Riff Police! Pull Over! #139: Iron Maiden Vs Papa Roach!

What do English Heavy Metal Royalty Iron Maiden and Papa Roach have in common? On the face of it absolutely nothing. But if you take the riff from 1:46 of “Genghis Khan“, one of two instrumentals written by the hand of guitarist Steve Harris from their 1981 sophomore album “Killers” and strip it to the bare essentials, what do you have? You have “Last Resort” by Nu-Metal act Papa Roach from their sophomore album and major label debut “Infest“, released 19 years after the fact. The later has sold more than seven million copies worldwide and received a Grammy Award nomination, while the former has seen fan favourite “Wrathchild” a regular in the bands live set since.

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