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Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #6 & #5

bc_rich_widow_wmd_bass_top_imageI 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 list is 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!

6.  The Ultimatum – Jeff Loomis

It wasn’t until fairly recently I became familiar with Loomis’s solo career.  I imagine watching a video like the one below would inspire many budding shredders to shred even harder.  This song rides on his ability to play solos for an extended amount of time.  Seeing is believing; this is a really cool play-through video.  Enjoy!

5.  Cosmic Sea – Death

Death opened the door for death metal in my world.  It was when I saw the video for Lack of Comprehension off the Human album (same album where Cosmic Sea appears) that I realized just how technical and heavy death metal could be.  Up to that point, I thought that genre had no discernible rhythm.  From there it spread to other bands and before I knew it I developed quite a fondness for death metal in general from the brutal to the technical to the groovy as long as it has some kind of identifiable structure to it.  It has to be more than just growls and blast beats.


Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs – #4 Lack of Comprehension

chuckLack of Comprehension is the song that got me to Death…the band, not the thing we all have in common.  Up to that point, I thought Death Metal was a bit complex and I just wasn’t quite there yet as a metalhead.  It was a bit extreme for my fragile little mind.  Then I came across Human which had much more of a melodic touch than other Death Metal bands I sampled at the time.  The whole Human album, actually, I thought was hard-driving, melodic, and was single-handedly responsible for all of my future endeavors in Death Metal music.  This influential band released some amazing music and paved the way for the genre as a whole. I still spin Human quite regularly.

Norway’s Susperia, recorded their cover version of Lack of Comprehension in 2005.  You can find it on their EP Devil May Care which also has covers from WASP and A-ha.  Susperia hasn’t released a studio album since 2009, but they have released another EP, Nothing Remains, in 2011.  That EP features a song that the band tried to use to get on the Eurovision Song Contest, but lost before being able to win their home country and move on to the big show.

Here is the cover of Lack of Comprehension found on the EP Devil May Care.

And, here is the awesome track from Death.  You can find this song on the album Human released in 1991.

Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #45-41

As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list.  Many of these albums have been my favorites for decades while some are relatively new….only came into my life in the last couple of years.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us just up to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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