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 metal, hard rock and hardcore that have been on heavy rotation at Revolver HQ. For your listening pleasure, we've also compiled the songs in a Spotify playlist, which will grow each week.
Loathe - "Two-Way Mirror"
U.K. experimental-metal outfit Loathe hit the sweeping, shoegazing wall of emotional sound right in the gut and hold it there for five solid minutes with the lush musings of "Two-Way Mirror." Despite the boundless, up-front distortion and hard-hitting drum licks, the overall effect feels like wrapping up in a warm blanket of cashmere daydreams and napping away the pain of life.
Code Orange - "Underneath"
Code Orange have been evolving their sound with every release from the very start of their career under the name Code Orange Kids, and their latest single, "Underneath," might just be the biggest leap yet. Drawing heavily from industrialized alternative rock, the cut is pure late-Nineties nostalgia with a modern twist and a dueling vocal structure that presents a sleek, new exterior from the Pittsburgh wrecking crew.
Ozzy Osbourne - "Ordinary Man"
Ozzy continues churning out new tunes, and this time he enlisted the Rocket Man himself, Elton John, for the touching, piano-driven title track from his upcoming solo album Ordinary Man. Less rock-oriented than the LP's preceding singles and leaning hard into ballad territory, the song certainly isn't a headbanger, but sometimes it's nice to sit back and listen to a couple of legends croon nostalgically about their long careers and the stories that came with them.
King Yosef - "Pity Case"
A standout among the current windfall of heavy metalized rap, "Pity Case" is a spitting, livid throat-ripper that blends trippy hip-hop beats with hardcore screams and brain-splitting distortion. As portrayed in the song's lo-fi, VHS-style video, King Yosef is a furious agent of vengeance born out of feedback, shadow and fog, and we're here for that.
Today Is the Day - "You're All Gonna Die"
Underground stalwart Steve Austin, as he explained to us earlier this week, was a broken man when he created Today Is the Day's upcoming album No Good to Anyone. One listen to "You're All Gonna Die," in all its sludgy, chaotic glory, lays out the hell from which he scratched and crawled while making it and delivers it in a putrescent, scathing package perfectly primed to kick off 2020 in the most satisfyingly abysmal way.
Fotocrime - "Love Is a Devil"
Fronted by Coliseum's Ryan Patterson, Fotocrime are excellent at blending the best bits of Eighties post-punk and applying it to modern music-making such as they've done with the Sisters of Mercy–worshipping "Love Is a Devil." Frigid programed beats and razor-thin riffs that break like shards from a falling icicle give a wintery spin to the dancefloor-ready track, all while a rudimentary but crucial bass line steadies the action in the background.