6 best new songs right now: 7/21/23 | Revolver

6 best new songs right now: 7/21/23

Code Orange, The Armed, Denzel Curry and more
Code Orange 2023 press 1600x900, Tim Saccenti
photograph by Tim Saccenti

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, grunge, metalcore 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.

Code Orange - "Take Shape" (Feat. Billy Corgan)

Code Orange are no strangers to grungy sounds. Back in the 2010s, four of their members played in the crunchy, autumnal alt-rock band Adventures, and some of Code's biggest songs ("Bleeding in the Blur," "Sulfur Surrounding") are more Foo Fighters than Full of Hell. "Take Shape," however, is their biggest reach in that direction yet — an explosively catchy, massively hard-hitting rock banger that does feature Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, but would still sound like a long-lost Mellon Collie cut even if it didn't. Epic is an understatement.

The Armed - "Everything's Glitter"

The Armed can do anything. On 2021's Ultrapop, the Detroit hardcore collective refurnished their sound with glitzy electronics, buzzy noise-rock guitars and understatedly catchy melodies. Nothing about "Everything's Glitter" is an understatement. The second single from next month's Perfect Saviors is a flagrantly hooky, almost Strokes-adjacent rock tune that whizzes by with the a punk force. It's probably their least hardcore song yet, and also one of their most replayable. 

Harms Way - "Silent Wolf"

It's been five years since Harms Way's 2018 Metal Blade debut, Posthuman, but the Chicago brutalists have returned with new music. "Silent Wolf" is a monstrously groovy metallic hardcore crusher that's not as outright industrial as many of the Posthuman tracks, but still has that Nineties metal swing to it. Vocalist James Pligge still sounds like a fucking beast, and the band play like a fine-tuned machine.

Pain of Truth - "Under My Skin"

Pain of Truth are the type of hardcore band where fans should expect bloodshed (the fun kind) at every show. The NYHC crew write mosh music, plain and simple, and "Under My Skin" might be their most ballistic pit-starter yet. With a helping hand from Criminal Instinct frontman Josiah Hoeflinger, the vocals are off the chain, but it's the final, seemingly unending mosh part that closes out the track that really makes "Under My Skin" such a delight — of the teeth-knocking variety.

Denzel Curry - "Blood on My Nikez"

Denzel Curry is a rapper with a chameleonic approach to sound. Over the last decade, the Florida MC has leaped from SoundCloud-era trap bangers to classic Miami rap to jazz-rap to Revolver's personal favorite: the trap-metal heaviness of his 2018 single "BLACK METAL TERRORIST." His latest cut, "Blood on My Nikez," is a return to his aggressive side, with a hard-hitting beat, foreboding synths and a gut-punching vocal delivery that makes you wanna mosh and party at the same time.

Silent Planet - "Antimatter"

Sleep Token and Bad Omens are spearheading a wave of bands who're blending soothing R&B vocals, industrial atmospheres and devastating metalcore instrumentation — but neither of those bands have made a song quite like "Antimatter." Silent Planet's new single begins with throbbing electronic pulsations and robotic clean croons, making you think that you're in for a clubby pop song. Nope. The djent instrumentation comes crashing through, and eventually the whole song builds up to a screamed chant that blends poledance-worthy synths with rigid, toe-stubbing breakdowns. Fuck yes.