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!
14. March of the Lor – The Sword
This a particularly heavy The Sword song. I love how the song can swing from a cool 70s vibe and they turn into a song that could induce a nice circle pit. The sword has a calm and collective demeanor on stage and still cause a pit; as I witnessed at a show last year. These dudes can be quite heavy when they want to be and that’s one of the many reasons I like them so much.
13. Into The Lungs of Hell – Megadeth
Considering all the talent that has ever graced this band, I think they should have recorded more instrumental songs. Between the rhythm section and their guitar playing prowess, they could have made instrumental songs a regular thing. But, they have a few and this is the one that made my list. Again, loads of guitars! Yay! This a very well spliced fan video featuring humans…being human.
I am talking a trip down memory lane with this week’s Song of the Week. Foreclosure of a Dream comes off Megadeth’s Countdown to Extinction album; a classic regarded as one of their best. Recently, it passed the 20 year mark and it held up quite well over the years. I also find it interesting that a song written 20+ years ago still applies today…says something about the state of our nation. Though I don’t think it is as bad as some people make it out to be, I do not wish foreclosure on my worst enemy; maybe a tornado, but not a foreclosure. All joking aside, this is a great Megadeth song with one of Megadeth’s strongest lineups ever (other than the current one). I bid you a great day with this Song of the week.
For those in America, today is affectionately known as Black Friday…the biggest shopping day of the year. Personally, I went to one Black Friday early bird event several years ago and it was absolute insanity. I vowed never to do it again. Today we went to Target for some necessities and it was well past the morning surge. It was still pretty crazy and quite stressful. One thing that upset me the most is that one thing I wanted to buy for my kids was sold out. Come to find, they only had 3 or 4 of those items anyway. They draw you in with the sales, but if you aren’t int he door at the butt-crack of dawn, you will miss out.
What does Megadeth’s Good Mourning/Black Friday have to do with this stressful American shopping day? Nothing. I just like the title and thought it would make for an appropriate Video of the Week even though it is just live footage. Below that, you can see some post-Thanksgiving shopping madness if you have never seen it before. And it doesn’t paint a pretty picture of this American (kind of) tradition.
Here are some actual Black Friday festivities caught on tape.