menacing background music

menacing royalty-free film music designed for media projects

Sonic Liberty’s background music menacing compositions are made for movies.


With our sound design menacing scenes of any duration become palpable.

Everybody knows the forewarning tunes of John Williams’ legendary composition for the evil Galactic Empire in Star Wars. It combines just the right mixture of suspense and menace, making it one of the most memorable threatening orchestral scores in film history. It is also a prime example of how the right soundtrack can evoke the desired emotions in an audience. The looming orchestral film music of John Williams is a great inspiration to every composer. Sonic Liberty’s library for menacing sound design aims at providing you with an equally professional music for your film project. Not only do we offer orchestra music, but also all variations of tension-building, dark and ominous stock music. Our production music comprises intimidating strings, stately drums and tense piano tunes. Coming in any duration, our production music delivers the right tracks for horror films, actioners, thrillers and other cinematic projects featuring suspenseful themes.

Which genres are covered by this library?
Virtually any genre’s soundtrack can benefit from our menacing compositions. Once you have determined the direction you want your project to go intake, it is very easy to find royalty-free stock music for any suspenseful scenario within Sonic Liberty’s library. For example: an action scene involving a car chase and heavy gunfire might demand a frantically paced, high-octane track with dominant drums and distorted bass. Horror films may require claustrophobic soundtracks with eerie strings - just think of Hitchcock's legendary Psycho. A documentary with heavy exposition footage frequently utilizes looming, militaristic orchestra music. Our stock music is of course not limited to a motion picture score: video games, advertisements and radio plays can equally benefit from a forewarning soundtracks. With our sound design menacing scenes become outright threatening. In addition, using our production music is probably the easiest part of your project: while you browse and explore our database, single out potential candidates and chose the ones you would like to implement, we are dealing with the legal side. We take care of the boring stuff, keeping you from losing focus from the essential part of your project. Enjoy our extensive library and find the right soundtrack for you today.

494 Tracks Title     /ID Description Duration
Title Description Duration
The Caravan
ID: KF029101
Album: World Tales Vol.3
A serious and sinister, also percussive track that spreads rush and haste. The ethnic songs and instruments are mysterious. 01:00
Burning Bridges
ID: KF028609
Album: Electroactive
Fast paced, furious, grungy and hitting hard electro-metal track. 02:39
Follow Me
ID: KF027610
Album: Automotive Vol.2
Atmospheric dubstep track with rhythmic strings and diverse sounds 02:00
Fast Lane
ID: KF027609
Album: Automotive Vol.2
Driving dubstep track with an emotional guitar intro and atmospheric synths 01:53
Three Corpses
ID: KF027607
Album: Automotive Vol.2
A rocking trailer track with clever beats, dubstep elements and emotional cello 02:05
The Attorney
ID: KF027606
Album: Automotive Vol.2
An epic and full electronic track with a surprisingly rocking conclusion 02:01
