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Instrumental rock

Postby Aglet » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:56 pm UTC

I am addicted to this stuff. Winamp has an AOL Radio station called "Rock Instrumental," which is what I listen to for background music now (good for WoW, incidentally). Favorites:

Far and away, Eric Johnson. The tone that he gets out of his guitar is amazing.
Second would be Steve Vai. Definitely one of the best guitarists ever, and a talented composer as well.
I really like Joe Satriani too, but I haven't heard much of him.
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby mountaingoat » Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:34 am UTC

Explosions in the Sky

Probably not what you're into though.

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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby aion7 » Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:44 am UTC

What about instrumental metal. I'm thinking Apocalyptica.
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby TheAmazingRando » Fri Feb 08, 2008 4:47 am UTC

While I can admire the virtuosity of those three guitarists, I find that they all seem to have only a few really good songs, while the rest all tend to sort of bleed together. They seem to be good at writing technically complex and difficult pieces, but not so good at writing interesting and engaging ones.

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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby ChocloManx » Fri Feb 08, 2008 7:19 pm UTC

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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby Klye » Sun Feb 10, 2008 3:37 am UTC

Buckethead. 34 (I think) solo albums give a pretty good variety of sounds, plus he is the best guitarist EVAR!

Underground Orchestra. Very new and unheard of, I recomend them.
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby malec2b » Sun Feb 10, 2008 4:29 am UTC



Agree'd

Magnum Opus by Kansas is amazing (although it isn't compleatly instrumental, about 40 seconds of it's 8 and a half minute lenght are lyrics)
Toccata by Emerson Lake and Palmer is pure awesome.
and King Crimson also has "The Devil's Triangle"
...wow, two of those were rock covers of classical pieces.

alright, I'll also throw in "The Clap" and "Mood for a Day" which are acoustic guitar pieces by Yes.

Also "Journey of the Sorcerer" is good and has a place in my heart since it's the theme for the original Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series.

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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby Clumpy » Sun Feb 10, 2008 9:33 am UTC

Klye wrote:Buckethead. 34 (I think) solo albums give a pretty good variety of sounds, plus he is the best guitarist EVAR!

Underground Orchestra. Very new and unheard of, I recomend them.


Buckethead is awesome, and the fact that he works with Serj Tankian and Viggo Mortensen only makes him the more awesome.

I must add: gotta love Secret Chiefs 3.

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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sun Feb 10, 2008 4:57 pm UTC

"Jessica" by The Allman Brothers Band.

"Sirius" by Alan Parsons Project

"Funeral For A Friend" by Elton John

That's all I can think of for now.
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby nyeguy » Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:38 am UTC

I love Rush instrumentals. The couple I think off of the top of my head are La Villa Strangiata, and the opening of 2112. And of course YYZ, but that isn't their best.
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby Aleril » Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:04 pm UTC

Stream of Consciousness by Dream Theater.

At 3:50 the awesome begins.
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby RedMaggit » Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:43 pm UTC

Pelican.

Also, most of Mogwai's stuff, notably Glasgow Mega Snake, We No Here, Herod, and Mogwai Fear Satan.

I love my prog rock instrumentals.
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby DayTripper47 » Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:21 am UTC

Aglet wrote:I am addicted to this stuff. Winamp has an AOL Radio station called "Rock Instrumental," which is what I listen to for background music now (good for WoW, incidentally). Favorites:

Far and away, Eric Johnson. The tone that he gets out of his guitar is amazing.
Second would be Steve Vai. Definitely one of the best guitarists ever, and a talented composer as well.
I really like Joe Satriani too, but I haven't heard much of him.

In my opinion, Satriani is the best out of all the guitar-based instrumental rock.
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby masher » Wed Feb 13, 2008 3:00 am UTC

Instrumental guitar and the like:

http://www.blazz.com.au/


not a bad band at all.... :)

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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby PhantomReality » Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:02 am UTC

Dude instrumental rock is the shit, here's a list of my favorites:

Joe Satriani: Fucking brilliant, an amazing guitarists whose melodies blow me away. Not as technically fast as some other guitarists but anybody who has listened to him for a while can tell that he's taught and influenced a lot guitarists. "His most notable California students included Kirk Hammett (Metallica), David Bryson (Counting Crows), Kevin Cadogan (Third Eye Blind), Larry LaLonde (Primus, Possessed), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Rick Hunolt (Exodus), Phil Kettner (Lääz Rockit) and Charlie Hunter." (from wikipedia). My favorite contemporary guitarist, saw him live with G3.

Steve Vai: Pretty cool, but i'm not a big fan I like satch's work better. His band is kinda teetotaler too.

John Petrucci: Fastest guitarist alive, and his album "Suspended Animation" Kicks ass. Saw him live too with the G3.

Yngwie Malmsteen: Meh i'm not a big fan, he's too metalish for me but he can play damned fast. Cool guitar too. Scaloped frets.

Paul Gilbert: A favorite of mine. Extremely smooth classical influenced licks with a kickass tone make him one of my favorites. His work with Racer X and Mr big, are both awesome, though I prefer Racer X. Saw him live too at the G3.

