Top Ten Metal Songs With the Most Unique Non-Electric Guitar IntrosWe 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
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
This song is just awesome! - cjWriter1997
A legendary drum intro - Metal_Treasure
Psychotic and spooky screams from the master - Ian Gillan. - Metal_Treasure
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.
Intro with drums and other sounds. - Userguy44
Somebody's breathing out there... and then thrash explodes. Awesome transition (play the sample). - Metal_Treasure
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
A punishing drum intro by Mike Mangini - 50 sec long. - Metal_Treasure
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
The intro is on a bass guitar not an electric guitar.
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
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
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
What even is the intro? - Userguy44
So legendary drum intro - DejanKalinic
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
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
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
I'm disappointed that this isn't already part of this list. - Feirceraven
Cool acoustic intro (flamenco style) to a pretty heavy song. - Metal_Treasure
This song starts with an electric guitar riff and shouldn't be on this list. - Metal_Treasure
This isn't a metal song... - Metal_Treasure
War sounds. - Metal_Treasure
Ravens in the house. - Metal_Treasure
Excellent acoustic intro on this one - Shake_n_Bake13
Great but not metal - Metal_Treasure
The most commanding song intro of all time - Shake_n_Bake13
A beautiful piano intro to a beautiful epic song. - Metal_Treasure
It opens with a flamenco guitar. - Metal_Treasure
War sounds, gunshots. - Metal_Treasure
Piano intro. - Metal_Treasure
There are people who still don't know this song isn't metal. - Metal_Treasure