metal The Best Metal Songs About Death  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite metal and hard rock songs about death and dying.

Metal songs about death aren't difficult to find. After all, there's a Death Metal, a sub-genre all about death. These metal songs about dying are often poignant and beautiful – especially if you listen carefully to the lyrics and the emotional way in which metal singers deliver the lines. Either that or they're brutal punishment.

Every genre of metal and hard rock has its songs about death, from extreme metal to radio-friendly riff rock. Hard rock songs about dying are plentiful, and, unfortunately, they are often songs many of us can relate to. Everyone at some point experiences great loss. Music can help with the grieving process.

These metal death songs run the gamut – songs told by someone taking their last breath to those about mass slaughter and laments concerning loss and grief, told by those left behind by dead love ones. Vote up the metal songs about death that you feel are the most moving, and vote down any that just leave you flat.

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Hallowed Be Thy Name is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Hallowed Be Thy Name Iron Maiden

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Fade to Black Metallica

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Cemetary Gates Pantera

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Ride the Lightning Metallica

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71 29
Raining Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Raining Blood Slayer

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59 22
(Don't Fear) The Reaper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Pjrock added (Don't Fear) The Reaper Blue Öyster Cult

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Creeping Death Metallica

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Die Young Black Sabbath

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So Far Away Avenged Sevenfold

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À tout le monde Megadeth

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34 20
Close My Eyes Forever is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Pjrock added Close My Eyes Forever Ozzy Osbourne, Lita Ford

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Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
Steven Matthews Jr. added Nightmare Avenged Sevenfold

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Goodbye Slipknot

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1916 Motörhead

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I Love the Dead Alice Cooper

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Hammer Smashed Face Cannibal Corpse

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Left to Die Death

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Heroes End Judas Priest

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Fly to the Angels Slaughter

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Always Killswitch Engage

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A World Without Queensrÿche

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Crack the Skye Mastodon

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Use the Man Megadeth

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Black Curtains Megadeth

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All Nightmare Long Metallica

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Death's Hand is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Death
1525917753867 added Death's Hand The Amity Affliction

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Jennk added Shells Kyle Johnson

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Veil of Elysium Kamelot

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Torn to Pieces Pop Evil

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Dead by Dawn Deicide

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The Spirit Carries On Dream Theater

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Slit Your Guts Cryptopsy

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Total Funeral Watain

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In Death Belphegor

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Dead & Buried Kataklysm

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Expiration Date Fear Factory

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Sing in Silence Sonata Arctica

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