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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.

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Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #8 & #7


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!

8.  Angel – Marty Friedman

This album got a lot of spins and for quite a while it was my night night music.  Yes, I was an adult then and always listened to music at night.  Though I could fall asleep listening to Death I often preferred the lighter side of metal and this entire album did the trick.  Angel is a rhythmic song, but also contains some of the cooler guitar solos on this album.

7.  The Crusade – Trivium

This is the self-titled track off their 2006 album.  This song seems like it was meant to be an instrumental track because I can’t imagine it being set to any lyrics.  It also doesn’t really fit the rest of the album in my opinion.  It’s pretty long for a Trivium song and shows another side of the band…one where the focus is just creating a cook hook and running with it.

Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #10 & #9


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!

10.  Mr. Scary – Dokken

I have probably said it a million times so one more won’t kill ya.  Dokken was of my favorite bands from the 80s.  I always had a fondness for their music.  Though they did get glam or remained on the fringes of glam (mostly), I thought Dokken’s music was a cut above the rest and it’s pretty much due to George Lynch’s guitar work.  I feel lucky I got to see them one time live…the opening act for my first ever concert actually.  This song appears on Back for the Attack from 1987.

9.  Bombay Vindaloo – Dream Theater

The first time I heard this song was on a live album I picked up called Live at the Marquee.  After doing minimal research on it because I have never seen this song on an actual album, it turns out this track was improvisation based and was played live less than 10 times.  The live recording was released in 1993.  I happen to have the European released which has Surrounded whereas the Japanese release instead has Another Day.  These songs are the only difference on the live 6-track album.  It’s a cool thing to have if you are a Dream Theater enthusiast.

Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #12 & #11


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!

12.  Implements of Destruction – Chimaira

For the first minute and 20 seconds, the song starts off sounding like it is going to remain a bit flowery, then it takes on a much more sinister tone incorporating speed and thrash with lengthy, frequent guitar solos.  In essence, you get a little taste of the many different tempos and styles Chimaira puts into their songs rolled up into one prolonged instrumental song.  This clip comes from their very well produced DVD Coming Alive.

11.  Genesis – Ghost

For many reasons, I really enjoy Ghost’s music to include their stage presence.  Genesis off of the Opus Eponymous album I thought was interesting because it sounds like it could be the song during the closing credits of a movie like Salem’s Lot or Phantasm.  It has a consistent rhythm and also sounds like it could have been recorded during the era of both of the movies I mentioned…a bit of retro appeal.

Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #14 & #13


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!

14.  March of the Lor – The Sword

This a particularly heavy The Sword song.  I love how the song can swing from a cool 70s vibe and they turn into a song that could induce a nice circle pit.  The sword has a calm and collective demeanor on stage and still cause a pit; as I witnessed at a show last year.  These dudes can be quite heavy when they want to be and that’s one of the many reasons I like them so much.

13.  Into The Lungs of Hell – Megadeth

Considering all the talent that has ever graced this band, I think they should have recorded more instrumental songs.  Between the rhythm section and their guitar playing prowess, they could have made instrumental songs a regular thing.  But, they have a few and this is the one that made my list.  Again, loads of guitars!  Yay!  This a very well spliced fan video featuring humans…being human.