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.
The Armed - "FT. FRANK TURNER"
Obvious trolling aside, the Armed's new track "Ft. Frank Turner" (it doesn't) is a vicious, bile-spewing sprint to the finish line with only brief breaks in the onslaught of aural violence. If it all seems too much to handle, don't worry: The piercing savagery doesn't overstay its welcome, but leaves an impression like a boot print to the forehead all the same.
Carnifex - "No Light Shall Save Us" featuring Alissa White-Gluz
Cali deathcore stalwarts Carnifex have been putting in work for the past 14 years, coming into their own as a real force in extreme music. All that experience pays off on the group's latest single, "No Light Will Save Us," featuring Arch Enemy's Alissa White-Gluz. The song attacks from all sides with a fusillade of ultra-heavy death riffs, while White-Gluz and Carnifex's Scott Lewis trade off on throaty, chaotic screamed vocals, leading the cut to a cathartic high point of melody before doubling down on the crush.
Sanction "Radial Lacerations"
Chaotic, static-fueled anxiety reigns supreme on Sanction's latest searing effort "Radial Lacerations." Death-metal guitar squeals, post-metal inflections and innovative construction flip the hardcore track on its head, creating space for the song to flourish despite its brevity. True to the title, this one plays out like a knife to the jugular and exits on a high point during the bleed-out breakdown.
Torche - "Times Missing"
Doom metal is generally celebrated more for its turgent heaviness than its poppiness or catchiness, but Torche are experts at applying thick Sabbathian sludge riffs to earworm hooks. Weighty yet infectious, new song "Times Missing" offers an undertone of sadness and nostalgia, drifting into the grungy waters of Alice in Chains at times. It remains beautiful all the way through, with a main groove that'll stick with you, sometimes veering off into noise or fuzz but never losing sight of the road ahead.
Battle Ruins - "IV.XII.MMXIX"
Blustery winds drag in the new guard on the hearty, triumphant war cry that is Battle Ruins' "IV.XII.MMXIX." The filthy punk/power-metal anthem takes on a slower, purposeful pace while maintaining its barking, spit-in-your-face attitude. Despite its fury, the track's infectious refrains make it intensely listenable, almost sing-song with its highly shout-able choruses sure to strike fire in crusty power-pop hearts everywhere.
City Morgue - "66Slavs"
NYC hip-hop duo City Morgue is a heavy group, straight up, and "66Slavs" serves as compelling evidence, winding a gnarly guitar riff into the band's full onslaught of sound while Zillakami calls for a mosh pit and evokes the Number of the Beast in his Rottweiler vocals. His partner in crime, SosMula, delivers an absolutely intense rap verse, as well, dragging the song across the concrete throughout its quick sub-two-minute runtime. In all, it's a telling glimpse into Zilla and Sos' world of chaos and darkness.