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.

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.

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)

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

If you think this song doesn't have any lyrics then you are listening to it wrong...

Orion is good but Voice Of The Soul is great

Best instrumental ever.Orion is great, but this...This is a masterpiece!

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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.

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

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

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

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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)

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 better than orion...

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

The Newcomers

? Harper Lewis (Russian Circles)
? The Hawthorne Passage (Agalloch)

The Contenders

11 Suicide & Redemption (Metallica)

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


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 Eruption (Van Halen)

Awesome solo

15 The Dance of Eternity (Dream Theater)

Fun fact: this song has 108 time signature changes!

Simply kick ass song lisent to it man!

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

This is pretty underrated, - asdsees

My favourite

26 Technical Difficulties (Racer X)

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

27 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

28 Setlon (Eluveitie)
29 1776 (Iced Earth)
30 Stratofortress (Stratovarius)
31 Triad (Tool)
32 The Lodge (Agalloch)
33 Anybody There (Rainbow)

Ritchie Blackmore's guitar speaking... - Metal_Treasure

34 Snowman (Rainbow)

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

35 Dialectic Chaos (Megadeth)

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


36 Cosmic Sea (Death)
37 Conquer Or Die (Megadeth)

Sounds awesome

38 The Crusade (Trivium)
39 Raise the Hammer (HammerFall)
40 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

41 Far Beyond The Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen
42 Magnetic Propulsion (Flametal)

This is amazing - flamenco and metal guitars. - Metal_Treasure

43 Orbital Elements (Obscura)
44 La Villa Strangiato (Rush)
45 Physical Education (Animals as Leaders)
46 Man Made God (In Flames)
47 Altitudes (Jason Becker)

Perhaps the greatest piece of music in history

Any song by Jason is pure gold

48 Guitarmony (Heathen)
49 Nosferatu (Coroner)

This one is amazing. - Metal_Treasure

50 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

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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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