Night Flight
ID: KF027601
Album: Automotive Vol.2
Syncopated pizzicato strings are paired with polyrhythmic beats and dubstep synths 01:34
Blankets Resurrection
ID: KF027504
Album: Automotive Vol.1
A bass-driven epic track with classical female voice and dubstep elements on top 01:52
Skull Island
ID: KF026509
Album: Spherical Mood
Resounding drones with slightly atonal sounds. Driving, thrilling and atmospherical. 02:02
Twisting Spheres
ID: KF026505
Album: Spherical Mood
Dark atmosphere with atonal sweeps and stings. 02:08
Lash Out
ID: KF026504
Album: Spherical Mood
Slightly atonal und percussive ambience. Dark, weird and thrilling. 02:08
Before They Came
ID: KF026503
Album: Spherical Mood
Slightly atonal und threatening ambience. Dark, weird and thrilling. 02:08
Hard Hit
ID: KF025611
Album: Destructive Trailers
Thrilling, dark, disturbing. Perfect for dark and strange trailers. 01:19
Relentless Grip
ID: KF025610
Album: Destructive Trailers
Devastating hits with relentless, furious, ripping wipes and stings. Depicts horrifying entities with tremendous force. 00:28
Final Lockdown
ID: KF025609
Album: Destructive Trailers
Cutting synth and massive, frightening percussion combined with wailing background elements. A claustrophobic dungeon sequence. 00:24
Intimidator
ID: KF025608
Album: Destructive Trailers
A daunting soundscape with aggressive, screaming and ripping synth. Part grim tension, part downright horror. 01:18
Dark Forces
ID: KF025607
Album: Destructive Trailers
Dark, foreboding strings, massive percussion and alarming brass entries. Thrilling, dazing and tremendous. 00:48
Hit The Cinemas
ID: KF025606
Album: Destructive Trailers
Tense and unsettling percussion. Featuring gloomy ambiences and aggressive synth. 00:54
Creeping Goliath
ID: KF025605
Album: Destructive Trailers
Deep, dark brass, subtle staccatto strings and massive, stompy percussion. Epic trailer material. 00:53
Dead Freight
ID: KF025604
Album: Destructive Trailers
A series of cinematic hits furiously swelling to a raging percussive climax. 00:44
Crushing Sensation
ID: KF025603
Album: Destructive Trailers
Tense, eerie, pulsating, almost industrial percussion with an epic rise towards the end. 00:41
Ruins of the Past
ID: KF025515
Album: A Fantasy Story
A brave hero desperately fights their way through a hostile, sinister environment. 01:55
Breeds Of The Swamp
ID: KF025407
Album: Orchestral Suspense Vol.3
Thrilling strings and piano lines create this rising and falling amount of tension. 02:59
About To Thieve
ID: KF025405
Album: Orchestral Suspense Vol.3
Emotional tension with atmospherical breaks. Dreamy, thrilling and driving. 03:31
Hooked By The Enemy
ID: KF025403
Album: Orchestral Suspense Vol.3
An increasing amount of tension. A driving and thriling piece of music. 02:00
Creepy Cave
ID: KF025401
Album: Orchestral Suspense Vol.3
Rhythmic strings and percussions, perfect for a suspenseful scene. 03:00
The Headless Horseman
ID: KF025211
Album: Epic Fantasy
Dark, fairytale-like orchestral piece that start calm and thrilling but builds up to an evil unsettling climax. 01:00
Strange Island
ID: KF025210
Album: Epic Fantasy
dark, fairytale-like orchestral piece with bass-clarinet, alto flute and harp. Very calm and depressing, with a magical touch. 01:41
The secret Chamber
ID: KF025208
Album: Epic Fantasy
Menacing sounds of a legendary chamber told by a dark orchestra. 00:47
Sssshh!
