Best Drum Intros Ever


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1Painkiller - Judas Priest

The best drum intro, you could just go through each and every song in this list except honor thy father, no other comes close to this song truly a great song with a great drum intro - amitcornelius1

Scott Travis the king of drumming with Dave Lombardo alongside him painkiller really shows off his true talent on the drums. Priest forever

Little words to Describe this drum intro.. :-
Faster than a lazer bullet
Louder than an atom bomb
Chromium plated boiling metal
Brighter than a thousand suns - nooreldeen

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2Honor Thy Father - Dream Theater

Its like the drummer is an octopus - SweetChaos

The confusing "off beat" effect once you first hear it is pretty cool. It�'s also as powerful as the song requires.

I love judas priest but this is way better
Painkiller intro is actually pretty simple

3Hot for Teacher - Van Halen

Alex is almost as awesome as Eddie, sometimes.

Alex Van Halen shreds in drums! - rock2metal

4Stargazer - Rainbow

The late, great Cozy Powell, this guy is truly a drum legend and this needs to be in the top 10. Not only is the intro great; it has Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore on guitar and Ronnie James Dio. These guys together was one of heavy metals greatest yet underrated moments.

Idiots and ignorants rule, almost all of you dumb kids never heard this song and the amazing intro by mr cozy powell one of the best drummers of all time

5Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin
6You Could Be Mine - Guns N' Roses
7Fireball - Deep Purple

It's awesome - it's double bass. Can you imagine, Ian Paice played double bass in 1971! Go beat Deep Purple...

Lars Ulrich of Metallica attended one of the Deep Purple shows in Copenhagen, Denmark (he was 9-10) and was mesmerized by this double bass on Fireball (he saw that for the first time). - Metal_Treasure

Ian Paice is a tour de force behind the kit. With a little help from an air handler being switched on, he takes off like a jet engine and never lets up. This is clearly the best drum intro ever!

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8Ticks and Leeches - Tool

Danny Carey is one of the best drummers when it comes to rhythms, and the intro to Ticks & Leeches is one of the highlights of his skill. - MKBeast

9Haunted - Annihilator

50 seconds of tight flawless drumming! Insane double bass - click on the sample button bellow to hear a section of this intro.
This is probably the longest drum intro ever and for me it's the best but I don't mind Painkiller at #1 (it's classic) and this at #2.
A merciless and very mean intro by Mike Mangini.
- Metal_Treasure

10Where Eagles Dare - Iron Maiden

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?Territory - Sepultura

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11Overkill - Motörhead

Metallica made a cover, but I think the original drumming is better - rock2metal

12Rust In Peace... Polaris - Megadeth

The reason I started drumming in the first place, great double bass intro, with smooth tom usage.

13Motorbreath - MetallicaV1 Comment
14Your Betrayal - Bullet For My Valentine
15The Wolf Is Loose - Mastodon

An awesome opening to an even greater album "Blood Mountain" ;) Brann is amazing

16Exciter - Judas Priest
17Bushpig - Anvil

One of the craziest intros - long and fast. No wonder - Anvil were one of the pioneers of speed and thrash metal. Should be in the top 10. - Metal_Treasure

18Welcome to the Family - Avenged Sevenfold
19Detonation - Annihilator

Sounds like a short drum solo - it's awesome. Mike Mangini - great job! - Metal_Treasure

20It Never Ends - Bring Me The Horizon

Now I understand most of the hatred towards this band but I feel like Mat Nicholls' drumming is underappreciated and if you don't believe me, listen to the intro to this song and feel the emotion

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Top Remixes (5)

1. Haunted - Annihilator
2. Stargazer - Rainbow
3. Fireball - Deep Purple
1. Painkiller - Judas Priest
2. Rust In Peace... Polaris - Megadeth
3. Hot for Teacher - Van Halen
1. Your Betrayal - Bullet For My Valentine
2. You Could Be Mine - Guns N' Roses
3. Painkiller - Judas Priest

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