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 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.