While the majority of the riff coverage on this site is of a more aggressive, whiskey drinkin’ , ball swingin’ sort of nature, that doesn’t mean that the softer side of the riff is totally forgotten. Sometimes you don’t want to headband (Shocking right?), sometimes you just want to smoke a bowl and drift away into the gaping maw of a great white SKY SHARK. True Story.
So. Where is all that babbling going? To Black Mountain that’s where. Black Mountain come from the city of Vancouver on Canada’s glorious west coast. Formed in 2004, they have released 3 full length albums with the label Jagjaguwar. They’ve gained a moderate amount of fame within Canadian and international music circles as a band that weaves together soothing melodies of Zeppelin inspired riffage.
While all of their three albums are worth a listen, their third album, “Wilderness Heart” has been getting the most spins on my record player. Hearing these guys through a analog system just adds that much more to the appeal. Their song structure is minimalist, which works extremely well. They don’t rock out right in your face, the tempo slowly builds as the melody changes. Then a big boss motherfucker of a riff charges in and takes hold of the situation. Coupled with the amazing vocal combination of Stephen McBean and Amber Webber this album will keep you floating along in a kaleidoscope sky, chased by a horde of sky sharks of course.
Alright I’m done blabbing. MUSIC.
Black Mountain Facebook
The videos for “The Hair Song” and “Old Fangs”.
Let’s get some things out of the way. Bella Clava aren’t metal, I know that. I am also aware that the above picture should be centered around that truly awe inspiring piece of mustache.
Sticking firmly in the feel good, classic style of the riff, they keep you entertained with foot tapping rhythms, infectious grooves and choruses that will be stuck in your head all day long. Combining that with the highly underused asset of a female vocalist you have a very refreshing breed of riffage. It may not be ball swinging but it’ll sure get your head nodding.
Originally from Thunder Bay, Bella Clava now call Toronto their home and can be seen at many local venues. They’ll be opening for Barn Burner on February 17th at the Horseshoe Tavern.
Currently unsigned with one full length album to their name, titled Holy Crow, you can listen to their music below as well as watch their video for “Food for Cannibals”.
Bella Clava Facebook
*So in order to make Friday that much more awesome, and since free sounds good when you get all fancy with your alliterations on a Friday. I give you Free Freaking Friday, in which I’ll highlight a band that is not only freaking awesome, their music is also freaking free.*
I was introduced to XII (Read: 12) Boar’s distinct brand of tasty riffage by the good folks over at NO CLEAN SINGING, which is another metal blog you damn well should be reading. XII Boar hail from Aldershot, Hampshire of the United Kingdom. Now well a place like Aldershot, Hampshire of the United Kingdom doesn’t sound like a place you expect to hear some ball swinging, guitar swaggering riff’d stoner metal coming from, XII Boar deliver all that and more.
Currently unsigned (I believe) and with a total of eight released tracks to their name, XII Boar packs more pure swagger and riffage per square second in those either songs than most bands can manage in a career. I’m talking whisky drinking, harley owning, weed smoking pure motherfucking riffage. As much as a homage to Motorhead as pure badassery, XII Boar will hook in you right from the opening groove of “Smokin’ Bones” to the opening chug of “Triclops” these boys shred.
Oh and best of all? It fucking FREE! So go download this, right NOW.
XII Boar Facebook
XII Boar Bandcamp
And a bandcamp player embed for all you lazy fuckers.
Annnnd the video for “Train Wreck”, cuz I’m just such a nice guy.
Whores hail from Atlanta and bring a kick to the face of sludge based neo-monolithic-pick-fuck-noise rock.
What that translates to is BIG.MOTHERFUCKING.RIFFS. Then you take those BIG.MOTHERFUCKING.RIFFS. and just drench those suckers in distortion. Then deep fry it in fuzz. The louder you play them, the better the end result it.
Keeping a molasses thick sludge pace, Whores will pound the fuck out of your ears while simultaneously spraining your neck from uncontrollable headbanging.
Whores. are currently signed to Brutal Panda Records and have their debut EP Ruiner out now.
Buy this record, turn it way the hell up and just wreck shit.
Got your bandcamp player right here:
Barn Burner hail from Bongtreal (Read: Montreal). Comprised of four sleazy dudes they play exactly what the title says. New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) at it’s core but covered in weed resin, beer, gravy and cheese curds. These guys shred.
Currently with 2 full albums, Bangers, and Bangers II: Scum of the Earth and signed with Metal Blade Records, they have not been getting nearly enough attention. Press play on any of their tracks and you get blasted with foot stomping riffs and beer drinking drums. Playing more in the mid tempo range, than the face blistering range, you get plenty of time to bang your head or air guitar along.
With a strong hesher influence seen in songs such as “Scum of the Earth”, “Keg Stand and Deliver” or “Beer Today, Bong Tomorrow”, Barn Burner always keep shit rowdy without loosing track of that oh so glorious riffage.
They’ll be playing a couple of Canadian dates this month, so get tickets, get wasted and get head banging.
17.2 Toronto @ The Horseshoe Tavern
18.2 Ottawa @ Mavericks
23.2 London @ Call The Office
24.2 Hamilton @ Casbah
25.2 Kingston MANSION
Barn Burner Facebook
Here’s the video for the song “Scum of the Earth”, which contains shredding, babes, more shredding and general shenanigans.
And “Half Past Haggard”, which while being less awesome than the above video, is still worth your time.
Graveyard are a band from Gothenburg, Sweden. They play a blues influenced style of psychedelic/hard rock. You should listen to them.
But seriously. Graveyard’s sound is ripped straight out of the ’70s. Catchy riffs and bluesy licks all wrapped up in a nice layer of fuzz and surfed over by vocalists Joakim Nilsson whiskey soaked but not cigarette scarred lyrics.
Their most recent album, Hisingen Blues is something you can listen to from start to finish, over and over. It will keep you captivated right from the charging opening riff of “Ain’t Fit To Live Here” to the soulful closer “The Siren”, you’re never left wanting.
So go out there. Buy this album. Maybe consider buying some greenery to go with said album. Crank that shit to 11 and enjoy.
Graveyard are currently on tour with Radio Moscow (who will be mentioned later), but only in the states.
Here’s the video for the title track, Hisingen Blues: