need some hateful, angry music
December 30, 2018 5:47 PM   Subscribe

Looking for some furious, potentially vocals-free music, because I can't get this scene out without the right soundtrack. snowflakes inside

Most of my musical library deals with anger in a "depressed" kind of way -- the musician is expressing anger through adjacent moods (sadness, usually). Not good enough. I need music that broadcasts a deep and individual fury, anger and hatred with a desire to lash out / hurt in retaliation. The kind of emotion that consumes you utterly.

I have a preference for no vocals, but if it gets the mood right, I'll make it work. Here's what I have that comes kinda sorta close:

* Mars by Holst -- too big/grand. Same issue with the Firebird suite / anything classical in my library. This is a personal anger.
* Gold by Imagine Dragons -- this is the right idea, but I need more intensity.
* Brand New Day from the Dr Horrible soundtrack -- this is a cold fury, need me some world-burning anger
* Hellfire from The Hunchback of Notre Dame -- with less self-pity, preferably.
* Nina Simone has the right voice, but I can't remember what of hers just unleashes the fury.

Please recommend me some righteously angry music!
posted by snerson to Media & Arts (52 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Nine Inch Nails scratches that itch for me.
posted by heathrowga at 5:50 PM on December 30, 2018 [6 favorites]

posted by WCityMike at 5:59 PM on December 30, 2018 [3 favorites]

My husband's grandfather conducting the Rite of Spring caused a riot.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 6:01 PM on December 30, 2018 [2 favorites]

Second NIN. Try "Broken" or "The Downward Spiral".
posted by Autumnheart at 6:12 PM on December 30, 2018 [1 favorite]

Hot Snakes is my rx. They've got newer stuff, but I like If Credit's What Matters I'll Take Credit when I'm feeling aggro.
posted by rodlymight at 6:18 PM on December 30, 2018

Pretty much anything on Cubanate's Brutalism might work for you.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:24 PM on December 30, 2018

Burzum - Dunkelheit*

*Note that Burzum is problematic as a band; also there are vocals but it's really more like an angry growl, and unless you speak the language, it mostly sounds like another instrument.
posted by nightrecordings at 6:25 PM on December 30, 2018

With vocals, but Goat by the Jesus Lizard (especially the first track, "There Comes Dudley") fits the bill. First record that came to mind.

Shellac is often a bit too tongue-in-cheek to be truly angry (though the sound really works; maybe start with At Action Park since it has both "My Black Ass" and "Il Porno Star"? These are more 'menacing' than 'angry', but still). That said, maybe Big Black, before Albini learned irony, would work better--try "Bad Houses", "Cables", "Bad Penny", "Columbian Necktie", or "Pavement Saw", maybe.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada is I think the angriest (and best!) thing they've made (but I haven't spent a lot of time with the latest album and track titles like "Bosses Hang" should indicate they're not exactly in a calm mood).

Muslimgauze is angry (and brilliant) but brooding, and difficult to break into. Start with Gun Aramaic (featuring track titles like "8am, Tel Aviv, Islamic Jihad", to give you a sense of the content).

Maybe some oldschool dubstep, like Vex'd "Gunman" or "Thunder"?

Maybe some angry hip-hop. Mobb Deep comes to mind (start with The Infamous if you don't know them)...
posted by acroyear2 at 6:33 PM on December 30, 2018 [4 favorites]

I think the obvious answer is Rage Against the Machine. I have been known to occasionally scream along with Courtney Love to Hole's Violet. And, yes, NIN.
posted by Green Eyed Monster at 6:35 PM on December 30, 2018 [5 favorites]

Violet by Hole yeah..

Also, if you want some evil with your rage, I always recommend Come To Daddy by Aphex Twin.
posted by some loser at 6:40 PM on December 30, 2018 [4 favorites]

I recommend Jute Gyte.
posted by degoao at 6:47 PM on December 30, 2018

Drive” -Nashville Pussy
posted by oh posey at 6:53 PM on December 30, 2018

My (non-grindcore) go-to lately has been Gouge Away's excellent album Burnt Sugar.

If that's close but not angry enough, you could step it up with Punch's They Don't Have To Believe.
posted by Ufez Jones at 6:54 PM on December 30, 2018

Let Burzum rot in deserved obscurity for being a garbage human being whose music fucking sucks anyway.

