Category Archives: Metal Lists

This is a section for our metal lists, i.e. top 20 bands, top 10 albums, etc. If you have a list, post it! If you disagree with us, let us know.

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.

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2001 / #2 – #1


MetalCatOpeth does it again, taking Number One spot for the fourth time in the nine annual lists I’ve selected so far. Arjen Lucassen also does well again, this time with Ambeon.

 

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2001 / #4 – #3


MetalCatBorknagar’s folk black metal pops up again today, but I think this is the first appearance of Gojira’s thrash death in my selections. I could try to remember but that won’t work. I don’t even remember… now what was it I don’t remember? Damn. I could check on my year-by-year lists but that would mean switching on the computer. I’m not feeling very energetic today. Dark Metal Cat says I should do as he does and sleep 20 hours a day.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2001 / #6 – #5


MetalCatIncluding today’s posts, I see five of my six selections so far for 2001 are various types of black metal. My Zulu friends would approve if Zulus liked metal. Few do. One who does is my almost-grandson, Simphiwe, now all of 11 years old, who calls me Mkhulu (Grandfather). He’s not wild about black metal, though. He likes death. He’ll happily listen to a couple of death albums in a row. For an 11-year-old, concentrating on anything for that long is quite remarkable.

He’s good friends with Dark Metal Cat. They both mosh like aces.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2001 / #8 – #7


MetalCatIt’s a dark, moonless night in my home territory of Zululand tonight. It’s a perfect setting for two different kinds of black metal in this installment of my hit parade.

Dark Metal Cat thinks I can’t see him when he prowls through the garden on nights like this. Ha! All I have to do is follow the lead from his guitar.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2001 / #10 – #9


MetalCatMy opening selections for 2001 unrelentingly show what a musical hybrid I am. I’m grateful the other Metal State writers tolerate me. They probably do so only because of my youthful, boyish charm and my vast wealth.

Number 10 is prog metal but it could fit comfortably in a classic prog rock set. Number 9 is undeniably metal but its opening minute and the string interludes could be classic heavy prog.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2000 / #3 – #1


MetalCatIt does happen. The three songs I’ve chosen as my top favourites of 2000 all feature clean singing. I’m not particularly biased towards either dark or clean vocals, although most of the metal I listen to these days does have plenty of growling.

Dark Metal Cat has a growling purr and a clean sandbox.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2000 / #6 – #4


MetalCatIt should be obvious why Dark Metal Cat put one of today’s songs on the iPod and played it until the battery died. Now, while I’m linking to the other two songs, he’s listening to “Eye of the Tiger”.

 

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2000 / #9 – #7


MetalCatI listen to huge amounts of melodic death and progressive metal. Nu metal isn’t a genre I follow closely. When a good song happens along, however, it sticks.

Dark Metal Cat also doesn’t follow nu metal closely. He does, however, follow a huge number of mice and geckos.

Don’t dare tell him he can’t follow a tune. He has very, very big, sharp claws.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2000 / #12 – #10


MetalCatToday’s selection is doomy and black. That’s the sort of music that soothes me and makes Dark Metal Cat happy enough to stop ripping the furniture apart. I would clip his claws if I had tungsten clippers. He goes through about four sets of strings per gig.

 

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