Sunday, February 17, 2019


by Kool Bandit
Metal Hammer asked the gitarists about best riffs in metal history. There are 3 Black Metal songs in the list...
This list shall be extended with many magnificient Black Metal songs surely. This is just the beginning!


1. It has to be an actual riff – defined by Collins dictionary as ‘a short repeated tune’.
2. One song per band. No repeats!
3. It has to be heavy.

Dødheimsgard – Traces Of Reality

According to MAT MCNERNEY (Grave Pleasures)

“This song has one of the greatest black metal riffs of all time. It digs its claws in about four minutes in; a snaking, helter-skelter of maniacal evil. Vicotnik has defined and updated a style which has elevated and progressed Norwegian BM to the next level. Underrated genius.”

Celtic Frost – Procreation (Of The Wicked)

According to GREGOR MACKINTOSH (Paradise Lost)

“I think the best riffs are the simplest yet most memorable. The main riff from Procreation Of The Wicked is a textbook example of this. So simple, but so evil and miserable. As soon as I hear it, I have to pull a grim face. Apocalyptic filth.”

Dissection – Beyond The Horizon

According to ERIK DANIELSSON (Watain)

“A riff that always sends shivers down my spine is the first melody – technically the third riff – in Beyond The Horizon. It’s a prime example of Jon Nödtveidt’s ability to portray cataclysmic, fanatic evil as something sublimely beautiful, something truly sacred and magical.”

Dissection - Where Dead Angels Lie 

According to PATRICK VERNHES (Khaos-Dei)

" I would say the first two riffs... I listened to Dissection with my old Aiwa walkman when I went to school. I remember it perfectly. It was the beginning of everything about me. It was just magic for me."

Emperor - I am the Black Wizard

According to SERKAN KAYA (Black Omen)

"Main riff of Emperor's "I am the Black Wizards"... Fast, melodic, dark, evil, catchy and emotional at the same time. I think it influenced countless black metal riffs afterwards. I remember when I first heard that song. It kept repeating in my mind. Now, 25 years later, it is still best for me."

Bathory - Enter The Eternal Fire

According to GEORGE EMMANUEL (Lucifer's Child)

"The whole song is a masterpiece that still inspires us and motivates to adopt the ideas of playing and being Black Metal"

Dark Throne- Transilvanian Hunger

According to ADALBJÖRN TRYGGVASON  (Solstafir)

"Absolutely Transilvanian Hunger!"

Gorgoroth- Carving a Giant

According to TIM CHURCH (Ghost Bath)

"At the record called “Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam”, all the songs and the guitars are so crazy. Every time I listen this record, it gives me chills. The song called “Carving a Giant” has the best riff as a song. That record with its every instruments is a deep kind of black metal. It is the only record I found that really hits me and almost like a spiritual experience for me."

Carpathian Forest- The Pale Mist Hovers Towards the Nightly Shores &

Agalloch - Into the Painted Grey

According to DENNIS MIKULA (Ghost Bath)

"I think the song “The Pale Mist Hovers Towards the Nightly Shores” from Carpathian Forest EP “Through Chasm, Caves and Titan Woods” has the best riffs, drums, vocals, everything I think. Other one is the song called “Into the Painted Grey” from Agalloch’s “Marrow of the Spirit” album. It is a 12min song and it has really cool guitar riffs."

For the rest of other amazing riffs from all metal genres...

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