Best Metal Intro Songs

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The best intro songs in heavy metal. By intro I mean short songs that typically are the first track of an album.

The Top Ten

1 Waking the Fallen - Avenged Sevenfold

I don't know what it is about this song that I find really catchy for it being a minute and a half -. - - MetalFoREVer1228

It's a relax kind of intro, then Unholy Confessions kicks in and it's so epic.

Great for the small amount of time it consumes.

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2 Now Let Them Tremble - All That Remains

Awesome song that leads into the album's title track, For We Are Many. - MetalFoREVer1228

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3 A Cold Day in Hell - Winds of Plague

This intro is really awesome with great symphonic background music - MetalFoREVer1228

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4 The End of Everything - Trivium

This is the perfect way to start off an album.

This one has a sort of sinister vibe to it. Sounds awesome. - MetalFoREVer1228

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5 Induction - Gamma Ray

The most commanding intro song and the best I know - 1:01 min long (2001 album). Should be #1.
Lyrics with deep meaning. Same for the song that follows (Dethrone Tyranny). - Metal_Treasure

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6 Crystal Ann - Annihilator

Brilliant soft acoustic intro song (1:40 min) to a thrash album. - Metal_Treasure

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7 Necrotizing - Whitechapel UListen to Sample
8 Inquisition - Blind Guardian

This intro song is a Gregorian chant and it's the first track of the album Follow the Blind. It's logically followed by a song called Banish From Sanctuary. While the intro is slow and soft, the song Banish From Sanctuary is quite fast and heavy, and I love this contrast. - Metal_Treasure

9 To End the Rapture - Avenged Sevenfold

This song has an awesome guitar solo. - MetalFoREVer1228

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10 In Sacred Flames - Iced Earth UListen to Sample

The Newcomers

? Alison Hell - Annihilator

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The Contenders

11 Overture - Savatage

A 1:50 min long instrumental piece - prog and symphonic elements are well combined to create a really impressive sound.
1996 album. - Metal_Treasure

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12 Separation - As I Lay Dying

Really sad sounding intro with an awesome guitar melody. - MetalFoREVer1228

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13 Rites of Passage - Demons and Wizards
14 Painkiller - Judas Priest

It's not an intro song - it's a full length song. Intro songs are short, 1-2 min. - Metal_Treasure

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15 Enter the Realm - Iced Earth UListen to Sample
16 Intro - Bullet for My Valentine

It's got a symphonic background like A Cold Day In Hell but with a guitar solo in it. - MetalFoREVer1228

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17 Unbreakable (Part 1) - Primal Fear

An instrumental piece of symphonic metal type - 1:40 min long (2012 album). - Metal_Treasure

18 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

It's not an intro song - it's a full length song. Intro songs are short, 1-2 min. - Metal_Treasure

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19 Judgement - Chelsea Grin UListen to Sample
20 Countdown to Insanity - Primal Fear

1:43 min.
Black Sun (2002 album) - Metal_Treasure

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21 742617000027 - Slipknot UListen to Sample
22 Neon Knights - Black Sabbath

It's not an intro song - it's a full length song. Intro songs are short, 1-2 min. - Metal_Treasure

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23 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead - Primal Fear UListen to Sample
24 Ace of Spades - Motörhead UListen to Sample
25 Peace Sells - Megadeth

Not an intro song.

This intro alone makes me want to play bass. Ellefson killed. It's so catchy too!

David Ellefson's iconic bass solo.

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26 Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold UListen to Sample
27 (515) - Slipknot UListen to Sample
28 Prelude 3.0 - Slipknot UListen to Sample
29 .Execute - Slipknot UListen to Sample
30 The Star-Spangled Banner - Iced Earth

Music: John Stafford Smith
This intro song is just The U.S.A. National Anthem played by Iced Earth (instrumental, 1:14).
From their very patriotic album "The Glorious Burden" (2004). - Metal_Treasure

31 Overture - Iced Earth

Instrumental, 2:24.
Album - Framing Armageddon: Something Wicked Part 1 (2007) - Metal_Treasure

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32 Battery - Metallica

It's not an intro song - it's a full length song. Intro songs are short, 1-2 min. - Metal_Treasure

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33 Majesty - Blind Guardian

It's not an intro song - it's a full length song. Intro songs are short, 1-2 min.
Inquisition by Blind Guardian is an intro song (currently in the 9th place). - Metal_Treasure

34 Welcome - Gamma Ray UListen to Sample
35 Art of Life - x Japan
36 Without Warning - Dokken UListen to Sample
37 All Nightmare Long - Metallica

The intro in this song is crazy! - heavymetalrocker777

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38 Walls of Jericho - Helloween UListen to Sample
39 The Passing - Lamb of God

I can't express my delusion. Not a single mention in this entire list, yet it's probably the most acclaimed intro song in metal, at least in "unpopular" metal! Great sinister vibes

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40 Buried Alive - Avenged Sevenfold

This song has one of the the best intros I've ever heard. You feel the darkness and peace together.

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Top Remixes

1. Induction - Gamma Ray
2. Inquisition - Blind Guardian
3. In Sacred Flames - Iced Earth
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1. Waking the Fallen - Avenged Sevenfold
2. A Cold Day in Hell - Winds of Plague
3. Now Let Them Tremble - All That Remains
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1. Ace of Spades - Motörhead
2. Crystal Ann - Annihilator
3. Battery - Metallica
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