Best Metallica Instrumentals

The Top Ten
1 Orion - Master of Puppets

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.

Rest in peace Cliff and keep on headbanging!

Orion is my fifth favorite Metallica song. First is Enter Sandman, then Nothing Else Matters, then Am I Evil, then Blitzkrieg. Good job, Lars, Dave, James, and especially Cliff. Pity he died during the album tour.

2 The Call of Ktulu - Ride the Lightning

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 escalates very well and is paced perfectly. It then ends with some galactic drumming and concludes after 9 minutes, which ends the album perfectly.

Literally a H.P. Lovecraft book read aloud using guitars, drums, and bass. A buildup that screams insanity, a core that vocalizes the terror and peril of the world around you, and a finale that spells out the end. 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.

3 To Live Is to Die -...And Justice For All

As a 40-year-old male, now considered old and falling apart, I still rock my heart out to old school Metallica! In my opinion, "...And Justice for All" is Metallica's greatest album of all. Yes, I do agree "Master of Puppets" deserves everything it received.

However, if you do your research, you'll learn that "To Live Is to Die" is Metallica's way of showing aggression towards their lost bandmate, which makes it their most emotionally hard-hitting song ever. Close your eyes and listen to this masterpiece while imagining your best friend dying. "To Live Is to Die" deserves the number 1 spot!

4 Suicide & Redemption - Death Magnetic

Such an underrated gem, every solo is magnificent and all of the riffs are just gut-busting good. Even Lars has a fantastic performance on this track. I will never understand why this gets a bad rep.

In my opinion, it is better than "To Live Is To Die" and "Call of Ktulu", but I can't decide between "Suicide & Redemption" or "Orion". So, I picked "S & R", because it is not so high in this Ranking.

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.

5 (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth - Kill 'Em All

The first track from Metallica that gripped my soul was 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 metalheads 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.

Second favorite song on any album ever, and the other is Orion and third is Call of Ktulu. RIP Cliff, keep shredding heaven. Happy Cliff Day.

6 The Ecstasy of Gold - S&M
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