Top 10 Metal Sub Genres with the Best RiffsMetal_Treasure you can share you favorite riffs from these subgenres as some good riffs are less known.
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Zxm observation is kinda correct but honestly low E and A strings don't annoy me. Another thing in thrash annoys me - overuse of snare drum (especially that simple monotonous hardcore punk beat). - Metal_Treasure
Thrash metal riffs are good. But excessive uses of low E and A strings kinda annoy me. - zxm
Annihilator and Coroner riffs are awesome - still thrash but more intricate.
Coroner - Absorbed, Masked Jackal.
There are even songs almost entirely composed of riffs: Annihilator - Schizos (Are Never Alone) Parts I & II, Phantasmagoria. - Metal_Treasure
Classic/traditional metal riffs - Iron Miaden, Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Primal Fear. - Metal_Treasure
I mean Pantera riffs. I am not much into the riffs by the other groove metal bands to be honest. I guess it's because Dimebag was just a riff master. R.I.P. - Metal_Treasure
Fast and melodic riffs that aren't very heavy but they are very technical. There are some differences between the bands but overall, power metal riffs are very good. - Metal_Treasure
Yes, power metal riffs are very good. More complex, more chords progression. - zxm
Bands like Amon Amarth, Children Of Bodom and Arch Enemy have great riffs.
My favorite riffs from this subgenre are: Amon Amarth - The Pursuit of Vikings, Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags. - Metal_Treasure
This is the ordinalry, old school death metal (it isn't technical, brutal or progressive) - its riffs are usually thrashy and most of the metal fans like thrash riffs. - Metal_Treasure
Symphonic metal riffs are kinda complex. I think its more power metal riff structure based, but I noticed, symphonic metal riffs are very good. - zxm
Progressive metal should be on top 3 in my opinion. Better technique, more notes, more strings played. Ultimately more chord progression. - zxm
Zxm is right - prog metal riffs are complex.
I have only one problem with prog metal in general, and riffs in particular - with rare exceptions, prog metal doesn't get my blood pumping but I insist on this. I know this is a very subjective perception and it's an individual preference. - Metal_Treasure
I like Theocracy riffs. Some Blind Guardian songs are also progressive power metal. - Metal_Treasure
To put it straight: there is no better feeling than getting high off of shrooms, LSD, weed, whatever, and then being pummeled into submission by a wall of fuzz-laden Marshall 4x12 cabs all hammering out a slow, ominous, addictively bluesy ass shattering Stoner riff. Stoner and Doom breaks the riff down into it’s thunderous, repetitive core elements, delivering an oddly pleasing, somehow soothing attack on the senses. The bottomline is that if you are looking for the true essence of the riff, look no further than the overly loud, in-your-face, bluesy, non-apologetic sonic pounding of Stoner.
Bands I would suggest checking out are the legendary Sleep, Kyuss and Mastadon.
Elephant Tree, a relatively new band on the ever growing Stoner/Doom scene, is high on my list of recommendations. With lyrics depicting a non-defined, yet always present impending doom hanging over your head, pounding and hammering drums and one of the most killer guitar tones I’ve ever heard ...more
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