Top 10 Metal Instrumentals of the 21st Century


The Top Ten

1 Mana - Equilibrium
2 Orbital Elements - Obscura
3 Caprici Di Diablo - Yngwie Malmsteen

Known as one of the hardest pieces to play on guitar. - Metal_Treasure

4 Miles of Machines - Jeff Loomis
5 The Closest I’ve Come - Earthside

One of the masterpieces that came out in 2015. And this is from a debut album! - Metal_Treasure

6 Magnetic Propulsion - Flametal

Flametal (flamenco metal) combine real flamenco guitar and rhythms with very technical instrumental metal, influenced by thrash, prog and neo-classical metal. This band was founded in 2004 by Benjamin 'Ben' Woods - a flamenco and metal guitarist from California. - Metal_Treasure

7 Synaptic Plasticity - Blotted Science

Blotted Science are a supergroup playing instrumental technical death metal.
Members: Ron Jarzombek (aka the Godfather of technical metal, guitars), Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse, bass), Hannes Grossmann (Obscura, Necrophagist, drums), Charlie Zeleny (Behold the Arctopus, drums), Chris Adler (Lamb Of God, Megadeth, drums). - Metal_Treasure

8 From Red to Black - Caym

A 2013 track available for preview only on (not on youtube). But the band members are so kind that allow you to legally download it for free. Caym are a relatively new Canadian metal band. - Metal_Treasure

9 Wheel of Time (Orchestral Version) - Blind Guardian

Blind Guardian epicness and perfectionism at their best - it sounds awesome even without vocals. I prefer the original version with vocals but this is still majestic. - Metal_Treasure

It's so nice that the song sample is really the orchestral version! - Metal_Treasure

10 Stream of Consciousness - Dream Theater

The Contenders

11 Cosmosis (Bulerias) - Flametal
12 Suicide and Redemption - Metallica

Thanks for adding it, christangrant. I agree with you - it's pretty good, maybe not as mindblowing as some of the other instrumentals on this list but yeah, it's good. - Metal_Treasure

Yes I Added This Because It's The Only Metallica Instrumental They Made In The 21st Centry Its Good Just Not As Good As The Other Instumentals Metallica Made - christangrant

13 Concerto - Obscura
14 Activation Synthesis Theory - Blotted Science

Just play the song sample. I believe Blotted Science are currently the most technical metal band (actually a supergroup, which explains their high level of musicianship). - Metal_Treasure

15 A Sting Operation: I. Human Barbequed - Blotted Science
16 Aces High - Flametal

Iron Maiden cover, flamenco style. - Metal_Treasure

17 Heiderauche - Equilibrium

Words can't describe this one... so beautiful... - Metal_Treasure

18 Alien Ghost Maneuvers - Flametal
19 Magic and Mayhem - Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force
20 Laser Lobotomy - Blotted Science
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