The Top 10 Heavy Metal Album Openers by Guitar World

No one ever went to a Led Zeppelin concert expecting the band to open with “The Rain Song.”

It’s a fine tune, to be sure, but the electric charge of a crowd in waiting must be met in kind.

The same applies to the album: Kiss didn’t open Destroyer with “Beth,” for example. And Metallica had the prudence to place “Fade to Black” a good four songs into Ride the Lightning.

Read the countdown and see where Pantera fits in here: