6 best new songs right now: 5/17/24 | Revolver

6 best new songs right now: 5/17/24

Kerry King, Body Count, Gatecreeper and more
kerry king 2024 rockville live PROMO, Maurice Nunez courtesy of Danny Wimmer Presents
photograph by Maurice Nunez courtesy of Danny Wimmer Presents

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, "grindhouse metal," death 'n' roll 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.

Kerry King - "Toxic"

As expected, Kerry King's new From Hell I Rise solo album is an intimidatingly hellacious grimoire of top-notch thrash from one of the genre's finest figures.

But there's something especially wicked about the way the Slayer co-founder leans into the biohazardous wasteland of "Toxic," alongside fellow shredder Phil Demmel (Machine Head, Vio-Lence), that sends this bilious banger straight to the top of our playlist. Plus, the topical lyrics pull no punches.

Gatecreeper - "Superstitious Vision"

The confidently domineering, streamlined death 'n' roll of Gatecreeper's new Dark Superstition album is a good look for the Arizona outfit.

While the band haven't exactly abandoned full-bore OSDM, dark arts anthems like "Superstitious Vision" show that the band have a handle on immediately hooky, if grossly-detuned, rock riffs that should play well to the nosebleeds of your local arena.

Body Count – "Psychopath"

The Merciless new era for Ice-T and his Body Count bandmates begins with a ruthlessly blood-spilling single sung from behind the eyes of a full-blown psychopath. The riffs run oppressively off-the-bone as Ice details his plans to "torture and kill and murder at will."

The thrashy, outrageously over-the-top gore-fest likewise includes a memorable guest spot from Fit for an Autopsy vocalist Joe Bad, and a mid-song murder-victim shriek-fest from Ice's wife Coco and their daughter Chanel.

Serj Tankian - "A.F. Day"

There are days, and then there are days. Serj Tankian said he wrote his new, garage-stomped solo single over 20 years ago, but its themes of police violence, sky-high rents and unseemly religious fervor still resonate with terrifying clarity.

Like a metal-minded soundtrack to Groundhog Day or Russian Doll, the tense-and-weary time-looping tune faces us with the ungodly return to yet "another fucking day."

Wage War - "TOMBSTONE"

There's an oddly retro-futuristic flavor to Wage War's latest STIGMA single. On the one hand, the band are glow-sticking through drum-and-bass breaks and taking their sound to a new level of fierceness with one of the squealiest slo-mosh breakdowns of the year thus far. But Briton Bond also screams his way through lyrics about an Old West gun duel.

The saloon scene of that era might not've known how to handle Wage War's abrasive metalcore fusion — but their great-great-great grandkids are gonna love it.

Polar - "We Won't Sleep"

Despite the chilly implications of Polar's chosen name, "We Won't Sleep" has the veteran U.K. unit self-immolating in a riotous blaze of thugged-through bounciness, nu-leaning production swerves and mega-shouted hardcore braggadocio.

A fun and furiously anthemic warning about what happens when Polar are about to set it off. Best keep your eyes wide open when they're around, is all we're sayin'.