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.
Full of Hell - "Burning Myrrh"
Noise-grind crew Full of Hell have become one of the most buzzed-about bands in the heavy-music scene thanks to their power-electronic-influenced extreme metal and outside-of-the-box approach. In fact, their forthcoming album Weeping Choir is so highly anticipated, that when Relapse Records announced the new single "Burning Myrrh" earlier this week, pre-sales apparently crashed the entire webstore. Coincidence or not, "Burning Myrrh" is a crusher. It gives heaviness in a way that feels completely inescapable — the speed of the track takes over everything in sight, eventually choking out some horrifying final screams before everything fades to black.
Brutus - "Django"
Brutus' take on post-hardcore feels like an ever-twisting and surprising journey into different soundscapes and influences, as heard on their latest burner "Django." The band apparently took inspiration from a variety of places, including the sweeping scores of Ennio Morricone and the weirdness of Twin Peaks, which you can hear in the song's ambitious, fluid structure. The track features some pretty grand guitar parts — that sound as though they could be part of a Fistful of Dollars scene — as singer-drummer Stefanie Mannaerts delivers another soaring, emotional performance.
Death Angel - "Humanicide"
Death Angel have been one of thrash metal's most consistently excellent bands for several decades, and "Humancide" is a perfect example why. The guitar and drum work on the new title track from their just-announced ninth full-length sound completely vicious. After a very grand introduction, the track gains speed with each passing riff, throttling back, only slightly, for an absolutely violent breakdown and solo. If you've been slacking on Death Angel's recent material, you're doing yourself a huge disservice. This one rips.
Agnosia - "Valo"
Kicking off with a fairly commonplace post-punk backbeat, Agnosia's "Valo" quickly adds a layer of eerie synth madness before bursting into full-on darkened aggression. With a run time just under two minutes, the Finnish rockers pack every second with a thick, furious aura before fading back out just as quickly as it came. A true gut-punch — the song is an excellent introduction to this relatively unknown group and their small but powerful body of work.
Dub Trio ft. Troy Sanders - "Fought the Line"
Mastodon's Troy Sanders has always had a uniquely recognizable voice in his main project, providing a gruff-yet-soothing gleam to the heavy music he typically plays. With Dub Trio's newest track "Fought the Line," he's able to relax further into that comfort zone and let his talents expand over the deliberate tempo and slow-groove antics of the group's rhythm section. Romantically tragic in its own beautiful way, the band's resulting combined efforts pair perfectly with Sanders' restrained approach.
Tripsitter - "Remains"
Irrepressible rage and ire kick off this vile, brutal jam and the assault only relents briefly over a third of the way through Tripsitter's "Remains." Blending vitriolic hardcore and atmospheric shoegaze riffs into one seamless entity, the Austrian outfit's atypical sense of structure and flow make for an interesting, infectious, and undeniably unique listening experience.