Best Metal Instrumentals

This is a list of compositions in which musicians try to express their thoughts and feelings of the language of music, not words. These songs are the benchmark of musical excellence for metal guitarists, bassist and drummers.

The Top Ten

1 Orion (Metallica)

This one is Cliff Burton's masterpiece. No other track showcases his immense talent like Orion.


The best part is the slow part in the 4th minute...

Really wish I could listen to this song for the first time again. Absolutely mind-blowing.

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2 Voice of the Soul (Death)

Orion is great, but Voice of the Soul is the absolute, untouchable masterpiece. No other instrumental can make ANYONE cry their eyes out. To Live Is To Die would be second best.

This song is the definition of emotion - jkk

Every note is perfectly arranged to make you feel deep within your mind and soul... classic, epic and subtle. Eargasm garanteed!

Awesome, Makes one full of thoughts mate... a Knight enroute to slay a dragon!

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3 The Call of Ktulu (Metallica)

Orion is great, but Ktulu is incredible. The bass work on Orion is better than the already amazing bass work on Ktulu; but on Ktulu, the rest of the band is far better than they are on Orion.

I don't understand why Orion seems more popular than Call of Ktulu. What's better about that song? - Feirceraven

My favorite instrumental of all time. Suicide and redemption should not be on here though when you consider songs like musical death and hypnosis by testament, into the lungs of hell, dialectic chaos, and absolution by megadeth, and DEFINITELY pulling teeth.

Come On It is their Heaviest Instrumental and it has a creepy theme.

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4 Black Star (Yngwie Malmsteen)

Some of the most amazing guitar playing that I have ever heard. Neo-classical guitar at its best. It just sounds dark and evil and just simply awesome. There is real emotion and incredible technicality in this song. Live version is even better.

5 To Live Is to Die (Metallica)

The 4 metallica instrumentals are amazing, and suicide & redemption is the most underrated


Masterpiece with some sad, but badass melodies!

Seriously, listen to this with subwoofers, volume cranked, all the way though, and tell me it's not an amazing experience.

6 Transylvania (Iron Maiden)

One of Steve Harris' best works, Dave Murray had a fun time writing another legato solo on this track and Dennis Stratton, my favourite instrumental song from the best band in the world

Love it

7 Stream of Consciousness (Dream Theater)


You can really see the technical prowess of Dream Theatre in this song. Just close your eyes & let the song take you over

This is my favorite metal instrumental - cjWriter1997

This song is a life-changing experience.

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8 Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) (Savatage)
9 Musical Death (Testament)
10 The Ultra-Violence (Death Angel)

They were all teenagers when they recorded this, and their drummer was 14. Not to mention it's 10 minutes of pure thrash awesomeness.

Great pure aggressive thrash

Orion is hands down #1 but how this can’t match I don’t know

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The Contenders

11 Suicide & Redemption (Metallica)

This, orion and the dance of eternity are the best
Also love voice of soul, transylvania, to live is to die, ktulu, stream of consciousness and many others

All of death magnetic is underrated, fans don't like it, even metallica seems to forget about it, but hey they played a few songs from it, so that's a good sign, but this one is just a gem, one of the greatest instrumentals I've ever heard.


Whoever thinks death magnetic is underrated needs to be punched in the teeth several times

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12 Losfer Words (Big Orra) (Iron Maiden)

The guitars on this track sound like pure ear candy.

13 Dialogue With the Stars (In Flames)
14 The Dance of Eternity (Dream Theater)

This song changes time signatures more often than Guns And Roses changes members. - CaptDeadeye

Fun fact: this song has 108 time signature changes!

Simply kick ass song lisent to it man!

15 Eruption (Van Halen)

Awesome solo

16 The Hawthorne Passage (Agalloch)
17 Arc-Lite (Coroner)
18 Slania (folk medley) (Eluveitie)
19 Odal (Agalloch)
20 Wizards in Winter - Trans Siberian Orchestra
21 Frankenstein (Overkill)
22 The Jester's Dance (In Flames)
23 Tyven (Moonsorrow)
24 1777 (Russian Circles)
25 Genghis Khan (Iron Maiden)
26 Into the Lungs of Hell (Megadeth)

My favourite

This is pretty underrated, - asdsees

Gran instrumental...pero lamentablemente desvalorado.

27 Technical Difficulties (Racer X)

This one needs to be within top 10 :) one of my favorites

28 Mana (Equilibrium)

Easily the most epic piece of metal ever recorded

When I listen all songs above and listen to this one and I really impressed. Why this song so down below? This should be number 1! I've put this as one of the best music I've ever heard a whole my life! A 16 minutes epic masterpiece! No doubt, THE BEST on this list.

29 Red - King Crimson
30 Setlon (Eluveitie)
31 Triad (Tool)
32 Stratofortress (Stratovarius)
33 1776 (Iced Earth)
34 The Lodge (Agalloch)
35 Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part IV - King Crimson
36 The Crusade (Trivium)
37 Snowman (Rainbow)

This one is magical - as if it comes from a different world. - Metal_Treasure

38 Dialectic Chaos (Megadeth)

Like the old stuff!


Underrated, COME ON! Who were the idiots that didn't vote for this!

39 Anybody There (Rainbow)

Ritchie Blackmore's guitar speaking... - Metal_Treasure

40 Conquer Or Die (Megadeth)

Sounds awesome

41 Cosmic Sea (Death)
42 Far Beyond The Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen
43 Magnetic Propulsion (Flametal)

This is amazing - flamenco and metal guitars. - Metal_Treasure

44 Physical Education (Animals as Leaders)
45 The Ecstasy of Gold (Metallica)

This and One are probably the only Metallica songs I like. And from a fan of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, I can say that this is one hell of an awesome cover of Ennio Morricone's masterpiece.
An Iron Maiden fan - Ross115

46 Raise the Hammer (HammerFall)
47 Crystal Ann (Annihilator)

A very great instrumental, indeed. I have seen some people say that it should be longer. But in my opinion, I think it's perfect. - ElectricCrown92

48 Orbital Elements (Obscura)
49 Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) (Metallica)
50 La Villa Strangiato (Rush)
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Top Remixes (8)

1. Black Star (Yngwie Malmsteen)
2. Arc-Lite (Coroner)
3. Orion (Metallica)
1. Orion (Metallica)
2. Voice of the Soul (Death)
3. The Ultra-Violence (Death Angel)
1. Dialogue With the Stars (In Flames)
2. Transylvania (Iron Maiden)
3. Slania (folk medley) (Eluveitie)

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