Stage Dive: Albums That Get You Jacked Up?

So, over the last couple of weeks I’ve made a real effort to get back to the gym, get running, and frankly just get back to living aggressively. The whole barely surviving the Tough Mudder thing this year was part of that inspiration. Well, that and this ridiculous State Farm commercial with Hans and Franz. Plus, when you factor in all the shows and partying on a regular basis… it’s tough to keep up that level of energy on the day to day.

As music fans (especially of the metal persuasion), you must all be aware that life has a soundtrack. There probably aren’t many moments where you’re not rocking out as you walk down the street or headbanging at your desk. If there are, well shit, that explains a lot. Either way. What I want to know is, when life calls for high energy and aggressiveness…


This could be at the gym, getting ready for a crazy night, or really just getting yourself up in the morning (I know somebody else out there needs something like this at 5 am). Personally, I retreat back to Fleshgod Apocalypse’s Labyrinth (not to be confused with that Jim Henson movie with David Bowie).

Doesn’t this cover just make think something epic is about to happen?

There’s just something about the way this band keeps an extremely fast, aggressive tempo with such an epic, symphonic sound on this album. Right from the beginning with “Kingborn” (could there be a better title for a song when you’re about to up the intensity level? I think not), the album builds on itself at an impressive rate and doesn’t slow down whatsoever with “Minotaur” or “Elegy.” The seldom-used clean vocals only add to these elements. Especially on “Warpledge”. The lyrical content, the sound, the artwork, it’s all very strangely…motivational? Regardless of proper vocabulary, this album is just an ass-kicker from start to finish. Not to mention at almost 55 minutes it’s long enough to keep you fired up.

I know this is a recent release and a band I only recently got into, so it really is a new discovery. Two years ago I probably would have dropped something by Fear Factory (industrial always has that helpful catchy element to it) or Gojira (because they are heavy as FUCK). But at this point, Labyrinth is a no-brainer. It’s one of my favorite releases over the last couple years as well, for what it’s worth.

So that’s my input. You know the drill. Now it’s your turn. What do you throw on when you are looking for maximum intensity? Use the comments and stuff. It’s not that complicated.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.