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.
Run The Jewels – "Yankee and the Brave (ep. 4)"
Killer Mike and El-P should be on the road right now with Rage Against the Machine on the rap-metal rabble-rousers' big reunion tour, but a little thing called COVID-19 got in the way. Not ones to sit on their hands and be quiet, the heavy hip-hop duo instead dropped two tracks this week off their hotly anticipated new platter, RTJ4. The first of those, "Yankee and the Brave (ep. 4)," is a speaker-splitting banger: bassy, bombastic and industrial strength.
Trivium - "What the Dead Men Say"
OK, old-school Trivium fans, you wanted screams? You got 'em. Frontman Matt Heafy unloads on the title track off the Floridian metal veterans' forthcoming ninth full-length. Yet this is still modern Trivium: shreddy, melodic and unapologetic in its Metallica worship. "This is a riff beast!" bassist Paolo Gregoletto enthused of the new single, and he ain't wrong.
END - "Pariah"
Featuring current and former members of Dillinger Escape Plan, Counterparts, Fit for an Autopsy, Misery Signals, Shai Hulud and Reign Supreme, END are the rare heavy-music supergroup that manages to live up to the sum of its parts. Just blast "Pariah" to see what we mean: Atmospheric and crushing, it sweeps, surges and slashes with surgical violence worthy of the aforementioned heavy hitters.
Brutus - "Sand"
In celebration of the one-year anniversary of their acclaimed sophomore album, Nest, Belgian trio Brutus offered up a musically dizzying, vocally pleading post-hardcore masterpiece. "Sand," originally recorded for the aforementioned album, arrived paired with a perfect, nostalgia-tinged music video featuring both onstage and behind-the-scenes footage from the group's last show, four weeks ago in Ghent. It all comes with an important message: "If we want to share awesome moments like these again in the near future," the band said in a joint statement, "we all need to be responsible concerning the COVID-19 virus measures and stay home."
Xibalba - "En la Oscuridad"
We didn't even know how much we missed these Pomona, California-based punishers until we heard "En la Oscuridad," the band's first new music in three years. It's a burly, bloodthirsty beast of death-metal-spiked hardcore, and the lead single off the trio's upcoming Años En Infierno LP — intelligently selected by the band because, as they accurately promise, "the song will beat the shit out of you."
August Burns Red - "Paramount"
Probably the heaviest of the three singles released thus far from August Burns Red's forthcoming Guardians LP, "Paramount" harkens back to a classic ABR sound, building slow and epic through shifting time signatures and tempos, burly screaming and subtle melody gluing it all together. "There is actually meaning in suffering," drummer Matt Greiner says of the song's theme. "It's not random and without purpose." On "Paramount," ABR embrace the pain so well.