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Riff Hardness Scale

So here's a 100% accurate scale that details the hardness of riffs and assigns them a number from 1-10. I got the idea from the mohs scale which ranks minerals or something and figured the idea was applicable to riffs. Enjoy.
1Chelsea Grin
My Damnation

Mesophase riffs, the intermediate between solid and liquid. It's physically impossible to make a riff softer than every riff on this entire album.

Riffs so soft you could dig a spoon into them like a souffle.
3In Flames
A Sense of Purpose

These riffs won't fall apart under their own weight but are still really flimsy, like a balsa wood remote control plane or something.
Diamond Eyes

We're almost at the middle of the scale now, these riffs are sorta like rounded pebbles on the ground they aren't gonna hurt you unless someone pegs them at you real hard but even then they won't frighten anyone bar the the biggest fuccbois like Snoxall
5Amon Amarth
Deceiver of the Gods

There really isn't a more appropriate album to represent to represent the middle of the riff hardness scale than Amon Amarth's album from last year. These riffs are nothing to be scoffed at but it ain't difficult to find harder ones.
South of Heaven

Above average hardness riffs. Will hold their own against the majority of riffs but still crumble against some of the harder material the world of riffs have to offer.
7Bolt Thrower
Those Once Loyal

Reinforced steel riffs of bloodshed come in at 7 on the riff hardness scale. Suitable for crafting weapons of war against riffs deemed not worthy.
Left Hand Path

Riffs so hard they could only have been formed under the surface of the earth in a magma chamber under pressure so intense it would crush lesser riffs into a pulp.
Rust in Peace

Everyone knows the leads on this album are among the hardest leads ever, but the riffs are even harder. I hear a lot of hyperbole about how hard these riffs are, but then I realise it's not even hyperbole but scientific fact.
Piece of Time

On the mohs scale, 10 represents diamond aka. the hardest natural substance known to man. Piece of Time (and Unquestionable Presence) is the riff equivalent of diamonds, so hard they cut through anything and everything.
Blood Fire Death

The riffs on Blood Fire Death were so hard they had to invent a new level of hardness to account for them. Every riff on this album is the hardest riff ever, especially the riff like 2 minutes into A Fine Day to Die which is even harder than the other riffs. I heard that neutron stars are so dense that one the size of Manhattan would weigh 3 times what the Sun does. Imagine how hard that stuff is, multiply it by about 3000 and you'll have an idea how hard these riffs are.
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