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.

The Top Ten

1 Fight 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

A mind-shattering tempo, every player is being pushed to their limit. The lyrics about nuclear warfare are also very dark and brooding. This gets the win in my book.

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2 Sad 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.

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

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

That slow, throat-punching riff along with that brutal snare drum just hits so hard.

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3 The 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.

This is by far the heaviest Metallica song out there. The riffs in Fight Fire with Fire are fast therefore making it more thrash than heavy. The Thing That Should Not Be is slower and has a lot more weight making it sound WAY heavier. Amazing song!

This song is the heaviest song there is from them and the guitar solo is so perfect combined with the rhythm of the song

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4 Harvester 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

Harvester of Sorrow
Language of the Mad
Harvester of Sorrow!

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5 Dyers 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.

Metallica's fastest for sure but in heaviness about 3rd for me.

1st place in heaviness, speed comes close to Fight Fire With Fire, but with more complex lyrics, similar tempo to FFWF, and the pure anger/hatred that radiates from this song puts it at #1 on my pick list.

6 Blackened

This should definitely be considered the heaviest Metallica song

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

The middle section is wank material. Blackened should be higher.

7 Damage, 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!?

Way heavier than Dyer's and Sad but True. Fight fire with fire is fast. I wouldn't call it heavy!

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

8 Disposable 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.

The most brutal song

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10 Battery

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.

Anger.. Heavy.. Unrelenting metal!

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

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11 Leper Messiah

Most underrated heavy metal song ever

12 Devil'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.

13 One

The ending is the most brutal thing Metallica has done.

14 Trapped Under Ice

Those three solos...heavy as hell

15 St. 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

16 Whiplash

Dick rash

17 ...And Justice for All

This, blackened and whiplash are, in my opinion the heaviest metallica songs

The riff during the verse is one of the heaviest metallica riffs there is. - Brobusky

18 Metal Militia
19 Bad Seed

This song is in no way "heavy"

20 The Unnamed Feeling

Song about beating depression. Very heavy

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