ups and downs but 8 studio albums and 4 EPs in 22 years as a band is pretty damn impressive by anyone’s standards.

Riff Police! Pull Over! #46: Karnivool Vs Textures!

Back in 2009, Australian Progressive Metallers Karnivool dropped their second studio release in “Sound Awake”. Whereas the bands debut “Themata” had been largely written and arranged by guitarist and backing vocalist Drew Goddard, this new release was an entirely collaborative effort. Second track “Goliath” is one that stands out of a number of reasons, one of which

Riff Police! Pull Over! #45: Machine Head Vs Hate Force!

Often talked about, much loved and much panned, Oakland Californian Robb Flynn fronted Machine Head have released more than their fair share of diamonds over the years. Many would argue that their debut full length “Burn My Eyes” is a not only a stone wall classic, but an album that the band haven’t bettered. Seeing

Riff Police! Pull Over! #44: Slipknot Vs Pagan’s Mind!

Hailed erroneously as a “Pop-Metal classic” by the BBC and hilariously as having a “Grindcore riff” by Stylus Magazine, the opening single from Slipknot‘s 2005 third album “Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses” was the rallying call that “Wait And Bleed” had been in 1999. An anthem that appealed to Metal Heads while also having that

Riff Police! Pull Over! #43: Opprobrium Vs Metallica!

Released in 1988 under the name Incubus, the New Orleans band now called Opprobrium enjoyed some influence with the Death Metal influenced Thrash sounds of their debut “Serpent Temptation”. A deluxe re-issue appeared via Relapse Records in 2016 with 4 additional tracks in the form of their 1987 original demo. There is one track, “Hunger

Riff Police! Pull Over! #42: Underside Vs Avenged Sevenfold!

Avenged Sevenfold lifting *ahem* being influenced by Metallica is pretty common knowledge. Why? Because it’s so blatantly obvious! To be fair, they’ve got a wealth of decent material of their own and they created a decent song around that Metallica riff. “Unholy Confessions” is a fans favourite and has all the trademarks of the classic

Riff Police! Pull Over! #41: S.O.D. Vs Ghoul!

For Storm Troopers of Death, “Sargent D and the S.O.D.” is an anthem. It’s one of many cuts from the Supergroup’s 1985 debut album “Speak English or Die” which combines tongue in cheek humour with crossover Thrash to fantastic effect. The band features Scott Ian and Charlie Benante from Anthrax alongside former Anthrax and Nuclear

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