Top Ten Metal Songs With the Most Unique Non-Electric Guitar Intros

We are looking for VARIETY here - intros that are different from the expected riffs. It may be acoustic, or bass intro, drum intro, piano, scream, sounds... Anything cool and maybe unexpected on a metal song.


The Top Ten

1 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

Oh that bass intro it was great then the late great randy rhoads kicks in that riff it was awesome

SOMEONE: add "Last Rites/Loved to Deth" by Megadeth. It begins with piano.

Zxm comment is a reply to the visitor who said it's a bass intro. However, the song starts with Ozzy saying "All aboard! Haha Ay Ay Ay...". Guitar starts after it and yes, it's not a bass guitar. - Metal_Treasure

Oh, that funny intro... All aboard! Hahaaa Ay Ay Ay... - Metal_Treasure

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2 Painkiller - Judas Priest

This song is just awesome! - cjWriter1997

A legendary drum intro - Metal_Treasure

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3 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden UListen to Sample
4 Disturbing the Priest - Black Sabbath

Psychotic and spooky screams from the master - Ian Gillan. - Metal_Treasure

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5 One - Metallica

The intro to this song is gunshots, helicopter, war sounds. So it fits the requirements. Plus, it sets the tone for the song very well and makes for a fantastic song.

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6 Raining Blood - Slayer

Intro with drums and other sounds. - Userguy44

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7 Exit the Giants - Dead Brain Cells

Somebody's breathing out there... and then thrash explodes. Awesome transition (play the sample). - Metal_Treasure

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8 Mysteria - Edguy UListen to Sample
9 Hell Awaits - Slayer UListen to Sample
10 Sacred Worlds - Blind Guardian

This is a very long intro (2:13) and perhaps the most impressive intro I know - symphonic orchestra. The song is one of the best out there. - Metal_Treasure

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The Newcomers

? Devil is Fine - Zeal & Ardor

Vocal intro. - JoLeKosovo

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? Blind - Korn

Drum intro inspired by Primus' "Too Many Puppies". - JoLeKosovo

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The Contenders

11 Haunted - Annihilator

A punishing drum intro by Mike Mangini - 50 sec long. - Metal_Treasure

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12 Spirit Horse of the Cherokee - Manowar

This is the most bizarre song I've ever heard, including the intro. Just give a listen to the song because it's description is gonna be long but useless. It's something you have to hear.
Should be in the top 10. - Metal_Treasure

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13 Peace Sells - Megadeth

The intro is on a bass guitar not an electric guitar.

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14 Gates of Babylon - Rainbow

Mystic intro with some oriental air to it. This intro slides into your head like nothing else.
Try the song sample below (only part of the intro though). - Metal_Treasure

I heard it was synthesizer not sure though. - zxm

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15 Don't Bring Me Down - Northern Kings

A short drum intro and a gorgeous melodic scream from Jarkko Ahola. This guy screams a lot and pretty good.
The song is a great ELO metal cover. There's no scream in the original. Northern Kings also changed the drum beat in the intro as well as many other things.
ELO = Electric Light Orchestra. - Metal_Treasure

16 Gutter Ballet - Savatage

It wasn't that easy to find a cool piano intro because it's not very typical. This is a great song by a great but underrated band.
This intro was the theme song of some radio or T.V. show so I knew the tune and recognized it when I heard the song for the first time. - Metal_Treasure

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17 Fast As a Shark - Accept

What even is the intro? - Userguy44

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18 Stargazer - Rainbow

So legendary drum intro - DejanKalinic

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19 Oops! I Did It Again - Children of Bodom

They did a Britney Spears cover?! - PhoenixAura81

An epic Britney Spears cover, haha. One of the funniest ever. This intro always puts a smile on my face - Alexi Laiho is such a badass (he spits, clears his throat, …)
I had to do some research to find out what exactly Alexi says: in the intro he yells "Perkele" - a Finnish word for the Devil/Satan used as a swear / curse word. - Metal_Treasure

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20 Age of Shadows - Ayreon

Awesome song and intro (sounds). Give a listen, you won't be sorry - this is a unique song.
Vocals: Jørn Lande, Daniel Gildenlöw, Floor Jansen, Hansi Kürsch, Anneke van Giersbergen, Jonas Renkse, Steve Lee, Tom Englund. - Metal_Treasure

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21 Majesty - Blind Guardian

It opens with a barrel organ version of Johann Strauss II's waltz The Blue Danube. - Metal_Treasure

Really? I thought it was some electronic version of some carousel tune. - PhoenixAura81

22 No Love - Exodus UListen to Sample
23 King of the Kill - Annihilator UListen to Sample
24 Father Time - Stratovarius UListen to Sample
25 Burnt Offerings - Iced Earth UListen to Sample
26 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden

I'm disappointed that this isn't already part of this list. - Feirceraven

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27 Time What is Time - Blind Guardian

Cool acoustic intro (flamenco style) to a pretty heavy song. - Metal_Treasure

28 Ride the Sky - Helloween

This song starts with an electric guitar riff and shouldn't be on this list. - Metal_Treasure

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29 Into the Crypts of Rays - Celtic Frost

AAA For 40 seconds,awesome! - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

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30 Master Exploder - Tenacious D UListen to Sample
31 Invite It - Annihilator UListen to Sample
32 Love Tyger - Edguy UListen to Sample
33 The Happiest Days of Our Lives - Pink Floyd

This isn't a metal song... - Metal_Treasure

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34 Screaming Eagles - Sabaton

War sounds. - Metal_Treasure

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35 Ravens Guide Our Way - Grand Magus

Ravens in the house. - Metal_Treasure

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36 The Last Candle - Blind Guardian
37 Back for More - Ratt

Excellent acoustic intro on this one - Shake_n_Bake13

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38 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi

Great but not metal - Metal_Treasure

The most commanding song intro of all time - Shake_n_Bake13

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39 Fighting the Darkness - Primal Fear

A beautiful piano intro to a beautiful epic song. - Metal_Treasure

40 Cosmosis (Bulerias) - Flametal

It opens with a flamenco guitar. - Metal_Treasure

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41 Critical Acclaim - Avenged Sevenfold UListen to Sample
42 Never Pray for Justice - Primal Fear UListen to Sample
43 Moonchild - Iron Maiden
44 Altair 4 - Blind Guardian
45 To Hell and Back - Sabaton

War sounds, gunshots. - Metal_Treasure

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46 Last Rites / Loved to Death - Megadeth

Piano intro. - Metal_Treasure

47 Hells Bells - AC/DC

There are people who still don't know this song isn't metal. - Metal_Treasure

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48 Valkyries - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
49 Open Face Surgery - Cryptopsy UListen to Sample
50 Crown of Horns - Cryptopsy UListen to Sample
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List Stats

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Top Remixes

1. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
2. Painkiller - Judas Priest
3. Disturbing the Priest - Black Sabbath
1. Exit the Giants - Dead Brain Cells
2. The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
3. Raining Blood - Slayer


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