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.
Baroness - "Seasons"
On Baroness' new song "Seasons" — the second single from their upcoming Gold & Grey album — John Baizley and Co. update their trademark sludgy grooves and proggy structures with some fresh, spacious atmospherics and a brief segment of blast-beats. Much like G&G's first single, "Borderlines," the seasoned rockers show off an expanded aural vocabulary and push even further into the experimental direction they seem to be heading lately — indicating that longtime and newcomer fans alike will have plenty to look forward to with this coming record.
Nails - "I Don't Want to Know You"
Sometimes a song can get so heavy it becomes an overwhelming assault on the senses — Nails' latest single "I Don't Want to Know You" is a perfect example of that chaotic, furious beauty. Singer Todd Jones sounds beyond pissed, while the band pulls out a complete barrage of blackened, thrashing viciousness. The chaos eventually settles into a completely sick riff that slows down just enough for a truly crushing breakdown. Nails are talented as hell, firing on all cylinders and clearly ready to take on all comers.
Abbath - "Harvest Pyre"
Former Immortal front man Abbath is back and icier than ever with his latest solo effort "Harvest Pyre." Those signature chilly guitars and pummeling blast-beats hold strong here, with a bit more depth and texture added to keep things interesting. The video is also an aesthetic feast, drawing on the bleak wildness of the Nordic woods while the raven-maned warrior-musician pillages with ominous fury amid the spread of fog and darkness. Abbath proves once again with this single and clip that he is nothing short of an international treasure.
Ghostemane - "Carbomb"
Ghostemane's grand design includes creating the rawest, darkest expressions he possibly can — genre be damned. As such, he's been making a ton of waves in both metal and hip-hop, and his latest Fear Network EP shows how effectively he can bounce between multiple musical styles. "Carbomb" features a Nails-esque riff, with Ghoste shredding his voice over the guitar work. His screaming switches between straight-up harsh vocal delivery to some lightly rapped stuff in the vein of Incendiary. It's a nasty-as-hell window into his hardcore-kid past, while still fitting perfectly with his overall genre-blurring body of work.
Paladin - "Shoot for the Sun"
Injecting a fresh shot of pure adrenaline into their technical superstorm of power-metal antics, thrashing quartet Paladin bring straight fire with their latest, "Shoot for the Sun." Newly signed to Prosthetic Records, the burgeoning group give it their all on this track: dynamic vocals that reach glass-shattering heights, inspired riffs at every turn and gloriously motivational lyrics urging listeners to go after their dreams all combine for maximum and glorious heavy-metal exaltation.
Wild Side - "Street Action"
Something that often gets lost in the wave of new hardcore is the fact that the genre doesn't always have to be stupidly heavy or relentlessly hard to be successful. Wild Side throw a different flavor of punk into the mix, and offer up a kind of hardcore that's groovy, fun and way different than anything else on the field today. "Street Action" embodies this approach with its slightly funky riffs, ripping solo and mosh pit–inducing vocals. We've got a feeling the question posed with their album title — Who the Hell Is Wild Side? — will be answered by the end of the year.