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.
Gouge Away - "Consider"
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Florida-based hardcore group's modern classic Burnt Sugar, Gouge Away released the stellar new single "Consider." Lyrically, the song takes on the blind nationalism running rampant today, a topic that is met head-on by singer Christina Michelle, whose abrasive, emotive vocals evoke those of Touché Amoré's Jeremy Bolm or Fugazi's Ian MacKaye. No doubt, they would be proud.
Body Count - "Bum-Rush"
Since the band's formation in the crucible of 1990's L.A., Ice-T's incendiary metal crew Body Count have always been revolutionary, but they get particularly explicit in their call for revolt with their latest Molotov cocktail of a song. "You can't stop the bum-rush," the gang vocals cry, as Ice calls for listeners to "bring hell." If fighting the powers that be were really as fun as this sounds, there would be no stopping the people from rising up.
The Amity Affliction - "Forever"
Australian metalcore heavyweights the Amity Affliction's anthemic new single "Forever" comes from a very real place, as is painfully clear after just one listen to the heartfelt sing-along. "I'm not afraid to die/Not afraid of where I'll go/I'm afraid of how it ends/And what it'll do to you," go the opening lines as vocalist Joel Birch lays bare his internal battle with depression and suicidal episodes. "I made a promise to myself to make it to my son's 18th birthday when he was three, and I intend to keep it," he said of the song, which serves as a compelling call to arms for those facing similar struggles.
Portrayal of Guilt - "The End of Man Will Bring Peace to This Earth"
This Texas squad is one of heavy music's most compelling newcomers, indiscriminately incorporating elements of extreme subgenres from screamo to grindcore. With an nastiness worthy of the song's gleefully nihilistic title, this standalone single sparks, seethes and then smolders, suggesting a cataclysmic end to so-called civilization. Vocalist-guitarist Matt King said of the cut, "I think it speaks for itself." Indeed, it does.
Irist - "Severed"
Encompassing the intricacy of prog-era Mastodon and the expansive heft of Gojira, Atlanta's Irist are already favorites around Revolver HQ ahead of their debut LP Order of the Mind, due in March. The album's second single, "Severed," showcases the group's ambition and power, cementing their status as newcomers to watch with eagle eyes.
Nova Twins - "Taxi"
The Fever 333's frontman Jason Aalon Butler, who signed Nova Twins to his label 333 Wreckords Crew late last year, calls the U.K. duo "the future," and they make the case for being just that with their sinuous, snarling cyberpunk single "Taxi." Maybe even more so, the song's cinematic sci-fi video — part The Matrix, part Tron — places them firmly light years ahead of the rest of us.