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.
Fluoride - "Degrade"
Philadelphia grind crew Fluoride hit viciously with their combination of powerviolence, noise and chaos. Their latest single "Degrade" starts things off with a loud layer of fuzz and distortion, the feedback coming into focus as it ends. The guitar work then jams open an overture of dread-filled riffs, before blasting off into an ultra-fast assault. The group manages to throw deviations in sound in a very quick time frame, speeding up and slowing down when necessary for the intensity of the song with no fucks given.
Grand Magus - "Wolf God"
Combining the ostentatious nature of power metal with the slow-burning heaviness of stoner doom, Grand Magus has created yet another epic ode with "Wolf God" taken from the upcoming album of the same name. Sounding like the coronation music for some mythical hulking beast king, the track steadies itself throughout on repeating sludgy riffs while vocalist Janne "JB" Christoffersson howls proudly in the foreground. Patient and stately, "Wolf God" shows the Swedes at their most controlled and stately, a perfect musical statement for a band entering their 20th year together.
Boundaries - "Kill Me Patiently"
A nu-metal flavored opening quickly blasts into an infectious banger, then everything is flipped on its head as the spastic riffs and constantly shifting tempo introduce unflinching transitions that occasionally give way to skull-smashing breakdowns. Somewhat deathcore, a little bit progressive, Boundaries challenged their namesake with the multi-directional "Kill Me Patiently."
Idle Hands - "Give Me to the Night"
The line between pop punk and post punk finds itself blurred on Idle Hands' irresistible bop "Give Me to the Night," an upbeat, danceable track with darker tones laid throughout that combine equal parts death rock and the late-nineties Fat Wreck Chords sound. Catchy, just gloomy enough, and packed with earworm hooks for days, the song's simple but hook-heavy composition begs for repeat listens with each revealing some new, shiny bit that sticks in the brain long after the track is finished.
The Damned Things - "Cells"
It's an open secret that most supergroups are trash, relying on pure name power rather than actual musical inspiration or ideas to keep them afloat. This is not the case for hard rock band the Damned Things, who have returned with a new single "Cells." The talents of Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Fall Out Boy's Andy Hurley and Joe Trohman, and Alkaline Trio's Dan Andriano stomp a hard-rock mudhole with their new single, riffing their asses off for another run as a band.
Health X JPEGMAFIA - "HATE YOU"
At this point, HEALTH are well known for their collaborations and remixes, having worked with Youth Code, Perturbator, Soccer Mommy, Crystal Castles and many others. Their latest sees them teaming with experimental rapper JPEGMAFIA on "HATE YOU." There's an eerie and ethereal beat for Peggy to deliver some venomous lyrics over, the music in the track shifting and turning on a dime. It's a dynamic of noise and bars that packs into a powerful track that runs under two minutes.