13 Metal Songs about depression (A list)

In this brief guide, we will discuss 13 Metal Songs about Depression.

Metal songs about depression

Here are some of the most famous Metal songs about the depression of all time according to metal fans from all over the internet and popular streaming services.

Fade To Black

Fade to black is a popular song by Metallica, and it shows the symptoms of depression in the lyrics exceptionally well and has some great music to go along with it.

“Life it seems to fade away

Drifting further every day

Getting lost within myself

Nothing matters no one else

I have lost the will to live

Simply nothing more to give

There is nothing more for me

Need the end to set me free

Things not what they used to be

Missing one inside of me

Deathly loss this can’t be real

Cannot stand this hell I feel

Emptiness is filling me

To the point of agony

Growing darkness taking dawn

I was me but now, he’s gone”


Hurt by Nine Inch Nails is a classic song about hurting yourself and feeling negative about who you are, and it is a great Metal Song about Depression.

“I hurt myself today

To see if I still feel

I focus on the pain

The only thing that’s real

The needle tears a hole

The old familiar sting

Try to kill it all away

But I remember everything

What have I become

My sweetest friend

Everyone I know

Goes away in the end

And you could have it all

My empire of dirt

I will let you down

I will make you hurt

I wear this crown of s

Upon my liars chair

Full of broken thoughts

I cannot repair

Beneath the stains of time

The feelings disappear

You are someone else

I am still right here”

Down in a Hole

Down in a hole is a metal song about depression by Alice in Chains, and it speaks about depression in terms of a lost relationship and how the person may have trouble relating to those closest to them because of the negative feelings they may have.

Bury me softly in this womb

I give this part of me for you

Sand rains down and here I sit

Holding rare flowers

In a tomb, in bloom

Down in a hole and I don’t know if I can be saved

See my heart I decorate it like a grave

You don’t understand who they thought

I was supposed to be

Look at me now a man

Who won’t let himself be

Down in a hole, feelin’ so small

Down in a hole, losin’ my soul

I’d like to fly, but my wings have been so denied

Down in a hole and they’ve put all the stones in their place

I’ve eaten the sun so my tongue

Has been burned of the taste

I have been guilty of kicking myself in the teeth

I will speak no more of my feelings beneath”

Angry Chair

Another great metal song by Alice in Chains, this song talks about going into depression and how things suddenly start to look really down.

“Sitting on an angry chair

Angry walls that steal the air

Stomach hurts and I don’t care

What do I see across the way,

See myself molded in clay,

Stares at me, yeah I’m afraid

Changing the shape of his face

Candles red I have a pair

Shadows dancing everywhere

Burning on the angry chair

Little boy made a mistake

Pink cloud has now turned to gray,”

I don’t wanna be me

I don’t wanna be me is a metal song about depression that is by Type O negative, and it showcases the Worthlessness feelings of depression very well, and deals with things like death and shows how bad the person feels about themselves when they are feeling depressed.

However, it also ends on a slightly more positive note and talks about thinking of people as happy, rather than mourning them incessantly and taking on their depression for ourselves.

“Ever throwing at his home

Two glass houses, twenty stones

Fourteen yellow, six are blue

Could it be worse quite doubtful

Two steps forward, three steps back

Without warning, heart attack

He fell asleep in the snow

Never woke up, died alone

Please don’t dress in black

When you’re at his wake

Don’t go there to mourn

But to celebrate”

I don’t know

I don’t know is a metal song by Ozzy Ozbourne, who is an exceptionally famous metal singer.

This song is slightly more hopeful and talks about all the problems in the world, and how they may relate to causing depression in a person.

“People look to me and say

Is the end near, when is the final day

What’s the future of mankind

How do I know, I got left behind

Everyone goes through changes

Looking to find the truth

Don’t look to me for answers

Don’t ask me, I don’t know

How am I supposed to know

Hidden meanings that will never show

Fools and prophets from the past

Life’s a stage and we’re all in the cast”


Rainbow is a metal song about depression by the artist Dio, and it talks about how low mood may manifest in someone with depression. It talks about expecting hope and waiting for life to get better and constantly feeling like something is weighing down on the person, and it is also sung from the perspective of someone who may have lost a relationship or a loved one.

“When there’s lightning, you know it always brings me down

‘Cause it’s free and I see that it’s me

Who’s lost and never found

I cry out for magic, I feel it dancing in the light

It was cold, I lost my hold

To the shadows of the night

No sign of the morning coming

You’ve been left on your own

Like a rainbow in the dark

A rainbow in the dark

Do your demons, do they ever let you go?

When you’ve tried, do they hide, deep inside

Is it someone that you know

You’re just a picture, you’re an image caught in time

We’re a lie, you and I

We’re words without a rhyme

There’s no sign of the morning coming

You’ve been left on your own

Like a rainbow in the dark

Just a rainbow in the dark”


Hollow is a metal song about depression from the phenomenon that is Pantera, and it is sung from the perspective of someone that is struggling with seeing a close friend or family member suffering from depression.

