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13 Free Instrumental Music Albums From Hard Rock to Classical [Sound Sunday]

Tina Sieber 28-07-2013

Every week Sound Sunday introduces you to a new set of EPs and albums that you can download for free. This week was inspired by Ellen’s request for non-vocal music.


“I’m a university professor and spend a lot of time at my computer. (…) [H]aving music playing is really useful because I often work in noisy public areas (…) and putting on headphones and playing music drowns out a lot of the ambient noise.”

Do you also use music to improve your focus and concentration?

All EPs and albums can be downloaded for free. That said, we kindly ask you to donate a few dollars for music you enjoy! Note that artists benefit more from donations made on Bandcamp than any purchases via platforms like iTunes or Spotify.

You are welcome to submit your music, send suggestions with free albums you have discovered, or request genres I haven’t covered in a while. For all Sound Sunday related inquiries, please contact Tina @ this domain.

EP: David Oakes – The Juggernaut

Genre: instrumental, rock, hard rock


This David Oakes is a musician from the UK.

The Juggernaut is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Anxious Mind – Shades

Genre: alternative, electronic, instrumental, drum & bass, rock, metal

Anxious Mind are a instrumental rock & metal band from Poland. From their homepage: “The idea of Anxious Mind arose in March 2012. The project presents instrumental music which in general is rock, metal and a bit of electronic. Anxious Mind wants to challenge also many other genres like trip-hop, jazz, industrial, doom, grunge, stoner, post-rock, etc.”


Shades is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

EP: Coma Cloud – Coma Cloud EP

Genre: alternative, instrumental, rock, ambient, post-hardcore, post-rock

Come Cloud are post rock & hardcore band from the UK.

Coma Cloud EP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.


Dusk Warrior – Overdrive Sunrise

Genre: experimental, garage, pop, r&b

Nicholas Shapiro and Michael Osso are the masterminds behind Dusk Warrior. Overdrive Sunrise is a musical homage to the 60s.

“Music Library was a genre of music that, basically sound tracked popular culture in the 60s. It was like this experimental pop instrumental music that composers would create to accompany various genres of film I discovered that genre last year and fell in love with it because it felt exactly like the kind of music I was already making and I wanted to focus in on that 60s feel way more. I wanted to soundtrack a fictional anime, hence the goofy name of the project and all the goofy song names.” – Nicholas Shapiro via Gold Sweatshirt [Broken Link Removed]

Overdrive Sunrise is a free download from Bandcamp.


Luiz Esteves – Sonhos Brasileiros

Genre: ambient, experimental, post-rock

From the album page: “Sonhos Brasileiros (Brazilian Dreams) is the 5th solo album by Luiz Esteves of Leyline (www.leyline.com). The music expresses a mixture of disenchantment / hope with his native Brazil.”

Sonhos Brasileiros is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Rob Costlow – Woods of Chaos

Genre: instrumental, melodic, classical, piano, solo

Album notes from Rob: “I recorded Woods of Chaos in HD at 192kHz – 24 bit. The songs are meant to be loud and more in your face. The album is a reflection of my battles, successes and determination to move forward. There is a lot of venting exemplified with intense and heavy notes throughout the songs. I’m not scared anymore. The “Woods of Chaos” will always be there, but I’m able to overcome the beasts and find peace. Create your own experience with each song.”

Woods of Chaos is a free download from Jamendo.

Roger Stéphane – Symphoniquement votre

Genre: instrumental, symphonic, classical

Roger Stéphane is a classical music composer from Lyon, France.

Symphoniquement votre is a free download from Jamendo.

Noblemo – Bella [No Longer Available]

Genre: classical

Noblemo is a composer of classical music from Laval, France. Each of his 80 albums is unique and tells a story, making his music full of surprises.

Bella is a free download from Restorm.

Jorisma – Life Energy

Genre: electronic, pop

Jorisma is a musician and programmer from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Life Energy is a free download from Restorm.

Graysoundz – The Barbur Strategy [No Longer Available]

Genre: instrumental, ambient, classical, rock, hip hop

The Barbur Strategy is Graysoundz’s debut instrumental album. The artist from Portland, Oregon has also done all the writing, recording, arranging, mixing, producing, and artwork for the album.

The Barbur Strategy is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Espinosa – Basement Beats Vol.1

Genre: instrumental, hip hop

Basement Beats Vol. 1 is the first official release from Hip Hop producer Espinosa.

Basement Beats Vol.1 is a free download from Bandcamp.

JAG Music – Instrumental Series: Volume 1

Genre: instrumental, hip hop, rap

The albums contains a selection of hip hop beats by the Conventry-based beat maker JAG.

Instrumental Series: Volume 1 is a free download from Bandcamp.

Devastator – Redemption

Genre: instrumental, soundscape, ambient, hip hop

From the album page: “The debut release from Nottingham based Producer “Devastator” is a strictly Instrumental Album. Created during & in the Aftermath of undoubtedly the toughest & most turbulent period of his life, this Album deals with Death, Heartbreak, Depression & ultimately Redemption. (…) When played on repeat the CD continues infinitely with no clear start or finish as Ouroboros.”

Redemption is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

And More…

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  1. Rumah Onlineku
    December 12, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Hi, I need instrumental punk, rock, and hardcore. Can any help me about that?

  2. Peter/Anxious Mind
    November 18, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Hey Tina! Sorry for the delay, but thanks a lot for mentioning Anxious Mind! Cheers!

    • Tinatest S
      November 19, 2013 at 7:47 am

      More than welcome, Peter! Do send me a note in case you have anything else you'd like to see featured on Sound Sunday one day. :)

  3. Ellen O
    August 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Hi Tina! Thanks SO MUCH for this - it's awesome! There's some really great stuff here - I think I need a larger jump drive. :-D

    I'm sorry to be so behind on thanking you - I was under the weather for a while (all better now) and then away on holiday. Apparently much of South Dakota has very limited internet access.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 27, 2013 at 1:22 am

      Glad you're enjoying this, Ellen! :)

  4. Mircea F
    August 1, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    I loved Coma Cloud. I haven't listened to all of the music yet, but will do.

    Also, maybe this would be a good place to plug my own instrumental music project, in case you find it worthy of inclusion in a future edition :)


    • Tina Sieber
      August 2, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Thank you for sharing, Mircea!

      • Majid
        August 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm

        Good job Tina thanku

  5. David Bedinghaus
    July 30, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Very nice..........really love it. As a Was Musician at a previous stage of my life this is very much appreciated.

  6. David Oakes
    July 29, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Thank you for including The Juggernaut in your list :) x

    • Tina Sieber
      July 30, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Most welcome, David! :)

      • David Oakes
        July 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm

        How did you come across the Juggernaut ? :)

        p.s.s Twitter @david0akes :)

        • Tina Sieber
          July 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm

          Either through Twitter or while browsing genres on Bandcamp. Don't remember, sorry!

        • David Oakes
          July 30, 2013 at 2:57 pm

          No worries. It's generated over 300 plays so that is a good thing :) . . x

        • Tina Sieber
          July 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm

          Over 300 plays sounds really good. Glad to hear!

        • David Oakes
          August 30, 2013 at 12:38 am

          Hi there. I've got a new pop/rock instrumental album on my site now :)
          Think Foo Fighters / oasis / ManSun. . :)

          Please check it out ! It's called Transmissions !

          Thanks !

  7. Mac W
    July 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I agree, good music is great to keep out noise and non-vocal best when working with texts