Saddest Heavy Metal Songs

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41 To Live is to Die - Metallica

When you think about deep, powerful, emotional, sad songs, more often then not you are thinking about the lyrics.

This is a very large exception.

As most metal fans know (And all real Metallica fans) bassist Cliff Burton died touring Europe, promoting the previous album, Master of Puppets. Burton tragically died in a bus accident, and the other members of the band will never be able to shake the image of seeing just his legs sticking out from under the bus. I mean, think about that. Imagine seeing one of your dear friends lying lifeless, under a bus, right before your eyes.

Now, fast-forward to...And Justice for All. The band mostly reacted in anger about his death, which was reflected in the album. However, one song that was clearly different was this one. The first thing that a close observer will notice is that there was no bass guitar used in the song, despite Metallica already finding a new bass player. It starts slow, with a nice beat -- reflective of ...more

42 Desert of Song - Between the Buried and Me
43 Ohne dich - Rammstein
44 Screams of the Butterfly - Acid Bath

The short lived Sludge-Stoner band had some amazing songs. This one is the best ballad they had, - ryanrimmel

45 Coma White - Marilyn Manson

This isn't metal. It's industrial/gothic rock.

46 Eyes of the Insane - Slayer

This song is a soldier's point of view while he is suffering PTSD after war and eventually committing suicide.

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47 Black Star - Yngwie
48 To Hell and Back - Sabaton
49 Chasing Death - Slayer

Kerry King's sad song, especially knowing that he had to face the death of his guitar tech, and that Jeff was chasing death and he (Jeff) was declining. King vents about this, and vents about when someone refuses to stop chasing death. This song is also super heavy.

This has sad lyrics. It starts with King ranting on he fact that you can't really "know" someone until they've lost self-control. Then, King rants on the fact that Jeff Hanneman is lying to himself and that he has become a slave to discontent. The pre-chorus is probably the saddest part, especially the second pre-chorus with "Can't stop this poison welling, please just take away this feeling". The chorus is about the fact that Jeff is now "chasing death", while the post-chorus is about how many lies Jeff makes to himself. The third verse is more ranting on incompetence to fight the addiction, and how Kerry doesn't want to lose Jeff.

Overall, one of Slayer's saddest, next to Eyes Of The Insane.

50 Nemo - Nightwish
51 To Walk the Infernal Fields - Darkthrone
52 Evil in a Closet - In Flames
53 In My Darkest Hour - Megadeth

Amazingly heavy and sad musical tribute to Cliff Burton (even though the lyrics aren't about him)

54 I Want to Die - Mortal Love

Must be #1, lyrics and song are so sad, so depressive for heartbroken.

55 Man That You Fear - Marilyn Manson
56 A Greater Darkness - Moonspell
57 Sinner - Theocracy
58 The Chosen Pessimist - In Flames V 2 Comments
59 Black Spell of Destruction - Burzum
60 Gone - Katatonia
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