Copycats: Most Ripped Off Riff in Metal

author: jomatami date: 06/06/2014 category: features
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Copycats: Most Ripped Off Riff in Metal
As some of you metal fans might have noticed before, there's a certain riff stretching throughout the guitar-heavy domain that basically got ripped off by every single heavy metal band in the world.

It's pumpin', it's chuggin' and it's all over the place. Whether it's Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon or dozens of other bands, both iconic and obscure, the riff has easily earned itself the title of the most used piece of metal music. We'll try to dig as deep as possible and find the riff's potential originator. We won't be doing much chit-chat, since the music speaks for itself perfectly fine on this one. Anyhow, check out what we got below.

Iron Maiden - "2 Minutes to Midnight" (1984)

Anthrax - "Metal Thrashing Mad" (1984)

Mercyful Fate - "Curse of the Pharaohs" (1983)

Saxon - "Power and the Glory" (1983)

Gary Moore - "Rockin' Every Night" (1982)

Accept - "Flash Rockin' Man" (1982)

Tygers of Pan Tang - "Hellbound" (1981)

Riot - "Swords & Tequila" (1981)

Budgie - "Wildfire" (1980)

Judas Priest - "Hell Bent for Leather" (1978)

Rory Gallagher - "Moonchild" (1976)


So could it be that one of staple metal marks is tracing back to none-other than Rory Gallagher, one of the guitar gods we shouldn't let fall into oblivion? Could be, but if you can come up with an earlier example of the riff's use or another notable example (and there's quite a few more), give us a shout-out in the comments.
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