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!

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

The greatest metal instrumental EVER. It had better be number 1, or I've lost faith in humanity. No joke.

Honestly, I am not even sure what is the best one, I like them all!

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.

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.

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.

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

Absolutely fantastic song and extremely underrated! Nothing can top this!

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

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

Listen to the melody and then you know why this should be on number 1!

Suicide & Redemption - Death Magnetic

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

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!

The melodic riff about halfway through the song makes my neck stand on end... 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.

Probably the worlds most beautiful and hardest song on the bass ever. Cliff, you are god

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

Amazing. The worlds hardest, beautiful, and amazing bass solo ever to be written.

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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