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Most Powerful Musical Moments in Rock/Metal

posted Dec 13, 2009, 3:33 PM by Dennis Gess   [ updated Dec 14, 2009, 1:30 PM ]
In guitar-based music, there are only two kinds of 'moments': the kind when the song is just so beautiful, it's insane. Then there are the kind of moments in which you think your neck might break from all the headbanging. The following list dedicates what I think are only some of the latter moments. The list is not in order of greatness.

Metallica - Sad but True

At the 0:18 mark, the band stops for a moment, and then Lars's crashing snares blow your mind and a kickass riff bursts onto the scene. Also, the part near the very end of the song when James yells "I'm you!" is pretty awesome too. In fact, I think I'll write a whole article on how James's voice sucked after 1991.

AC/DC - Sin City

Even the whole song is one of the best songs ever composed, one of the most awesome parts of the song is the prechorus. The D chord is flying way over the top of the sound spectrum, and it drops away to a riff that crushes itself into your brain, topped off with Bon Scott's snarling vocals. One of the best songs ever to get whiplash to, I have to say. Another brilliantly exectuted part is the prechrorus, before the solo. The high-flying bends and the piercing guitar shreds while Angus's brother Malcolm lays the foundation of this piece of badassery.

Metallica - Enter Sandman

Enter Sandman is one of those songs you will indubitably hear every time you go to a guitar store. And it's also got one of the best parts of metal, ever. The verse is chugging along until the prechorus: "Sleep with one eye open, grippin' your pillow tight...". A moment's pause and then your ears are assaulted with a wicked riff and James's roaring vocals "EXIT LIGHT!! ENTER NIGHT!!!!"