Top Ten Best Instrumental Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 Animals as Leaders Animals as Leaders Animals as Leaders is an American progressive metal band from Washington, D.C. It is composed of guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes along with drummer Matt Garstka, having been formed by Abasi in 2007. Their musical style has also been described as djent.

Great progressive band too

The most popular band here, pretty djenty too. - ryanrimmel

2 Russian Circles Russian Circles Russian Circles is an American three piece instrumental rock/metal band from Chicago. Mostly headlining now, in their earlier days they toured with Boris, Isis, Red Sparowes, Minus the Bear, Daughters, Coheed & Cambria, Mono, and Pelican as well as appearances at the 2006 SXSW, and 2009's Bonnaroo.

Just listen to Harper Lewis - FromScytheToSceptre

3 Sunn O))) Sunn O)))

They don’t work with riffs, they work with textures. The ultimate Drone Metal band.

At first I thought "Why am I listening to this? This is just a bunch of chords being played over and over again." For some reason, I didn't wanna turn it off, and now I love Sunn! - ryanrimmel

4 Pelican Pelican Pelican is a post-metal quartet from Des Plaines, Illinois. Established in 2000, the band stems from their native post-metal scene and is known for their atmospheric and almost entirely instrumental style.


Awesome band, very cool style and can be veery heavy

5 Blotted Science Blotted Science Blotted Science is an instrumental technical metal supergroup formed in 2004. It is headed by Ron Jarzombek, bassist Alex Webster and drummer Hannes Grossmann.

Ron Jarzombek is a genius. Best Band Ever!

They play like a technical death metal band without vocals. - ryanrimmel

6 Earth
7 Apocalyptica Apocalyptica Apocalyptica is a Finnish metal band from Helsinki, Finland formed in 1993. The band is composed of classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, and Perttu Kivilaakso and drummer Mikko Sirén.

They do lots of classical-metal, I guess you'd say. Their music has even been dubbed "cello metal". It isn't my preference, but they are pretty popular. - ryanrimmel

8 Scale The Summit

This band is so good, very technical but soulful and creative all at once. Made me want to learn to play the 7 string guitar so I could learn their songs and play with the record.

9 Polyphia Polyphia

Insane technical parts and some of the best guitar melodies I've ever heard. Tim Henson is a theory genius.


Sickest of all.

10 7 for 4

The Contenders

11 If These Trees Could Talk


the best

12 Intervals

The best instrumental out there, guitar has soul and is not as technical as the others

Hands down one of the best instrumental bands I know, especially since their are not only good at making awesome individual tracks, but also exceed at making each album a consistent experience and joruney, making it a "Gesamtkunstwerk" in itself.

Just found these guys - loving their stuff!

One of the best.

13 Karma to Burn

Karma To Burn
Formed in Hicksville,WV,by guitarist William. Karma To Burn is a highly orininal heavy rock band,who insisted on remaining an instrumental combo. Then band doesn't even name their songs,simply assigning them numbers as they are written.

14 Mastery

The best one yet

15 Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment was an instrumental progressive metal band founded by Mike Portnoy, then Dream Theater's drummer, in 1997. The band has released two albums through Magna Carta Records.

Also in the band was John Petrucci. The two albums are definitely worth listening to, although it's important to note that the band doesn't exist anymore.

16 Sick Shark
17 Cloudkicker
18 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.
19 Flametal Flametal

They combine real flamenco guitar and rhythms with thrash, prog and neo-classical metal. Their first album (2005) had some songs with vocals but later they started doing what they do best - instrumental metal.
I totally dig their 2014 album, with pieces like: Cosmosis (Bulerias), Magnetic Propulsion (Tientos), Cuatro Cervezas (Sevillanas), Alien Ghost Maneuvers.
By the way, not long ago I made a Top 10 list about them - there's lots of info in it. - Metal_Treasure

20 Pomegranate Tiger

Very under rated band, these guys are awesome!

Check out entities pretty good

21 Tiluland
22 For Giants
23 Vitalism
24 Wake of Shame
25 Wide Eyes Wide Eyes
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