ID: KF022811
Album: Children's Corner
Jumping, sneaking Bass with high strings. Marimba, piano and percussion. 01:28
Bullet Time
ID: KF022704
Album: Electrified Rock'n'Pop
An impulsive actiontrack with distorted bass guitar and synths. On top a constant e-guitar and brasses. 02:28
Explode
ID: KF022701
Album: Electrified Rock'n'Pop
An impulsive rock rhythm with drums, synth pads and solo synhts. Backed up with a distorted bass guitar. 03:51
Waiting For The Door To Open
ID: KF022508
Album: Tension Cinema
Tensious, lurking soundtrack with shivering strings and deep piano. 01:46
Infiltration
ID: KF022507
Album: Tension Cinema
Threatening track with a menacing mood. Dark and thrilling like the soundtrack of a horror movie. 02:20
Breaking And Entering
ID: KF022506
Album: Tension Cinema
thrilling modern Ambience with synthetic soundscapes, high strings, low Booms and subtle Rhythms. Perfect fit for Thriller-/Mystery- and Stealth-Scenes! 02:04
Animal Transformation
ID: KF022505
Album: Tension Cinema
The track starts with a cacophonic and menacing orchestral mood and changes to a dark melody played by flute and harp. Mysterious and fairy-tale-like. 01:09
Squad Plan
ID: KF022107
Album: Modern War
Dark, futuristic track with spheric synths and percussions. Soft strings in the middle part. 01:07
Russian Huntdown
ID: KF022106
Album: Modern War
Calm and menacing track. Dark electronic music elements and a pensive orchestra. 02:50
Tank On Patrol
ID: KF022104
Album: Modern War
Spheric film music, military but reserved. Bright strings and dark horns. 02:37
Tank Two
ID: KF022103
Album: Modern War
Dark and variety film music with changing rhythms 02:37
Mission Alphy
ID: KF022101
Album: Modern War
Dark agent theme with melodic strings. Rising intensity and a thrilling part in the end. 03:14
The Frozen Lake
ID: KF022008
Album: Dark Tales
airytale-like and slightly atonal orchestral piece with bass-clarinet, alto flute and harp. Very calm and depressing, with a magical touch. 02:04
The Cemetery
ID: KF022007
Album: Dark Tales
Dark and thrilling Ambience with orchestral colours, violin and acousic guitar. 01:08
Ghost Stories
ID: KF022004
Album: Dark Tales
Calm and dark underscore-Track , dark strings and unsettling atmospheric synths. After the build-up in the middle there´s a melodic part with harp and etheral female vocals. 01:16
Facing The Enemy
ID: KF022003
Album: Dark Tales
soft action with staccato-strings and low timpani-hits. Suspense without being pushy 01:14
Burn Them All
ID: KF022001
Album: Dark Tales
Dark and sinister orchestral fantasy-music with low brass, massive percussions and medieval guitar. 01:02
Speed Action
ID: KF021913
Album: Power Rock
This rock track cries out for a fast trip with a race car. Speed and risk. 01:59
Spare Nothing
ID: KF021912
Album: Power Rock
Virtuoso e-guitar track with sonorous synthies. Futuristic and energetic. 02:43
Road Satellite
ID: KF021910
Album: Power Rock
Aggressive e-guitar and retro-techno elements create a futuristic rock track. 02:02
Pornographic Assault
ID: KF021904
Album: Power Rock
Hectic, unpleasant electro-rock track with off-beat rhythms, lurid e-guitars and e-piano. Energetic, fast and intrusive. 03:28
Deserted Village
ID: KF021809
Album: Calm Ambience
Calm, dark Background-Track with deep, monotone Timpani, acoustic guitar and unsettling soundscapes. 01:07
Searching For Trails
ID: KF021803
Album: Calm Ambience
Calm, dark background track with acoustic guitar and unsettling soundscapes. 01:50
Dark Planet
ID: KF021706
Album: Epic Dimension
A spooky piano and a roaring bass. Music like from an other world. 01:02
Thief
ID: KF021701
Album: Epic Dimension
Dark and mysterious. A track with a high intensity, like a thief that creeps around his victim. 02:38
Cortexiphan
ID: KF021401
Album: Dub&Dubstep
Menacing dubstep track with Sci-Fi sounds and vocals. 06:12
Alfie
