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.
Stray From the Path - "The First Will Be Last"
Stray From the Path are masters of the modern rap-metal movement and their new song "The First Will Be Last" is a verbal beat-down full of riffs so filthy they sound like the strings are practically dragging the ground. Staccato palm-mutes and finger-bending squeals are held up by the expertly cultivated technical drum bits, all coming together to make one vicious, spitting track full of piss, vinegar and bile that's perfect for celebrating Rage Against the Machine's imminent return.
Wristmeetrazor - "Black Planet" (Sisters of Mercy cover)
Sisters of Mercy are, despite Andrew Eldritch's steadfast denial, goth gods and "Black Planet" is one of their greatest contributions to music. Screamo upstarts Wristmeetrazor do the original justice with their reverent cover, adding only a bit more vocal drama and electric buzz to modernize the darkly poetic 1985 rocker. All in all, it's an ambitious, carefully handled endeavor that shows WMR brilliantly hailing their heroes.
Fiddlehead - "Get My Mind Right"
Noisy Boston punks Fiddlehead have crafted a romance-tinged, nostalgic anthem in the equally harsh and alluring "Get My Mind Right." The simple but driving hooks and chat-able chorus evoke the effervescent sustainability of punk for generations of disaffected youth, even calling up some of the harder-hitting emo of the Nineties and early Aughts without the syrupy sweetness that eventually dragged it down.
Une Misére - "Grave"
Icelandic demolition crew Une Misére summed up their gripping new whipper "Grave" perfectly themselves in a statement that reads: "'Grave' is a mantra. 'Grave' is a statement. 'Grave' is a challenge. To never back down, never give in and never give up. No matter how much you are beaten down, no matter how many times you fail." Listen to the 36-second scorcher a few consecutive times to fully absorb the message.
Vampire - "Wiru Akka"
Gothenburg death dealers Vampire have spewn out another blackened speed-metal ripper with "Wiru Akka," four minutes of unrepentant growling blasphemy and galloping trad-metal passages that dole out evil and adventure in equal measure. Blistering and blustery at once, the track affirms Vampire's bloodthirsty reign among the best of Sweden's snarling class of modern rock & roll greats.
Dana Dentata - "lil blood"
Metal-bred rapper Dana Dentata continues to define her own singular path with the cool, violent tones of her latest jam "lil blood." Lyrically aggressive and deservingly and genre-appropriately arrogant, the track is a more polished but just as hard entry in Dentata's growing impressive catalog that sees her rise among peers such as Ghostmane and Ho99o9.