On this week’s edition of The Weekly Riff, we got the chance to meet up with guitarist Brandon Ellis of The Black Dahlia Murder. The dude is a well-known shredder in the metal world and we were eager to get a one-on-one lesson for a riff of his choosing.
Brandon breaks down the chorus riff from the song “Matriarch” off the band’s latest record Nightbringers. The riff has that classic TBDM relentlessness, but still brings forth a bit of melody to accompany the aggression. Once played slow, you can start to see some of the thinking that goes into the band’s writing process, and that’s pretty dang neat.