ID: KF021004
Album: Children Vol.2
Quiet but suspensful orchestral music that starts and stops several times. 01:54
Arped Knight
ID: KF020907
Album: Orchestral Dubstep
A hypnotically epic dubstep track with 8-bit-synths and driving string ostinato lines topped off with an atmospheric break in the interlude 01:45
The High And Mighty (RMX)
ID: KF020906
Album: Orchestral Dubstep
Menacing choir accompanies a restive dub step beat. The track has a minimal passage in the middle that increases to an energetic finale. Dub-Step version of Invisible Mights (KF018511). 02:53
Quest For Power (RMX)
ID: KF020905
Album: Orchestral Dubstep
Calm dub step track with roaring bass and an epic orchestra. Dark and restive. Dub-Step version of "The Power Of All" (KF017906) 03:16
March Through Hell (RMX)
ID: KF020904
Album: Orchestral Dubstep
Dramatic orchestra with a powerful dub step beat. Driving sci fi piece with a calm part in the middle and a rising finale. Dub-Step version of "March Through Hell" (KF018501) 02:39
Arms Of Zeus (RMX)
ID: KF020903
Album: Orchestral Dubstep
Atmospheric dub step track with sci fi synth and suspenseful orchestra. Like an epic space battle. Dub-Step version of "Disarmed" (KF017907) 02:53
Clever is the Thief (RMX)
ID: KF020901
Album: Orchestral Dubstep
Dramatic strings and menacing synths with and increasing intensity. The track has a lot of varying rythms and gets more and more dub step like. 02:44
Rotor Blade
ID: KF020714
Album: Energy Rock Vol.4
An electro-rock track under high pressure, with billowing synthies and hard, impelling e-guitars. 02:39
Hot Power
ID: KF020702
Album: Energy Rock Vol.4
Grunge track with beautiful lead guitar and a continuous beat. 01:33
A Dire Soul
ID: KF020607
Album: Uncommon Cinematic Score Vol.2
A disturbing, inscrutable music. Accordion combined with a persistent knocking and a quiet, sombre strings. 01:14
The Slasher
ID: KF020606
Album: Uncommon Cinematic Score Vol.2
Creepy, threatening and dissonant track with piano, double bass, low brass and high-pitched strings. Female humming at the end. Off-key and ominous. 00:35
Solomon's Wife
ID: KF020605
Album: Uncommon Cinematic Score Vol.2
An ambivalent track: female humming, solo at first, then accompanied by soft, low strings and harp. Interrupted in between by shrill, unpleasant, energetic string and synthie sounds. 00:53
Wastelands
ID: KF020601
Album: Uncommon Cinematic Score Vol.2
Sinister track with oriental elements, anxiously, reminds of a threatening desert. 02:22
Preliminary Opener
ID: KF020220
Album: Energy Rock Vol.3
Beating, furious energy rock with energetic electric guitar melody and atmospheric synthies. 02:20
Nights Of Uncertainty
ID: KF020117
Album: World Tales Vol.2
An exotic, scary and threatening track with melodic strings, brass and flutes, combined with rhythmic tambourine, harp and castanets. 02:10
Foreign Territory
ID: KF020115
Album: World Tales Vol.2
Suspenseful orchestra track. Hectic, threatening and mysterious, like a danger from foreign areas. 02:07
Rythmic Fight
ID: KF020112
Album: World Tales Vol.2
Exciting, energetic and atmospheric track with flute, brass, impelling rhythms and billowing synthies. 01:30
Feel The Astonishment
ID: KF020111
Album: World Tales Vol.2
Spanish rhythms, castanets and acoustic guitar define this energetic, impelling, still solemn track. With percussion and calm strings. 01:37
Still Unharmed
ID: KF020105
Album: World Tales Vol.2
Calm, creepy djungle track with dll sounds of strings, didgeridoo, choir voices, flute and gong. A mysterious, tense expedition. 01:39
Moorland
ID: KF020103
Album: World Tales Vol.2
Threatening, impelling orchestra track, full of action and versatile. For large ensemble. 03:02
Side Effect
ID: KF019908
Album: World Adventure Vol.2
Arabian sounds within an exciting orchestra track with percussions, impelling brass and strings. 01:40
Leap In The Dark
