5 Heavy Metal Songs That Use Cowbells

This article is a collaborative effort, crafted and edited by a team of dedicated professionals.

Contributors: Andranick Tanguiane, Fred Lerdahl,


We all know that cowbells are a staple of heavy metal music. But which songs use them to great effect? Here are five of our favorites.

Metallica – “For Whom the Bell Tolls”

Metallica is one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, and their 1984 song “For Whom the Bell Tolls” is a perfect example of why. The song features a driving guitar riff and pounding drums, with the cowbell providing a distinctive and iconic sound.

Pantera – “Cowboys from Hell”

This song is from Pantera’s 1990 album Cowboys from Hell and is one of their most popular songs. The cowbell is used throughout the song, but it really stands out during the chorus.

Megadeth – “Symphony of Destruction”

From the opening notes of this song, you know it’s going to be a heavy one. The cowbell provides a nice backbeat to the drums, giving the song a nice driving feel. The heavy riffing and soloing are also reminiscent of some of Megadeth’s earlier work.

Slayer – “Raining Blood”

From the 1986 album Reign in Blood, “Raining Blood” is one of Slayer’s most popular and well-known songs. The opening cowbell riff is iconic and instantly recognizable, setting the tone for the rest of the song.

Anthrax – “Caught in a Mosh”

This song is one of the most signature songs to come out of the thrash metal genre. The chugging guitar riffs and fast-paced drums are accompanied by a healthy dose of cowbell throughout the track.

Similar Posts