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.
Body Count - "Point the Finger (featuring Power Trip's Riley Gale)"
Body Count's new album Carnivore is full of bangers, but even Ice-T himself calls "Point the Finger" "the hardest song on the album." It figures that it would be since the full-speed-ahead ripper 1) features none other than Power Trip's wild-man vocalist Riley Gale, a.k.a. Lil Jumpy Mane, as Ice has been known to affectionately call him, and 2) bluntly takes on the topic that brought Body Count their most well-known and controversial song, "Cop Killer": police brutality.
Greg Puciato - "Fire for Water"
Revolver HQ lost its collective shit when former Dillinger Escape Plan and current Black Queen frontman Greg Puciato unleashed his fiery first-ever solo song. Death-embracing his inner Trent Reznor and Justin Broadrick, "Fire for Water" is a destructive industrial-strength barrage that leaves you stunned but hungry for more. At the time of the single's release, Puciato said, "It's me reclaiming and owning the abrasive part of me." Ah, how we missed you.
Testament - "Children of the Next Level"
In the words of Chuck Billy: "Fucking metal for ever!!!!!!" All six exclamation points are totally necessary when you're talking about a whip-lashing thrash attack like the Bay Area–based titans' latest cut. The second single off the veteran riff-warriors' forthcoming 13th studio album, Titans of Creation, "Children of the Next Level" is built on a compulsive headbanging groove and readymade for the mosh pit.
Ulcerate - "Stare Into Death and Be Still"
Kiwi death dealers Ulcerate have never been content with mere brutality. In that vein, their latest offering — the sludgy, disharmonic title cut off the trio's forthcoming sixth album — is full of seasick riffage and disorienting atmospherics, the terrifying sound of a Lovecraftian leviathan's slow crawl out of hellish depths.
Jason Aalon Butler - "Bulletproof"
In the same week his main band FEVER 333 dropped a surprise new single, "Presence Is Strength," vocalist Jason Aalon Butler also released a solo rap track, "Bulletproof." Managing to toe the line between the righteous antagonism of Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha and the hooky melodicism of Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, Butler throws in a few extra screams to remind you he stands on his own as an MC, too — and we're feeling it.
Constrict - "No Eden"
Featuring members of Vamachara, God's Hate, Disgrace, Forced Order and more, L.A. metallic hardcore crew Constrict proved to be more than the sum of their parts on the bone-breaking title track of their upcoming LP, No Eden. A relentless, concussive beatdown, the cut also manages to live up to vocalist Anthonie Gonzalez's commentary. "I believe it is in our nature to hate one another," he said of the song. "In our world there's no time for peace."