Posts Tagged ‘Mnemic’


Getting Pumped: The Heavy Metal Jock Jamz

March 8, 2010

Although it is true that I listen to metal probably more than any other genre, am easily identifiable by various band tees sporting unreadable logos, and could easily be pigeonholed into the “metalhead” demograph, unlike the rest of you I am a neither over nor underweight physically healthy human being that looks after his body on the regular, with a strict gym routine and a healthy diet. As those few of you who have also experienced physical exertion will know, metal is a great inspirer when it comes to pushing those last few reps out of you, and for this reason I have compiled several “Jock Jamz” playlists for this very purpose. Follow my lead, get the fuck up, and I’ll have you going from Dino Cazares to Greg Puciato in no time!

Here is my ultimate metal Jock Jamz playlist for blasting myself after a long days studying/procrastination!

Despised Icon – In The Arms of Perdition

Why do you think you always get a few really ripped hardcore kids throwing down at every Despised Icon show? Breakdowns push you son! This song, as well as being first on the playlist, is also probably the best for the task, and its easy to see why. Immaculately produced, heavy as fuck, some sick bass heavy tones, and enough time changes to keep you on your toes. The beginning gets you pumped, the two-step riff at 2:04 provides a fresh wave of inspiration just as you’re starting to tire, and the breakdown at the end squeezes just that last bit of perspiration from you.

Push it!! Moment: 3:37, Chuga Chug Chug……….

Ingested – Skinned and Fucked

Ingested are one of the heaviest bands out there right now, based around the inhuman double bass barrage of drummer Jeff Lyn. This song is like the intro to Saving Private Ryan on surround sound, complete with commander barking orders at you. Like In The Arms of Perdition, heavy as hell, not much above bass frequency, but with muddier guitar tone that almost completely reduces it to the barrage of clicking from the Bass Drum.

Push it!! Moment: 0:26, just as it all cuts out and the guitar leads by trem into an awesome slower time slam riff (with ridiculously fast clicky bass drum too, for good measure)

Out For Blood – Keep No Cunt Alive

This is the only song I have by this band, and I’m not that keen to hear any more, as they probably get boring very quickly, but as an all out, straight forward, brutal assault, this song pretty much hits it on the head. Not too fast, simple structure and instrumentals, and an absolutely manic sounding vocalist, with a lead riff that makes you feel like the most badass motherfucker for miles around!

Push it!! Moment: The baddass intro riff!

The Rotted – Nothin’ But A Nosebleed

Bring the tempo back up to fever pitch again, with another blast fest at inhuman speeds, and Ben McCrow’s barking vocals!

Push it!! Moment: 2:02, just as the blasts kick in again after the slow bridge, and reminds you that the pain is far from over!

Pantera – Strength Beyond Strength

Pantera remains to this day pretty much the ultimate jock metal band (along with maybe Hatebreed), and this song is a great reminder why. To be honest, just the sound of Phil Anselmo talking would provide enough jock power to make a whole playlist, although his “get the fuck up” inspiring shouts on this song are perfectly adequate too.

Push it!! Moment: 0:49 rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!

Nasum – Relics

The perfect mix of speed and groove that makes a jock jam! Plus a great simple chorus, with one of those chord progressions that just works, and gets you fuckin’ juiced!

Push it!! Moment: 1:51 Something about the sound of metal and gunfire just gets me. Subsequent chorus also helps

Hatebreed – I Will Be Heard

Yeah, you could probably do this whole thing with just Hatebreed and Pantera, such is their shouty Jock credence. Plus considering how Hatebreed are pretty much just a long message of “believe in yourself and give them hell”, with less of a self-hatred vibe than Pantera, it’s easy to see why they fit so well in this setting.

Push it!! Moment: The choruses, any of them.

The Acacia Strain – Forget Me Now

Ahhh, more of this brilliant deep sounding simple hardcore, with emphasis on the chug instead of the speed, and a feeling of hatred for all things. One of the most negatively inspiring chorus’ ever (in a “I will fucking destroy you all” kind of way, instead of a “I can do this”, Rocky, Eye Of The Tiger, kind of way).

Push it!! Moment: 2:08 After the breakdown slows things right down, then the chorus flings you right back up again!

Emmure – Sound Wave Superior

Considering they sound just like The Acacia Strain, you can see why. Pretty much a one note song, but they definitely know how to use that one note!

Push it!! Moment: 0:42 He says “Get out”, but it sounds like “Kill Kill Kill Kill Kill Kill Kill Kill……” so this is what I mutter.

Mnemic – Liquid

Unusually technical next to the majority of the simple-minded brutal fare here, making it a great change and something to reinvigorate your efforts. For some reason, mixes of clean and screamed vocals provide some great Jock moments, and once again the chorus here does just that. The impossible to follow bizarrely timed riffs will also take your mind of the burning lactic acid feeling.

Push it!! Moment: Once again, a song carried by the jock it quality of the chorus.

Gutted With Broken Glass – Ramrod

Although Gutted With Broken Glass are essentially just a messy joke, there is little I’ve ever heard more brutally pleasing than the breakdown in the middle.

Push it!! Moment: 0:27, Dun Dun Dun….Dun Dun…..Dundundun dun dun! Dun Dun Dun……breeebreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

Killswitch Engage – Life To Lifeless

Vintage Killswitch. While the stuff with Howard Jones is still good and plenty inspiring, it lacks the real heaviness that the stuff with their old vocalist had, and thus isn’t as suitable, maybe a little too ghey for a Jock Jamz list.

Push it!! Moment: The beginning. Love that punchy tone.

