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  • Diego Molero

    I think it is extremely difficult to create good, entertaining instrumetal albums, they usually suck plain and simple.

    • GardensTale

      I don’t like a whole lot of instrumental music, let alone metal. I make an exception for some great soundtracks (like Spirited Away) and Explosions in the Sky, who do the ebb and flow of post rock pretty much flawlessly.

      • Diego Molero

        I like a lot classical music, but without counting that, there are few bands and albums of instrumental music that I enjoy. For example the instrumental version of Pelagial is magnificent, Animals As Leaders is cool. I also like a lot the album “Never Were the Way She Was” by Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld, but that isn’t metal. Neverd heard of Explosions in the Sky, I will check them out. I’m not a fan of soundtracks tbh.

        • Bart the Repairman

          Have you tried Scale the Summit? 5 albums of instrumental music done right, with thoughtfully chosen chords, solid bass work all over the fretboard and optimistic sounding patterns of two-handed tapping. Strongly recommended.

          • Diego Molero

            Never heard of them, but your description sounds very interesting, I love bands with strong bass work. I will check one of their albums. Thanks!

          • The Unicorn

            Their first one will forever be cemented in my heart. Came out when my son was born, what a time and a sound to go with it.

            Rode In On Horseback is a desert island song. I could listen to it forever.

    • 1 Screaming Dizbuster

      Check out the newest Kylver release – The Island, and their debut from last year The Mountain Ghost. Both are excellent instrumental metal albums

    • Zephyrus

      By going entirely instrumental a band is certainly putting themselves at a disadvantage, that’s for sure.

      There’s certainly exceptions, Cloudkicker’s Beacons or Latitude’s Agonist, to name a few.

      • Diego Molero

        Is that Latitudes the same Latitudes that put out Old Sunlight this year? Because I LOVE that record, currently on my top 10 of the year.

        EDIT: just search it and it is, I definitely have to check that album out, didn’t knew they where fully instrumental back then. What do you think of the new one and the inclusion of vocals?

        • Goldicot

          Not Zephyrus, but the inclusion of the vocals on Old Sunlight is one of the best vocal performances (from a composition perspective) of the year.

          • Diego Molero

            I totally agree, Old Sunlight is a magnificent record and the vocals are spectacular. It reminded me to last year A Swarm of the Sun album.

        • Zephyrus

          Have to correct myself, the old one has a little bit of singing, but by and large it’s instrumental. I think there’s like one track with vocals on it.

          I definitely don’t mind their sound with vocals though, and they use them sparingly. When the vocals come in it really adds to the music. I really dig the new album too.

          • Diego Molero

            Oh I see. Still get your point and will check that album.

            I really like the instrumental songs on the new album, but the tracks with vocals really add another level to the music, is truly excellent.

    • mtlman1990

      Not many. The Joy of Motion, some Steve Vai albums, Liquid Tension Experiment,

    • Reese Burns

      Wonders of Bature make mostly instrumental Black Metal-ish records, definitely worth a look if that’s what you’re into

      • Diego Molero

        Instrumental black metal-ish record sounds interesting, will take a listen to them, thanks.

        • Reese Burns

          Sorry, made a typo there, it’s Wonders of Nature, not Bature

          • Diego Molero

            That explains all, was wondering what “bature” means haha.

          • Reese Burns

            Haha, my mistake

  • Kronos

    What a kickass cover though.

  • Thatguy

    Sometimes I like to think and sometimes I like to not think. I had not previously heard the term ‘thinking man’s metal’. This is possibly the wankiest term ever coined and is almost enough to make me re-assess my opinion of the music of Isis.

  • brklyner

    Wasn’t “thinking man’s metal” a Relapse tag line at some point? I feel like that may have preceded Isis, but maybe that’s where they got it.

    • [not a Dr]

      First time I read that was on the cover of A Sceptic’s Universe, by Spiral Architect.

  • I dunno, reminds me of Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtrack, if they decided to make metal. I like this.