Summer of Gainz Playlist: 20 Songs to Help You Get Jacked Pt. 1

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In case you hadn’t noticed, the summer season is officially under way. Many a gym rat has been working hard all year with diet and exercise so they can go out and show off their sick bods in a Top Gun-esque show of manhood.

Then, there are probably those of you who have not. Those who eye their beefy peers jealously and wish in vain to be blessed with a six-pack so chiseled you could do laundry on it and the shoulders of a linebacker. But fear not! There is hope!

Whether you look like Magic Mike or Newman the mailman, getting stoked can help you achieve the energy or mental state of mind needed to crush your workout. Thankfully, the gods of music have given us hardcore and metal to aid in such a quest. Here are 10 songs to help you do just that gang. Click the links below to kick the jams.


  1. No Serenity – Xibalba
  2. The Rising End – Zao
  3. Hammer of Doubt – Power Trip
  4. Unsilent Death – Nails
  5. Altercate – Nomads
  6. Soul Swallower – Steel Nation
  7. Manufacturing Political Leverage – The Holy Mountain
  8. No Chain – Dead in the Dirt
  9. Jock Powerviolence – Weekend Nachos
  10. Persevere and Overcome – Reign Supreme

Be on the lookout for part two of the Summer of Gainz Playlist, coming soon.


Artists to Watch: Nomads


Nomads are a hardcore-punk band from Los Angeles California, featuring ex members of Furious Styles, ACxDC and Sleepwalkers. They produce a raw and abrasive type of crust inspired d-beat/hardcore-punk that will make you want to kick the living shit out of something. The fast angry street punk sound infused with breakneck guitar solos, keeps the music interesting throughout their as of yet small discography. Lyrically, the band deals with experiences brought on by former drug abuse as well as distrust and blatant hatred for the L.A. police force. The equation this band has written yields a sum, which emits an aura of danger to it that had me hooked from the very beginning.

The ferocity of this bands sound should probably come as no surprise, considering that Nomads is the union of powerviolence and New York style hardcore. This equation is not entirely unique in the hardcore punk and metal scenes as of late, but Nomads has found a way to derive a sound from it all their own. You can check out their upcoming self released and self titled EP via the link at the bottom of the article as well as streams of their split 7” with Treacherous Kin and their demo.