Ten metal riffs everyone should know?

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  1. Drew

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    Ok, so lately I find myself listening to rather a lot of metal, and when you get right down to it I'm essentially a metal guitarist, I suppse, who happens to dabble heavily in tripped-out ambient blues a lot, too.

    But the thing is, if you put a gun to my head and said, "play a metal song," I could do like two riffs tops - I don't really know THAT much metal, off the top of my head "Enter Sandman" and Pantera's "I'm Broken," and some of Opeth's "Blackwater Park" (I'm working on the interlude right now as a fingerstyle study) is all that's coming to mind. So, I thought I'd enlist you guys.

    What are a few riffs that every metal guitarist should know? Not necessarily the hardest, most extreme, coolest, most technical or most anything, really, just a handful of riffs that really define the genre. I'm looking to put a top ten list together for my own reference purposes, but don't feel like you have to suggest ten - in fact, culling a "top ten" out of the posts here will probably be easier if you only post a couple. Thanks!

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    If you ask me to play some metal riffs, I can play quite a few early Metallica songs such as "Master Of Puppets", "Seek And Destroy", "Battery", "Ride The Lightning", etc. (I'd vote for "Master Of Puppets" as the metal choice out of those). I also can play quite a few Sevendust, Unearth, X Japan, and such riffs... Other than that... Well, I can play lots of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and ACDC (not technically metal, but played by a lot of metal dudes)...

    I vote for:
    Metallica - Master Of Puppets
    Black Sabbath - War Pigs (maybe Fairies Wear Boots too...)
     
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    Slayer - Raining BLood, South Of Heaven
    Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell
    Metallica - Harvester of Sorrow, Creeping Death
    Kreator - Riot Of Violence, Coma Of Souls, Extreme Aggression
    Megadeth - Tornado Of Souls, Holy Wars
     
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    Pantera: Walk. Simply THE best metal riff ever.
    Iron Maiden: 2 Minutes to Midnight
    Slayer: Reign in Blood
    Fear Factory: Demanufacture.
     
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    I Find Pantera's "Mouth For War" To have more essential of a riff \m/
    oh, one more. To take advantage of that B String - Carcass - Corporeal Jigsore Quandry.
     
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    "Master of Puppets" intro
    "Raining Blood"
     
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    I REALLY should learn how to play these songs (especially since I was rocking to both "Raining Blood" and "Holy Wars" earlier today).
     
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    The solo in Tornado of souls is a bitch to learn but it rules \m/
     
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    I learned the solo for "Scars" by X Japan, which wasn't that hard to figure out, but it rules :metal:

    One of these days I might try my hand at the solo for Tornado of Souls, but not anytime soon. I love that song so much, but I should learn Holy Wars first (since I like Holy Wars even more).
     
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    THe best part is that 2 string arpeggio part towards the end of the solo (In Tornado) God, i wish i thought of that.
     
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    Listening to music on my iPod right now and I just listening to "Tornado of Souls." You're so right about that arpeggio near the end of the solo. The whole solo is pretty awesome (well, the whole song is awesome).
     
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    Hell yeah! :hbang:
     
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    Carcass - Heartwork
    Iced Earth - Path I Choose
    Iced Earth - Travel in Stygian
    Cryptopsy - Phobophile
     
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    Meshuggah - Cadaverous Mastication
    Meshuggah - Sane
     
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    I agree with Master Of Puppets. Some of mine will "stretch the boundaries" of "metal", but riff-wise here is a chronological list of what I consider essentials:

    Deep Purple - Highway Star
    Queen - Stone Cold Crazy
    Ozzy - Bark At The Moon
    Living Colour - Cult Of Personality
    Megadeth - Holy Wars
    Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
    Queensryche - Empire
    King's X - The World Around Me (Drop D)
    Dream Theater - Caught In A Web (7 string)
    Symphony X - Sea Of Lies (1 step down)

    :shred:

    I wanted to give you 10. Let the flaming begin... :flame:
     
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    "Caught in a Web" is one of my favorite DT songs, but as cool as that is, it's really the keyboard line in the intro that makes that one, the guitar part is fairly rudimentary.

    Roland, as much as Mesh kicks ass, I'd hardly call anything by them a "metal riff every guitarist should know," lol. They're pretty out there.

    Thanks, though, you guys rock! :metal:
     
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    Agreed...

    Even though I don't know how to play any of those (I used to know how to play "Bark At The Moon", because I played a bit of Ozzy and Black Sabbath in a cover band I used to be in. My favorite Ozzy song to play was "No More Tears")
     
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    Well, Drew, that depends on whether we're talking famous riffs or riffs that capture metal. Sure, Meshuggah aren't by standards famous, but those riffs I just mentioned - that's metal.
     
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    Actually, I think it's the chord "movement" over the root in the verses and the use of power chords with drone open strings in the chorus that make it essential to me. At least those 2 things influenced me a lot as far as riffing. The main riff is cool but not the riff I would consider "essential".

    (With that in mind, Scarred at 2:09 is an awesome "main" riff. :metal: )
     
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    There isn't *anything* about "Scarred" that isn't awesome...
    :shred:
     
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