Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Gear Gods

Is This The Most Recycled Riff In Metal?

Eh, maybe?

YouTube channel Ruthless Metal believes they have uncovered the most recycled riff in all of metal. The channel dubs the riff the "Two Minutes to Midnight" riff, as they all sound a bit like the opening to that song (and it's the most popular example).

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Ruthless Metal writes "The '2 Minutes to Midnight' riff by Iron Maiden might just be the most recycled riff in heavy metal history. It probably originated in the seventies and it was popularized by Riot and later used by Venom, Saxon, Judas Priest and Mercyful Fate amongst others. So in today's video, we're going to explore the most recycled riff in heavy metal. Enjoy!"

I can see where Ruthless Metal is coming from and I don't totally disagree. The examples in the video are definitely similar, but it's worth noting that the "Two Minutes to Midnight" riff is based off an open A string and just kinda plays around with shapes on the D and G strings. So it makes sense a lot of riffs sound like it.

Sponsored Links from Around the Internet

You May Also Like


You learn something new every day.

Around the Interwebs

PSA: If you're drinking a beer, stay away from the pit.

Gear Gods

I can't even play guitar with my hands and this motherfucker is over here crushing Guns N' Roses "Sweet Child of Mine" with his...