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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.
I was trying to look for something new that I thought would be cool, but other than having the same problem as Matt – finding videos of bands in forests or empty warehouses, I thought I would revisit some old Tool videos because they are pretty damn cool. And, sometimes one doesn’t have to actually understand what is going on in the video for it to be cool. Nor, does one actually have to see the band in it for it to be cool. Sometimes you just have to look at it and go, What the fuck? That’s what I think of this video. Not to mention, Tool has been talking about an album that might be released in the next decade or so. So, why not revisit? Oh, this one is uncut so if you don’t like swear words…this is your disclaimer.
In my attempt to break away from wildly popular shooter games (you know what they are), I picked up “Sniper Elite III” to shake things up a bit when it comes to fast-moving shooter action. Not to mention, there just aren’t “that” many games out for Xbox One right now, so my choices were limited. I haven’t played the previous editions of the sniper franchise and it worked out great because I didn’t really need to know about those games coming into part III. Despite the fact that this story took place before “Sniper Elite V2” I didn’t feel I missed out on story and concept. All I really needed to play this fun game was patience. Sometimes I had it; sometimes I didn’t and here is my “Sniper Elite III” story.
The biggest reason I enjoyed this particular tactical shooter is that I had time to plan my attack and decide which approach I was going to take. I could go quiet or I could go loud or both. Mostly, I preferred sneaky and stealthy. I can be a methodical kind of guy, so this aspect of the game pleased me. Because the game took place during WWII in Northern Africa, there were lots of large rocks, hills, and dessert-atmosphere to hide behind; perfect for sniping. Read the rest of this entry