Riff Police! Pull Over! #8: Gojira Vs Iron Maiden!
1984 saw the release of the pretty much timeless “Powerslave” album from Iron Maiden. “Aces High” and “2 Minutes to Midnight” may overshadow it slightly, but “Flash Of The Blade” is a classy song with a memorable riff. Certainly Avenged Sevenfold thought highly enough of it to cover it for Kerrang! Magazine’s Iron Maiden Tribute album when they had a wealth of material to choose from.
Much loved French progressive death metallers and Max Cavalera favourites Gojira released “L’Enfant Sauvage”, their fifth album, for Roadrunner Records in 2012 but when it came to “The Gift Of The Guilt” you may recognise an influence. That’s right. It might be a far slower tempo, but the riff is there alright, as plain as day. Riff Police! Pull over! Joe Duplantier, Christian Andreu, you’re busted.