FUCK YEAH: A Playlist by Xan

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I can’t imagine any fan of metal who hasn’t shuffled through their library to find that a song suddenly comes on that causes face-slamming-into-desk syndrome due to head banging. I’ve heard other people call this sensation the “FUCK YEAH” feeling and that works for me. Below, I have compiled a playlist of some of the songs that give me that feeling. 

I think Sodom is the bee’s knees. I value their music much higher than almost any other thrash acts. They’ve released consistently good thrash metal for nearly 30 years. Agent Orange is my favorite album by them (though I haven’t listened to their newest release Epitome of Torture. Have you? Is it good?).

I don’t know very much about Blockheads because I only discovered them recently but what I do know is that it is some of the most intense grindcore I have ever had the pleasure to abuse my and ears to. “Doctrine of Assured Mutual Destruction” instills a desire in me to collect two battle axes and start roleplaying as the tornado from Twister. I’d recommend skipping to 29:54, if you want to hear my favorite song from the album.

Though I love Iron Maiden, most of their songs seem to blend together for me. The riff in “The Trooper” is so catchy I find myself humming it almost every day. Then I poorly sing along with Brucie D. as he majestically belts the chorus.

Autopsy, masters of grimy death metal that they are, know how to make a sinister tune that feels like you’re walking through the fetid decaying tombs of some ancient crypt-dwelling behemoth as it eyes you hungrily. “In the Grip of Winter” is a song about a man (or woman) who lights his (or her) legs on fire whilst trapped in a winter storm just to feel something in them. Every riff in this song oozes horrific grime and filth and makes me want to break things with my head.

Cattle Decapitation are like a fresh breath of putrid air. Travis Ryan has some of my favorite vocals in modern death metal. He does highs well, lows well, squeals well, and clean singing well. The band as a whole make some death metal that is generally disturbing to me; it takes a great deal of work to do such a thing. This particular song has me thrashing hardcore from beginning to end.

We’re slowing it down with one. Coconuts is a band I discovered while playing the video game Hotline Miami. After murdering hundreds of people, this amazing stoner riff came blasting forth and I immediately went to try to find out more about them to no avail. I cannot find any information on this band whatsoever. All I know is that that they have one album and this song possesses me with a desire to scream, “FUCK YES!”

“Swarm of Rats” is a song that will instantly wake me up if I’m feeling sleepy. If has a kick-ass riff and great high and low vocals. The lyrics are your standard black metal fair with lines such as, “Jesus Christ, son of stench.” Mixing black metal with death metal, Belphegor achieve a bombastic blast of brutal blasphemy that makes my neck hurt the next day.

“Premonition of Pain” is one of the song I listen to if I want to get amped up quickly. This song is off of their excellent 2004 album Advance and Vanquish which is, in my opinion, a perfect album. No filler songs and Cam Pipe’s beautiful voice…yes please! I can’t help but sing along with this song, making sure to roll my Rs extra long when it hits, “Brrrrrick by brrrick!”

“Blinded by Fear” makes me go nuts. The opening riff could get the laziest dudes into a wild frenzied pit. With their new album tentatively coming out later this year, I hope that At the Gates have come up with some killer riffs for metalcore bands to rip off for the next fifteen years.

Twas a dark night in the woods of North Carolina that I was camping up in the mountains. Upon bedding down for the night, I equipped my headphones and hit shuffle on my mp3 player. I hadn’t listened to metal at all at this point in my life but I had just bought the first three Black Sabbath albums because I liked rock. After several Queen songs went by, an evil riff erupted. “Electric Funeral” was the first metal song I heard and to this day is still one of the most evil sounding guitar riffs I have had the pleasure of hearing. This song gives me concussions from the head banging.

