Below is the list of 10 awesome metal outros which will leave quite an impression on anyone. This post, in no way, means an exhaustion to this list.
There are many more songs which I might have missed because I haven't even heard them. So, please keep sharing!
10. Iron Maiden - "Fear of the Dark" ("Fear of the Dark")
I had to. I just had to include a song of my favorite band in the world. This song, to this day, is the only song of this album, played in almost every live performance while fans chant in unison "Fear of the Dark." The song outro is awesome because the intro verse is repeated at the end, but the lyrics are switched. "When I'm walking a dark road, I am the man who walks alone." Almost every time I listen to these lines, I feel a chill down my spine.
Notable tracks from the same album: "Afraid to Shoot Strangers," "Wasting Love," "Judas Be My Guide."
9. Dream Theater - "The Dark Eternal Night" ("Systematic Chaos")
The pioneers of progressive metal. These guys are so good when it comes to musical composition, that they always better themselves with every new album. Freakin' geniuses! I can't explain this song in words. Really. You'll just have to listen. The outro riff is delightfully simple, but totally noteworthy.
Notable tracks from the same album: "The Ministry of Lost Souls," "Forsaken," "Constant Motion."
8. Metallica - "Astronomy" ("Garage Inc.")
Damn... Metallica is brilliant when it comes to covering songs. This Blue Oyster Cult cover is my favorite. I've heard the original and I don't care what others say. It's BETTER than the original. These guys transformed this song into a piece of heaven. Hetfield repeats this phrase "Astronomy... A star" throughout the outro, over Hammett's awesome guitar solo. The song fades out...
Notable tracks from the same album: "Turn the Page," "Tuesday's Gone," "Am I Evil?," "Whiskey in the Jar."
7. Judas Priest - "Beyond the Realms of Death" ("Stained Class")
"Metal is my religion, Judas is my priest." I worship these guys. In the world of classic heavy metal, there's no one better. This song is a mixture of simple acoustic and distortion riffs, perfectly tailored with two mind-blowing guitar solos! The last one in particular, holy sh-t! I bow to these musicians. The only time the song title is mentioned (sang) is in the end.
Notable tracks from the same album: "Exciter," "Savage," "Better by You," "Better Than Me."
6. Lamb Of God - "Vigil" ("As the Palaces Burn")
This one starts slow. But don't let the innocence fool you for one bit, you're in for one helluva ride. You can actually feel the power building up, and around the 2 and half minute mark, the band goes bonkers. Extreme metal brute-force is what follows which ends with a good chunky riff. Smite the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered.
Notable tracks from the same album: "Ruin," "11th Hour," "Blood Junkie," "For Your Malice."
5. System Of A Down - "Aerials" ("Toxicity")
Sometimes, the whole song makes an outro what it is. "Aerials" creates a very eerie feel where the listener gets sucked into as all the elements blend in perfectly. An acoustic intro leads into a intense rhythm and engages the user long enough to lead into an atmospheric climax.
Notable songs from the same album: "Chop Suey!," "Toxicity," "Prison Song," "ATWA."
4. Death - "Voice of the Soul" ("Sound of Perseverance")
This song makes me think, "Man, this is what it must feel like when music makes love to the ears." Seriously. An amazing instrumental piece, which makes you believe you're in acoustic heaven and will bring any guitarist to his/her knees with humility. Soon enough, the electric guitar starts and builds up to an unforgettable outro, which justifies the beauty this song truly is.
Notable songs from the same album: "Scavenger of Human Sorrow," "Spirit Crusher," "Painkiller."
3. Pantera - "Floods" ("The Great Southern Trendkill")
This song is a class apart. It's a very unique composition of Pantera. That's because it has acoustic bridges, drag solos, doom riffs. You want it. You got it. The outro stands out because the song mutates into whole new psychedelic experience. It's just a simple guitar bridge over the sound of raindrops hitting the ground. Dime, I really don't know how you do it. R.I.P.
Notable tracks from the same album: "13 Steps to Nowhere," "Drag the Waters," "Suicide Note Pt. I."
2. Black Sabbath - "Symptom of the Universe" ("Sabotage")
Funny story about this. The closing passage of this song was because of an in-studio jam and it was decided spontaneously, that it would become a part of the original composition. The song feels somewhat like a progressive thrash song, with some classic riffing and good drum backing. The end however, is TRIPPY as f--k. Pardon my language.
Notable tracks from the same album: "Am I Going Insane," "Hole in the Sky," "Megalomania."
1. Opeth - "Closure" ("Damnation")
One of the reasons why I wanted to even write about this topic, is this song. It is by far, my most favorite musical composition of Opeth. Mikael Akerfeldt is a master composer. His musical proficiency is respected not only in the progressive metal world, but also by many other famous musicians. Coming to the outro in particular, I can describe it as "hauntingly beautiful." I'm using this term because, I know that once you listen to it, you'll never stop.
Notable tracks from the same album: "Windowpane," "In My Time of Need," "Hope Leaves."
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything." - Plato