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.
Carcass - "Under the Scalpel Blade"
After a long, nearly seven-year wait, Carcass are fucking back. "Under the Scalpel Blade" is a wicked combination of everything there is to love about the death-metal stalwarts: vicious vocal attack, sinewy, sawblade licks, and enough filthy groove to get even the rustiest heads to bang. Jeff Walker may have called the song "cobbled together," but it seems more like expert musical surgery to us.
Today Is the Day - "No Good to Anyone"
Long-running metal shapeshifters Today Is the Day sound more depraved than ever during the bone-chilling, glacially paced intro passage of their latest death-bound incantation. By the time the blast beats kick in, main man Steve Austin's latest offering sounds like a full-on Satanic prayer circle filled with serpents and sinners, invoking the end of days.
Gone Is Gone - "No One Ever Walked on Water"
Without distortion, Gone Is Gone's "No One Ever Walked On Water" could come off like a straightforward, maybe even somewhat sappy, love song. Fortunately, Mastodon's Troy Sanders, Queens of the Stone Age's Troy Van Leeuwen and Co. avoid that pitfall by adding a heavy dose of feedback-soaked guitars and electronic static, channeling lust and longing into a shoegazing feverdream.
Body Count - "Carnivore"
Unlike many of their peers in the rap-rock game, Body Count reliably create a high-quality fusion of metal and hip-hop without sounding corny for even a second. "Carnivore" spends extra time building an ominous air before letting Ice-T bust out between huge, squealing riffs and muffled death roars, making the already dread-filled cut absolutely frigid.
Tombs - "Monarchy of Shadows"
If the name "Monarchy of Shadows" didn't give away the royal blackened mood of Tombs' new single, the first few epic notes will get the job done. From there, the song quickly builds a cantering steam as it pushes full force ahead into a tizzy of black-metal blast beats and frigid, ice-pick guitars, slowing only enough to take a deep breath before pummeling the ears and brain once more.
Folian - "Unwanted"
Portland one-person act Folian's new single is all languid fuzz and tortured romance stretched out over several beautifully agonizing minutes of doomgaze-meets-dreampop. Listen to it on a long winter walk and feel yourself sink deeper into the impending gray of December's chill as waves of ambient sonic ennui ebb and flow.