Dat guitar tone. I love chainsaw guitars along the lines of Entombed. Revel in Flesh are a relatively unknown and pretty amazing death metal band from Germany. “Shadowbreeder” contains an undeniably catchy riff that gets stuck in my head for long periods of time. I frankly can’t attain any meaning from the lyrics (as is sadly the case in most death metal these days) but the amazing riffs and tone deliver a song that instills me with the “FUCK YEAH” feeling.

There are few things more metal than vikings and Norse mythology. Amon Amarth have based their entire career upon all things Odin. They’ve delivered solid releases the entirety of their career (though a little more variety would be nice). “Twilight of the Thunder Gods” is one my headbanging anthems. The catchy riffs and easy to memorize chorus make it perfect for chanting, drunk with blood lust at loud volumes.

Death, along with Possessed, are progenitors of death metal. Death is my favorite band so I saved them for last. “Pull the Plug” is one of the ultimate death metal songs. Evil tone, enough technicality to not sound like trash, brilliant structure, Chuck’s trademark vocals and guitar style, and a bad ass solo. This is the ultimate in “FUCK YEAH” songs for me.

The “FUCK YEAH” feeling will apply to everyone differently and thus some people will not get the feeling from my choices so feel free to share your “FUCK YEAH” songs. I always need more music to consume. In case you don’t want to click each song individually, I’ve taken the liberty of making a playlist:

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  • No Gojira 🙁


    • Xan

      I haven’t listened to them as of yet. I have them on my list of shit I need to listen to. Perhaps I should increase their placing on the queue.

      • W.

        I’m with GL on this suggestion.

      • I leave just one song for you then. Make sure to listen to it as loud as you can.

        ” I won’t bring no material in the after life
        Take no possessions, I would rather travel light ”

        Words to live by.



        • RuIN?

          GL has never spoken more truer words than these.


          • Negrodamus


        • Xan

          That was great. I’m definitely going to listen to some more of their stuff.

          • Welcome to the fold.


          • God

            Listen to Vacuity by them as well. One of there slower paced songs but good lord is that song heavy

          • A Feed From Cloud Mountain

            The Lord hath spoken, and His words will lead you to the promised land.

          • Listen to [insert any Gojira song here]

          • heaviest matter of the universe!!!
            into the wilderness!!!

          • Owlswald

            From Mars to Sirius is their best album, imo. My jaw hit the floor when I heard heaviest matter of the universe for the first time.

          • yeah, i remember when albums used to do that to me regularly when first getting into metal.
            i guess we’ve kind of reached a critical mass in which we’ve heard almost everything and we’re harder to shock!

        • One of my all time favorite intros.

        • favourite Gojira song!!!!!!


        • Quarter Ounce Harrell

          there best song from that album. the soaring vocals in the middle of the song is orgasmic.

      • W.
      • M Shadows!


  • Chris Simopoulos

    Hella fine selection. Have you heard of Teethgrinder? I just got the new Decibel yesterday and they were reviewed for their 7″ and I was floored when I checked them out. http://teethgrindernl.bandcamp.com/

    • Xan

      That shit is killer! I’m definitely going to have to look into getting their EP.

    • Negrodamus

      Oh, this appears to be sold as NAME YOUR OWN PRICE. I’m gonna check this out after work!

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Just downloaded, sounds supremely badass

  • Steve Smithwick

    This is a good article, full of good suggestions, and I enjoy your casual conversation-like tone. Good work Xan! I do love me some Twilight of the Thunder God, and I can use this article to taste-test some more trve shit, like At The Gates and Belphegor, that I’ve yet to explore.

  • Tyree

    That fucking Blockheads album is not from this world. It comes from planet CRUSH!

  • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

    Will 100% be checking these out when I get home from work today. Great article!

    • Xan

      Thank you.

    • Negrodamus

      Work is dumb like that. I’m in the same spot, I’d rather be slamming dat sickness.

      Hey GingeBinge, I noticed you are playing The Last Of Us Remaster how is that? I thought about picking it up cause I really wanted to play the PS3 version but didn’t get to…

      • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

        Dude. Go fucking buy it right now. It’s one of the best games I’ve ever played, and it’s incredible on PS4. The photo mode alone on there has kept me incredibly entertained. You can set focal length, change the filters and all kinds of shit, and once you turn photo mode on, you can use it whenever you want.

