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 metalcore, shoegaze, death metal 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.
Cult of Luna - "Cold Burn"
Cult of Luna's "Cold Burn" builds with the trudging suspense of a disaster movie soundtrack. The Swedish post-metal vets unleash earth-rumbling guitar sustains and rugged growls that sound like they're sputtering up from under the dirt, and there are several awe-inducing climaxes that keep you engaged for the full 10-minute ride. That ain't easy to pull off, but Cult of Luna make it sound like a breeze.
Heriot - "Near Vision / Enter the Flesh"
With not a dash of hyperbole, Heriot's music sounds like it's literally on fire. The new double-single from the U.K.'s heirs to the metalcore throne features guitar tones that sound like a firehose spraying gasoline into a burning building, drums that sound like wood splintering and snapping from the heat, and vocals from Debbie Gough that sound like the trapped victims screaming for help on the inside. Yes, it's literally that intense.
Cloakroom - "A Force at Play"
Nearly five years since their last LP, Cloakroom are finally returning next year with a new dose of doomy shoegaze, and "A Force at Play" is a promising taste of what's to come. With its glimmering keyboard line, brisk tempo and graceful vocal melody, "A Force at Play" is possibly their lightest, most tuneful song yet. In fact, it sounds like a spiritual sibling to Nothing's uncharacteristically catchy bop "Catch a Fade" — a song Cloakroom's Doyle Martin sang on and co-wrote with Nothing's Domenic Palermo. Go figure.
Venom Prison - "Pain Of Oizys"
Venom Prison aren't just going through the motions on Erebos. The first song we heard from the U.K. death-metal band's fourth LP introduced a bold hint of clean vocals, but "Pain of Oizys" completely flips the script on their rough-and-tough sound. Larissa Stupar employs a wispy croon atop ethereal clean strumming and pitter-pattering electronic drums for a sound that's placid and eerie rather than pounding. There are still a couple death-metal eruptions and a smoky guitar solo, but Venom Prison sound uncaged from expectations on this one.
Comeback Kid - "Crossed" (Feat. Joe Duplantier)
For at least the first decade of their career, Comeback Kid made hardcore with shouty melodic punk feel, but they've spent the last 10 years getting heavier and heavier. Now, the Canadian band are at a point where they can invite Gojira's Joe Duplantier inside for a stompy, groovy banger, and his stadium-sized metal roar sounds right at home among the pounding breakdowns and snarling vocals.
Vatican - "Decemeta"
Vatican are a band who started out making heavy hardcore with an early 2000s metalcore influence, not unlike peers such as Knocked Loose and Jesus Piece. However, the Georgia troupe have recently been inching toward the sound they nailed on "Decemeta" — a two-minute blast of chaotic metalcore leads, glitchy edits, beastly metallic hardcore barks and hulking drum patterns that are really only a step removed from straight-up deathcore. It doesn't feel right to label it one subgenre in particular. It just sounds heavy.