Heaviest Metallica Songs

Not necessarily the most epic or the 'best', but the heaviest Metallica songs that hit you like a ton of bricks and weigh you down like a lead anchor. Fast, slow, or moderately paced... Heaviness is all that matters.

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1Fight Fire With Fire

Let's be honest here, this is their fastest and heaviest riff. It really tests your endurance on the guitar and your ability for fast and accurate picking. 'Sad but true' their heaviest song? I really love that song as well, but that is just ridiculous. come on guys!

Fight Fire With Fire is the heaviest Metallica song. It is Metallica's only Extreme Thrash song, and is super fast. The song is about "Nuclear annihilation, describing the world right before and during a nuclear apocalypse." That is a very metal topic. - Kytotoxic

Metallica considered to melodic thrash. But my friends, this song is extreme thrash! Vote this up, Sad But True isn't heavy as this! - somekindofaguy

Finally! It's number one!

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2Sad But True

Always thought this song had the nastiest riff. Fast does not always equal heavy and Sad But True delivers with a slow but punishing riff. Easily the heaviest Metallica song to date.

This was the song someone said that was good for pulling teeth. It was the last thing that they heard before it happened.

Just listen 2 the guitar riff in this song and that alone screams heavy

Even though this song may not be fight fire with fire, whiplash, or anything like that. This song will pack a punch in the first 5 seconds of the song

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3The Thing That Should Not Be

Easily the most heavy song on there list of songs. Listen to there Seattle performance, and you will see how heavy this epic song can get! Sad but true is heavy, but no where near as heavy as this and many other songs. I think it is just the most recognizable heavy song.

This is my favorite Metallica song and for good reason. This song has the best lyrics and meaning and it's obviously the heaviest.

Even jason states that it is their heaviest song out there

One word, badass

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4Harvester of Sorrow

By far the heaviest Metallica song. Sad but True comes close, but it doesn't quite pull it off

Most aggressive James Hetfield vocals

So heavy you need a crane to lift it

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6Damage, Inc.

This has to be Metallica's heaviest song. For Whom the Bell Tolls is the most intense, Dyers Eve is the most aggressive and fastest, but the most well-rounded in terms of heaviness (intense and aggressive) has to be Damage, Inc.

Why is sad but true on top? Like SERIOUSLY!?

Songs great... Pretty heavy lyrics and head-banging

7Dyers Eve

This song will make you want to slaughter something, and if you do, let the rage out in the pit, or go nuts on some rapist with a screwdriver.

This song blasts you from beginning to end. Reminiscent of Damage Inc.

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8Leper Messiah

Most underrated heavy metal song ever

9Devil's Dance

This is one of the few thrashers from ReLoad. Sad But True is the heaviest, but Devil's Dance is very heavy, too.

10St. Anger

I have to say St. Anger is one of Metallica's heaviest. Although it's not their best, it definitely beats out most of the other albums. Its best competition is probably Master of Puppets

This crappy song is only the heaviest because of the atrocious drum beats by the equally atrocious Lars Ulrich

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11WhiplashV1 Comment

The main riff is of thrash perfection and the lyrics always get my blood boiling: "Pounding out aggression, Turns into obsession, Cannot kill the battery". This is when Metallica were in their prime.

This is Metallica's heaviest song. this is the epitome of Thrash Metal!

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14The Unnamed Feeling

Song about beating depression. Very heavy

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This should definitely be considered the heaviest Metallica song

This should be number 1. The intro riff is number 1. Hands down.


The song projects a very grim, aggressive feeling, as if you are being weighed down. This is definitely at least one of the heaviest Metallica songs out there that I've heard.

17Disposable Heroes

If you play any of these Metallica songs on guitar, this one would be at the top of the list. It's fast paced, heavy, and sends you "back to the front"!

Really hard, heavy, and intense. Also my favorite.

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20Eye of the Beholder

Come on, this song is one of the heaviest metal songs!

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List StatsUpdated 5 Dec 2016

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Top Remixes

1. Fight Fire With Fire
2. Sad But True
3. St. Anger
1. Sad But True
2. Dyers Eve
3. 2 X 4
1. The Thing That Should Not Be
2. Sad But True
3. Harvester of Sorrow



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