Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals – #25, #24, #23
Posted by Reggie
I love the power of a good instrumental song. Sometimes they can be energizing or even relaxing depending on the band’s intent with the song. Some bands use an instrumental song to display a different, sometimes softer side. And, sometimes an instrumental is a collection of left over riffs and drum parts that didn’t make the final cut. Or, perhaps they just couldn’t find the words to go with the music. However they are composed, the instrumental song is a track I look for and hope to find on any album; though there are some bands where it’s almost an expectation. This is list comprised of 25 word-less songs that I find essential to my music library. I wouldn’t sweat over the exact order, but yeah the ones at or near the top of this list are definitely my favorites. I know there are many more instrumental songs out there, but these are mine…so to speak. This list is also limited to only three per band and only one band made this list three times. Enjoy!
#25 Soulfly – V
This song is part of a running theme of self-titled/numbered songs that appeared across numerous Soulfly albums. It definitely showcases a more subtle approach to the songwriting and often incorporates jazzy elements. V appears on the 2005 release of Dark Ages. It comes in at just over 10 minutes and features two main parts. First the rhythmic calming section, then a focused acoustic solo. Overall, it is definitely a softer side of Soulfly, but not something that is so out there it’s a head scratcher. It suits the album nicely.
#24 King of Asgard – …To North
King of Asgard was a first for me when …To North was released. I was pleasantly surprised by the aggression and depth on this album. The album concludes with this self-titled instrumental and also displays a more melodic side to King of Asgard. It ends the album on a more somber note…as if a wounded army, still victorious in battle. It’s time to regroup and heal.
#23 Suicidal Tendencies – Surf and Slam
At just under three minutes, I find the cadence of this song appealing. Despite the words “surf” and “slam” being articulated at the very beginning, I still view this as an instrumental song because of the overall lack of lyrics besides those initial key words. I like Rocky’s solos and the rhythmic tempo of the drums. It kind of soothes my mind, but also inspires me to want to drive just a little bit faster if I hear this song while driving. This song appears on the essential Suicidal Tendencies album How Will I Laugh Tomorrow…When I Can’t Even Smile Today – released in 1998. Personally, a must have album!