Metal Challenge: The Riff That Would Not Die
Certain musical genres have building blocks that appear over and over in many songs due to their suitability of structure or the affection in which they are held by the artists. Jazz has dozens of standard rhythmic set-up pieces that act as jumping-off points for the soloists, much of the blues involve “waking up this morning”, and there wouldn’t be any sort of jungle or breakbeat without the Amen Break.
Lately I’ve been wondering: does Metal have a standard riff? More than one? Here’s my initial submission for your perusal – seek out and listen to the following four songs in any order. It’s a painless exercise; they’re all good:
“Two Minutes to Midnight” – Iron Maiden
“The Power and the Glory” – Saxon
“Stand Up and Shout” – Dio
“Heavy Metal Breakdown” – Grave Digger
What do you think? Close enough to count? Discuss amongst yourselves. Feedback, as always, is appreciated, and newer examples or other stylistic coincidences would be a bonus.
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