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Well it reads like I might be on my own here, but Acknowledgment from Coltrane's A Love Supreme is without doubt the greatest intro I can think of.

That and GZA's Liquid Swords...

'When I was little, my father was famous. He was the greatest Samurai in the Empire. He was the Shogun's decapitator... '

Ooh chills down the spine.

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Very surprised someone hasn't already mentioned ...

"Somewhere out there in the vast nothingness of space ... somewhere far away in space and time ... staring upward into the gleaming stars in the obsidian sky ... we're marooned on a small island ... in an endless sea ... confined to a tiny spit of sand ... unable to escape. But tonight, on this small island ... on Earth ... we're gonna ROCK CIVILISATION!"

Far and away one of the best album intros I have ever heard.

Also, Ira Tenax (which I have to keep reminding myself is not actually Irate Nax) from the beginning of Rhapsody's Legendary Tales is fairly epic. I had it as my ringtone for a while leading to a lot of people asking, "what the FUCK was that??"

Pendulum also opened their radio one essential mix with (in best doom laden epic voiceover voice):

"Ladies and gentleman ... we understand that you ... have come here tonight ... to bear witness to the sound ... of Drum. And. Bass. We regret to announce that this is not the case, as we come instead to bring you The Sonic Recreation Of the End of the World. Ladies and Gentlemen ... prepare ... to Hold. Your. Colour."

followed on after one of their typically epic drum and bass intros by ...

(Deadpan) "OK. Fuck it. I lied. It's drum and bass. What you gonna do?

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It was amazing the first time I put on El-P's I'll Sleep When You're Dead, wondering if it'd live up to the album before it after being a long time coming, when the first thing I heard was a bit of dialogue taken from Twin Peaks I knew I was in safe hands.

"Do you think that if you were falling in space that you would slow down after a while, or go faster and faster?"

"Faster and faster... For a long time you wouldn't feel anything, then you would burst into into fire, forever. And the angel's won't help you, 'cos they've all gone away..."

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Hmm, most of the best ones have already been mentioned buuutttt....

"The Past That Suits You Best" - Delgados, 'The Great Eastern'

"Yes" - Manic Street Preachers, 'The Holy Bible'

"Kitty" - Presidents Of The United States of America, 'S/T'

"Narcolepsy" - Ben Folds Five, 'The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner'

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The Grudge from Tool's Lateralus. The way it slowly starts up like some kind of thing winding up, then the tumbling atonal riff that seems to be at odds with the drumming kicks in.

Took me about 4 months to 'get' it mind.

Battery by Metallica like a few others have said.

Your River by My Dying Bride.

Thriller by Fall Out Boy.

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"Hey martial Arts fans, are you ready to get your guts kicked out?

From Brainfreeze the DJ Shadow/Cut Chemist mix album. Don't know if that really counts as an album. Its a great start though.

Thunderkick! That's a great call.

For an actual song, 'Break' from Fugazi's 'End Hits' always works. And Plaid's 'Eyen' deserves a mention.

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i have to say, that 'somewhat damaged' off nine inch nails' 'the fragile' album is a pretty fantastic start, it just ramps up and up and up and up and then busts it's musical nut all over your face in an orgasmic rage. wonderful stuff.

it's these lines where the hair on the back of my neck is standing on end:

How could I,

ever think,

its funny how,

everything you swore would never change is different now,

like you said,

you and me,

make it through

Didnt quite,

fell apart,

Where the fuck where you?

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Weezer: both the blue album's My Name is Jonas and Pinkerton's Tired of Sex kick start their respective albums off very nicely. Very different songs but both have that similar feeling the first track should always have.

Not a big nu-metal man, but it has to be said that Blind off Korn's eponymous debut is a classic intro to an album.

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Blinded By Fear - At The Gates (Slaughter of the Soul)

These Shrouded Temples - Corrosion Of Conformity (Blind)

Into the Infinity of Thoughts - Emperor (In The Nightside Eclipse)


.215061 - AFX (Analogue Bubblebath 3)

La Dispute [3rd Eye Foundation Remix] - The Third Eye Foundation (I Poo Poo on Your Juju)

Iambic 5 Poetry - Squarepusher (Budakhan Mindphone)

Sikertelenség / Szerencsétlen - Venetian Snares (Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett)


Superheroes Of BMX - Mogwai (EP+6)

You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire - QOTSA

Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) - Pink Floyd

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I've always loved the beginning of "A Walk Across The Rooftops" by The Blue Nile; it begins with the title track, which is an oddly sparse song to start an album with, but it works wonders for that very reason. It's as if the band are deliberately dropping you into the heart of their soundworld. "River Of Orchids" by XTC (which opens "Apple Venus"), "Electronic Performers" by Air (on "10000Hz Legend") and "Sitting Here" by Dizzee Rascal (on "Boy In Da Corner") are other great examples of this.

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Nice to follow a post mentioning The Blue Nile... Anyway, my votes -

- Talking Heads, Little Creatures. David Byrne's 'HEY!'

- The Smiths, The Queen is Dead. Take me Back to Dear Old Blighty, before Johnny Marr's riff fades in. Simultaneously nostalgic and anarchic, pretty much the reason why The Smiths are better than Mozzer's solo stuff encapsulated in twenty seconds of music.

- Cornershop, Handcream for a Generation. Kind of like being led by the hand behind a curtain into a secret cabaret. Lots of fun.

- Lou Reed and John Cale, Songs for Drella. Can't remember exactly how this starts but I seem to remember it works...

- Girls Aloud, Chemistry. 41 seconds of cocky nonsense that it's difficult to make out anything from apart from attitude, leading into the song 'Models'. Fucking amazing.

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A year ago I saw this thread and thought it was funny that the thread starter was called hellsbells. I didn't nominate it in the end because I didn't think it was strong enough to be worthy of mention if I wasn't going to put it in a list. In that past year I've listened to Back In Black more than is healthy (at volumes which have been worse at times) and damn, it deserves a mention.

It took me a year to write this post, I must have thought about this thread a hundred times in the intervening period.

Only just noticed this.

Irony is my username has nothing to do with AC/DC. In fact, I don't even like AC/DC. I had to pick something for another site years ago and just plucked it out of thin air. It didn't help that I stupidly had the album cover of Hells Bells as my avatar for ages without realising what it was.

Still, I kinda like it anyway, so hellsbells (with a small 'h', originally a typo) it is. I'm not good with change see.

EDIT: Just checked. Seems I had an avatar of an AC/DC poster, not an album cover. See, told you I'm not a fan!

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Thunderkick! That's a great call.

Its only just twigged in my brain but I started an old showreel with the "Hey martial arts fans" bit. My avatar is about all thats left of the animation though. I did a whole 3D animation in time with the words. Was great fun.

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"Quote Unquote" from the Mr . Bungle self titled, surely.

Shaolin shadow-boxing and the Wu Tang sword. If what you say is true, the Shaolin and the Wu Tang could be dangerous.

Do you think your Wu Tang sword can defeat me?

Enguarde! I'll let you try my Wu-Tang style...

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