Slash Says This Is The Heaviest Riff Of All Time – What Could It Be?

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Slash of Guns N’ Roses may know a thing or two about playing guitar, so when he shares what he believes the heaviest of riff of all time is, we’re listening.

In a recent interview with Matt Pinfield where he talked about his new album 4 with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Slash was asked to name his favorite Black Sabbath record. As transcribed by Ultimate Guitar, Slash shared the following:

“The first Sabbath record just had the biggest impact on me. Because, when you think about it, in the landscape of all the other music that was happening at the time, there’s this one dark record that comes out that really created what you would consider dark heavy metal and created the path for everything that was to follow. And so yeah, that record is especially poignant.”

He then added, “But, you know, I also love the ‘Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath’ record. I mean, really all those records… But the first one and the ‘Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath’ record probably had the biggest impact on me.”

Slash then comes in with his great declaration: “And the title track, that breakdown towards the end of the song. There’s just nothing that’s ever come out that’s heavier than that. Not one band that I can think of has a riff that is as heavy as ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.'”

“There’s just nothing that’s ever come out that’s heavier than that” – that’s pretty intense Slash! But he isn’t wrong in shouting out the awesome heaviness of that breakdown; “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” is a thrilling song with tremendous energy.

If you had to pick the heaviest riff in all of metal history, what would you say?

4, the new album by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, released earlier this month on February 11th.


Words by: Michael Pementel