Here at Revolver, we're always on the hunt for new songs to bang our heads to — indeed, it's a big part of our jobs. With that in mind, here are the tracks released this week in industrial, doomgaze, hardcore and more that have been on heavy rotation at Revolver HQ. For your listening pleasure, we've also compiled the songs in an ever-evolving Spotify playlist.
Crosses - "Initiation"
After eight years, Deftones singer Chino Moreno and producer/multi-instrumentalist Shaun Lopez (Far) have returned with new original music from their gothy electronic project Crosses (†††). "Initiation," one of two fresh singles, picks up right where the duo left off. Moreno's beguiling croon has plenty of room to waft over the steamy synth formations and stoic drum machines, and then melt into the babbling guitars that surge upwards like a waterfall in reverse.
Cave In - "New Reality"
You never know what you're going to get with Cave In — and many people didn't think we'd ever get anything new at all, given the band's uncertain future after longtime bassist-vocalist Caleb Scofield passed away in 2018. The Boston juggernaut are forging forward, though, with Converge's Nate Newton stepping in on bass duties, and "New Reality," the first taste of their next LP, is a fucking awesome sludged-up post-hardcore ripper loaded with savory riffs, thick low-end and Stephen Brodsky's rich croon.
Wormrot - "Behind Closed Doors"
Every few years, Wormrot drop some music that reminds us all that the Singaporean trio are one of the best groups in grindcore. "Behind Closed Doors" is their latest offering, a sub-two-minute scorcher that manages to be mercilessly heavy in a way that doesn't berate the listener with dull blast beats and redundant power chords that grow stale after the first 20 seconds. They toss a flavorful thrash riff in the mix, the pace changes every eight measures or so and there's a shreddy guitar solo. Shit's just fun.
Holy Fawn - "Death is a Relief"
Arizona's Holy Fawn make some of the most sonically imposing music in their peer group — towering, gazey, doomy post-metal that sounds like mid-career Deafheaven if they slowed down to a lurching trudge and doubled the weight of their girthiest climaxes. "Death is a Relief" begins with idyllic electronic programming and wispy ambience, but once the full band kicks in, the song gets heavier with every passing minute, and then brakes to a beatific, supple halt.
Rotting Out - "Who Am I?"
Rotting Out's 2020 LP, Ronin, saw the L.A. band doubling down on their heaviest and most vocally animated elements, but their new single, "Who Am I?," takes a few new turns for the band. Forgoing the California punk one-two-one-two sprint, the guitars are chunkier and the song has a choppy, stop-start flow that emphasizes Walter Delgado's catchy singing. It sounds closer to Turnstile than Rotting Out ever have, and its a sound that suits them well.
Militarie Gun and Dazy - "Pressure Cooker"
Militarie Gun — featuring members of Drug Church and Regional Justice Center — play power-pop through a raggedy post-hardcore lens, and Dazy — the one-man project of James Goodson — plays uncut Nineties power-pop that sounds like it's blaring out of a front-porch boombox. On "Pressure Cooker," the two Convulse Records artists collide in what sounds like a lost Third Eye Blind studio session that was canned because the mic picked up a hanger-on's grovelling phone conversation. Song of the summer material right here.