It can be very hard on those around people who are suffering from depression, and it can cause them to feel a great deal of helplessness that they are not able to help, and this song captures some of that struggle, as well as how much it hurts to see someone close to you be depressed.

“What’s left inside him?

Don’t he remember us?

Can’t he believe me?

We seemed like brothers

Talked for hours last night,

About what we want to be

I sit now with his hand in mine,

But, I know he can’t feel (feel)

No one knows, what’s done is done

It’s as if he were dead

I’m close with his mother,

And she cries endlessly

Lord, how we miss him,

At least what’s remembered

It’s so important to make best friends in life,

But, it’s hard when my friend sits with blank expressions”

In My Darkest Hour

Megadeth sings this amazing metal song about depression and focuses on how difficult depression can be without the help of loved ones, and how suicidal thoughts run rampant in the mind of someone that may be suffering from depression.

“In my hour of need,

Ha, no, you’re not there

And though I reached out for you,

Wouldn’t lend a hand

Through the darkest hour,

Your grace did not shine on me

Feels so cold, very cold,

No one cares for me

Did you ever think I get lonely?

Did you ever think that I needed love?

Did you ever think, stop thinking

You’re the only one that I’m thinking of?

You’ll never know how hard I tried

To find my space and satisfy you too

Things will be better when I’m dead and gone

Don’t try to understand, knowing you, I’m probably wrong”

Fell on Black days

Fell on black days is a metal song about depression by the artist Soundgarden, and it focuses more on the suicidal tendencies and tendencies of self-harm, as well as hopelessness about the future and feel like things will never get better.

“Whatsoever I’ve feared has come to life

Whatsoever I’ve fought off became my life

Just when everyday seemed to greet me with a smile

Sunspots have faded and now I’m doing time

Now I’m doing time

‘Cause I fell on black days

I fell on black days

Whomsoever I’ve cured, I’ve sickened now

And whomsoever I’ve cradled, I’ve put you down

I’m a search light soul they say

But I can’t see it in the night”

Black Hole Sun

This is another metal song about depression by Soundgarden, and this one focuses more on symptoms like anger and wishing for someone to help.

“In my eyes, indisposed

In disguises no one knows

Hides the face, lies the snake

In the sun, in my disgrace

Boiling heat, summer stench

‘Neath the black the sky looks dead

Call my name through the cream

And I’ll hear you scream again

Black hole sun

Won’t you come

And wash away the rain

Stuttering, cold and damp

Steal the warm wind, tired friend

Times are gone for honest men

And sometimes far too long for snakes

In my shoes, a walking sleep

And my youth, I pray to keep

Heaven sent hell away

No one sings like you anymore”

The Infection

This is a metal song about depression by the artist Disturbed and it talks about experiencing depression as a result of getting your heart broken, which is something many people experience.

“Nothing left but a broken man

Terrified of everything

Nothing left of his foolish pride, his

Fond memories slowly die, then

As he wakes again alone

Still a prisoner in his home

Ready to allow the dark to

enter his broken heart

And I’m still afraid of the light

And a thousand voices share their laughter at his demise”


Thoughtless is a metal song by the artist Korn, who are well known to any fan of Metal and heavy metal.

This song also focuses on the symptoms of depression that seem to come about as a result of a broken relationship, and how heartbreaking it can be dealing with a broken heart, and the anger that results from it.

“Going through the pages of my fantasies

Pushing all the mercy down, down, down

I want to see you try to take a swing at me

Come on, gonna put you on the ground,

Why are you trying to make fun of me?

You think it’s funny?

What the you think it’s doing to me?

You take your turn lashing out at me

I want you crying when you’re dirty in the front of me

All of my hate cannot be found

I will not be drowned by your thoughtless scheming

So you can try to tear me down

Beat me to the ground

I will see you screaming”


In this brief guide, we discussed 13 Metal Songs about Depression.

If you’ve enjoyed the 13 Metal Songs about depression mentioned above, I would recommend you to take a look at Rap songs about depression and Depression Rock Songs too.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Metal songs about Depression

Can Heavy Metal help depression?

Yes, heavy metal can help with depression.
Some studies have shown that Heavy metal music can actually help with depression Some Australian researchers found that heavy metal music, can actually have a calming effect on depression and anger.

Can songs make you depressed?

Yes, some songs can make you depressed.

It has been seen that some melodies slow down the production of serotonin because of how they are processed in the brain and this in turn can make you depressed.

What songs to listen to when you are depressed?

Some sad songs to listen to when  you are depressed are

– Someone Like You” by Adele.

– Stay With Me by Sam Smith.

– The Heart Wants What It Wants by Selena Gomez

– Skinny Love by Birdy (Bon Iver Cover)

– Hallelujah by Demi Lovato (Leonard Cohen Cover)

– Stay by Rihanna

What is the hardest metal song?

The hardest metal songs to learn to play is Bark at the Moon by Ozzy Ozbourne, according to most people.

According to most people, some other songs that are the hardest to learn are Slipknot’s All Hope is Gone and Strapping Young Lad’s Skesis song




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