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 metalcore, hardcore, industrial 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.
Iron Maiden - "The Writing on the Wall"
Iron Maiden are back! After a cryptic hype campaign, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal icons released an epic new song "The Writing on the Wall" this week, their first new music since 2015's The Book of Souls. The rousing mid-paced jam kicks off with a vaguely western-style acoustic guitar progression before opening up into the galloping, dual-guitar riffs and soaring vocals that made Maiden stadium-packing stars.
Crystal Lake - "Curse"
Heavy music has been cursed with a long history of heroes who die too young, a sad fact that Japanese progressive metal juggernaut Crystal Lake take to heart. Their new single, fittingly titled "Curse," hails the "legends in the music industry who passed away," according to vocalist Ryo Kinoshita, and as it should be, it's an alternately crushing and elegiac epic.
Underoath - "Damn Excuses"
The pandemic has been a time of frustration, isolation and anxiety for many of us, and Underoath put all those emotions and more into surprise single "Damn Excuses," the Floridian band's first new music in three years. Chaotic, blistering and no-holds-barred, it's an exorcism of negativity that strikes a resonate chord.
King Woman - "Boghz"
Doomgaze crew King Woman are experts at dynamics, and "Boghz" is a prime of example of their skill. Across five and a half minutes, singer Kris Esfandiari and Co. steadily ratchet up the intensity, kicking off with alluring vocals and subdued guitar and drum work before the crew break into a sludgy assault that leads to a sublimely devastating climax.
DARE - "Hard to Cope"
Terror's Scott Vogel has been singing the praises of O.C. straight-edge crew DARE for a while. Now, he's actually singing with them. The fast-rising band's compulsive new cut, "Hard to Cope" — the lead single off their upcoming LP, Against All Odds — is groovy, bouncy, furious and fun, and Vogel fits in perfectly.
Memphis May Fire - "Death Inside"
"'Death Inside' is a new flavor of MMF," says frontman Matty Mullins, and he's not kidding. The metalcore veterans' latest single sees the group embracing a previously unheard nu-metal element in the song's almost-rapped verses before kicking into a tried-and-true MMF earworm chorus. It's an experiment that could have failed miserably, but impressively, it works.