Top 10 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) Orion (Metallica) Cover Art

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.

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

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

Showcases each band members talents beautifully, even at 8 minutes long it doesn't get boring

2 Voice of the Soul (Death) Voice of the Soul (Death) Cover Art

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.

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

Definitely this is the best instrumental ever! It brings out emotion in me every time I listen to it.Orion is also legendary but this, this one is a masterpiece of a song!

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

3 The Call of Ktulu (Metallica) The Call of Ktulu (Metallica) Cover Art

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.

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

Don't get me wrong I love Orion, I just think The Call of Ktulu is better. RIP Cliff Burton

4 To Live Is to Die (Metallica) To Live Is to Die (Metallica) Cover Art

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

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) Black Star (Yngwie Malmsteen) Cover Art

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) Transylvania (Iron Maiden) Cover Art

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

7 Stream of Consciousness (Dream Theater) Stream of Consciousness (Dream Theater) Cover Art

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

This song is a life-changing experience.

This is better than orion...

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

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) The Ultra-Violence (Death Angel) Cover Art

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

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.

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

Underrated.

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

The guitars on this track sound like pure ear candy.

16 Eruption (Van Halen) Eruption (Van Halen) Cover Art

Awesome solo

17 The Hawthorne Passage (Agalloch) The Hawthorne Passage (Agalloch) Cover Art
18 Arc-Lite (Coroner) Arc-Lite (Coroner) Cover Art
19 Frankenstein (Overkill) Frankenstein (Overkill) Cover Art
20 Man Made God (In Flames)
21 Slania (folk medley) (Eluveitie) Slania (folk medley) (Eluveitie) Cover Art
22 Odal (Agalloch) Odal (Agalloch) Cover Art
23 Wizards in Winter - Trans Siberian Orchestra Wizards in Winter - Trans Siberian Orchestra Cover Art
24 The Jester's Dance (In Flames) The Jester's Dance (In Flames) Cover Art
25 Genghis Khan (Iron Maiden) Genghis Khan (Iron Maiden) Cover Art
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