Metallica is a great band for beginners. They have slow ballads like Nothing Else Matters and heavier songs like For Whom the Bell Tolls and Enter Sandman that are very easy to play. However, they also have songs that can be a challenge for more advanced players. Here are Top 10 Hardest Songs by Metallica.
- The Day That Never Comes
- Spit Out The Bone
10. The Frayed Ends of Sanity
The name suits this song well. The main difficulty of this song lies in the riff under the solo. It is pretty difficult to nail at first because of its irregular rhythm.
9. Damage. Inc
A song with a quite a complicated solo, and while it's certainly easier than solo in Ride the Lightning, it can still make you sweat a little.
8. Disposable Heroes
This one has so much downpicking it will make your wrist hurt. Playing it at full speed takes some practice.
7. Master of Puppets
Playing this famous riff with downpicking may prove to be really tiresome for a non-trained hand plus the song contains solos that are quite fast and intricate.
6. Creeping Death
“Creeping Death was one of the first songs responsible for the musical growth of the band, I think,” reflects Kirk Hammett. “It was one of the first songs written for Ride The Lightning and it was a clear step in the right direction. It was as heavy as anything on Kill ‘Em All but on a technical level, we had put that much more into the writing and arrangement and we made it more demanding for ourselves, and it set the stage for the rest of the album.”
A blistering guitar solo and about four minutes into the song, the chanting of ‘Die! Die! Die!’ makes ‘Creeping Death’ a song Metallica fans will always bang their heads to.
5. Ride the Lightning
This may not look too hard but that is until you get to solo. Not only it's pretty hard to play, but it's also quite long so it may take a while for you to learn it.
Triplets can be a bitch. Playing the same E Palm-muted Triplets and Power Chords can be even more bitch. Battery is probably the hardest rhythm guitar song to play. Trying to mumble the lyrics yet alone singing while playing it, may prove to be harder than you think.
The hardest thing about this one is the timing of its 30s main riff, but after you get the main riff down, there's a silver lining, it's really smooth sailing up to the solo.
2. Fight Fire With Fire
This song is complicated for all instruments, mostly because it's hella fast. Solos are quite advanced as well. A reasonable challenge for amateur guitarists.
1. Dyers Eve
This one has it all. Ferocious Metallica tunes, the intro with constant picking, advanced fingering, alternate picking between 2 and 3 frets on the A string and a big mix of power chords and wacky stops here and there in the riffs. A clear winner here. Metallica have never played it live without screwing up a whole load of times. Well, if the guys can't even play it, it surely has to be the hardest one.
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