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 below, which will grow each week.
Ho99o9 x Ghostemane - "Twist of Fate / Cobra"
Ho99o9 and Ghostemane are such a perfect pairing that we're surprised it's taken them this long to collaborate. But we're glad they finally got together for their ripping new song, "Twist of Fate / Cobra," and current North American tour. The track is an exercise in extremity that showcases the wide range of creativity of both artists. Kicking off with some hardcore mosh shit, Ghoste, Eady and theOGM all take turns yelling over the heavy metal–meets-punk chaos. Midway through, though, it turns into straight hip-hop, as Ghostemane delivers a verse that feels like a throwback to his older stuff while Ho99o9 stay venomous as hell. The track crushes — and watching them unleash it live on tour will be un-fucking-missable.
Darkthrone - "Duke of Gloat"
You really can't fuck with any era of Darkthrone, but this newest one is a welcome return to lo-fi, filthy dirge that most fans can agree is one of the most endearing hallmarks of any Fenriz and Co. classic. Spooky, icy and thick with atmospheric dread, the Norwegian black metallers aren't reinventing the wheel by any means — but who needs to innovate a thing you helped create in the first place?
Poppy with Fever 333 - "Scary Mask"
We get it. On the surface, combining bubblegum pop with heavy metal seems extremely off-putting and really whack. But say what you will, Poppy is a pretty self-aware artist — and seems to get what makes each genre work, as she proves with her new collab with Fever 333 "Scary Mask." Poppy's sugary sweet vocals are definitely the focal point of this schizophrenic track, which sounds like some crazy mash-up between Babymetal and Slipknot. The constant back-and-forth between soothing vocals and the band fucking shit up with metallic heaviness results in a fun, and thoroughly unnerving, experience.
3TEETH - "AFFLUENZA"
With an immediate infectiousness belying the central theme of capitalist critique, 3TEETH's new single "AFFLUENZA" continues the L.A. band's thematic dedication to using industrial for its greatest purpose: piercing the veil of blind consumerism in the face of dystopian neofascism and spewing the system's bile back at itself with pointed, venomous aim. Another 10/10 banger from the modern carriers of the industrial-rock torch.
Friendship - "Punishment"
Japanese powerviolence band Friendship know how to truly bring chaos, and their new track "Punishment" is a very aptly titled crusher. Its opening is pure mosh-pit bait that provides a quick bounce before the band goes into a full-on frenzy at a breakneck speed. Drums fire off like machine guns and the guitars are unrelenting, as though the band is taunting the listener with how wild it can get. Friendship end the track completely grinding — every instrument firing off in gleeful chaos.
Superstition - "Torn in the Outer Lands"
20 Buck Spin continue their legacy of churning out a stream of utterly evil blackened rippers with Superstition's latest, "Torn in the Outer Lands." The song's impenetrable walls of scathing putridity are punctuated by unpredictable shifting drum beats — all staying true to the central tempo but refusing to remain locked into a formal verse-chorus structure — giving a truly underground, fuck-off feel to this clamoring, hellish four-minute ride.