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Angry Bastard Music?
February 4, 2014 9:11 AM   Subscribe

I have been in a bad mood lately, and need some angry bastard music to get me through it & help me kick some butts. A small list of special snowflake details inside...

  • I'm not very good with abrasive stuff, especially vocals - Pig Destroyer is right out.
  • Lots of intensity for sustained periods is hard to deal with. Lightning Bolt is amazing, but after one or two tracks I'm done.
  • To stick with metal, Baroness is an okay solution, I think, as is Black Sabbath. Are there instrumental equivalents?
  • I used to go for industrial (e.g. VNV Nation), but now find it a bit more boring than I once did. Stuff like Shackleton is a bit too depressing, as opposed to aggressive.
  • Yeezus has worked pretty darn well, and other material in a similar sonic vein would be welcome. That said, my experience with rap can run hot-cold. Instrumental jams are preferred, especially if I'm going to destroy evil as I work.
  • Post-rock is okay, but I've heard a fair amount of loud-soft-loud. Not something I'd rule out, but if it has more to it than that I'd be happy.
posted by Going To Maine to Media & Arts (18 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Fear Factory's "Obsolete" would scratch this itch for me.
posted by jbickers at 9:15 AM on February 4 [1 favorite]

posted by infinitywaltz at 9:29 AM on February 4

I'mma lay some old-school on you:


Boris Mikulic


Nihilistic anger of the ancients.
posted by BigLankyBastard at 9:32 AM on February 4 [1 favorite]

Check out Hymns from Godflesh. Can't go wrong.
posted by Otis at 9:32 AM on February 4 [1 favorite]

Some of my go-to angry bastard tracks:

In the Meantime.


Slateman & Avalanche Master Song.


This World Hell & Gratitude.

Welcome to the Terrordome.

A Screw (Holy Money).
posted by googly at 10:05 AM on February 4 [2 favorites]

You might enjoy almost everything by Nomeansno.
posted by vrakatar at 10:24 AM on February 4 [1 favorite]

Seconding Swans.

Also kinda old-school: Barkmarket & Unsane

In the sludge/stoner/kinda sorta "classic" metal vein: Red Fang, High On Fire, maybe some Mastodon

Maybe a bit too post-rock for you, but there's the instrumental bands Red Sparowes and Pelican

Try poking through the roster of Relapse Records and Hydra Head Records
posted by soundguy99 at 10:32 AM on February 4

Limp Bizkit's "Break Stuff" is largely credited with starting the Woodstock '99 riot.

Don't listen to it when you drive.
posted by DWRoelands at 10:40 AM on February 4

Ministry's "Jesus Built My Hotrod" and also "H.B.M.F." (*ahem*) by Frank Turner or maybe some Beat Farmers? I always feel better after singing myself hoarse with these guys.
posted by wenestvedt at 10:48 AM on February 4

I think Black Flag might fit into the pocket you're looking at. It's intense, but 1980-intense and so less likely to be overwhelming. Their guitar sound is actually not unlike Lightning Bolt's.
posted by ignignokt at 1:42 PM on February 4

L7's Shitlist may fit the bill nicely.
posted by mr. digits at 2:02 PM on February 4

How about Shellac?
posted by zer0render at 2:28 PM on February 4 [1 favorite]

Thanks for the many suggestions! My one concern with Swans is that Michael Gira has always seemed downtempo. Not having had a chance to dive into these yet, I've been using the aforementioned Baroness and Battles.
posted by Going To Maine at 3:09 PM on February 4

I'm not really able to reconcile your desire for angry music with your aversion to abrasive music since they're kind of the same to me, so I'll just list do my best to list some teeth-gnashing (or at least sneering) angry music that hasn't already been listed. I'm not up on anything remotely new. Some of it is so old it almost seems adorable, but it still works!

Unsung - Helmet

Just Another Victim - Helmet and House of Pain

Judgment Night - Onyx & Biohazard

Surprise! You're Dead! - Faith No More

Bulls On Parade - Rage Against The Machine

Head Like A Hole - Nine Inch Nails

Ace of Spades - Motorhead

Master of Puppets - Metallica

One - Metallica

Hey Man, Nice Shot - Filter

Ante Up - M.O.P. (Bert & Ernie version!)

100 Miles and Runnin' - NWA

Tame - The Pixies

Art Star - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Burn In Hell - Twisted Sister

She's Got The Looks That Kill - Motley Crue

Anarchy in the UK - The Sex Pistols

Fight The Power - Public Enemy

Beats to the Rhyme - Run DMC

Smack My Bitch Up - The Prodigy

Battle Flag - Lo Fidelity Allstars for transitioning out of anger mode

When you're ready to be happy again. Yeah!
posted by Askr at 3:44 PM on February 4 [2 favorites]

Chick flavored:

Hammerbox – Anywhere But Here
Ida Maria – Oh My God
Hedwig And The Angry Inch – Tear Me Down
Sleater-Kinney – All Hands On The Bad One
Gin Wigmore – Devil In Me
The Faders – No Sleep Tonight
Liz Phair – Jealousy
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Date With The Night
The Donnas – Take It Off
posted by manduca at 4:33 PM on February 4

I would second Ministry. MC5 could work, too.
posted by JCMFD at 4:50 PM on February 4

Naaah, this is what you want.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:17 PM on February 4

If you're willing to give rap a try (noticed your bit about running hot and cold with it), Atmosphere has been the balm to soothe my inner wounded teenager for years.
posted by mostly vowels at 8:15 AM on February 5

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