Shawn Lane: Undoubtedly the fastest guitarist to ever live, his material is extremely difficult to find but youtube it up.

Buckethead: Very metalish and very weird but fucking amazing. Was instructed by Paul Gilbert.

Eric Johnson: Quite good, known really well for "Cliffs of Dover" but he has a lot of other material out there.

Guthrie Govan: Whacky, a recent discovery of mine who i don't know much about but pretty cool none the less.


I'd check out all of those names on youtube. They're all fantastic artists. I looove this kind of music.
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby ChocloManx » Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:24 pm UTC

Petrucci, Satriani, Vai and Gilbert bore the crap outta me. I do have a soft spot for Malmsteen, but just because he's a fat swedish dude. His album with an orchestra is lame, too.
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby PhantomReality » Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:37 pm UTC

ARGH you kill me. One of my best friends is bored by satriani as well...and i just don't understand how. He's just so damn good. Everytime i listen to one of his songs i see something different in my mind
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby Ansob. » Thu Feb 14, 2008 12:26 pm UTC

sean22190 wrote:Explosions in the Sky

Probably not what you're into though.


65daysofstatic > Explosions in the Sky. Much angrier.
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby b.i.o » Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:14 pm UTC

Ansob. wrote:
sean22190 wrote:Explosions in the Sky

Probably not what you're into though.


65daysofstatic > Explosions in the Sky. Much angrier.


They're both good--I prefer Explosions personally but I do like and listen to 65daysofstatic a lot as well.

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Postby Anomie » Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:30 pm UTC

65daysofstatic= awesomeness.I have tickets to see them in Glasgow, woooooop!
Hole and Retreat! Retreat! are my current favourites.

Also, for instrumentalism, Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Holy shit. Yes.
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby Aleril » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:15 pm UTC

Ansob. wrote:
sean22190 wrote:Explosions in the Sky

Probably not what you're into though.


65daysofstatic > Explosions in the Sky. Much angrier.



Its hard to compare them, as 65DOS is more angry, EITS is more epic and sweeping.

I love them both so very much though. Like children.
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby SomeoneElse » Sun Feb 17, 2008 1:56 am UTC

However awesome 65dos and GY!BE are, I wouldn't really call them instrumental rock. I've been thinking and to be honest, I can't think of much instrumental "rock" that I listen to - most rock songs, even prog, seem to have lyrics somewhere even if just for 30 seconds of a 10 minute track. 'f course I do have a lot of instrumental music, from electronica to "post rock" and jazz. Just not rock.

King Crimson rock, by the way, and probably a few of their albums are pretty lengthy and wordless. I wonder if The Mars Volta have any instrumentals?

Edit: Oh, I just thought of Call of Ktulu by Metallica, and probably a few other Metallica tracks... Buckethead as above is great too, in a weirdo kinda way.

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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby PhantomReality » Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:23 pm UTC

Explosions in the sky all sounds the same after a long enough time...but it's so suspenseful that it's PERFECT while you're high. Or if you're not into that, while driving in the middle of the night with the windows down and trying to think about the mistake you just made with some girl.
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Postby b.i.o » Tue Feb 26, 2008 1:09 am UTC

PhantomReality wrote:Explosions in the sky all sounds the same after a long enough time...but it's so suspenseful that it's PERFECT while you're high. Or if you're not into that, while driving in the middle of the night with the windows down and trying to think about the mistake you just made with some girl.


Really? Some of their not so good songs maybe, but I can tell most of their songs apart the majority of the time.

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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby TheAmazingRando » Tue Feb 26, 2008 1:20 am UTC

Explosions in the Sky are good, but I can't really think of any other post-rock bands that I prefer them to.

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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby wery67564 » Wed Feb 27, 2008 7:39 pm UTC

Ansob. wrote:
sean22190 wrote:Explosions in the Sky

Probably not what you're into though.


65daysofstatic > Explosions in the Sky. Much angrier.


Disagreed, 65dos is good, but all their albums/songs are so similar imo, eis make such a diverse environment.

But GSYBE! is my fav, and I want to see an argument against them being instrumental, my confusion levels are way high this morning.
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Postby Anomie » Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:08 pm UTC

I suppose they have spoken monologues, but they could never be interpreted as lyrics or singing.
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby RedMaggit » Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:45 pm UTC

I just managed to find "Australasia", so I'm going to reiterate my point;

Pelican.

Gods help me, it's the crushing weight. The Heaviest Matter In The Universe. They're like The Juggernaut.
Once they start rolling, they just don't stop, creating expansive, oppressive aural landscapes as far as the eye can see, or in this case, ear can hear.
It's like if all the glaciers in the world got together with a White Dwarf and made instrumental metal.

Thirding EITS, as well. I only recently got onto some of their stuff from my remote location, and it's really good. It's not Steve Vai, though, so it may not hold your interest. Give it a shot, though.
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby the_johnald » Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:01 am UTC

My favorite shredder is definitely Paul Gilbert. His work is technical and engaging, but pretty groovable too.

Another act I appreciate is Liquid Tension Experiment. They're an instrumental side project comprising John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater and Tony Levin of numerous other bands. LTE's stuff is generally more fun that DT's.

