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 thrash, death metal, hardcore and more that have been on heavy rotation at Revolver HQ. For your listening pleasure, we've also compiled the songs in an ever-evolving Spotify playlist.
Ghost - "Jesus He Knows Me"
No modern band does covers like Ghost. Always coming out of left field, Ghost can bring a song from any genre into the occult-rock spectrum, including this new rendition of Genesis' "Jesus He Knows Me." The classic original was almost predestined to become a part of Ghost's canon, mixing splendid earworm melodies with lyrical concepts of hypocrisy within organized religion. In Papa and the Ghouls' (left) hands, it's almost too perfect.
Metallica - "Inamorata"
With the highly anticipated release of Metallica's 72 Seasons comes an unexpected closer in the 11-minute "Inamorata." The first minute of the track sounds exactly like a lost Black Sabbath cut, but it slowly morphs into a mid-tempo Metallica anthem from the band's modern era. Focused around the theme of misery — featuring all-too-relatable lyrics about resentment, pain and neuroticism — "Inamorata" is the longest song of Metallica's career but it goes down easy.
Spy - "Big Man"
From one of the hottest new bands in the Bay Area hardcore scene comes a killer beatdown track, aptly titled "Big Man." In the vein of equally devastating peers like Scowl, GEL, Trash Talk and Negative Approach, Spy bring the energy with the cut, the lead single from Satisfaction. It's a two-minute pit boss anthem with enough dynamic changes to keep you hitting that replay button.
Pupil Slicer - "No Temple"
U.K. mathcore number-crunchers Pupil Slicer drew influence from all over the map for their new album, Blossom, including books, movies and video games. Mixing otherworldly narratives with fierce sonic hooks, "No Temple" is the latest single from the LP, and it fucking slaps. This thing is a vile beast of intricate drum work and rhythmic insanity topped with fierce barked vocals from Kate Davies. Whatever you do, don't skip the ending.
Kvelertak - "Krøterveg Te Helvete"
Kvelertak are back and they're bringing the party. The Norwegian black 'n' roll miscreants created two movements within their latest single, "Krøterveg Te Helvete" — a fun and energetic first half, followed by a jammy and anthemic second. Together, these contrasting parts make for what the band winkingly describes as "a celebration of the intolerable levels of hardships of being in a popular rock band in 2023." Tough life, indeed.
Frozen Soul - "Glacial Domination"
It feels like a new era for Texas-bred snow beasts Frozen Soul. The band's debut album, Crypt of Ice, earned them cult status, and now they're aiming for legit death-metal stardom, showcasing the depths of their brutality with the title track to follow-up LP Glacial Domination. The pummeling track features Trivium's Matt Heafy (who also produced the album) and sounds like the soundtrack to a tribe of cavemen feasting on a woolly mammoth carcass. It's raw, it's ruthless and it rules.