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.
Teeth - "Deathrace"
Teeth are a gnarly collective featuring current and former members of Every Time I Die, Norma Jean, Hundred Suns and more. After being forced to cancel tour plans and re-schedule recording sessions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the band dropped this nasty quarantine-inspired banger, which, in the group's words, "touches on the negative mental impact global events like this can have on people while also asking, 'Are WE the real problem? Are WE the fuckin' plague?' ... It's almost like we — the human race — want to self-destruct." "Deathrace" is the merciless sound of that self-destruction.
Bloodbather - "Disappear"
If the mosh pits of Code Orange and Vein are your happy place, meet your favorite new band: Bloodbather. On their killer new single, the Florida-based duo — vocalist-bassist Kyler Millo and guitarist-synthmaster Salem Vex — enshroud punishing hardcore in evil industrial textures. The inspiration for such malevolence? The band says "Disappear" is "a repercussion, a response. When someone reveals who they truly are and proves themselves unfit, unreliable, and undeserving, the only answer can be true emasculation." Ouch.
Youth Code - "Puzzle"
L.A. industrial duo Youth Code hadn't released any new music in four long years — though they have been playing a previously unreleased banger, titled "Puzzle," for a bit. This week we finally got the studio version of the song, and it's an airtight EBM masterpiece that's abrasive, catchy and dance-floor-ready. If you think you can do better, vocalist Sara Taylor and programmer Ryan George have even offered up the stems to the song via hardcore collective the Armed's collaborative platform ISOLATE/CREATE for some quarantine recreation.
Fit for an Autopsy - "Fear Tomorrow"
"We're not really a positive band and we never show you the light at the end of the tunnel, so don't expect a happy ending here," Jersey deathcore veterans Fit for an Autopsy announced, introducing their ferocious standalone single "Fear Tomorrow" to the world. As promised, the unrelenting ripper is dark and nihilistic through and through, but its ironclad groove and subtle hooks make for a fun ride toward the apocalypse, nonetheless.
Masterpiece Machine - "Rotting Fruit"
When we heard that Power Trip's Riley Gale and Fucked Up's Mike Haliechuk and Jonah Falco had joined forces for a new project channeling the industrial pummel of early Nine Inch Nails and Ministry, Big Black and Godflesh, we couldn't be more stoked to hear it. Masterpiece Machine's debut single, which we were honored to premiere this past week, does not disappoint. Shimmery and slamming, it evokes all of the above, not to mention Killing Joke at peak outrage.
O'Brother - "Killing Spree"
Atlanta's O'Brother specialize in a spacey, languorous style of heavy music not far-flung from Deftones or Thrice's guazy alt-metal, and on their new single "Killing Spree" — the lead offering off their forthcoming LP You and I — the quintet leans into their less aggro inclinations, hoping to provide "some level of calm amidst the chaos" of current events. Soaring, swirling and yet seething underneath it all, "Killing Spree" achieves just that.