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 hardcore, industrial, post-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.
Killing Joke - "Lord of Chaos"
In the seven years since we last heard from Killing Joke, the world has changed a great deal, but Jaz Coleman's knack for channeling shrewd politics through propulsive rock songs hasn't. The industrial post-punk band have all the inspiration they could ever need for a song like "Lord of Chaos," in which they steadily charge through a catalog of pressing catastrophes with their signature bite. "Our art, our excellence, our hubris, poverty and greed/Flash points everywhere and everybody's scared."
Drug Church - "Premium Offer"
"Premium Offer" picks up where "Pillary," the closer from Drug Church's 2018 album Cheer, left off, venturing into spacier, more hypnotic instrumentation that shines even more of a light on frontman Patrick Kindlon's gravelly vocals and slice-of-life tales of the Big Brothers Grimm. "These friends police your views/Intent/ And mood," he sings of trigger-happy internet scolds — a sensitive topic that Kindlon routinely approaches in a rare showing of good, self-aware faith.
Author & Punisher - "Misery" Feat. Danny Carey
Industrial-doom crafter Author & Punisher called on some friends in high places to fill out Krüller, the San Diego artist's latest and arguably most accessible full-length. Two members of Tool, bassist Justin Chancellor and drummer Danny Carey, played on different songs on the record, and you can hear Carey's unmistakable drumming rounding out the composition of "Misery," a slow-building beast with soaring vocals, abrasive percussion and a gratifying payoff.
Ho99o9 - "Nuge Snight"
Over the last couple years, blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has reinvigorated his career as a prolific producer, co-writer and session musician for hugely successful pop-punk revivalists like Machine Gun Kelly and Yungblud. However, his more compelling work has been with the L.A.-based industrial-punk-rap fusionists, Ho99o9, who have the "What's My Age Again?" drummer's name attached to a grindy, ear-splitting hardcore-rap grenade like "Nuge Snight." Fuck yeah.
SPITE - "Caved In"
SPITE aren't the only band facilitating a wall-of-death-style collision between hardcore and deathcore, but they might be the most uncompromisingly heavy band in that niche. "Caved In" stacks metallic hardcore grooves, metalcore guitar tones and deathcore growls into the musical equivalent of those racks of dummy players that 300-pound linebackers use to practice tackles. This is some steel-enforced, do-not-operate-while-under-the-influence metalcore machinery.
Cane Hill - "Drag Me Down"
It's already been a decade since bands like Volumes and Northlane started shaping Meshuggah-like djent riffs into catchy ragers, and ten years later, Cane Hill are giving that style a modern update. The New Orleans band's slew of 2021 material pared back the 'core and pushed forth the post- (sleek hooks sung with silky, R&B-ish croons), but "Drag Me Down" shows they haven't gone soft. There's still plenty of melody, but the concussive djent groove that closes out the track is fucking pulverizing.