Theme Thursday: Metal to Break Stuff To
Posted by RiffRaff
You had a bad day at work or school, a big fight with your significant other or you parents. For some reason, whatever you do nothing can seem to work out and you can’t shake that urge to grab the closest thing to you and just smash it on the floor shouting a steady stream of obscenities. I don’t thing a single person in the world, even the Dali Lama, has never felt that feeling. Sometimes we just have the need to want to bust some shit up real good. Now because of being mature adults and what not we have an obligation to keep our destructive emotions under check, so it’s not always wise to destroy everything you cross in you warpath of piss and vinegar. That’s where metal comes in. What better form of music to emulate the rage and release you feel when you get into that destructive mood. Have the need to break some shit, pop in some metal, it should help out a bit, it always works for me. If you find yourself fortunate enough to be in a position where you can actually do some mass destruction, blast some metal anyways, the release will be even more sweeter.
Here’s some tunes that I like to listen to at deafening volumes when I find myself in that rage filled, I need something to decimate mood. Sometimes it’s the drive and ferocity of a song that makes it a good ‘breaking stuff’ tune, sometimes its a killer groove that helps me let loose the rage with a nice steady rhythm, and at times it’s the lyrics (or certain phrases) that just make me “Grahhaaaaaaaaaaa”. What are some of your favorite metal songs to let aggression out to? Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Machine Head – Ten Ton Hammer
That intro riff is just so damn heavy and if it doesn’t get you blood pumping and the muscles wanting to pulverize everything in your general vicinity you may want to check your pulse. The great groove in this tune really helps you keep a nice destructive pace while Robb Flynn shouts inspiring lyrics at you, especially “Like broken glass you’ll shatter; With bloody fists I batter; Like a ten ton hammer son!”
Pantera – Fucking Hostile and Becoming
I could have made this entire list nothing but Pantera songs, felt content, and called it a day. No band gets pure unadulterated rage quite like the Cowboys from Hell do. Like all teenagers I was a raging ball of misdirected hostility and raging and uncontrolled hormones and no other band spoke to that part of me quite like Pantera. Even today me and Pantera get along great when I get in one of those pissy, I need to bust some shit up moods (and even when I’m not ;) ). I really couldn’t pick just one tune, so I went with my two favorite rage tunes, “Fucking Hostile” and I’m pretty sure that one speaks for its self. “Becoming” is/was always my other go to song when the animosity builds up to red levels.
Suicidal Tendencies – You Can’t Bring Me Down
While this song has the nice mellow intro, the second Mike Muir yells “What the Hell is going on around here” one of the greatest pick me up and let’s break some stuff songs follows. I can’t think of anyone of any age that won’t relate to this tune or find it the perfect tune to just let loose too. The line “I’d rather feel like shit than be full of shit” needs to be included in the official book of greatest inspirational quotes ever (actually, the whole rant does, including the big Fuck You!).
Fleshgod Apocalypse – The Violation
While I can’t understand a single word uttered in this song the insane amount of drive and energy included within just makes me want to RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGEEEEEEE. This tune is reserved for the worst shitfits where all control is lost and I want to revel in the ultimate bloodbath. The furios drumming, the blistering guitars and vocals, and the energetic keyboards just send this tune overboard and Graaaahhhh!!! Don’t make me angry, you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry. :)
Slayer – War Ensemble
Is an explanation really necessary? SSSSLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYEEEEEERRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Unearth – Giles
I’m generally not to big a fan of bands that are heavy on the breakdown, but with Unearth it’s a whole different story. They certainly prove they are proficient with their respective instruments with some amazing riffing and all that as well as knowing how to and when to use a breakdown to get its full effect. Beyond the kick ass lyrics about Giles Cory making the ultimate sacrifice for standing up for himself the breakdowns in this tune are just crushing and make me want to crush stuff.