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 #12 & #11


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!

12.  Implements of Destruction – Chimaira

For the first minute and 20 seconds, the song starts off sounding like it is going to remain a bit flowery, then it takes on a much more sinister tone incorporating speed and thrash with lengthy, frequent guitar solos.  In essence, you get a little taste of the many different tempos and styles Chimaira puts into their songs rolled up into one prolonged instrumental song.  This clip comes from their very well produced DVD Coming Alive.

11.  Genesis – Ghost

For many reasons, I really enjoy Ghost’s music to include their stage presence.  Genesis off of the Opus Eponymous album I thought was interesting because it sounds like it could be the song during the closing credits of a movie like Salem’s Lot or Phantasm.  It has a consistent rhythm and also sounds like it could have been recorded during the era of both of the movies I mentioned…a bit of retro appeal.

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1997 / #8 and #7


MetalCatPlatinum used to be the heaviest known metal that humans could handle safely. Denser metals tend to be radioactive. Iridium, which arguably has the highest specific gravity of the elements that doesn’t decay in fractions of a second, is toxic in its pure form.

I’ve discovered a new metal that can be as heavy as you want it to be. It’s called Mammalum. It seems to be just the right specific gravity to match whatever kind of metal I’m enjoying. I thought you should know that.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1997 / #10 and #9


MetalCatAs I’m preparing this post, a troop of vervet monkeys from the forest is having a team shouting and bickering match. The males are getting the hots for the girl monkeys. It’s that time of year, the coldest time of year here in Zululand. The temperature at sunset is down to below 20C.

I shouted through the window,  “Hey! Guys! I’m trying to listen to music from Scandinavia, where monkeys know how to behave!” They ignored me. Maybe they’re Viking monkeys.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1996 / #2 and #1


MetalCatCenturies separate my top two songs of 1996. One of them draws on folk music roots going back – what’s a long period of time? – yonks. The other is set in a distant future.

One of the innumerable glories of music is that it spans time as well as physical, political and other boundaries. Music is four-dimensional. That’s why it’s so easy to get lost in it.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1996 / #6 and #5


MetalCatIt’s confession time again. I know you all love me for my youthful grace, charm and good looks. Now you can love me even more for my honesty.

There are some bands in my hit parade that I didn’t know until somewhat later. Of course I knew Metallica – who didn’t? – in 1996, but I’d never heard of Dimmu Borgir.

Like many of you, I’ve grown to love a great number of bands by working through their discographies. That isn’t cheating. I would put Beethoven top of my hit parade for the early 19th century, and I didn’t know his music at that time either.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1996 / #8 and #7


MetalCatIt must be true that opposites attract. I live in Africa in the summer swelter and winter mildness of Zululand, South Africa. It’s never snowed here. There’s never been frost. Yet so much of the music I love comes from the frozen north or is about the myths, legends and heroes from the top of Europe.

Maybe I have Viking blood. That is questionable, though, because I get seasick.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1996 / #10 and #9


MetalCatBlack & Doom. That’s a formula to make me happy, although I prefer the melodic or atmospheric forms of both genres.

I hope you find both of these songs to be as uplifting as Dark Metal Cat and I do.

 

 

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1995 / #2 and #1


MetalCatHow many types of metal should one person like? Is it possible to like all of them? I say yes if the music matters, not the genre label. With that I conclude 1995 with some polka music and some Bing Crosby.

Well, not really, but I have to write something to lure in the people who wish Bing Crosby had sung polka music.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1995 / #4 and #3


MetalCatOil and water, that’s what we have today. First, viscous sludge that oozes through cracks and fissures deep underground; then hard rock, which has become the modern pop music of metal people.

Dark Metal Cat says actual pop music causes global warming because it’s all hot air. Cats are bad at making analogies.

 

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1995 / #6 and #5


MetalCatDark Metal Cat says I should post only the intro to my hit parade stuff on the home page and put the songs on a turn-page so that (a) I don’t use up the first three screens of the home page and (b) he can be on the home page.

I had 1995’s #10 and #9 yesterday. I am not skipping #8 and #7. I did them last week by mistake because of solar flares and asteroid belts and the Oort Cloud and such phenomena.

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