The Six Sweetest Riffs Of 2012
1. Fang Island - "Chompers"
If you listened to Fang Island's Major and overlooked "Chompers," you may think the band lightened up since its 2010 self-titled album. The band chose to cram 80 percent of the album's triumphant moments into one track. Each riff, from the Andrew W.K. intro to the speed-picking at the 0:54 mark to the harmonized speed triplets at 1:58, is worthy of an entry on this list. The sum of these parts, along with their variation on a theme development, combine for the sweetest riff of the year. And I haven't even mentioned the key change. Fang Island diversified and matured on Major, but they let loose on "Chompers." The result is relentlessly sweet.