Mmkay, so I basically need to write a few heavier riffs so a few of my friends can work on lyrics and crap. Anyway, I want more than a few detuned power chords, so what are some ways to write heavier riffs that sound good, but aren't exclusively power chords, though I don't mind throwing some in. I have written quite a lot in the past but I'm running out of ideas... Any suggestions on what to do?
scales...specifically Phrygian and Pentatonic if you want heavy, maybe some Diminished or Chromatic scales as well, Melodic/Harmonic Minor (Natural Minor should be used for Pop songs) stuff like that. Mess about with a few notes of the chosen scale until you find a lick/riff that you like, then turn it into a song. Simple as.
listen to a few bands that have the aspect of "heavy" you wqnt check what techniques they use i.e galloping (triplets palm muted) and go from there
galloping and triplets are not the same thing, goddammit.