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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.


Marty Friedman picks himself

Elsewhere on the Internet I’m playing a fantasy band game with a bunch of metal people. We take turns to pick a line-up of musicians, one at a time, to make up our perfect fantasy band.

Yesterday Marty Friedman hit me with his axe and said: “Ahem! Guitarist.” I’m sure those exact words came through my speakers.

Marty was guitar man for Megadeth in the final decade of last century. This century he’s done a string of gleaming solo albums. This song is from his new album, Inferno, due for release on 27 May. Maybe Marty won’t do guitars for my first fantasy band, which will have an all-female line-up, but I sincerely hope I get to pick him in the next round before anyone else does. He is such a complete all-round axeman that he could excel in just about any type of metal.


Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #100-96

I recently went to see Paradise Lost in Norwich, UK, and while there another fan asked me what my Top 10 bands were.  Honestly, I couldn’t answer him because that has been a burning thought in my mind for a long time.  There are too many great bands out there.  I listed a few bands, but other than that steam started coming out of my ears – Three Stooges style.  There are just too many good bands out there to think about which one is best.  My top bands list is a project for the future.  I did, however, find it easier to list my favorite albums.   Jumping on the bandwagon at THOM, I finally formulated my list – a bit later than everyone else.  With my list, I limited myself to a maximum of three albums by a band just to be fair and mostly unbiased.

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