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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby b.i.o » Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:08 am UTC

RedMaggit wrote:Pelican.


Thank you!

I have their albums on my hard drive, I just managed to forget about them for a few months somehow...

Also, JT Bruce has some cool instrumental/experimental rock stuff on his website free to download that I've been enjoying lately: http://www.subjectruin.net/

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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby harpwner » Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:43 am UTC

Some interesting instrumental bands:
Tera Melos - terrifyingly complex math rock
Umphrey's McGee (Not an entirely instrumental band but have plenty of tracks that are) - jazzy prog jam rock
Pelican - already covered by RedMaggit, but I'll reiterate
Russian Circles - in the same vein as Pelican, but I'll venture to say they're better than them
Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention - I'm surprised no one else has brought him/them up
Jeff Beck - old-school guitar work
Liquid Tension Experiment - basically an instrumental Dream Theater, the only difference is the bassist (John Myung for Tony Levin)

You should check some of them out. I enjoy them.
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby Philomid » Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:29 am UTC

Google "Bulb". It's the name of a single guy who does amazing instrumental metal. Good stuff.
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby a386 » Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:17 am UTC

so i come in here and everybody loves explosions in the sky, and some few people related them to 65 days of static whom i had coincidentally stumbled on just a few days before. swayed, i go to pandora and start an EITS station. man, i love this crap. has anybody mentioned broken social scene's all-instrumental songs? i dont know if this even counts as rock anymore, i don't know what it counts as. i love it tho.

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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby TheAmazingRando » Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:26 am UTC

I only have You Forgot It In People, and I don't think that has any instrumental tracks (could be wrong though, I've only really listened to it from beginning to end, without paying attention to where one song ends and the other begins), but Broken Social Scene definitely has a bit of a post-rock feeling to them, which isn't surprising since they share a few members with post-rock band Do Make Say Think (which is a label-mate of the almighty GY!BE).

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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby dubsola » Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:50 pm UTC

Aglet wrote:I am addicted to this stuff.
My friend, you need to check out Battles and Pivot.

Battles - Atlas from the Mirrored album. It's new, and it's awesome.
Battles - Tonto (this is a great video btw).
Battles - Race In live, and damn I love this song. It's genius,.

Battles has a great drummer, John Stanier who used to drum for Austalian band Helmet. They are incredible live.

Pivot is an Australian band that have just been signed to Warp records, which is awesome news, and one of their members is my best bud. Their drummer is Lawerence Pike, who is a god among men. One of the best drummers in the world IMO. There's a youtube video on their site.
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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby Cathode Ray Sunshine » Fri Mar 07, 2008 2:52 pm UTC

Aleril wrote:Stream of Consciousness by Dream Theater.

At 3:50 the awesome begins.


I LOVEthis song. Seriously I just have to listen to it everyday or I feel like my day is incomplete.

I'd also suggest Erotomania and ytse jam by them. Really good songs.

Also The Call of Ktulu, Orion and To Live is To Die (it has a bit of words in it but they're few) by Metallica.

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Postby zomgmouse » Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:48 pm UTC

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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby SkaBassist » Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:27 pm UTC

dubsola wrote:
Battles has a great drummer, John Stanier who used to drum for Austalian band Helmet. They are incredible live.

Battles is *arguably* instrumental. They have some vocals on Mirrored.

RedMaggit wrote:Pelican.

Damn, you beat me to it!
Feel like sending me Australasia? I only have City of Echoes.

Also, I haven't seen her mentioned, Kaki King. About, say, 75% of her songs are instrumental. She's a ridiculously good guitarist, a lot of Justin King type stuff.

Also, if you like Dream Theater and instrumental stuff, then that's basically what Liquid Tension Experiment is. They're amazingly talented musicians, all of them, and their songs are terrific.

My absolute top, however, has got to be Don Caballero. They have all sorts of music, from really abrasive and metal to melodic and airy. They're seriously amazing, and their drummer (Damon Che? Something like that) is godly.

Speaking of godly drummers, the instrumental band Hella is great. Their drummer, Zach Hill, is my favorite drummer of all time. He doesn't use a double bass pedal, but can play faster than most drummers can with two. When he runs out of limbs, he headbutts the cymbals/drums. Great guitar, too.

And if you're a guitarist, you can't die without hearing Rage of the Skullgaffer by Tyr. Seriously, it is the coolest guitar duel song ever. EVER.

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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby RedWolf » Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:10 am UTC

Wow...yes to Explosions in the Sky, 65 Days of Static, GY!BE, Mogwai, and Do Make Say Think. Its so weird coming here to recommend bands that nobody I know has ever heard of, and find out that someone already recommended them.

Also how has nobody mentioned the Blue Man Group yet?

EDIT: Forgot to mention Tristeza, too.

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Re: Instrumental rock

Postby bug » Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:10 am UTC

What's with that term, "math rock"? There's usually nothing math-related about it.

Yeah, 65 days is very nice. Some interesting IDM influence in their stuff.
Also very nice is their site design, which is by Version Industries, which also happens to have made some very nice designs for other very nice (well, interesting) bands.
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