Recommend me some badass cinematic music

Theme from Excalibur (1981)

Lessee… I’ve got a bunch on my playlist right now. Off the top of my head: Roll Tide from Crimson Tide, Main Theme from Robocop, Klendathu Drop from Starship Troopers, I Don’t Belong Here/Time Travel from the Time Machine, Main Theme from Superman, Battle in the Mutara Nebula from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and The Dragon’s Heartbeat from Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.

Why is there a distinct lack of John Williams in this thread?

I have tons of John Williams on my iPhone, but I’m kind of bored of him. Also, I figured most of his tunes are so well known that DoomMunky would already know them.

Brian Tyler’s Children of Dune soundtrack. Summon the Worms.

You want awesome?

I give you awesome

Also, the Band of Brothers is a fantastic soundtrack, the Main Theme as well as the oft overlooked “The Mission Begins”

The Crocodile Dundee is actually pretty good.

And for the real movie dorks: Reodor is sad because Rudolf stole his race engine design

…aka Siegfried’s Funeral March from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. Predates Excalibur by a hundred years or so :)

Starship Troopers!

You know, John Williams scores rarely get me in a fist pumping mood, to be honest. His stuff works for my head but they’re not visceral, usually.

If you ask me, this is as good as John Williams gets, esp. right around 2:19

Speaking of Bond themes, I really like You Know My Name aka Casino Royale theme by Chris Cornell.

God, I totally just remembered how amazing that one 28 Days Later track is.

I’m so watching this again.

always liked this one too

I always liked “The Jihad” better for a use of the Fremen leitmotif. But yeah, that entire soundtrack is awesome.

I’m not sure whether the music does it for me, but now I want to see Sin City again.

Also, yes to “You Know My Name.”

Ennio Morricone has been mentioned, obviously.

Clint Mansell on The Fountain and even on Smoking Aces. Less known than his Requiem for a Dream stuff but still pretty good.

EDIT: does anime count? Because Yoko Kanno’s work on Cowboy Bebop has got to be mentioned if it does.

While awesome, I would not call it badass cinematic music.

What about Barry Adamson? Moss Side Story was a concept album he made that’s the soundtrack to a fictitious film noir movie. I don’t think his other albums are so strictly soundtracks like Moss Side Story but they’ve got some real gems on them. Lots of Bernard Herrmann influence.

Which reminds me, some of Herrmann’s soundtracks definitely pass the spy in Safeway test. But I can’t really remember which right now.

Two Steps from Hell are great for this kind of music, gets used in trailers a lot. Freedom Fighters is great (Star Trek trailers). I’ve got a promo disk of their album Legend which is full of this stuff.

From Blade Runner, Vangelis - End Credits

From Avalon, Kenji Kawi - Log in

And how can you forget the Terminator 2 theme

Then this song from a shitload of action movies.

Timecrash from The Fifth Element

The Rock soundtrack was totally amazing.