      • Paris Hilton

        Incredible/10 buy it dude!!

        • Negrodamus

          I think I will in the very, very near future.

      • Xan

        If you’re going to buy a game for PS4, it should be The Last of Us. That game was by far the best game I played in 2013.

        • Negrodamus

          You guys have convinced me! Nicely written article by the way. I’m at work (like normal during ToH operating hours) but I’m going to wander around in here a little bit after…

          • Xan

            Thank you!

  • In terms of Amon Amarth, Guardians of Asgard does it for me.

    • Howard Dean

      “Tattered Banners, Bloody Flags” is their best. That galloping main riff and that chorus. Goddamn! The best Among Amarth has ever done! Byyyyyaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!

  • Gurp

    Fuck Yeahs and face slams are frowned upon in the corporate workplace, unfortunately.

  • Gurp

    Also, this song totally makes me go FUCK YEAH. If you’ve never heard of Hail of Bullets, they’re basically a bunch of guys from Asphyx, Thanatos, and Gorefest with Martin Van Drunen at the vocals writing OSDM-style songs about WW2. This song is fit to ride into battle to.


    • Negrodamus

      For some reason HoB gets a lot of flak online about the vocals, which honestly I don’t understand.

      HoB >>>>

      • Gurp

        Yeah, that’s weird. Its not like Van Drunen has been around forever and been on classics or anything like that.

      • Scrimm

        Ridiculous. My FAVORITE dm vocalist of all time.

      • Rob M

        People seem very divided on MVD’s vocals..they either love them or hate them..not a lot of in-between


      HoB knows the Riddle of Steel

    • Xan

      Martin van Drunen has some of the best old school vocals. The first few Asphyx albums are some of my favorite OSDM songs of all time.

      • Pestilence’s Out of the Body is one of my favorite DM songs ever.

        • Xan

          Oh my God, yes.

    • Rob M

      Probably my favorite track from any of their albums

      • Gurp

        Oh yeah, easily.

    • errorcode99

      i couldn’t get into asphyx because the drumming pissed me off SO MUCH. this is some good shit.

      • Gurp

        The punk beats didn’t do much for you, I take it?

        • errorcode99

          naah i’m not sure, i think it might have been the production… or maybe the drummer was off-beat often. some songs were fine though! but i guess it’s just me.

  • Guppusmaximus
    • Cock of Steele

      Of the early albums, this sure does have the beefiest sound

      • Guppusmaximus

        Yea, this was the firct CD of theirs I purchased. I got it when it first came out,so, for me it’s a classic face-melter… There was nothing like it back then:)

    • Xan

      Those first three Death albums are my favorite death metal albums ever. Chuck was a genius.

  • YourLogicSucks

    Favorite part about this site is that it is not going to be Ride the Lightning posts all day. Also I am tragically under informed about all of the posted bands, time to start learning I suppose.

  • Howard Dean

    Too many of these types of songs to name them all. Seriously. But here are a few off the top of my head that always get me to neck-snapping velocity:

    Devourment – Devour the Damned
    Insect Warfare – Manipulator
    Dead Congregation – Only Ashes Remain
    Katharsis – So Nail the Hearts
    Grand Belial’s Key – The Shitagogue
    Sarcofago – Nightmare
    Defeated Sanity – Engulfed in Excruciation
    Slayer – The Antichrist

    • Negrodamus

      Insect Warfare! Defeated Sanity!

    • Xan

      I had Slayer and Dead Congregation on my list initially but I had to cut it down because I had like 30 songs.

    • Tyree

      Defeated Sanity – Engulfed in Excruciation is a crusher.

  • Cock of Steele
  • see Cattle Decapitation live as soon as you can!!! (if you haven’t already)
    also, go meet Travis Ryan before or after the set. he’s SO NICE!!!

