The 10 most criminally underrated riffs ever

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Ever since Tony Iommi peeled out the malevolent opening notes that kicked off Black Sabbath’s iconic debut album, metal has been built on The Riff. But not all riffs are created equal – while some have become the cornerstones of the entire genre, others have been completely overlooked for various unfathomable reasons.

James Lascelles, frontman with Anglo-Finnish metallers Wheel, knows a fair bit about riffs – his band’s latest album Resident Human is full of ’em, swinging between the tricky and the direct. Which is why we asked James to pick the 10 metal and rock riffs that deserve way more love than they get.  

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