Feature: Top Ten Dimebag Darrell Pantera Riffs
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:15:50
Every riff Dimebag Darrell recorded for Pantera could be considered legendary. Let's just get that out of the way first off. The man was one of the greatest to ever pick up a guitar, and he's responsible for an entire generation of players. So, that said, narrowing down a list to the "Top Ten Dimebag Darrell Pantera Riffs" wasn't easy…but we did it anyway.
Dime tragically passed away nine years ago on December 8, but his spirit shines through in every note he cut to tape. Once again to honor his memory, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino and AllAxess.com co-founder and DevilDriver guitarist Jeff Kendrick and DevilDriver drummer John Boecklin assembled a list of ten. Now, this took a ton of back and forth, but we think we nailed it...
Top Ten Dimebag Darrell Pantera Riffs
Jeff Kendrick: From Vulgar Display of Power, it's one of the simplest yet most difficult riffs to play exactly with the inflection and nuances that Dimebag Darrell had intended. All in all, this is a monster anthem that even your grandmother can mosh to.
John Boecklin: This is a much more moody Pantera than we were used to. Like the track "10s" off The Great Southern Trendkill, "Floods" is a sorrowful fucking tune that is emotionally depressed and heavily epic. For me, it is a track that I just can't wear out. The soul-spilling masterpiece can't get old.
Jeff Kendrick: The ending riff gives me goosebumps. Dimebag was such a tight rhythm and riff writer, but his ethereal and atmospheric side always shined on this track.
Jeff Kendrick: This is haunting and devastatingly heavy. It's Pantera's closest song to a ballad.
Jeff Kendrick: Off Far Beyond Driven, "I'm Broken" is probably one of the most blues-driven riffs that Dimebag ever conceived.
"Revolution is My Name"
John Boecklin: This song really brought back a Cowboys from Hell feel. It's technical blues done metal style. I think it's the most complex composition on Reinventing the Steel by far. The song has an unforgettable journey to it.
Jeff Kendrick: The mid-section riff is a complete jaunt into the fretboard galloping and trickery. It's definitely up to par with the low-tuned eight-string tracks of today.
"Suicide Note Pt. 2"
Jeff Kendrick: Man, it's one of the heaviest riffs on The Great Southern Trendkill.
"A New Level"
Jeff Kendrick: It's the heaviest use ever of the chromatic progression in music. It's personally one of my favorite riffs Dimebag has ever recorded.
"Cowboys From Hell"
Jeff Kendrick: The song that defined Pantera and the groove metal genre...
Jeff Kendrick: It's the definition of simplistic and devastating. This one embodies all the groove Pantera intended.
John Boecklin: I couldn't have said it better myself.
—Jeff Kendrick, John Boecklin & Rick Florino
What is your favorite Dimebag Darrell Pantera riff?
By the way "I'm Broken" is in BandFuse: Rock Legends!