Fan Poll: Top 5 METALLICA live songs | Revolver

Fan Poll: Top 5 METALLICA live songs

"Die! Die! Die!"
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Metallica live in 2023
photograph by Kevin Wilson

While it's impossible to fully gauge how impactful the bulk of Metallica's mighty catalog remains to the state of modern music, fan reaction at their shows could be a good indicator of what's worked best over the years.

On the one hand, you'd be hard-pressed not to find several thousand 'Tallica fans going absolutely ape-shit at some point during a concert, whether for some good ol' foundational thrashing or the populist hard-rock anthems or the defiantly expansive attack of their current era.

Still, some cuts just hit harder than most.

So, we asked you to pick the single greatest song to see at a Metallica show, and here are the top five classics you voted to be on the setlist.

5. "For Whom the Bell Tolls"

One of many no-brainer picks, "For Whom the Bell Tolls" is bass-driven godhead, with Cliff Burton's (and now Rob Trujillo's) high-up fretboard work notching one of metal's most instantly recognizable and eternally beloved four-string licks. It hits different in concert, though, once the thousands of fists start soaring into the air along to Lars Ulrich's four-on-the-floor kick intro.

An imperial death march with a sweet tooth for melody, "For Whom the Bell Tolls" remains one of the band's earliest all-timers, and it's always a damned pleasure to catch it in action.

4. "Blackened"

"Blackened" is one of Metallica's most bizarrely-paced Eighties pieces, manically vaulting its time signatures through a series of 3s, 4s, 7s and whatever the hell else they feel like. 'Tallica bring it all together so expertly, though, that their primordial heaviness is never sacrificed for the sake of prog.

Look around the arena for proof — that sea of bobbing heads is furiously banging along in perfect time... mostly.

3. "Orion"

Few metal instrumentals arrive as propulsively transcendent as Master of Puppets' "Orion," and that only becomes clearer in a concert environment.

The deeply dramatic and completely hypnotic intro riff hooks you in for the long haul, but it's the supremely vibe-y midsection, chiefly driven by that Burton-written bass bubbling, that gently uppercuts us towards an out-of-body experience.

That is, at least until Metallica bring us back to earth by book-ending the song with that hard-crashing reprise.

2. "Harvester of Sorrow"

"Harvester of Sorrow" is a ruthlessly straightforward stomp-out compared to some of ...And Justice for All's more prog-spiced moments, but Metallica fully own their mud-thick chunkery, while Lars Ulrich's cannon-fire kick work is absolutely concussive while kabooming itself all the way to the nosebleeds.

Simply stated, but damn does it slam.

1. "Creeping Death"

So it was written, so let it be done: "Creeping Death" is Revolver readers' favorite 'Tallica concert staple, and by a wide margin. It's easy to understand why.

First off, the Ride the Lightning rager still jolts us hard, between those judded-out guitar accents and Hetfield's biblical death ranting. It's likewise electrifying to get caught up in the band's most legendarily crowd-participatory moment, with thousands of metalheads screaming "Die!" in unison during the breakdown.

Keep on creepin' on, fuckers.