Enlarge Congratulations to Stu Gold, who wrote an absolutely beastly riff. But the fun has only just begun!

Heaviest Riff in the Universe Contest: Winner Announced!


Earlier in November, as part of recording software maker Toontrack’s Metal Month campaign, we asked you for the HEAVIEST RIFF IN THE UNIVERSE. One riff. Written by you. The riff to destroy all other riffs.

And you delivered! Hundreds of musicians submitted entries, and Gear Gods editor Trey Xavier sorted through them all.

Trey has now picked his favorite, and… drumroll please… the winner is Stu Gold! Thank you, Stu, for your service. Watch Stu play his riff below.

But wait! The fun has only just begun. Next, Trey will write an entire song based around Stu’s riff, and he’ll document the entire process in video form. That clip will be coming very, very soon.

Meanwhile, you can watch Trey’s announcement video of Stu’s victory below, including a handful of other excellent, heavy and excellently heavy riffs that didn’t quite make the cut. You can also check out every entry right here if you’re so inclined.

For his beastly riff, Stu receives a sweet prize pack from Toontrack including EZdrummer 2EZbassEZmix 2 and the Metal Guitar Gods 3 EZmix pack, as well as, of course, a guest spot in Trey’s resulting video.

Thanks for playing, everyone! And stay tuned for the forthcoming song based on Stu’s riff.

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