I don't really know what to do with a request for raging music that starts with Imagine Dragons and Disney so these recommendations might be very far off base for your taste.

If you want no vocals, limited options, the only two that immediately occur to me are:
Caspian, "Fire Made Flesh"
Sannhet, "Invisible Wounds"

With vocals, there's endless good raging stuff out there. Just from this year, check out these albums:
The Armed, Only Love
Bosse-de-Nage, Further Still
Cult Leader, A Patient Man
Kosmogyr, Eviternity
Mol, Jord
Racetraitor, 2042
Split Cranium, I'm the Devil and I'm OK
Sumac, Love in Shadow
Svalbard, It's Hard to Have Hope
War on Women, Capture the Flag
posted by sinfony at 6:55 PM on December 30, 2018 [4 favorites]


Apparently I have a YouTube playlist entitled "rage" (I sometimes make video playlists when I'm drunk).

NIN: head like a hole, terrible lie, down in it
RATM: testify, killing in the name
Hole: Violet
Public Enemy: fight the power, 911 is a joke
LL Cool J: mama said knock you out
The Urge: Straight to hell
Violent Femmes: kiss off
Alice in Chains: man in the box
posted by Green Eyed Monster at 6:57 PM on December 30, 2018 [4 favorites]

Fourthing or fifthing Nine Inch Nails; I specifically recommend Wish, Mr. Self Destruct, and Ruiner.

Seconding Kiss Off by Violent Femmes.

Seconding Alice In Chains, recommending the song Them Bones.

Try the band Foetus, also known as Scraping Foetus off the Wheel.
posted by ejs at 7:08 PM on December 30, 2018 [3 favorites]

Bear with me.

Cue up a dozen different songs suggested here simultaneously in different YouTube browser windows. So you’re hearing all the songs at once. Then turn it up.

Trust me. When you’re mad as hell, beyond words, this satisfies. And the lyrics don’t matter. Words surface occasionally but there’s no phrasing.
posted by seanmpuckett at 7:13 PM on December 30, 2018 [2 favorites]

Zeal and Ardor should do the trick - satanic field songs.
posted by notsnot at 7:15 PM on December 30, 2018 [2 favorites]

I think Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C# minor has a seething, revengey feel to it:
posted by tealcoffeecup at 7:46 PM on December 30, 2018

I'm gonna go with Animal by Pearl Jam. Hello dad.
posted by effluvia at 7:54 PM on December 30, 2018

So, I probably do angry a little differently than your suggestions, but here's some different ones (deathcore, metalcore, whatever)

With vocals:
Destroy, by Crossfaith
React/Regret, by A Feast For Kings
Vultures and Sharks, by Oceans Ate Alaska

Oceans Ate Alaska has instrumental versions, too.

And Kadinja instrumental, because they're really, really (really) good.
posted by cowcowgrasstree at 9:09 PM on December 30, 2018

Early PJ Harvey. 90s Riot Grrl bands.
posted by matildaben at 9:18 PM on December 30, 2018 [3 favorites]

Processions piano concerto by Daniel Bjarnason? First movement starts at about 14:40. Alternates between passages of explosive intensity and quiet.
posted by foxjacket at 11:28 PM on December 30, 2018

Lingua Ignota is music about domestic violence from a dv survivor. It’s exactly what you want.
posted by Special Agent Dale Cooper at 11:46 PM on December 30, 2018 [1 favorite]

Shostakovich, Symphony No. 10, Movement 2
posted by aws17576 at 12:21 AM on December 31, 2018

Basically only vocals (if you can understand them and make out the words): Mieskuoro Huutajat.
posted by Stoneshop at 12:30 AM on December 31, 2018

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "City of Refuge", most definitely.
posted by Vervain at 12:52 AM on December 31, 2018

December Wolves - To Kill Without Emotion

Anaal Nathrakh - the whole "Eschaton" album
posted by shanek at 1:02 AM on December 31, 2018

Tool - Hooker with a penis.
Some Godspeed you black emperor, as noted, but they often come from a melancholy place. F#A# infinity in particular is brutally low in mood.
Mogwai - my father my king.
posted by deadwax at 3:39 AM on December 31, 2018

Anne Clark - Wallies
Rammstein - Benzin
Also, several Linkin Park tracks.
posted by Stoneshop at 4:17 AM on December 31, 2018

"I don't really know what to do with a request for raging music that starts with Imagine Dragons and Disney so these recommendations might be very far off base for your taste."

