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.
nothing,nowhere. - "DEATH"
Between the skull logo and gothic font, not to mention that omnipresent Nails hoodie, emo-rap artist nothing,nowhere.'s aesthestic has always been more metal than his music. That is until "DEATH." Perfectly complemented by its gritty, lo-fi, frenetic and cultish music video, the single goes hard — and then, when it hits its gnarly breakdown, way harder.
Lamb of God - "New Colossal Hate"
Virginian metal masters Lamb of God might have pushed their album release date back, but that didn't stop them from dropping an absolute bomb in the meantime. This latest ripper off the band's self-titled LP might just wall-of-death you right across the room. That it bears an important message about the divisive "othering" of marginalized people only adds to its heft.
Ministry - "Alert Level (Quarantined Mix)"
As you might expect he would, Al Jourgensen has quarantined himself in the studio and he's not coming out until he's finished Ministry's 15th studio album. Till then, Uncle Al's offered up the first taste of what's to come in the form of the politically charged industrial-metal crusher "Alert Level," which sounds old school in all the best ways. "Are you ready to die?" Absolutely not, if there's an awesome new Ministry album in the pipeline.
The Ghost Inside - "Aftermath"
The Ghost Inside's devastating 2015 bus accident may have broken their bodies, but it didn't break their spirit. The L.A.-based metalcore veterans are back, and if there was any doubt that their return was going to be highly emotional, look no further than the cathartic, triumphant-as-fuck anthem "Aftermath." Bassist Jim Riley said it best: "We let it all out in the song so that it's not bottled up inside us anymore and we can heal and move on."
End - "Covet Not"
"I am one with rotting flesh, gagging on the fumes disguised at Christ-like winds leading me away from sky," Counterparts frontman Brendan Murphy roars on "Covet Not," the latest cut from his supergroup with current and former members of Dillinger Escape Plan, Fit for an Autopsy, Misery Signals, Shai Hulud and Reign Supreme. A short, sharp shock of death-metal-infused hardcore, the song is as gnarly and poetic as those lines, textured and artistic and totally brutal.
Puppy - "Powder Blue"
Good-humored alt-metal trio Puppy continue their hilarious behavior — but in a poignant way? Their latest single "Power Blue" is a fun, catchy, three-and-a-half-minute Nineties-worshipping grinder, but its accompanying music video steals the show. The backstory, according to the subtitles, is that the band wanted to shoot a live video like the ones they "watched on MTV as kids" — a shitload of pyro, a crazy, packed crowd. But it all fell apart. No pyro. Empty room. Call it "insensitive" in a COVID-19 world, but really, it's just badass.