Best Metallica Instrumentals

The Top Ten

Orion - Master of Puppets Orion - Master of Puppets Cover Art

Nostalgia is key. My first Metallica album, so it's of course my favorite instrumental song from them. The Call Of Ktulu is also very good, though I think some parts are a bit too long. There's a part in that one where I just feel like hitting "Next". Don't get me wrong, They are both Great and I always think of them when I have Metallica on the mind. Orion is just a tad bit better in my opinion...
R.I.P Cliff and keep on Headbangging!

Orion is my fifth favorite Metallica song (first is Enter Sandman, then Nothing Else Matters, then Am I Evil, then Blitzkrieg.) Good job, Lars, Dave, James, and especially Cliff! Pity he died during the album tour.

Metallica were Thrash Metal pioneers. And they really created some amazing and insane stuff during their early times. M/

I love the three instrumentals on Ride, Puppets and Justice, but this is definitely the most accomplished.

The Call of Ktulu - Ride the Lightning The Call of Ktulu - Ride the Lightning Cover Art

An epic ending to Ride the Lightning. Of course Orion and Suicide are good, but they let a fast-paced song at the end of the album end it. That's not bad, but it just ruins the feeling from the instrumental. Ktulu starts off nice and slow, then brings out very well and is paced perfectly. It then ends with some galactic drumming and ends after 9 minutes, which ends the album perfectly.

Literally a H.P Lovecraft book read aloud using guitars, drums, and bass. A build up that screams insanity, a core that vocalizes the terror and peril of the world about you, and a finale that spells out the end. And the magic is in the lack of lyrics being able to pull this off, and I just can't get the same vibe from Orion. So my vote goes to Ktulu.

Not only is Ride the Lightning my favourite Metallica album, but this is also my favourite instrumental. Everything works so well in this song, I like to imagine how Cthulu rises from the depths of the ocean, destroys the surface of the earth goes back to hunt for the next world to destroy.

My favorite is the Call of Ktulu, because in this song all the instruments are very very good, while I appreciate Orion only for the great bass and for the lead guitar line. And, despite it has no lyrics, the song can make you feel the insanity of the world of Ktulu.

To Live Is to Die -...And Justice For All To Live Is to Die -...And Justice For All Cover Art

Really? Orion 1st? At least Call of Kthulhu has an awesome buildup and a booming finale. But To Live Is To Die takes the cake. It has everything (except bass) medieval acoustic riffs, heavy riffs, beautiful melodies, perfect harmonies and possibly the 2 best Metallica solos. More importantly it shows true emotion. That's what makes it a winner.

It bothers me that this song is so underrated. It is their saddest and most meaningful instrumental.

As I see that Orion is on #1 I will submit my vote for To Live is to Die. This song is really extraordinary, brutal and groovy - Dvz

A tribute to Cliff Burton. It is a sad song, including one of the greatest melodies of all time.

Suicide & Redemption - Death Magnetic

In my opinion, it is better than "To Live Is To Die" and "Call of Ktulu", but I can't decide "Suicide & Redemption" or "Orion", so I picked "S & R", because, it is not so high in this Ranking.

Going for nearly 10 minutes, this is an epic instrumental from their new album, Death Magnetic. This is evidence of their return to their classic metal in the 80s.

Well, it's on an album full of songs that, well, has nothing else like it. It is really the main reason that anyone should call this album "thrash." It's ' 9:58 long!

I love the middle of the song with the quiet solo part, it gives me the chills every time..

(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth - Kill 'Em All

The first track from Metallica that gripped my soul when I first discovered their music. While Master of Puppets is one of the best albums, Orion isn't the best. The Kill Em All album is still underrated by many metal heads as a whole. The nearly forgotten track (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth may be an acquired taste but is, in my opinion, a demonstration of the complexity in Metallica's sound throughout the band's evolution.

Cliff is amazing.R.I.P. Cliff Burton. The world loved you and we still do and we forever love you for what you've done for the music world.

Easily the best thing Cliff Burton had ever recorded... Even if Orion and For Whom the Bell Tolls are great.

Oh, and If Cliff Burton's "Bass Solo, Take 1" was part of the lyrics, then this instrumental shouldn't be on here.

The Ecstasy of Gold - S&M The Ecstasy of Gold - S&M Cover Art
My Friend of Misery - Metallica My Friend of Misery - Metallica Cover Art

It was originally meant to be an instrumental - I personally prefer the instrumental version over the official release of the song

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