Top 10 Best Metal Instrumentals

This is a list of compositions in which musicians try to express their thoughts and feelings of the language of music, not words. These songs are the benchmark of musical excellence for metal guitarists, bassist and drummers.
The Top Ten
1 Orion (Metallica) Orion (Metallica) Cover Art

A tough choice between this and The Call of Ktulu, but I like this song just a bit more. Both pieces are absolutely amazing. Incredible work by the great Cliff Burton. May his soul rest in piece. I would even go so far as to say it's the best song on the entire album if Master of Puppets wasn't on the album.

Cliff Burton is the BEST!
This is the best instrumental metal/rock song of all time! No questions asked, no lies told, it's just the best one!

It's hard to put all these beautiful Metallica master pieces in order. However, I more often choose Orion over others.

This one is Cliff Burton's masterpiece. No other track showcases his immense talent like Orion.

2 Voice of the Soul (Death) Voice of the Soul (Death) Cover Art

Orion is great, but Voice of the Soul is the absolute, untouchable masterpiece. No other instrumental can make ANYONE cry their eyes out. To Live Is To Die would be second best.

Definitely this is the best instrumental ever! It brings out emotion in me every time I listen to it.Orion is also legendary but this, this one is a masterpiece of a song!

One of the most powerful pieces of music I've ever heard. This song is a masterpiece which will make any metal head cry.

Definitely the best instrumental in all of metal. This is including Yngwie Malmsteen.

3 The Call of Ktulu (Metallica) The Call of Ktulu (Metallica) Cover Art

My favorite instrumental of all time. Suicide and redemption should not be on here though when you consider songs like musical death and hypnosis by testament, into the lungs of hell, dialectic chaos, and absolution by megadeth, and DEFINITELY pulling teeth.

Orion is great, but Ktulu is incredible. The bass work on Orion is better than the already amazing bass work on Ktulu; but on Ktulu, the rest of the band is far better than they are on Orion.

I don't understand why Orion seems more popular than Call of Ktulu. What's better about that song?

Come On It is their Heaviest Instrumental and it has a creepy theme.

4 To Live Is to Die (Metallica) To Live Is to Die (Metallica) Cover Art

Seriously, listen to this with subwoofers, volume cranked, all the way though, and tell me it's not an amazing experience.

Masterpiece with some sad, but badass melodies!

The 4 metallica instrumentals are amazing, and suicide & redemption is the most underrated

5 Black Star (Yngwie Malmsteen) Black Star (Yngwie Malmsteen) Cover Art

Some of the most amazing guitar playing that I have ever heard. Neo-classical guitar at its best. It just sounds dark and evil and just simply awesome. There is real emotion and incredible technicality in this song. Live version is even better.

6 Transylvania (Iron Maiden) Transylvania (Iron Maiden) Cover Art

One of Steve Harris' best works, Dave Murray had a fun time writing another legato solo on this track and Dennis Stratton, my favourite instrumental song from the best band in the world

7 Stream of Consciousness (Dream Theater) Stream of Consciousness (Dream Theater) Cover Art

You can really see the technical prowess of Dream Theatre in this song. Just close your eyes & let the song take you over

This song is a life-changing experience.

It Is because of popularity three Metallica songs are above this, I don't care but I'll suggest you to listen this, I'm sure you'll love it

This is better than orion...

8 The Dance of Eternity (Dream Theater) The Dance of Eternity (Dream Theater) Cover Art

This song changes time signatures more often than Guns And Roses changes members.

Fun fact: this song has 108 time signature changes!

9 Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) (Savatage) Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) (Savatage) Cover Art
10 Eruption (Van Halen) Eruption (Van Halen) Cover Art
The Contenders
11 The Ultra-Violence (Death Angel) The Ultra-Violence (Death Angel) Cover Art

They were all teenagers when they recorded this, and their drummer was 14. Not to mention it's 10 minutes of pure thrash awesomeness.

12 Musical Death (Testament) Musical Death (Testament) Cover Art
13 Suicide & Redemption (Metallica) Suicide & Redemption (Metallica) Cover Art

All of death magnetic is underrated, fans don't like it, even metallica seems to forget about it, but hey they played a few songs from it, so that's a good sign, but this one is just a gem, one of the greatest instrumentals I've ever heard.

Very Underrated just because it's on Death Magnetic. I would place it at number 6. It's a beautiful song!

This, orion and the dance of eternity are the best
Also love voice of soul, transylvania, to live is to die, ktulu, stream of consciousness and many others

Whoever thinks death magnetic is underrated needs to be punched in the teeth several times

14 Dialogue With the Stars (In Flames) Dialogue With the Stars (In Flames) Cover Art
15 Conquer Or Die (Megadeth) Conquer Or Die (Megadeth) Cover Art
16 Red (King Crimson) Red (King Crimson) Cover Art
17 Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) (Metallica) Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) (Metallica) Cover Art
18 Losfer Words (Big Orra) (Iron Maiden) Losfer Words (Big Orra) (Iron Maiden) Cover Art

The guitars on this track sound like pure ear candy.

19 The Hawthorne Passage (Agalloch) The Hawthorne Passage (Agalloch) Cover Art
20 Dialectic Chaos (Megadeth) Dialectic Chaos (Megadeth) Cover Art

Underrated, COME ON! Who were the idiots that didn't vote for this!

Like the old stuff!

21 Genghis Khan (Iron Maiden) Genghis Khan (Iron Maiden) Cover Art
22 Arc-Lite (Coroner) Arc-Lite (Coroner) Cover Art
23 Frankenstein (Overkill) Frankenstein (Overkill) Cover Art
24 Slania (folk medley) (Eluveitie) Slania (folk medley) (Eluveitie) Cover Art
25 Man Made God (In Flames)
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