Most Unforgettable Moments in Metal Songs

Many metal songs have more than one unforgettable moment and a song can be on this list more than once - feel free to add songs and moments that impressed you the most.

The Top Ten

One - Metallica (the "machine gun" part) One - Metallica (the

I'm referring to the intense instrumental part before and during the lines that begin with "Darkness imprisoning me". This part is informally called by the fans "Machine Gun part". If you hear that part you will understand why. - Metal_Treasure

This is probably what made metal what it is today. - KeyboardHero

The best part of this song. - Userguy44

Agreed. The drumming was brilliantly played - TheDarkOne_221b

Raining Blood - Slayer (headbanging riff in the intro) Raining Blood - Slayer (headbanging riff in the intro) Cover Art

Just play the sample and you will hear it. Awesome! - Metal_Treasure

And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope - Ne Obliviscaris (intro) And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope - Ne Obliviscaris (intro) Cover Art

Just play the sample, it features part of the intro because the intro is very long. Violin and proggy drums are awesome. - Metal_Treasure

Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth (intro) Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth (intro) Cover Art

One of my most favorite guitar intros in metal (the sample succeeds to feature it because the intro is pretty long). - Metal_Treasure

Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden (intro) Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden (intro) Cover Art

Vocals in the intro are absolutely unforgettable - Bruce performs great long sustains and a masterful scream. - Metal_Treasure

Fear of the Dark's and Face in the Sand's intro is more unforgettable for me, but Hallowed Be Thy Name is up there as well. The most unforgettable moment in this song is the main riff to me. - Alkadikce

I agree that the main riff is the best part of Hallowed Be Thy Name but I didn't add it because if a song component appears more than once in a song I don't consider it a "moment". But you can add it because I didn't explain clearly what I mean by "moment" and I accept a broader interpretation of "moment". Slayer riff I mentioned appears only once. - Metal_Treasure

Once the guitar picks up with dickinson's loowww I'd say is better

Painkiller - Judas Priest (drum intro) Painkiller - Judas Priest (drum intro) Cover Art

This is how you start a metal song! - Userguy44

Alison Hell - Annihilator (intro) Alison Hell - Annihilator (intro) Cover Art

Just play the sample - Metal_Treasure

The Art of Dying - Gojira (intro) The Art of Dying - Gojira (intro) Cover Art

That intro (at least until the guitar part showed up) was REALLY danceable and awesome. - PhoenixAura81

What is that intro? - Userguy44

Play the sample to hear part of the intro - Metal_Treasure

Kissing the Shadows - Children of Bodom (solos) Kissing the Shadows - Children of Bodom (solos) Cover Art
Valhalla (live) - Blind Guardian (chorus) Valhalla (live) - Blind Guardian (chorus) Cover Art

At a live show the crowd sang the chorus for about 4 minutes and didn't want to stop, despite the band finished the song...several times. Some say the crowd is still singing... "Valhalla, deliverance! Why've you ever forgotten me? " - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

The Trooper - Iron Maiden (Dueling Guitar Solos) The Trooper - Iron Maiden (Dueling Guitar Solos) Cover Art

By Adrian Smith and Dave Murray - Metal_Treasure

Ram It Down - Judas Priest (Dueling Guitar Solos) Ram It Down - Judas Priest (Dueling Guitar Solos) Cover Art

By Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing - Metal_Treasure

For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica (Bass Intro) For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica (Bass Intro) Cover Art

Cliff killed it here. The first that comes to mind where I listen this song is that damn bass solo. I just love it! - Userguy44

The sample is wrong. - Userguy44

Floods - Pantera (Outro Licks) Floods - Pantera (Outro Licks) Cover Art
Heaven Denies - Demons & Wizards (Chanting in the Outro) Heaven Denies - Demons & Wizards (Chanting in the Outro) Cover Art

There's no actual choir - all multi-layered vocal tracks with the beautiful overlapping harmonies were sung by one person only - the lead singer. - Metal_Treasure

Omnipresent Perception - Beyond Creation (Fretless Bass Solo) Omnipresent Perception - Beyond Creation (Fretless Bass Solo) Cover Art

At 4:15-4:45 by Dominic "Forest" Lapointe. - Metal_Treasure

Prince of Darkness - Megadeth (Silence to Solo)

The moment where the songs starts to fade out out like it is about to end, stops only to go right back into the chorus, just loved that moment - germshep24

One - Metallica (Solo) One - Metallica (Solo) Cover Art
Stargazer - Rainbow (Drum Intro)

Cozy Powell. - Userguy44

Nailed to the Wheel - Edguy (Vocals in the Intro) Nailed to the Wheel - Edguy (Vocals in the Intro) Cover Art

Play the sample to hear part of it - Metal_Treasure

Intra Venus - Ne Obliviscaris (Dueling Solos for Guitar and Violin) Intra Venus - Ne Obliviscaris (Dueling Solos for Guitar and Violin) Cover Art
Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest (4:28-4:38) Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest (4:28-4:38) Cover Art

4:28-4:38 is the end of the 1st solo (by G. Tipton) - one of the most emotional 10 seconds I know. - Metal_Treasure

Strike - Primal Fear (Twin Lead Guitar Solo) Strike - Primal Fear (Twin Lead Guitar Solo) Cover Art
Stargazer - Rainbow (Solo) Stargazer - Rainbow (Solo) Cover Art

Especially the opening of the solo, and the final licks.
I think overall Dio's sustained notes are even more unforgettable. - JoLeKosovo

Highway Star - Deep Purple (Intro Scream) Highway Star - Deep Purple (Intro Scream) Cover Art
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