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by Incubus

Hard & Heavy
8
Up Tempo
8
High Energy
8
Dark & Sinister
7
Soaring
4
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Okay, so before Incubus got all soulful and poppy (and successful), they basically kicked serious ass as a hardcore, funk, nu-metal type band. (Sort of the kind of thing Red Hot Chili Peppers could have become, if they too hadn't gotten all soulful and poppy (and successful).) This song is one of three or so off of this album that kick total ass. Don't take our word for it - press play above and hear the asskicking for yourself.

Tough Enough

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by Johnny Clegg & Savuka

Hard & Heavy
6
Up Tempo
6
High Energy
7
Dark & Sinister
4
Soaring
6
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If you're not down with Johnny Clegg & Suvuka, you're pretty much missing the winning multi-culti South African act of the late twentieth century. One of the six band members was assassinated. Seriously. What else can we say? We love this song. It rocks.

Lomhlaba unzima, lomhlaba
(This world is a harsh place, this world.)

No kidding.

The Bitter End

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by Placebo

Hard & Heavy
4
Up Tempo
7
High Energy
6
Dark & Sinister
7
Soaring
2
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Placebo is exactly as if Bret Easton Ellis on his soul's darkest night stayed up and created an English pop act. We've got two words for you: eyeliner. But this one moves right along, yo.

Zerospace

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by Kidneythieves

Hard & Heavy
8
Up Tempo
7
High Energy
8
Dark & Sinister
7
Soaring
4
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Another brilliant discovery in the category of totally asskicking female-fronted bands. Chicks who rock out - God, we love 'em.

The Bells

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by I:Scintilla

Hard & Heavy
6
Up Tempo
6
High Energy
7
Dark & Sinister
4
Soaring
5
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If you like the female-fronted hard and heavy stuff - and we do, we really seriously do - then I:Scintilla is a great discovery. Check them out, and knock yourself out. This song doth kick some ass.

Choose Any Memory

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by fIREHOSE

Hard & Heavy
5
Up Tempo
6
High Energy
7
Dark & Sinister
2
Soaring
7
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You've probably never heard this successor group to The Minutemen (formed by two of the original members, after the death of the third, and when Ed from Ohio turned up on their doorstep with a guitar and a haystalk in his teeth, having heard incorrectly that they were auditioning for a replacement). But that's your loss. Little of their catalogue is suitable for asskicking purposes - but this is a very happy exception. Fast, strong, and quite emotional. Tear up while you take off.

Fix

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by Infidel Inc

Hard & Heavy
8
Up Tempo
7
High Energy
8
Dark & Sinister
7
Soaring
5
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Guess what?
I know it's rough
Stop cryin'
'Bout your life and stuff

Seriously. That bit kicks in and you just take off. (Stop cryin' 'bout your workout and stuff! Stop cryin' 'bout being weak and fat! Piss off!) Total ass-kicker of a song.

Under My Feet

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by Celldweller

Hard & Heavy
5
Up Tempo
7
High Energy
8
Dark & Sinister
3
Soaring
6
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You've got to wait for the first chorus on this one. It's all build-up. And the payoff is massive. Just chomp at your bit for awhile - and then when the magnificent chorus rolls around, get ready to take off.

Would?

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by Alice in Chains

Hard & Heavy
6
Up Tempo
3
High Energy
8
Dark & Sinister
7
Soaring
3
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Into the flood again . . .

Older but huge. Alice in Stone Temple Nirvana Jamgarden (aka the Seattle grunge bands) can be a little hit or miss, but there are some major asskickers in the canon. Look for more soon.

Connection

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by Elastica

Hard & Heavy
4
Up Tempo
6
High Energy
6
Dark & Sinister
3
Soaring
3
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A nice blast from the not-completely-distant past. Shoegazers can kick ass, albeit quite seldom . . .