Category: Riff Police

Riff Police! Pull Over! #25: Cope Vs Bring Me The Horizon!

It’s hard to listen to 2017’s “Tooth & Nail” from 6 piece London Hardcore Punks (or as they prefer “Heavy Punk”) Cope and not hear a number of familiar riffs in the mix. Indeed, part of the EP’s charm is that it feels familiar, like an old flame who you’ve temporarily forgotten why you ditched…. It

Riff Police! Pull Over! #24: Dio Vs Foo Fighters!

Ronnie James Dio is about as legendary as it gets when it comes to Metal. A hero in his own right and once a member of Black Sabbath to boot, his legend lives on in the form of a touring hologram with his live band. Probably his best known tune is “Holy Diver”, a song

Riff Police! Pull Over! #23: Slayer Vs Bullet For My Valentine!

In the Red corner we have the soon to be calling it a day titans of Metal that are Slayer with “Spirit In Black”… …and in the Blue corner? Having recently released new album “Gravity”, we have Bullet For My Valentine with “Waking The Demon” from “Scream Aim Fire”. You’d never really think of the

Riff Police! Pull Over! #22: LIFETIGHT Vs Rage Against The Machine!

There is no doubt that Rage Against The Machine should be considered in the “highly influential” bracket that is reserved for the finest of artists. Their sadly short lived career spanning just 3 albums worth of original material lives long in the memory. Perhaps through Zach De La Rocha’s fiery vocals and perhaps through guitarist

Riff Police! Pull Over! #21: 36 Crazyfists Vs While She Sleeps!

From the height of the Metalcore era in 2004, “A Snow Capped Romance” by 36 Crazyfists still rates as one of the genre’s finer points. The Portland Oregon bands third album saw frontman Brock Lindow show more range with his vocal prowess, while guitarist Steve Holt got his first opportunity to sit in the production

Riff Police! Pull Over! #20: Black Veil Brides Vs Avenged Sevenfold!

How often has it been said that Avenged Sevenfold have ripped off Metallica, Pantera or Guns n’ Roses at various points over the last 19 years? The Orange County band may have started out Metalcore but have evolved over that time and with latest offering “The Stage” have shown a far more progressive side, thanks

Riff Police! Pull Over! #19: Vein Vs Slipknot!

There has been much talk of Vein being part of a wave of emerging bands called “the new saviours of Hardcore” following the release of their highly anticipated Will Putney produced album “Errorzone” via Closed Casket Activities. It’s a strange title, especially when a band like Code Orange appears to be leading the charge. Is

Riff Police! Pull Over! #18: We Came As Romans Vs The Weekend

It’s pretty obvious that We Came As Romans have a Pop influence somewhere. They’ve spoken of their EDM influence previously and how they’ve brought that to the table with their buried electronics and industrial sounds on the likes of “Encoder”. The Pop influence has seen the band cut versions of “Glad You Came” by The

Riff Police! Pull Over! #16: Metallica Vs Mastodon!

Keeping with this week’s general Thrash Metal vibe, it’s time to bring some Metallica to the table. If anyone asked us “What’s Metal?” the answer is simple. A copy of Metallica’s 1986 album “Master of Puppets” would be passed over fairly quickly. It’s a stone wall classic album, highly influential and full of great Thrash