Instru-Metal Symphony: The 20 Greatest Heavy Metal & Hard Rock Instrumental Songs

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2. Metallica “Orion”
Named after the star constellation due to the song’s spacey-sounding bridge, it appears on the band’s 3rd studio album, Master of Puppets, and showcases late bassist’s Cliff Burton’s mastery of his instrument. It is frequently cited as the band’s best instrumental by fans and critics, along with Ride the Lightning’s “The Call of Ktulu.”


1. Rush “La Villa Strangiato (An Exercise in Self-Indulgence)”
The final track on the progressive rock band’s 1978 album Hemispheres clocks in at 9:34 and was the band’s first fully-instrumental release. Drummer Neil Peart has said that they spent more time recording this track than the entire Fly by Night album, but it was worth it – the complex track is considered by fans and critics to be a technical and creative masterpiece.

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