The Riff (Lordi song)

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"The Riff"
Lordi the riff.jpg
Single by Lordi
from the album To Beast or Not to Beast
ReleasedFebruary 8, 2013 (2013-02-08)
FormatCD single
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
LabelSony Music
Songwriter(s)Tracy Lipp, Amen, Mr Lordi
Producer(s)Michael Wagener
Lordi singles chronology
"This Is Heavy Metal"
"The Riff"
"Nailed by the Hammer of Frankenstein"
Music video
"The Riff" on YouTube

"The Riff" is a song by the Finnish hard rock band Lordi. It is the first and only single from the album To Beast or Not to Beast, released on February 8, 2013.[1] The band has also made a music video for the song. [2] It's also the very first Lordi song that has been released also as an official lyrics video.[1]

Lordi performed "The Riff" in a German television competition Wok WM in 2013.[3] The song is also featured in a Pinball Rocks app game.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Riff" (3:47)

Music video[edit]

The music video of "The Riff" was filmed exclusively in Czech Republic, in a local supermarket Albert. The video was filmed by Martin Muller. A Czech playmate Dominika Jandlova is featured in the video. The music video got censored by the label Sony Music; they didn't let Dominika Jandlova appear naked in the video.[5]

The song[edit]

The lyrics speak figuratively about a near-death experience narrated in the first person. The narrator meets and is offered transport by the grim reaper, which he tries to refuse. The grim reaper insists he "take a peek", referencing visions of the afterlife frequently encountered in near-death experiences. The grim reaper plays a song on guitar and asks the narrator for his honest opinion, to which he uncomfortably replies that "the riff is a killer, but the rest is a throw-away". The grim reaper subsequently dies, and the narrator plagiarises his song, signifying resuscitation and drawing inspiration from the experience.[6]


  1. ^ a b "The Riff (2013)". LORDI Army. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  2. ^ "Lordi - The Riff video released". Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  3. ^ "Lordi in TV-shows". LORDI Army. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  4. ^ "The Riff on Pinball Rocks app game on the appstore". Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  5. ^ "The Riff music video (2013)". LORDI Army. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  6. ^ "Lyrics To Beast or Not to Beast". LORDI Army. Retrieved 2014-02-02.

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