While the stakes may be higher when choosing an album’s opening song, album reconciliation is a trickier art to perfect. The final declaration on a recording must simultaneously conclude all that has preceded it and stand alone like a banger trail. It is a difficult maneuver to perform in any genre, but especially in metal.
At the risk of sounding underwhelming and ruining an otherwise flawless series of songs, the closer album must either surpass the intensity of every previous track or tip in the opposite direction and deliver something entirely distinct that remains cohesive and satisfying. in the arc of the save.
It’s an easy thing to mess up, so we wanted to celebrate when heavy bands have absolutely been successful. From dizzying death metal to mind-blowing thrash, these are the 15 greatest closing albums in metal history.
Video of the Lamb of God – Vigil
15. Lamb of God – “Watch”
A lot of Lamb of God’s most timeless songs have been album openers (“Laid to Rest”, “Walk With Me in Hell”, damn “Black Label”) but hell damn, “Vigil” n ‘ isn’t a hellish grand finale. The culminating track of the Virginia groove-metal star Lords in 2003, As the palaces burn, is one of those cuts that makes you guess what’s the best part along the way. Not only does it serve the album well, but its Meshuggah-like precision marks a transformative moment in Lamb of God’s sonic arc.
Morbid Angel Video – God of Emptiness [Official Video]
14. Morbid Angel – “God of the Void”
The morbid angel Commitment is one of the most notable and groundbreaking death metal albums, and his latest track, “God of Emptiness”, hit so far that at one point Korn had planned to record a cover (before that a group of the group does not find religious, of course). Trailed and majestic, the song opens with a bellow – “Was it a bear?” exclaimed Butt-Head, hearing the opening roar of David Vincent – and relying on a solemn order: “Bow me faithfully.” Yes, Morbid Angel, we will.
13. Korn – “Daddy”
The finale of Korn’s self-titled debut album is by far the most disturbing song in their entire craziness catalog. After growling and growling as he confronts the tortured memories of being sexually abused as a child, we hear frontman Jonathan Davis crumble in real time as he is reduced to a mess of sobs and sobs as the tape continues to roll. More than a vivid way to end an album, this is one of the prime examples of raw pain captured on a recording.
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11. Mastodon – “Living hearts”
How do you wrap up a prog-metal concept album inspired by the literal white whale Moby Dick? If you’re Atlanta’s juggernaut, Mastodon, you do it with a nearly 14-minute thrill ride that swells and crashes like ocean waves from the tsunami, reminiscent of … And justice for all-era Metallica with its ambitious structure and scope. (Technically, the instrumental outro “Joseph Merrick” closes Leviathan, but to our measure, “Hearts Alive” is the last appropriate song.) We’ve seen the band open live sets with this show-stop and it doesn’t get any better than that.
Alice In Chains Video – Could It Be?
10. Alice in Chains – “Would it?”
Alice in Chains’ classic grunge-sludge Dirt plunges from heroin-soaked depths as dark as those explored by their Seattle brethren. Closer “Would I?” Was inspired by the fatal overdose of Mother Love Bone frontman and stage debut figure Andrew Wood, and with its rumbling bassline and soaring chorus, the elegiac cut concludes the album sadly but triumphant. No wonder metal heavyweights like James Hetfield and Philip Anselmo joined AIC on stage to sing this earth-shattering classic.
Video of Hallowed Be Thy Name (2015 – Remaster)
8. Iron Maiden – “Hallowed be thy name”
Telling the story of a death row inmate threatened with execution, The number of animalsThe seven-minute closing track was one of the first songs Maiden recorded with their new vocalist Bruce Dickinson and, damn it, they hit paydirt. “Hallowed Be Thy Name” has been a live fixture ever since, and bassist and band lead songwriter Steve Harris may have put it better: “If someone who had never heard Maiden before – someone one from another planet or something – asked you about Maiden, how would you play them? I think ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ is that one. “
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7. Death – “The Philosopher”
The Chuck Schuldiner formation reunited for the opus of Death of 1993, Individual thought models, practically constitutes the status of a super-group. Six-string Swedish scholar Andy LaRocque, whirlwind drummer Gene Hoglan and fretless bass wizard Steve DiGiorgio have joined the mighty Schuldiner to form a team of death metal Olympians, but the extent of their powers are not revealed. than on the last track on the album. “The Philosopher” proved how virtuoso, melodic and punchy death metal can be. Nobody did better.
Rust In Peace Video … Polaris (Remastered in 2004)
6. Megadeth – “Rust in peace … Polaris”
Megadeth’s LP par excellence in 1990, Rust in peace, is a highlight for the group not only as players, but as songwriters. Its intro track, “Holy Wars,” serves as a punishment with jaw-dropping solos and two distinct movements, while its other bookend leaves the most essential traits of counter thrash – galloping speed and monologues from talkative guitar – and breathes new life into the genre in the process. Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman use their prowess for melodic purposes, while Nick Menza launches inspiring drum patterns designed to test the strength of shuttlecocks around the world. “Polaris! “
Video of Into the Void (2014 Remaster)
5. Black Sabbath – “Into the Void”
Imagine being at such a level of artistic expertise that you can record a riff this good for the last song on your album? “Into the Void”, the knockout at the end of Black Sabbath Master of reality, is where every stoner, doom, and sludge lick that has been played since can be tracked. Hell, even Metallica’s James Hetfield dubbed this favorite Sabbath song, so throw the “Black Album” on the list of great things that wouldn’t exist without this miracle of metal and Mary Jane.
4. Pantera – “Hollow”
Even on their dark and powerful ballads, Pantera couldn’t help but slip in some bone-breaking riffs. “Hollow”, the dazzling flight of their second bestial album, Vulgar display of power, begins with one of the few respites on the entire record, but once Dimebag gets pissed off and starts to shred, it’s back to the mighty groove for these rascals. In fact, it’s such a tasty second half that they added it to the “Domination” breakdown when they played it live for seven minutes of utter destruction.
Video of Rage Against The Machine – Liberté
3. Rage against the machine – “Freedom”
Rage Against the Machine’s electrifying debut in 1992 is jam-packed with mantras spoken like songs of protest. “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me.” “You have to take back the power.” “To wake up!” However, this is the last word that Zack de la Rocha shouts – no, screams – which sums up all their political fury in one powerful statement. “Freedoooooom,” the singer roared as if trying to explode a lung while charging the instrumentation. On top of that, for an album with 10+ perfect riffs that most bands wouldn’t know what to do with, this might be the best.
System Of A Down Video – Antennas (Official HD Video)
2. Down system – “Aerial”
On their debut album, System of a Down showed how a metal band can balance heavy and wacky. On most of their surprisingly popular follow-up, Toxicity, they showed how they could remake that sound, but in an even more explicitly political way. But on the closing track of this 2001 masterpiece, the mad geniuses of alternative metal proved that they can also be downright beautiful. From its hypnotic bassline and muted breaths to the vociferous harmonies of Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian, “Aerials” is the type of conclusive mic drop that makes you turn off the stereo afterwards to think silently.
Video of Raining Blood
1. Killer – “It’s raining blood”
You’ve heard it before. Several times, probably. But does that first lick that cuts through the crackling thunder and haunting rains ever lose its luster? Slayer’s definitive track – arguably the most evil, epic, and perfectly crafted thrash song in history – comes at the end of their 1986 classic, Reign in blood, and it comes with everything a headbanger could want or need. Pounding drums, guitar solos that rip like party piranas, the best station wagon ever, and lyrics about human blood raining from the fucking sky.