    • Keegan Lavern Still

      They have to finish their new album and fucking tour again already! Their abbreviated set at least year’s Summer Slaughter wasn’t nearly enough for my brittle mortal frame!

  • Owlswald

    I love me some fucking Sodom.

    • Guppusmaximus

      Yep… Agent Orange is fucking Golden Era Thrash. They don’t make ’em like that anymore!!

  • CyberneticOrganism

    My stop-whatever-I’m-doing-and-immediately-headbang song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uPGScsVMQI

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Goddammit I fell for it just now too

    • Owlswald

      I can’t wait for their new album

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Agreed, very much looking forward to it

    • Xan

      Decapitated should just change their name to We Melt Your Face.

  • Cock of Steele
  • Scrimm

    Revel in Flesh kicks ass. I have actually bounced my forehead of the edge of my desk headbanging when certain songs came on. Like this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u67pyB4Ol2I

  • Owlswald

    Here’s ol’ reliable. Even the softer sections get my head moving. This album is absolutely brilliant. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St6lJaiHYIc

    • Xan

      I really enjoy the softer sections. It sounds like something out of a horror movie. This is a great album.

  • Paris Hilton

    Amon Amarth does kick ass but I am growing weary of listening about fucking Odin, Aasguard (or however the fuck it’s spelt), Thor, Loki, Ragnarok, battles, and other Norse stuff. It’s cool but it’s hard to base an entire band off of, sing about, idk Aztecs and their sexy women or something!
    (dat riff in Twilight of The Thunder God though!!!!)


    • Xan

      I agree. I really loved the last album but some more variety would be nice.

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    You mention the playlist AFTER I click through and play all of them. Screw you! But the article and the music was awesome, thanks!

  • FeelTheDarkness
  • Mithrandir

    Thanks, I didn’t knew At the Gates was that good, loving Revel in Flesh too, they’re fucking great but I think I’m gonna have a hard time finding their stuff.

    • Scrimm

      Shouldn’t be too hard I ordered one album from Razorback records and the other from amazon

    • Xan

      It can be done. I had a hell of a time getting their most recent album but I finally found it.

  • this post pleases me

    • Xan

      I am pleased that you are pleased.

  • All good shit.

  • Rob M

    I guess I feel like Revel in Flesh came out too late in the old school death metal trend to really catch my interest. The music is solid, and Ive enjoyed their albums well enough, but they really arent doing anything to stand out from the pack and so many other really good bands just beat them out of the gate with a similar sound

  • errorcode99

    Sodom is the SHIET. I saw them live a couple of months ago in a tiny venue and it was insane. their latest album has a couple of memorable tracks.

  • crazytaco_12

    Merciless Death – “Act of Violence”
    Pig Destroyer – “Scarlet Hourglass”
    Voivod – “Psychic Vacuum”
    Napalm Death – “Errors in the Signals”
    Mr. Bungle “My Ass is on Fire”
    The Faceless “Planetary Duality Part 1” (‘the area 51’ *cranks volume*)
    Necrophagist “Culinary Hyperversity”
    Carcass “Corporal Jigsore Quandary”
    There’s definitely like a million more of these I could do…

  • Gloryhole Castration

    ‘Deadly Sinners’ by 3IOB, ‘Hail destroyer’ by Cancer Bats, and ‘Incindary incoming’ by Napalm Death are a mere few of my pump up tracks!

  • Justin von Grav

    The Crown – Crowned in Terror theres a song that makes you go from 0-10 in seconds

  • Link D. LeonhⒶrt V.

    I went to a local gig one day. It was a hot night like most Latin american nights. Some death metal band played some of their songs and, then, they did a cover of Slaughter of the Soul. One of my best 3:02 mins of headbanging ever.. Nice list.. I have my personal favs, but, sir, you did a good list for the FUCK YEAH eff 🙂