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)

A tough choice between this and The Call of Ktulu, but I like this song just a bit more. Both pieces are absolutely amazing. Incredible work by the great Cliff Burton. May his soul rest in piece. I would even go so far as to say it's the best song on the entire album if Master of Puppets wasn't on the album.

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

It's hard to put all these beautiful Metallica master pieces in order. However, I more often choose Orion over others.

My favorite metal song.

2 Voice of the Soul (Death)

One of the most powerful pieces of music I’ve ever heard. This song is a masterpiece which will make any metal head cry.

You listen to it once and you never let go. That's all I have to say.

Hear.. Trust me you won, t regret for me it is better than orion.. But orion is still kick-ass song anyway

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.

3 The Call of Ktulu (Metallica)

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.

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.

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

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

4 To Live Is to Die (Metallica)

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

Best interlude in any instrumental, just amazing

Masterpiece with some sad, but badass melodies!


5 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.

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)

It Is because of popularity three Metallica songs are above this, I don't care but I'll suggest you to listen this, I'm sure you'll love it

This is better than orion...

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

8 Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) (Savatage)
9 The Dance of Eternity (Dream Theater)

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

Fun fact: this song has 108 time signature changes!

Simply kick ass song lisent to it man!

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

The Contenders

11 Musical Death (Testament)
12 Dialogue With the Stars (In Flames)
13 Suicide & Redemption (Metallica)

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.

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

Very Underrated just because it's on Death Magnetic. I would place it at number 6. It's a beautiful song!

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

14 Red - King Crimson
15 Losfer Words (Big Orra) (Iron Maiden)

The guitars on this track sound like pure ear candy.

16 Eruption (Van Halen)

Awesome solo

17 The Hawthorne Passage (Agalloch)
18 Arc-Lite (Coroner)
19 Frankenstein (Overkill)
20 Man Made God (In Flames)
21 Slania (folk medley) (Eluveitie)
22 Odal (Agalloch)
23 Wizards in Winter - Trans Siberian Orchestra
24 The Jester's Dance (In Flames)
25 Genghis Khan (Iron Maiden)
26 Tyven (Moonsorrow)
27 The Dreaded Mystic Abyss (Shadow of Intent)
28 Into the Lungs of Hell (Megadeth)

This is pretty underrated,

My favourite

Gran instrumental...pero lamentablemente desvalorado.

29 1777 (Russian Circles)
30 Technical Difficulties (Racer X)

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

31 Mana (Equilibrium)

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.

Easily the most epic piece of metal ever recorded

32 Triad (Tool)

To be honest this is part 3 of a mega song so it shouldn't count but it's still great

33 Dialectic Chaos (Megadeth)

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

Like the old stuff!

38? are you kidding me? this is so unfair


34 1776 (Iced Earth)
35 Setlon (Eluveitie)
36 The Crusade (Trivium)
37 Stratofortress (Stratovarius)
38 Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part IV - King Crimson
39 Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) (Metallica)
40 Conquer Or Die (Megadeth)

Sounds awesome

41 Anybody There (Rainbow)

Ritchie Blackmore's guitar speaking...

42 Snowman (Rainbow)

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

43 Magnetic Propulsion (Flametal)

This is amazing - flamenco and metal guitars.

44 Cosmic Sea (Death)
45 Far Beyond The Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen
46 Karelia (Insomnium)
47 Nenia (Dismember)
48 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

49 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.

50 La Villa Strangiato (Rush)
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