I have a couple Jeff Beck albums, including Wired, but consider those more classic rock than metal. Maybe just splitting hairs now. :D Satriani's Surfing With the Alien sounds pretty good.\n\nThat Batoi track above... wow!\n\nIf we're talking instrumental then I would be remiss in not mentioning Al Di Meola. Elegant Gypsy is a great album. It's not metal, but Di Meola is an amazing technical guitarist. I think this album has a latin flavour. It's from 1977 but I remember that the quality was very good at the time. Check out this track:\n\n\n\nI left off Elegant Gypsy.... I was tempted. I LOVE that that album. That's kind of in my Jazz fusion vs instrumental rock collection.\n\nAlso thought If I went there I would need to add albums like The New Tony Williams Lifetime - Believe it. Such a great album with Holdsworth on guitar (this album may have been his breakthrough?). Carlton\/Lukather - No substitutions, etc.... As you said, it get's into splitting hairs!