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Posted on Oct 25, 2013 03:19 pm
What are the heaviest guitar riffs of all time?
That's what we asked Ultimate Guitar readers on Wednesday, and given that they're the biggest guitar community in the world, it's pretty safe to say the results are as authoritative as they come.
So which band is responsible for the greatest riff ever? Wherever you are, find a way to turn up the volume and experience the noise. You won't regret it.
10. Machine Head "Halo"
Machine Head get to kick off our list with their "Halo" track - a very sturdy, precise groove and one of the band's definite classics. Robb Flynn and co definitely let it rip on this one, earning them a rightful spot on the list.
9. Sepultura "Refuse/Resist"
Boiling with pure anger, "Refuse/Resist" is not only one of staple Sepultura tracks, but an epitome of a guitar heavy riff. It also earned Brazilian fury a No. 9 spot in UG readers' book.
8. Electric Wizard "Funeralopolis"
As one of the underdogs, Electric Wizard earned enough kudos from the members of UG community for a No. 8 spot. Utterly gloomy and ominous, their "Funeralopolis" track riff is nothing short of heavy.
7. Meshuggah "obZen"
Swedish metal masters Meshuggah have enough riffs in their arsenal to melt your face off and "obZen" tune is a fine representative. The distinctive sound and through-the-roof distortion, what more could anyone need?
6. Rage Against the Machine "Bulls on Parade"
The track features plenty of Tom Morello's signature guitar tricks, but it's the bone-crushing riff that primarily made "Bulls on Parade" one of Rage Against the Machine's signature hits. Add Zack De La Rocha's furious vocal delivery and one of the tightest rhythm sections of all time and you've got yourself a definite classic.
5. Queens of the Stone Age "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire"
UG favorite Josh Homme and co. crack the list in half with their "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire" tune. High pace groove and frantic vocals fit in in a perfectly unexpected manner here, along with a basic, yet effective riff bound to keep your head bopping throughout the entire song.
4. Gojira "Backbone"
If you're looking to break stuff, the riff of Gojira's "Backbone" is the soundtrack you've been looking for. The band is known for delivering some of the heaviest sounds in history, so UG readers' affection shouldn't come as a big surprise.
3. Metallica "Sad But True"
We've reached the big three and in all fairness, the list's top three tracks are what should stand next to the "heaviest riff" term in the dictionary, so kudos to you UG community. Cracking open the big three, Metallica's "Sad But True" riff is bound to make you feel as if there's a steam roller coming to run you down, rightfully earning the band a No. 3 spot.
2. Pantera "Walk"
Basic, effective and lethal - Pantera's "Walk" riff gets the silver medal this week as one of the ultimate testaments of late Dimebag Darrell's guitar mastery. The way guitar, bass and drums lock in together could also earn "Walk" the title of one of the tightest performances ever.
1. Black Sabbath "Black Sabbath"
Finally, the masters, the forefathers, the Gods of metal - Black Sabbath band, "Black Sabbath" track off the "Black Sabbath" album. The vibe that arguably started the heavy metal genre and a satanic tritone prove that you don't need speed to be the heaviest of the heavy. Therefore, master Iommi is still at the throne of the heavy domain, just as he should be.
That's the end of our roundup of the top 10 heaviest guitar riffs of all time.
What do you think of the results? Did Ultimate Guitar readers miss out on anything? Post your comments and personal favorite riffs in the comments.