Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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This time for In the Riff We Trust we sit down with the legendary Rick Scythe of Usurper and Scythe fame for the all important questions regarding the almighty riff. Any underground and serious metal fan will know of or at the very least have heard of  Usurper and their undeniable legacy and the fact that they have recently reformed much to the joy of the underground is testament to their longevity and to the sheer quality of their output so now we have not only one band but two bands featuring the distinctive guitar work of Rick.


THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

RS: Opening riff of "Unchained" by Van Halen
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WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

RS: Scorpions "The Zoo"




YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?
RS: I lump heavy rock and metal into the same category when talking simply of killer riffage. 1. Eddie Van Halen 2. Ted Nugent 3. Jeff Hanneman WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF? RS: I consider true "Riff Masters" as those who are more concerned with heavy handed, rythem playing rather than simply those who play to show off how much theory they know. Those who play from the heart and not from a rule book. Those who master the strength, endurance and nuances of the right hand. Those who can carry a song through the power of their rhythem guitar riffs... These are the Masters of the Riff!
THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?
RS: Opening riff of "I am Usurper" [Usurper]. THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?
RS: Opening riff of "March of the SOD" THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS? RS: I try not to listen to lame music. Perhaps something like: Nickleback, Limp Bizkit or any shit bands that rely on crutches such as ultra low downtuning, predictable formulas or cut-and-paste Pro Tool editing to achieve a monster riff section. You can use low-tuning, classic formulas and modern technology, but the riff has to come from the discipline of a precicion right hand and fingers of fury.


RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE? RS: These aren't necessarily my favorite albums of all time, but as far as albums with killer riffage from beginning to end, I would list the following as being KICK ASS! Van Halen: "Women and Children First" (Listen to opening riff of "Loss of Control" if you need any evidence). Mercyful Fate: "Don't Break the Oath" (Ranging from classic metal, to creepy, to melodic harmonies, to almost dance music, Denner and Sherman create a mood that can not be matched on this album) Asphyx: "The Rack" (The guitar tone and chugging riffs kick my ass every time!) SOD: Speak English or Die (Some of the most fun, heavy-handed, basic riffs can be found this album) Celtic Frost: Morbid Tales/Emperor's Return (Simply massive tone, combined with craftsmanship of "the riffs" helped make this one of the heaviest releases of all time). A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS? RS: "Wheels of Fire", Manowar


THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS? RS: Usurper "The Dead of Winter", opening 12 string riffs.

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?
RS: A great riff is everything to me. It is the cornerstone of a great metal/hard rock song. Sometimes I heard bands with flashy lead parts and then the riff underneath sounds namby-pamby and weak, which does nothing for me. I need a killer riff as the foundation of a song or everything else is just fluff. The sound of a chugging, molten metal riff through massive distortion kicks my ass every time.


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