Music to conquer Attica to
February 11, 2015 10:56 AM   Subscribe

Making a playlist for the gym. Theme: Amazon Warriors! Need more songs. Guidelines follow:

The list so far is
Battle Hymn by Faith and the Muse
Overground by Siouxsie
Cantara by Dead can Dance

I'm looking for more songs that have the same epic, big percussion sort of sound. Female vocals preferred but not required. I'm seeking songs that are Pagan-ish, uptempo, fast and darkwave-ish. I know my description probably fits a lot of metal bands, so I'm open to those, but I have absolutely no knowledge of metal beyond Iron Maiden. Specific tracks anyone can suggest? I need workout motivation.
posted by Kitty Stardust to Media & Arts (14 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
PJ Harvey's Long Snake Moan has proven itself a great gym tune, in my experience.

Bjork's Army of Me - maybe too on the nose?
posted by erlking at 11:12 AM on February 11, 2015

Hits a few of your requirements, but not all: Festivo
posted by Iris Gambol at 11:12 AM on February 11, 2015

Dead can Dance - Rakim. Not so much darkwave but has a good vibe.

The Cult - Firewoman. Not female vocals, but about a Firewoman.

Sisters of Mercy - More. I'm contractually required to recommend them at least once every music request.

Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting. Because heck yes.

Genitorturers - Sin City. A bit faster, a lot dark, not so Pagan-ish.

Switchblade Symphony - Clown. I think this fits the bill fairly well.

Lords of Acid - Gimme Gimme.

And I encourage you to explore Nightwish. That band as a whole probably fits the bill, it's more of picking the specific songs that move you there.

Good luck!
posted by skittlekicks at 11:12 AM on February 11, 2015

Kate Bush - Running Up that Hill
posted by Duffington at 11:30 AM on February 11, 2015 [3 favorites]

Propelled by a very different thread of paganism, but I'd have a look at The Slits. Also, related and of possible interest: The Raincoats.
posted by ryanshepard at 12:24 PM on February 11, 2015

Battle Hymn reminded me of Knights Of Cydonia.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 12:41 PM on February 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

Aaaand for the 20th time on MeFi, I recommend.......

Nemesis by Shriekback.
posted by Sophie1 at 1:08 PM on February 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

Ann Magnuson- miss pussy pants
posted by sexyrobot at 1:29 PM on February 11, 2015

My first thought was ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead's Rest Will Follow.
posted by General Malaise at 1:38 PM on February 11, 2015

"Pressure" by My Brightest Diamond.
"City's Full" by Savages.
"Razor's Edge" by Celebration.
"Age/Class" by Weekend.

And you need no knowledge of metal beyond Iron Maiden!
posted by amicus at 3:01 PM on February 11, 2015

Peaches -- Boys Wanna Be Her
posted by jason's_planet at 4:17 PM on February 11, 2015

oooh you want KMFDM, specifically the songs with Lucia Cifarelli and other female vocalists Also check out Slick Idiot
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 4:55 PM on February 11, 2015

You'd do well to trawl through the works of Lacuna Coil, they have plenty of great stuff that hits the right spot.
posted by turbid dahlia at 7:23 PM on February 11, 2015

Get Some by Lykke Li
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:58 PM on February 11, 2015

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