Let me try explain the sound, it's sounds to me like distortion and/or saturation. I have noticed this esthetic developing, it's come up in a few movies lately. I just watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and it had a good example of this. The apes were smashing stuff but then they highlighted a few key ones by adding this distortion/saturation - super effective.
Am I dreaming or is it really becoming a signature sound of our times? Thoughts? Examples? Maybe the cinema's speakers are crackling?
Or have you noticed other techniques for evoking a loud sound.