Metal The Best Metal Songs About Depression  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite metal and hard rock songs about being depressed or sad.

Some of the best metal songs about depression hit you right in the gut, just when you need them most. Anyone who struggles with depression knows art can help, especially music, with its combination of meaningful words and emotional instrumentation. Music can pull you out of a temporary funk, or reinforce feelings of loneliness and isolation. To quotes History Boys, 

The best moments... are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.

Hard rock songs about depression are plentiful. These are some of the best.

A lot of the metal songs about being depressed on this list fall under the category of black metal - an extreme form of heavy metal defined by lo-fi production, anti-social lyrics, high-pitched shrieking, gothic ambiance, and relentless blast beats. Black metal has a few subgenres, including the aptly named depressive black metal, or DBM.

If you are coping with depression, these metal songs about sadness may help you feel a little less alone. Listen to them as a way to deal – an alternative to self-harm or other negative ways of coping. Create a playlist, and when you’re in a really negative head space, scream along. The noise and the anger can be cleansing. And by all means, vote up your favorites – others will thank you.

If you're feeling seriously depressed, never hesitate to call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Fade to Black Metallica

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Hurt Nine Inch Nails

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Pittsburgh The Amity Affliction

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Fell On Black Days Soundgarden

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Hollow Pantera

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People = Shit Slipknot

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Strife Trivium

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To Live Is to Die is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Depression
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Darkness Within Machine Head

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Hospital for Souls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Depression
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I Don't Know Ozzy Osbourne

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The Infection Disturbed

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Rain Breaking Benjamin

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No Way Out Bullet for My Valentine

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I Don’t Wanna Be Me Type O Negative

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How Will I Laugh Tomorrow Suicidal Tendencies

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Suicide Season Bring Me The Horizon

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Victim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Depression
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Solitude Candlemass

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Temple from Within Killswitch Engage

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Ignorance is Bliss Beartooth

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Beneath the Skin Memphis May Fire

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Hell to Pay Drowning Pool

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Descent Fear Factory

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Losing All Down

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Seven Enemies Hatebreed

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Gone Katatonia

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Spirit Breaker August Burns Red

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Let Me In Make them Suffer

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Sarcasm is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Depression
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Day 69 Decapitated

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As Bright As the Darkness Devil You Know

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you only live once is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Depression
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And Fall the February Snow Nocturnal Depression

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The Disconnect Counterparts

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Violent and Gray The Hope Conspiracy

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Depress EyeHateGod

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NPON facedowninshit

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Condolences Touché Amoré

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