The tenth anniversary this past week of Municipal Waste’s Hazardous Mutation, the album that almost single-handedly re-ignited interest in classic thrash metal and crossover, seemed to go completely unnoticed. But it is important, particularly because after multiple waves of lackluster bands playing hardcore infused with British NWOBHM stylings quickly disappeared, we are now living in a time where only the strongest bands survive.
Extinction A.D. are one of those standout bands, for me, primarily because they’ve always put the emphasis of their music on the riff, hook, and song first, rather than falling into the trappings of look or style. So I’m excited about the band’s new record, Faithkiller, out now on Good Fight Records, which was also mastered by one of my favorite engineers going today, Brad Boatright of Audiosiege.
We checked in with Extinction’s guitarist and vocalist Rick Jimenez and asked him to show off one of our favorite riffs off the album, a single-note swinging melodic groove on the title track. Check out his demonstration of the riff below: