I’m the type of person who gives a song about a minute before I decide whether I like it or not. If it takes too long to build up then I’d much rather pass. However, if a song has an excellent intro then I’m all for it. I’ve chosen some of my favorite songs based solely on their introductions, so that goes to show how important this is to me.
1. “Mariana’s Trench” – August Burns Red
If there’s one way to start off a song, “Mariana’s Trench” has it down to a point. The track starts off with a beautiful melody that intensifies, relying solely on speed at first. The song starts to pick up and the drums come into play, slowly adding to the intensity. Eventually, all of the instruments pick up and the beautiful melody that starts the song has changed into one that leads into a much heavier sound that prepares listeners for vocalist Jake Luhr’s screams. Of all the songs that I have heard, this song has my favorite introduction. It gets me so pumped and while I love the rest of the song, I can’t help but go back and replay the intro about a hundred times.
2. “The Sadness Will Never End” – Bring Me The Horizon
The first time I heard this track I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but it certainly took me by surprise. Out of nowhere these intense instrumentals come in that erase the serene sound at the very beginning of the song from my memory. Right as that part starts, I almost always find myself tapping my foot or having my own air drum solo. Granted, if the climax of the song had taken only a few more seconds to start I probably would have just done skipped this song the moment it came on my iPod, but the fast-paced instrumentals which eventually do kick in, certainly saved the song for me.
3.“Sonnet Of The Wretched” – Chelsea Grin
I was a little iffy about talking about this song. The only thing I really like about it is the introduction. However, the short fourteen seconds of excellence is the main reason I never deleted this song from my iTunes. This song provides a significant amount of intensity that builds up by increasing the loudness. It’s the same riff over and over, but any change would be unnecessary. When the song does change I start to wish that it hadn’t and shortly thereafter I find myself listening to a new song.