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 hardcore, emo, deathcore 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.
Fall Out Boy came back to "save rock and roll" with glilttery pop songs. Blink-182 broke their hiatus to make middling alt-rock. Green Day should've stopped 10 years ago. But My Chemical Romance aren't fucking around. Their first new song in eight years is as heavy as anything on their 2002 debut when they were an ambitious post-hardcore band. It's every bit as grandiose and theatrical as The Black Parade. Crucially, it actually offers something new. Spiraling post-metal guitar leads, black-metal shrieks and a mature lyrical perspective that still speaks to their core sensibilities. Not only are they back, they've actually justified their return.
Behemoth's Nergal croaks his lines with a carefully punctuated meter like he's regaling you with an animated folktale by fireside in the middle of a haunted forest. "Ov My Herculean Exile," the Polish extreme-metal band's first taste of their new album, marries cinematc death metal with blood-smeared brushstrokes of whirring black-metal guitarwork. It feels wrong to take it in without watching its music video — a gory film of cannibalism, murder and demonic possession.
This isn't a diss to any of their deathcore contemporaries, but Lorna Shore are simply playing in a different league. "Sun//Eater" has the triumphant Zelda soundtrack strings of a proper symphonic black-metal band, galloping melodeath riffage, oppressively heavy tech-death drumming and of course Will Ramos' dazzling vocal performance — which is a performance. The man shrieks, gurgles, squawks, screeches and unleashes his Gollum snort with the charisma and confidence of some kind of deathcore Broadway star.
Motionless in White began as a metalcore band and have gradually sprawled out into industrial-metal, nu-metal and gothic hard-rock as their career has progressed. "Slaughterhouse" proves they haven't completely abandoned their roots, though, enlisting Knocked Loose screamer Bryan Garris for a maniacally heavy duet with Chris Motionless that starts at level 10 and only gets increasingly crushing as it goes on.
It's hard to imagine someone who can honestly say they dislike the HU. The Mongolian folk-metal band are one of the genre's unlikeliest heroes, using traditional instruments and ancient singing techniques to make stadium-sized metal anthems that are universally catchy and instantly headbangable. Even a scowling black metal purist couldn't help but tap their foot and let out an affirmative nod upon hearing "This Is Mongol" — a coliseum soundtrack for the Crypto.com Arena age.
Clobbering metallic hardcore with brooding death-metal leads, vein-popping vocals and knuckle-dragging mosh parts aren't hard to come by these days, but Simulakra stand out in the crowd for simply doing that sound exceedingly well. The latest offering from their debut full-length invites Year of the Knife frontman Tyler Mullen to bellow a verse, but the whole track has a coherent sludginess to it that absorb's Mullen's voice into the chaotic din of metalcore mayhem. It'll envelope you, too.