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)

Just...beautiful. That's all I have to say

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...

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

No words necessary, not for the song, not for this comment.

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

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

3 The Call of Ktulu (Metallica) 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.

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.

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

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

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)

Frakkin' amazing

Best interlude in any instrumental, just amazing


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

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

Better than orion everyday even if REALLY like orion


This is better than orion...

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. - CaptDeadeye

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 Newcomers

? Activation Synthesis Theory (Blotted Science)
? The Dreaded Mystic Abyss (Shadow of Intent)

The Contenders

11 Musical Death (Testament)
12 Dialogue With the Stars (In Flames)
13 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.

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

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 Man Made God (In Flames)
20 Slania (folk medley) (Eluveitie)
21 Odal (Agalloch)
22 Wizards in Winter - Trans Siberian Orchestra
23 Frankenstein (Overkill)
24 The Jester's Dance (In Flames)
25 Tyven (Moonsorrow)
26 Into the Lungs of Hell (Megadeth)

My favourite

This is pretty underrated, - asdsees

Gran instrumental...pero lamentablemente desvalorado.

27 Genghis Khan (Iron Maiden)
28 1777 (Russian Circles)
29 Technical Difficulties (Racer X)

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

30 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.

31 Triad (Tool)

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

32 Dialectic Chaos (Megadeth)

38? are you kidding me? this is so unfair

Like the old stuff!

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


33 1776 (Iced Earth)
34 Setlon (Eluveitie)
35 The Crusade (Trivium)
36 Stratofortress (Stratovarius)
37 Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part IV - King Crimson
38 Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) (Metallica)
39 Anybody There (Rainbow)

Ritchie Blackmore's guitar speaking... - Metal_Treasure

40 Snowman (Rainbow)

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

41 Conquer Or Die (Megadeth)

Sounds awesome

42 Magnetic Propulsion (Flametal)

This is amazing - flamenco and metal guitars. - Metal_Treasure

43 Cosmic Sea (Death)
44 Far Beyond The Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen
45 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

46 La Villa Strangiato (Rush)
47 Physical Education (Animals as Leaders)
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 - Ross115

49 Altitudes (Jason Becker)

Perhaps the greatest piece of music in history

Any song by Jason is pure gold

50 Raise the Hammer (HammerFall)
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List StatsUpdated 14 Nov 2019

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Top Remixes (9)

1. Black Star (Yngwie Malmsteen)
2. Arc-Lite (Coroner)
3. Orion (Metallica)
1. Orion (Metallica)
2. The Call of Ktulu (Metallica)
3. Man Made God (In Flames)
1. Orion (Metallica)
2. Voice of the Soul (Death)
3. The Ultra-Violence (Death Angel)

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