Philosophico-musical quandary of the second: What is a Riff?

There really is no greater question.

NONE, Christians reading this site…NONE I say! Heed my wrath! Do not force me to invoke the dread ancient– Oooh, shiney…! **trots off into traffic**

Seriously, though, what makes a “riff?” I know a great one when I hear one, but I can’t define it. Sheer “heaviness?” Particularly evil chord changes? Why do some riffs crush Tokyo, Godzilla-like, and others seems tinny and hollow? What do you think? Lemme know in the  comments.


[I like to imagine Nate up there from US Christmas playing a monster riff with his abs– KVLT.]

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