ID: KF019904
Album: World Adventure Vol.2
Far Eastern orchestra music with electro elements, calm at the beginning, growing dangerously. With synthies and mandolin. 02:05
Blessed Concubine
ID: KF019902
Album: World Adventure Vol.2
Threatening music like out of 1001 Nights. Arabic flute play surrounded by sinister strings, impelling percussion and powerful brass. 02:02
Vampire Club
ID: KF019802
Album: Trance Pop Vol.2
Dark and frightening track with a dark male voice. 01:40
Dry Bones
ID: KF019706
Album: Spooky Orchestra
Dark orchestral fantasy track. Spooky, with marching style and a touch of undead horror. 01:41
Midnight Chase
ID: KF019705
Album: Spooky Orchestra
Dark orchestral fantasy track with a spooky undead horror vibe. 03:01
Total Ecplise
ID: KF019612
Album: Rough Grooves Vol.2
Energetic action music with electro elements. Sounding alarm signal in the background. 02:29
Mics And More
ID: KF019611
Album: Rough Grooves Vol.2
Futuristic spy track with typical agent theme and threatening electro sounds. 03:00
Barrel Starter
ID: KF019609
Album: Rough Grooves Vol.2
A groovy, modern synthie track with a clear rhythm. Easy and energetic. 01:08
Numb Drunk
ID: KF019607
Album: Rough Grooves Vol.2
Action track with hard drums and electric guitars. Interrupted by a meditative, calm middle section with dream sequence. 01:45
Made Of Lead
ID: KF019606
Album: Rough Grooves Vol.2
Groovy electro-pop track with a danceable rhythm, accompanied by synthie-organ and electric guitar. 02:31
East To West
ID: KF019605
Album: Rough Grooves Vol.2
Groovy electro action track with hard rhythms, accompanied by a relaxed electric guitar. 02:22
Intoxicator
ID: KF019604
Album: Rough Grooves Vol.2
Restless electro music with slow passages in the middle part, a continuous rhythm and bright accents. 02:41
Jungle Fever
ID: KF019415
Album: Percussive Action Vol.2
Wild, tribal and groovy Rythms with strange exotic and ethnic instruments. Like an unknown threat in a foreign jungle. 01:53
Drone Attack
ID: KF019414
Album: Percussive Action Vol.2
modern hybrid action-Track with massive grooves and strong orchestral themes. In the second half the tempo rises abruptly. 01:00
Medium Suspense A
ID: KF019412
Album: Percussive Action Vol.2
A futuristic, enigmatic action track with spy film character and a lot of suspense. 00:57
Lifelong
ID: KF019411
Album: Percussive Action Vol.2
A modern military track, lots of drums and synthies, combined with trumpets and orchestra. 01:45
Thai Drums
ID: KF019410
Album: Percussive Action Vol.2
An exotic, sonorous music with lots of percussion and Far Eastern instruments. 01:36
Brick In Awe
ID: KF019409
Album: Percussive Action Vol.2
Sonorous, different percussion beds with a futuristic character, sporadically accompanied by bright, atmospheric singing. 02:26
Tech Threat
ID: KF019408
Album: Percussive Action Vol.2
Futuristic orchestra music with hard electro elements and timpani beats, accompanied by sombre strings and brass. 02:10
Biting Cold
ID: KF019407
Album: Percussive Action Vol.2
Threatening, futuristic electro track with piercing sounds, razor-sharp and aggressive. 01:43
Medium Suspense C
ID: KF019406
Album: Percussive Action Vol.2
A fast spy track, exotic and lurking. Fast electro beats combined with bright piano sounds and oriental elements. 01:36
Foul Slaughter
ID: KF019405
Album: Percussive Action Vol.2
A rock action track with a fast, energetic rhythm and short electric guitar riffs. 01:01
Wuthering Flames
ID: KF019403
Album: Percussive Action Vol.2
Menacing combat music of a dark future, with driving electronic percussion. 01:52
Keeping Pace
ID: KF019401
Album: Percussive Action Vol.2
A percussive track, energetic and impulsive. With several elements of electric piano, synthies, electric guitar and acoustic guitar. Fast and exciting. 01:47
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