Annotations of An Autopsy – In Snakes I Bathe

Although I used to include Gore Gore Gadget in pretty much every Gym playlist, it kina dragged on a bit and by the end had lost most of it’s punch. Not the case with the opener from AOAA’s competent new album The Reign Of Darkness. Ticks all the boxes for a good Jock Jam; Powerful, fast opening? Check, Bassy as fuck? Check, Well placed time changes to coax out a new wave of effort from you? Check. Breakdowns? Check. Feeling that you’re supper baddass when you hear it? Check.

Push it!! Moment: 0:50 hammer precision triplets after an equally well executed half time.

The Black Dahlia Murder – Closed Casket Requiem

Sometimes some good old stylee melodic metalcore can be just the thing to power you on towards the end of a session. This is probably the most simple BDM song, being right from their beginning. It has about 2 riffs too it, and the band obviously thought they’d come up with 2 doozys, because they pretty much milk them for all they’re worth throughout. Theres a kind of generic guitar harmony bridge in the middle too, which puts you off for a while, before the good old 2 riffs we’d leant to love come smashing back and make you push the fucking limit!

Push it!! Moment: Dunno, it’s all good i guess.

Devourment – Incitement to Mass Murder

Slam and working out go hand in hand. All those low notes, bowl voiding slamminess, and constant back and forth between gravity blasts and uber-slow breakdowns just make a well crafted slam masterpiece perfect for the gym. Something about the carnal nature of Majewski’s growls also seems to help me.

Push it!! Moment: 0:57 That behemoth of a slam riff is probably the closest you can get through a musical medium to a giant Austrian personal trainer shouting in your ear. So slow yet so fucking heavy!!!

Pathology – Defiled Autopsy Remnants

Getting back to the opening themes of “Heavy as fuck” we find ourselves now with a slap of expert goregrind. An honest lack of bassist makes it sometimes feel slightly empty compared to some of the other songs here on the jamz, but luckily there’s enough pro one guitar technical riffage to more than make up for that. There are at least 3 fuck yeah! push it moments, when another gore splattered riff hits out of nowhere in an unexpected time change.

Push it!! Moment: 2:30 that riff and accompanying growl makes me want to beat some trendy fuck in the weight room’s face in with a barbell untill there’s nothing but red mush!

Your Demise – Ignorance Never Dies/Burnt Tongues

The intro, Ignorance Never Dies, is the perfect build up to the hardcore rage unleashed at the opening of Burnt Tongues, and indeed is hard to get through without wanting to smash something. Like Hatebreed, it’s effectiveness lies in the simplicity, and primal break stuff vibes.

Push it!! Moment: Beginning breakdown…”Tell me what you think of me!!!”

Suicide Silence – No Pity For A Coward

So this is pretty much one of the definitive Deathcore jamz, and for this reason is a perfect one to work out to! The filthy, angry, sweating vibe to it makes it a great one towards the end, when you’re really feeling the pull, and need Mitch to growl “You Cowaaaaarrrrrrrd!” in your face to squeeze out those vital last reps. Has a great feeling of finality as well, which really makes you want to make your last moments count.

Push it!! Moment: 2:32 “Pull the trigger bitch!”

Here Comes The Kraken – Don’t Fail Me Darko

I just fuckin’ love the epicness in this song! The melodies, while simple and kind of obvious, work perfectly when you’re too destroyed to care about how original something is. And while you’ve probably heard most of the tunes on display here before, I doubt you’ve heard them under such an intense barrage of blast beats and bass drum, which makes it even better to hammer yourself to. The solo towards the end, and subsequent finishing breakdowns, just like on “In The Arms of Perdition” where we started, will squeeze the very last out of you.

Push it!! Moment: The beginning. So dicking epic, but in a way thats’ obvious enough for it to hit you right away, like an injection of glucose!

In conclusion, it would appear that the best songs for jocking out to are those that are simple, brutal, contain at least two unexpected time changes to re-invigorate your efforts, switch from chuggy and heavy to fast and violent, are low as fuck, and break it down. Get Juiced, and then be ready to take on all comers in the pit!


Mnemic – Sons Of The System

January 16, 2010

Label: Nuclear Blast

I was syked as fuck when I learnt that there would be a new Mnemic album. Holding all their previous attempts in very high regard, with their unique brand of Meshuggah-esque rhythmic technicality with catchy vocal hooks and chorus’s to alleviate the monotony, I was looking forward to more of the same fair, to extend their powerful 3 album legacy. In fact, I would probably go as far as to call them one of my favorite bands ever, based on that.

This time, Mnemic have delivered much of the same stylings as their previous efforts, but with one key difference. This time it’s just really boring. It’s all there as before; polyrhythmic timing, grove oriented riffs, and clean vocal passages with mad reverb. It’s just done in a stale as hell way missing all the innovation of previous efforts. At best, this album sounds like a rehashed version of their older, better ideas, and at worst, just another bland Meshuggah worshiping tech metal band.

Some of the chorus’s still manage to kind of hit the spot, like Diesel Uterus, which is actually an ok song, but the majority suffer from needlessly clumsy wording (English as a second language I guess), and an approach which seems to consist of “hold clean note with a hell of a lot of reverb and hope for the best”. Apart from that, all the songs are predictably mid tempo and lacking in any real attitude, and feature tons of complicated rhythm based groves which are all instantly forgettable. Even the vocals lack the sense of urgency and feeling that was captured in the previous albums. Never does a scream manage to hold your attention, and ultimately they all just blend in to the uncatchy, irregular battery of the rest of the band.

It’s a massive shame, because I had grown to love this band, only for them now to go massively down hill. Mid January, and we already have a strong contender for biggest disappointment of the year.