Slash gives credit for the heaviest guitar riff to Black Sabbath: “Not one band that I can think of has a riff that is as heavy”

Author Samuel Järvinen - 7.3.2022

Metal music lovers sometimes debate which band or song is the heaviest in the genre. It’s difficult to objectively determine the final answer, but everyone certainly has their own opinions.

However, Slash, the legendary guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, has made up his own mind as to which song has the heaviest riff. According to Slash, that title definitely belongs to heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath’s “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”.

Slash explains in an interview with 95.5 KLOS radio station:

“The first Sabbath record just had the biggest impact on me. Because, when you think about it, in the landscape of all the other music that was happening at the time, there’s this one dark record that comes out that really created what you would consider dark heavy metal and created the path for everything that was to follow. And so yeah, that record is especially poignant.”

Slash then goes on to say that he loves Sabbath’s 1973 album “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”, and names the riff on the album’s title track as the heaviest:

“And the title track, that breakdown towards the end of the song. There’s just nothing that’s ever come out that’s heavier than that. Not one band that I can think of has a riff that is as heavy as ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.'”