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.
Rammstein - "Deutschland"
Nearing ten million views on YouTube just 24 hours after its release, Rammstein's massive return with new single "Deutschland" is a perfect "fuck you" to anyone who questioned the German band's ability to continue making immaculately heavy music that's loyal to their roots yet fresh all the same. An extended tension-building intro in the song's heaviest riff is quickly broken by a delicate verse that pays homage to lyrical content in their previous hits, all building into the enormity of a chorus that both celebrates and derides the long history of their homeland.
Big | Brave - "Sibling"
For fans of music that makes you wait for it, Big | Brave's "Sibling" features a slow-tease buildup that seems to sit constantly on the ledge of an avalanche, maintaining utmost tension with its droning, swollen tones before being only lightly broken by the ethereal vocals and harsh synthetic static. The track bellows on in uneven measure for just over seven minutes of immersive, hypnotic fugue-state dreaming, falling off just as you sit back and get comfortable with its unexpected movements.
Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes - "Anxiety"
One might think Frank Carter's output is all screaming bite — given the venom heard in his time in Gallows and currently with the Rattlesnakes (not to mention his pummeling cover of Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name"). But on the Rattlesnakes' latest track "Anxiety" he gears down to show off his beautiful pipes. The song is slow and anthemic, taking cues from grunge and Nineties alt-rock, which acts as a great arena for him to go toe-to-toe lyrically with his history of anxiety and depression.
Belzebubs - "Cathedrals of Mourning"
Belzebubs' comic strip-turned-animated band took an on-the-nose approach with "Cathedrals of Mourning," kicking off the tune with a long, echoing procession of choral vocals that seem to echo underneath the rest of the track long after the icy blackened riffs appear. Thickly atmospheric but full of traditional second-wave black-metal structure and movement, "Cathedrals" is a gallivanting stampede of triumphant, sweeping sounds that builds to an intense symphonic peak before collapsing into a reverberant cataclysm of hellish delight.
Fury - "Vacation"
O.C. hardcore crew Fury's best asset is their ability to take a classic trope like NYHC and flip it on its head by taking left turns into more interesting avenues and avoiding the genre's more obvious paths. The trend continues with their latest cut "Vacation," on which they tip their hat to New Jersey gods Turning Point, the great Supertouch and others, while cutting a new hardcore-meets-punk path that looks forward while maintaining full awareness of the trailblazers in the rearview. Fury is taking interesting chances with their new material, and it's paying off. We can't wait to hear where they go next.
Self Defense Family - "Awaiting Acknowledgement"
You really never know what you're going to get on a new Self Defense Family release. Their latest song "Awaiting Acknowledgement" shows what happens when the post-punk band gets "riffy." They kick things off with a guitar hook reminiscent of Revolution Summer punk bands, but instead of getting wild the riff folds in on itself, which allows space for singer Patrick Kindlon's bleak reflections. The song's steady, repetitive riffs and absence of any overt cathartic moment creates a meditative quality that mirrors the grief Kindlon is processing, adding to the huge shadow of sadness that hovers over the track.