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

The song's electric guitar doesn't start with the riff. Actually it starts with a pick scrapping. If you notice.
(For the visitor's comment) - zxm

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2 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
3 Painkiller - Judas Priest

This song is just awesome! - cjWriter1997

A legendary drum intro - Metal_Treasure

4 Disturbing the Priest - Black Sabbath

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

5 Exit the Giants - Dead Brain Cells

Somebody's breathing out there... and then thrash explodes. Awesome transition. - Metal_Treasure

6 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.

7 Raining Blood - Slayer
8 Mysteria - Edguy
9 Hell Awaits - Slayer
10 Sacred Worlds - Blind Guardian

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

The Contenders

11 Haunted - Annihilator

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

12 Peace Sells - Megadeth

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

13 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

14 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

15 Spirit Horse of the Cherokee - Manowar

This is the most bizzare 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

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

17 Fast As a Shark - Accept
18 Age of Shadows - Ayreon

Awesome song and intro (bizarre 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

19 Majesty - Blind Guardian

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

20 No Love - Exodus
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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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