Saturday, February 28, 2015

Posted by \m/ The Power of the Riff \m/ |



THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?
Pablo Roybal:  Probably the “Shock Me” riff.  I remember seeing Kiss on the reunion tour in 1996 and watching Ace play that night was the reason that I bought my first Les Paul guitar. 


WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?
Pablo Roybal:  The “Crazy Train” riff played by Randy Rhodes.


YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?
Pablo Roybal:  Have to go with Michael Wilton, Reb Beach, and Jeff Loomis.


WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?
Pablo Roybal:  Tony Iommi is arguably THE master of the metal riff.  Not necessarily one of my favorites, but his track record speaks for itself. 


THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?
Pablo Roybal:  Hard to narrow it down to one, but I’m going to go with Maiden’s “The Trooper.”  Iron Maiden has become the soundtrack to my life and attending their concerts in an empowering experience.  When they go into “The Trooper,” EVERY Iron Maiden fan knows that song regardless of if they just discovered the band or if they have been a fan for 30 years.  Nothing like being immersed in a crowd of thousands of fans all singing along to the same song.  It is like a battle cry.


THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?
Pablo Roybal:  Too many to narrow it down to a definitive one, but one riff that I have always loved and have unsuccessfully tried to copy several times is the “Smoke The Sky” riff on Motley Crue’s self-titled 1994 album.  That riff is just crushing!  If I show it to someone who has never heard it, no one believes that it is Motley Crue. 


THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?
Pablo Roybal:  Tough question.  Off the top of my head, I would have to say Pantera’s “Walk.”  Nothing against Dime or Pantera because they have some pretty killer ones too, but that one just seems really beneath them.  It’s a shame that it is one of the songs that they are most recognized for because they have so much better. 


RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?
Pablo Roybal:  Thinking about this question and I realized that a lot of my favorite albums are actually more melodically based than riff based.  Taking riffs into consideration, I would have to go with:

Operation: Mindcrime (Queensryche)
Erase The Slate  (Dokken)
Gambling With The Devil  (Helloween)
Silicon Messiah (Blaze)
Dead Heart In A Dead World (Nevermore)


A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?
Pablo Roybal:  As much as I hate to admit it, probably the main riff on Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets.”  It has kind of been beat into the ground but that is part of why it is one of the quintessential metal riffs of all time.


THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?
Pablo Roybal:  Probably the bass riff to Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust.”  Kind of says it all and just about everyone knows that riff.   


WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?
Pablo Roybal:  A great riff can be a great hook in itself.  It gets stuck in your head and can compel you to pick up a guitar either learn how to play it or try to create your own. 

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