Normally it takes awhile, sometimes years, to really decide if a riff is truly Herculean. I’ve only recently been listening to Hail of Bullets, the retro-death metal outfit from the Netherlands, led by Martin van Drunen (of Pestilence, Asphyx, and many others), and frankly, most of their songs I don’t dig. But the main riff in “Full Scale War” (from their second LP, On Divine Winds) is a big stone monster. Go:
The mournful, “start high, bend low” notes (around 1:16) remind me of Cathedral, yet somehow not boring.
Happy Wednesday morning….