Sick Riffs: Lance the King of Black Metal teaches you Witch Taint's Death to Death Metal in this hilarious lesson

SynopsisComedian Dave Hill dons the brutal face paint to impart some six-string wisdom: Dig out the face paint and crank up the gain, for Lance the King of Black Metal, guitarist of Witch Taint – the greatest black metal band of all time (in his own words...) – joins us in today's episode of Sick Riffs to teach you the verse riff of Death to Death Metal.

Lance - who's really comedian Dave Hill - plays a Jaydee Custom Guitars Old Boy electric guitar through a Swart Space Tone amp. Normally, he says, he runs through "nine Marshall stacks, which in turn run through 12 Randall stacks, which in turn run through 17 Orange stacks." However, on this occasion he's simply added a EarthQuaker Devices Life [octave/distortion] pedal to his signal chain.

"On a personal level, COVID-19 hasn't really affected me that much because I pretty much just hang out in my mom's basement writing diabolical riffs most of the time anyway," Lance says. 

"Ditto for the other Witch Taint members though we all have separate basements in different mothers' houses and stuff because we are all grown up. 

"As for the band itself, COVID-19 has kept us from destroying the world with our extremely extreme metal hits that are impossibly brutal but still really catchy and danceable and fun to sing along to while hammered. 

"But we have been using this time to write even more extreme songs for our second album, which is undoubtedly destined to be another timeless classic that will send you screaming into the night, even when it's still daytime."

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.