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Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #2 & #1


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 my top 2!

2.  Hell’s Kitchen – Dream Theater

As you can probably tell, I have fondness for Dream Theater’s instrumental songs.  This one is the third and final song of my list and if I didn’t make a 3-song rule I might have a few more Dream Theater songs to talk about…obviously my favorite from them.  I like the diversity in this song; I can listen to it to relax and I have used it as my opening song and/or closing song on a run.  It helps keep my mind at ease when I begin a run and wonder to myself why am I running.  By the time the song is over, my heart rate is regulated and I can begin a long run with mostly thrash and death metal to keep me motivated.   The attraction here is the lengthy guitar solos and of course combined with the progressive elements makes the song pretty damn perfect.

1.  The Ultra-Violence – Death Angel

The main attraction to this song for me is it’s just so raw and full of aggression.  These guys were just teenagers when they recorded it back in 1987 for their first album, The Ultra-Violence.  This song was also featured in a burger commercial.  I have to believe that someone had to know about this band to select that song.  This song isn’t something one would just stumble upon while looking for background music to a guy eating a burger.  Metalheads are everywhere!  Anyway, I am going to let the music do the talking.  Thanks for reading my list of 25 favorite instrumental songs.  My next list will be 30 intros that instantly grabbed me.  Thanks to Mik for inspiring me to do a list of my own on that subject.

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2010, #20 – #17


MetalCatDark Metal Cat says it’s healthy to have a mixed diet. Mine today consists of melodic power metal, prog metal, post hardcore and folk death.

He also has a mixed diet. He eats all his own food and all of the other cats’ food. His favourite kind of metal music tastes like tuna, he says.

 

 

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2009, #4 – #1


MetalCatToday’s posts probably illustrate one of the main areas where the hybrid metal-jazz-prog Mammal differs from the the hard-hitting metalhead. My top four songs of 2009 all include distinct orchestral strains and a couple of them venture into the experimental realms.

Another area where we may differ markedly is that I am so easily distracted and veer off the topic. Three bees were trapped inside the window and were too stupid too find their way out. Everything stopped while I eased them gently to freedom.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2009, #8 – #5


MetalCatHave I mentioned that Simone Simons is the most beautiful woman in the world and I <3 her? “Design Your Universe”; we all do that, unconsciously and instinctively, all the time. Everyone’s brain interprets external stimuli and experiences differently. We all internalise, modify and store memories that can never be the same as anyone else’s. Each of us does effectively inhabit our own, unique universes that our minds build for us.

If a Simone Simons is a twin-rotor helicopter in your universe, it must be a very interesting place.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2009, #20 – #17


MetalCatI played with anagrams of the names of the bands featured in today’s selection. To make an anagram, you take a word or words and mix the letters up to make a new word or words.

Here’s what I got:
Witchbreed – Chew Red Bit
Animals As Leaders – A Sad Nameless Liar
Depressed Mode – Odd Deeper Mess

There’s not much you can do with a name like OSI, so I made an anagram of the song title:
The Escape Artist – Pat Eats Heretics

While I’m at it, Dark Metal Cat becomes Tackle Mad Art, ChristopherMammal converts into Limp Comma Thrasher, and A Metal State Of Mind turns into Male Teat Manifolds.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2008, #4 – #1


MetalCatDark Metal Cat has issued an advisory that this series has come under the scrutiny of the NSA because today’s episode includes no American bands. American metalheads may laugh at this allegation. Yeah? How did the NSA know what I was going to select before I did?

So today we have Amon Amarth, Sieges Even, Opeth and To-Mera. Dark Metal Cat has issued an advisory that the NSA has listed all of those band names as code words for secret meeting places where “strange people” in the USA listen to European bands.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2008, #8 – #5


MetalCatIf you haven’t yet mastered the art of throat singing, you may pick up some tips from Ego Fall.

That reminds me of some lyrics I wrote but which, amazingly, haven’t been snapped up by any band:

I am one of those who can speak through both me knees.
My left knee can say “thank you” and my right knee can say “please”.
Yet the longest words that I have ever uttered through my limbs
Are shorter than the longer words that people sing in hymns.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2008, #12 – #9


MetalCatToday I had a migraine for the first time in years. Some people think migraines are headaches. They’re not. Splitting headaches are one of the side-effects of a migraine, which is dilation of the capillaries in the eyeballs for any number of reasons. Anything that constricts blood vessels is good when you have a migraine, especially plenty of coffee and nicotine, heh heh.

After I’d slept off the worst of the migraine I started doing my hit parade post for today. My wife asked why I was listening to loud metal music while I still had a headache. I gave her the obvious answer: Metal has curative powers. I know it makes me feel better.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2008, #16 – #13


MetalCatToday we have brown, red and black music. That’s not the colour of the musical notes but the colours used on the artwork of the albums from which this selection is taken.

Isn’t that a marvellous coincidence? Those colours match the brown of my teeth, the red of my eyeballs and the black of my blood. They also match Dark Metal Cat’s coat when he stands in bright sunlight with harsh shadows.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2008, #20 – #17


MetalCatMost of you were too young to listen to metal before this year. You were still doing “The Wheels on the Bus” and “Humpty Dumpty”. To help you catch up on some of the great music of the most recent years, I’ll be posting 20 songs per year from 2008 and after, not 15 or 10 songs. That’s four songs per day for a year per week excluding weekends.

If you’re still too young to listen to metal, see my parallel series, “Mammal’s Thousand Years Of Nursery Rhymes”.

 

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