Herculean Riff of the day: Hail of Bullets, Full Scale War

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….

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