I am NOT a professional musician. My music career ended when I stopped singing for a thrash metal band in my senior year of high school. I am now 39 years old. I have a question for any professional musicians or amateur musicians as well. It may be impossible to explain it to me because I have almost zero guitar experience.
Anyway… Here goes…
I was reading something on Kreator “through the years” recently and the author of the piece wrote that Kreator, starting with Violent Revolution, had returned to their roots. He then cited that Kreator was using “Gothenburg” riffs a lot more in their 3 most recent albums (Violent Revolution, Enemy of God, and Hoardes of Chaos). I have been a metalhead for more than 20 years and I understand what a guitar riff is. A Gothenburg riff though, is a term that I’m not familiar with. So, my question, to anyone that can answer it is: WHAT IS A GOTHENBURG RIFF?
Kreator has been my favorite band since they released “Extreme Aggression”. After that album was released, their earlier albums were made available a lot easier so I soon became a Kreator freak owning every album they had released. I have always followed Kreator and stayed in touch with the band’s changing line-ups, “experimental industrial and gothic” releases and I have always liked anything they have released. I realize how Kreator may have been very influential to many death metal and black metal bands with their early releases. I also realize that most Kreator fans that have been listening to them as long as I have probably have a favorite album like one of their first releases. Most people that I run into like “Pleasure to Kill” the best.
In my personal opinion, Kreator’s best 3 releases have been Hoardes of Chaos, Enemy of God, and Violent Revolution. I think they are maybe the best pure thrash albums of any band and I also put them in that order as #1, #2, and #3. In other words, since Sami joined the band, I think Kreator has taken the title of best thrash band ever, and I think that each album has gotten better since Violent Revolution was released. I hope that Phantom Antichrist continues this progression that I believe is happening, but I also believe that topping Hoardes of Chaos will be very hard to beat.
I told you these trivial things because I have heard on more than one occasion that “Gothenburg riffs” are one of the reasons for Kreator’s “NEW” sound. It is just a little hard for me to understand when I don’t know what a Gothenburg riff is. Any help from you Kreator Hoardes would be greatly appreciated. Thanks from Grover. I apologize for the length of this post. I just can’t shut up sometimes. thanks again.