Yeah, this. I came to suggest "Hammer Smashed Face" by Cannibal Corpse, but maybe that's not exactly what you're looking for.
posted by kevinbelt at 4:57 AM on December 31, 2018 [1 favorite]

Oh BOY do I understand this need. I usually go to some of the more recent death metal/power violence artists to meet this need because they are really innovative in stretching the boundaries of the genre. These albums have vocals but they end up becoming part of the instrumentation itself:

All Pigs Must Die - Hostage Animal (Possibly the most viscerally angry albums I've ever heard)
Gatecreeper - Sonoran Depravation
Nails - Violence is Forever
Cult Leader - A Patient Man

Just be careful when digging, some of them far as I know the above are not but who knows next week something could turn up that proves me wrong lol.
posted by Young Kullervo at 5:50 AM on December 31, 2018

Big Black - Kerosene
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:56 AM on December 31, 2018 [1 favorite]

While there’s lyrics, almost anything by Ministry would probably land well into the “angry” category.
posted by Gev at 6:06 AM on December 31, 2018 [1 favorite]

Also that Nails album is actually "You'll Never Be One of Us", sorry.

posted by Young Kullervo at 6:24 AM on December 31, 2018 [1 favorite]

Fuck Buttons. e.g. Slow Focus or Street Horrrsing.
posted by Nelson at 7:54 AM on December 31, 2018

It has lyrics but when I came across IDLES recently "righteously angry" was exactly the phrase that came to mind.
posted by fabius at 8:04 AM on December 31, 2018

Avalanche Master Song captures slow-burning rage better than any other track that I can think of.
posted by googly at 8:45 AM on December 31, 2018

Throwing a few out there:

The Dies Irae from Verdi’s Requiem

Saul Williams’ List of Demands

Seconding Zeal and Ardor, try Blood in the River

Afrika Bambaataa and Johnny Rotten doing
World Destruction
posted by zingiberene at 9:11 AM on December 31, 2018

Almost everything by Nomeansno
posted by vrakatar at 9:18 AM on December 31, 2018 [2 favorites]

The Nina Simone you're looking for is probably Mississippi Goddam
posted by aspersioncast at 9:21 AM on December 31, 2018

Meridional - Norma Jean
L.D. 50 - Mudvayne

Not vocal-free though.
posted by Pig Tail Orchestra at 9:50 AM on December 31, 2018

Diamanda Galas, especially the Plague Mass. Not exactly vocal-free, but you're unlikely to understand the vocals.
posted by TochterAusElysium at 10:44 AM on December 31, 2018

This instrumental cover of Seven Nation Army hits that seething quiet all consuming rage spot for me. Although there are no lyrics in this cover, the lyrics from the original song also do a pretty good job at hitting that particular rage vibe as well.
posted by forforf at 1:51 PM on December 31, 2018

"I Hate You" by The Edge of Etiquette. While the original use of the song is humorous, it is a good, angry bit of music.

"Luang Prabang" by Dave Van Ronk

"Hell Broke Luce" by Tom Waits
posted by JohnFromGR at 2:12 PM on December 31, 2018

Tomahawk - Captain Midnight has a furious hook.
posted by Drexen at 3:57 PM on December 31, 2018

Ah, this I know well. I prescribe 80s industrial. Dig into Einsrürzende Neubaten, SPK, Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, Cabaret Voltaire, Skinny Puppy, Throbbing Gristle. Ah, catharsis...
posted by ReginaHart at 4:28 PM on December 31, 2018

It might not be what you're looking for because it does in fact have vocals and they are really the only angry thing about it but I am still going to suggest I wanna destroy you by the Soft Boys.
posted by gamera at 8:14 PM on December 31, 2018

Parkway Drive are pretty cranky.
posted by h00py at 4:33 AM on January 1

Shellac - Prayer to God
posted by rhizome at 10:36 PM on January 1

How long is the scene? Try Lard - Forkboy. It has vocals, but it's exactly what you need for a rage mood. If the music is lower in the sound mix, the vocals shouldn't distract, but you'd have to try it.
posted by ctmf at 12:44 AM on January 2

Hanson Brothers

posted by vrakatar at 6:52 PM on January 2

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