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

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

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

The best part of this song. - Userguy44

Agreed. The drumming was brilliantly played - TheDarkOne_221b

2 Raining Blood - Slayer (headbanging riff in the intro)

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

3 And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope - Ne Obliviscaris (intro)

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

4 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden (intro)

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

5 Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth (intro)

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

6 Painkiller - Judas Priest (drum intro)

This is how you start a metal song! - Userguy44

7 Alison Hell - Annihilator (intro)

Just play the sample - Metal_Treasure

8 The Art of Dying - Gojira (intro)

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

Play the sample to hear part of the intro - Metal_Treasure

9 Kissing the Shadows - Children of Bodom (solos)
10 Valhalla (live) - Blind Guardian (chorus)

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

11 Floods - Pantera (Outro Licks)
12 The Trooper - Iron Maiden (Dueling Guitar Solos)

By Adrian Smith and Dave Murray - Metal_Treasure

13 Ram It Down - Judas Priest (Dueling Guitar Solos)

By Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing - Metal_Treasure

14 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica (Bass Intro)

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

15 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

16 Stargazer - Rainbow (Drum Intro)

Cozy Powell. - Userguy44

17 Heaven Denies - Demons & Wizards (Chanting in the Outro)

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

18 Nailed to the Wheel - Edguy (Vocals in the Intro)

Play the sample to hear part of it - Metal_Treasure

19 Intra Venus - Ne Obliviscaris (Dueling Solos for Guitar and Violin)
20 Strike - Primal Fear (Twin Lead Guitar Solo)
21 Highway Star - Deep Purple (Intro Scream)
22 Children of the Sea - Black Sabbath (Intro)
23 Intra Venus - Ne Obliviscaris (Fretless Bass Solo)
24 Omnipresent Perception - Beyond Creation (Fretless Bass Solo)

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

25 Clandestine Stars - Obscura (Back-To-Back Bass and Guitar Solo)
26 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest (4:28-4:38)

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

27 Painkiller - Judas Priest (Outro)
28 Mysteria - Edguy (Intro Scream)

Great job, Tobias Sammet! - Metal_Treasure

29 To Live is to Die - Metallica (Bridge)
30 A Light in the Black - Rainbow (Solos)
31 One - Metallica (Solo)
32 Stargazer - Rainbow (Solo)
33 Highway Star - Deep Purple (Solos)
34 Grand Parade - Blind Guardian (6:25-7:40)
35 And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope - Ne Obliviscaris (5:30-7:00)
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Top Remixes

1. One - Metallica (the "machine gun" part)
2. Raining Blood - Slayer (headbanging riff in the intro)
3. And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope - Ne Obliviscaris (intro)
1. Raining Blood - Slayer (headbanging riff in the intro)
2. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden (intro)
3. Painkiller - Judas Priest (drum intro)


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