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Perdition's Top 10 Album Openers

This list is more geared toward recent releases. It's based on how well a first song sets the tone for a whole album, whether it is a 1-2 minute introduction or a full 13-minute song. This is the real list after many failed attempts.
1La Dispute
Such Small Hands

"I think I saw you in my dreams, darling...
I think I saw you in my dreams
you were
stitching up the seams
every broken promise that your body couldn't keep..."
2After the Burial
Pi (The Mercury God of Infinity)

ATB still opens their live shows with this tech barrage.
3Trophy Scars
Bad Dreams

A moving song to kick off my favorite album of 2009: Bad Luck.
4Buried Inside

The whole concept album Chronoclast is based off of the instrumentation in this song.
5Eleventh He Reaches London
Hollow Be My Name

This song establishes the character in this concept album and sets a bitter, god-hating mentality for all 11 songs.

This song is has an amazing outro to feed into the next song on the album, "Falling Snow."
7Ion Dissonance
The Surge

This first song from Minus the Herd sets me up for a great workout.
8The Burning Paris
In Ruins

The haunting echo of "You have ruined every-thing / I will lose eventual-ly" is unforgettable in this depressive indie rock gem.
New Terrain

A spacey start to No More Stories...
10Johann Johannson

A beautiful 13-minute album opener.
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