Top 10 Instrumental Metal Covers

The cover must be instrumental whereas the original can be with lyrics and vocals.

The Top Ten

1 Flight of the Bumblebee - At Vance

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov cover (the original is classical music).
Guitars: Olaf Lenk (At Vance are a German band but he's Swedish, obviously influenced by Yngwie). - Metal_Treasure

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2 Difficult to Cure - Rainbow

Cover of Beethoven's Ode To Joy - it was the first cover of this type.
Rainbow's version of Ode To Joy ends with devil's laughter though. - Metal_Treasure

3 The Ecstasy of Gold - metallica

Ennio Morricone cover, on S&M live album. - Metal_Treasure

4 Sting Of The Bumblebee - ManOwar

Impressive bass solo, cover of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight Of The Bumblebee (they creatively changed part of the title) - Metal_Treasure

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5 Beethoven's 5th Symphony - At Vance

Very very impressive cover. - Metal_Treasure

6 Concerto - Obscura

Originally a neo-classical metal instrumental by Cacophony. Cacophony are Marty Friedman of Megadeth and the guitar virtuoso Jason Becker. - Metal_Treasure

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7 Theatre of Pain (Orchestral Version) - Blind Guardian

Blind Guardian covered one of their own songs, originally released in 1992 that wasn't instrumental.
In 1996 Blind Guardian made this orchestral version that is a great symphonic instrumental and was on the album Forgotten Tales. - Metal_Treasure

8 Vivaldi's Summer - At Vance

This is again very impressive by At Vance, esp. the guitar work. - Metal_Treasure

9 Aces High - Flametal

Iron Maiden on flamenco guitars. - Metal_Treasure

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10 Still I'm Sad - Rainbow

Yardbirds instrumental cover (original isn't instrumental). Later Rainbow made 2 versions with vocals (by Dio and Doogie White, respectively). - Metal_Treasure

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The Contenders

11 Transylvania - Iced Earth

Iron Maiden Cover - christangrant

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12 Orion - Dream Theater
13 Gates of Babylon - Flametal UListen to Sample
14 Orion - Mastodon
15 Sails of Charon - Flametal

Originally by the Scorpions (the original has vocals) - Metal_Treasure

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