legions far and wide, male or female, and without age limits;
I wish to convey to you the
best songs to work out to.
out could mean many things, having a massive radio blasting as you’re
playing basketball with your friends, soccer, running from one end of
Zurich to the other, cycling, or just about anything else you can think
of. Primarily, when I make up this list, I am writing from the
perspective of working out at a gym, lifting weight, biometrics, and or
running on a treadmill. Pushing your body to the limits releases
endorphins that make one really really happy and to do it with fantastic
music is even better. I realize everyone has different tastes, so bare
with me though, there might be songs on this list you may never have
heard of, so, please keep this in mind. I’ve read other lists of songs
other people have written and it’s the same shit, over and over, “Enter
Sandman” “_____” from AC/DC <yawn>, “Toxicity”…the
same popular bullshit found practically everywhere. Although, from the
lists I’ve read, Rammstein was often mentioned and ”Du Hast” was
likely the track. The list I present you, my readers, is a composition
of songs not found on their lists that rightfully should be, so please,
if you don’t know these tracks, please allow me to expand your
horizon. I will only mention METAL songs and maybe one track that has
metal tendencies, the list below is in no
is a slamming track to run to, it’s fast paced, it’s in your face,
the lyrics are forceful and aggressive. With blast-beat galore, this
track will pay dividends as you’re on your 7th
kilometer. I should also add, this is quite possibly, the only track
from this band that’s worth listening to, do not bother buying the
Hostile” – Pantera
I honestly have to give a description of this track? This is what you
need to know, in case you’ve A: lived under a rock some place in
Mongolia since the 90’s or B: You’re in our early 20’s and have
yet to be exposed to, quite possibly, one of the greatest metal products
from the United States. 1: It’s fucking Pantera, 2, it’s Pantera in
its prime, 3, they will not waste your time.
Flameout” - Soilwork
to me is one of the most underrated bands in metal. Sure, their last two
albums weren’t the greatest, but “Figure Number Five,” ”Natural
Born Chaos,” and “Stabbing the Drama” were some of the finest
metal albums of the 2000’s. “The Flameout” came from their
critically acclaimed album, “Natural Born Chaos.” With combinations
of singing and screaming, Speed Strid gives the listener the best of
both worlds. Not to mention, the track is quite fast as well. This track
is great for weight training and it’s okay to run to.
Warrior’s Call”- Volbeat
didn’t think I’d like this song, but after listening to it a million
times on the local rock station, I decided to buy it and started
listening to it while I was at the gym. It’s upbeat and it’s about
fighting! I can’t help but to think of UFC when this song comes on. It’s
upbeat with a tinge of metal and aggression. Not to mention it’s
catchy as hell. A must have for any work out mix.
Enemy No.1” – Megadeth
probably wouldn’t suggest looking up this song on YouTube; you might
be discouraged by the worst music video of all time. It’s a damn shame
because this is an awesome track to run to or to play sports to, it’s
got that “revenge” song to it that makes anyone that much more
cockier than they already are. It gives people this sort of confidence
to keep going. There are faster songs on this list, but this is still a
gem of a song on Megadeth’s new album that I feel is very overlooked.
from basically having a permanent presence on this website, Darkmoon is
a remarkable band from Basel of which unfortunately gets overlooked,
but then again, that’s underground metal for you. This song has a
chorus and post chorus that is just fucking evil! It’s catchy, dark,
and mid-paced, perfect in exercise, including yoga! It’s a great song
to mosh to as well.
Resistor” – Fear Factory
Factory has so many tracks to choose from, I would have suggested “Edgecrusher”
or “Cyberwaste” but after awhile, those tracks kind of sound
redundant. They’ll sound great the first couple of times, and then
they get boring. “Self-Bias Resistor” on the other hand, stays
awesome time and time again. For those not familiar with Fear Factory,
A: no solos, don’t look for them, B: The kick-drums and guitar are
syncopated…perfectly, matter of fact Fear Factory perfected this type
of metal and “Self Bias Resistor” is a perfect example of that.
Will” – Rammstein
is so hard to just pick one track from Rammstein, because really, there
are so many to choose from. I would have to say that Rammstein is the
best band to work out to, period. Nearly every song is great for this
application. “Ich Will” translates to “I Will” which should be
motivation for picking up a heavy weight or running that extra
kilometer. It isn’t a fast song at all, and it’s not catchy, but the
way Till Lindeman sings the song is enough to motivate anyone.
Than Meets The Eye” – Testament
most of the bands on this list, Testament has so many good tracks to go
with. Although when most metallers think of Testament, they think about
the older stuff from ”The Preacher” or “Souls of Black” but “The
Formation of Damnation” is much darker and heavier than anything they’ve
ever done. It doesn’t start out very well, it’s a little on the “epic
opening” side of it, which I don’t care for, but once that’s over
with, it’s a great song to weight train to.
version of “Symptom of the Universe” – Black
version came out in 1994 or so back in what I call, the golden age of
metal. It’s Sepultura at its peak playing one of metal’s most
beloved tracks. They perfect it. You have the growl of Max Cavalera with
faster guitars and faster drumming, Sepultura easily upgrades this song.
Great for working out because it has an upbeat feel to it, although it’s
a Black Sabbath song. Not to mention it’s a familiar song that most
metaller should know, played to perfection.
Pints” – Korpiklaani
all tends and purposes, this is a drinking song. Not only is it a
drinking song, it’s a song about fighting…and drinking! The band is
from Finland. There’s a violin, there’s metal guitars, it’s upbeat…because
it’s a drinking song. Not to mention, the band sings a lot about stuff
one would find in “The Hobbit” or “The Lord of the Rings.” Which
makes this song perfect for all physical activity! I usually have a
smile on my face when I am done listening to this song.
last one! I promise!
written about Kilgore before on this site, just click here http://www.gryphonmetal.ch/kilgore.html
to read the article. “TK-421” is just such a angry sounding song,
sang from the perspective of a man addressing another person with very
angry overtones. It’s a great warm up song where it’s a faster paced
yet even sounding track with spoken word lyrics blended with Burton C.
Bell’s growling vocal guest spot.
it is, put those songs in your mp3 player go to the gym and kick ass!