Tuesday, April 21, 2009

15 Awesome Instrumentals

Sometimes it's more about the music then the lyrics. I love a good instrumental in an album, and while listening to an entire album of nothing but instrumentals bores me after a while, one or two songs thrown in helps mix it up. Also, I'm not talking about the minute long intro or outro songs on most power metal albums (as well as several other genres). I'm talking about the songs that are tracks 4 and 8 in a concept progressive metal album, nothing really to do with the story, but it helps move it along.
  1. 3 - Bramfatura
  2. The Bakerton Group - Old Bait and Switch (this song is from an instrumental band, but I really like this song as a stand alone)
  3. Circus Maximus - Biosfear
  4. The Corrs - Toss The Feathers (Not metal at all, but nice violin and drum work)
  5. Dream Theater - Overture 1928 (They have alot of great instrumentals, but this one is one of my favorites)
  6. The Edgar Winter Group - Frankenstein
  7. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Fanfare For The Common Man (An electric keyboard and drum heavy re-imagining of the classical piece)
  8. Firewind - The Fire And The Fury (Great beginning and middle, but the ending gets kind of boring, but still an amazing song)
  9. Iced Earth - 1776
  10. Iron Maiden - Transylvania (Iced Earth also does an amazing cover of this song, but I didn't want to put the song on here twice, but Iron Maiden did write it)
  11. Led Zeppelin - Moby Dick (Couldn't be a serious list without this one)
  12. Liquid Tension Experiment - Acid Rain (Another exclusively instrumental band, but almost every song on their two albums is simply amazing)
  13. Rush - La Villa Strangiato (An Exercise in Self-Indulgence)
  14. Sum 41 - Grab The Devil By The Horns And Fuck Him Up The Ass (An amazing metal song by a punk rock band. I was just as surprised)
  15. Van Halen - Eruption (Less of a song, more of an extended guitar lick, Eruption still is some amazing finger-work)


DPTH International said...

Cool list. I'll have to check out some of those. Led Zeppelin's "Moby Dick" sounds interesting.

Not sure if this would interest you, but there is a Canadian thrash instrumental band called Mastery whose Lethal Legacy album is pretty kick ass.

The Klepto said...

You haven't hear "Moby Dick"? It's that one that they play on the live version on the radio all the time with the 3 minute drum solo and what not. It's pretty decent.

And I'm not a huge fan of Instrumental-only bands, but I'll give Mastery a try. If you like Instrumental bands, check out The Bakerton Group (Funk Rock) or 3 Headed Monster (Power Metal).