Below are the 6 amazing movies & games with insane metal soundtracks:
While there are so many popular superhero movies, none are as dark as 1997’s Spawn, based on the comic book hero. We don’t mean “dark” like cinematography, ala The Dark Knight, we mean dark like, Spawn is literally a murdered mercenary soldier, resurrected and given demonic powers in Hell, to lead Hell’s army against Heaven. He reneges on this deal and becomes a pseudo-crimefighter and protector of Earth.
So of course, a hell-born superhero needs a hellishly awesome soundtrack, and Spawn didn’t disappoint. The soundtrack featured songs from artists like Marilyn Manson, Korn, Metallica, Stabbing Westward, Silverchair, Slayer, and more. It’s a brutal soundtrack for a brutal antihero movie, and we can’t wait for the Spawn movie reboot that’s been teased by creator Todd McFarlane for years.
Queen of the Damned
In comparison to the original Interview With a Vampire, featuring stellar performances from Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt as the vampires Lestat and Louis, Queen of the Damned was a bit of a letdown. That’s an understatement, as Queen of the Damned was universally panned by critics, as the film suffered from weak cinematography, casting, and overall, Warner Bros. rushed the job as their licensing rights were soon transferring back to Anne Rice.
If Queen of the Damned had anything going in its favor, it was a pretty awesome soundtrack. The vampire Lestat returns in modern day Los Angeles and becomes a rock singer, so plenty of real-life rock and metal musicians lent their efforts to the soundtrack. Perhaps the most memorable song was “Forsaken”, sung by David Draiman of Disturbed, but there were also soundtrack appearances by Papa Roach, Marilyn Manson, Korn, Static-X, Linkin Park, and others.
Vin Diesel starred as an extreme sports enthusiast and criminal anarchist, forcibly recruited by the NSA, to infiltrate a Russian terrorist group that espouses anarchist plans of world domination. It’s a high-octane, adrenaline-pumped film, accompanied by an equally high-octane soundtrack. In fact, German metal band Rammstein makes a cameo appearance in the film, giving a performance of their popular song Feuer Frei! in the terrorist group’s nightclub.
Overall, the official soundtrack is a mixture of heavy metal, hip-hop, and techno, but some of the metal bands include Rammstein, Drowning Pool, Hatebreed, and Mushroomhead.
Punisher: War Zone
Marvel Comics character the Punisher has always been known to make crime pay by any means necessary, often in spectacularly brutal fashion. Punisher: War Zone is the 2008 sequel to 2004’s The Punisher, and while Punisher: War Zone was considered a box-office bomb in comparison to the first film, the soundtrack for War Zone actually achieved considerable success, reaching #23 on Billboard’s “Top Independent Albums”.
This could be because it featured a great selection of some modern heavy metal and punk rock bands, including Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Slayer, Rise Against, Hatebreed, Senses Fail, Seether, and others.
This remake of the classic horror-slasher film was directed by Rob Zombie, so of course you can expect a pretty metal-influenced soundtrack. While the film’s timeline was in modern 2007, Rob Zombie chose a rather interesting mix of older metal and hard rock bands for the soundtrack, featuring bands like Kiss, Alice Cooper, Misfits, and Rush. The Halloween franchise has spawned a lot of merchandise and media appearances, such as this Halloween movie slot game
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Other Films Worth Mentioning
While we won’t go into length for these films, they also feature some great metal soundtracks.
- The Crow (1994)
- Strangeland (1998)
- Dracula 2000 (2000)
- Resident Evil (2002)
- Underworld (2003)
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Brutal Legend is an action-RPG game that simultaneously spoofs and pays tribute to the entire metal genre. You literally play a warrior who uses a Flying V guitar as his battleaxe, and can also cast spells by shredding out riffs. It’s pretty over-the-top stuff, and the line between satire and tribute is blurred in typical Jack Black (of Tenacious D) fashion.
Gameplay aside, the soundtrack is very well put together, featuring a huge mixture of metal genres. Children of Bodom, Megadeth, In Flames, Black Sabbath, Dethklok, Dragonforce, and tons more, there’s really too many artists to list. The developers went through a lot of effort to include as many metal genres and artists as possible, and there are even cameo appearances throughout the game from rock artists like Lemmy Kilmister (RIP), Rob Halford, and Ozzy Osbourne.
Grand Theft Auto IV
For some reason, Grand Theft Auto V was devoid of a modern metal station, though it did have a station that played older punk rock. GTA IV, however, had the Liberty City Hardcore station, hosted by Jimmy Gestapo of Murphy’s Law, and Liberty Rock Radio, hosted by Iggy Poop.
Both stations offered a great selection of hardcore punk, modern rock, and heavy metal music. The former focused primarily on New York hardcore punk, with bands such as Murphy’s Law, Sick of It All, and Cro-Mags. The episodic DLC for GTA IV, The Lost and the Damned, added some death and thrash metal bands such as At The Gates, Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura, and more.
As for Liberty Rock Radio, this station featured a huge range of rock music, with many iconic hard rock and metal bands like Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, and others.
Other Games Worth Mentioning
Again, we won’t go into length describing these video games, but they all contain awesome heavy metal soundtracks.
- Killing Floor
- Twisted Metal
- Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet