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, doomgaze 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.
Section H8 - "Streetsweeper"
Although their name brings to mind menacing beatdown, Section H8 are an L.A. band who split the difference between switchblade-flipping street punk and beefy metallic hardcore. Their latest single, "Streetsweeper," lands somewhere between Black Flag and Terror, and it features an unexpectedly snarling appearance from local legend Tim Armstrong (Rancid, Operation Ivy).
King Woman - "Psychic Wound"
The second single from King Woman's upcoming album, Celestial Blues, is more beastly than the first. On "Psychic Wound," Kris Esfandiari huffs out panicked gasps and bloodcurdling squeals in between her smokey mutterings, evoking the claustrophobic effect that obsession has on the mind. Its blood-smeared video brings that imagery to life with black leather and slimy limbs.
Turnstile - "Holiday"
"Too bright to live, too bright to die / I wanna celebrate." It's unclear what the exact message of "Holiday" is, but Turnstile have never sounded more fun. This standout from their new four-pack of songs, Turnstile Love Connection, is stylistically closer to their Nonstop Feeling years than the other tracks, but it's littered with hand-claps, kooky percussive embellishments and one of Brendan Yates' most immediate hooks yet. Go ahead, celebrate.
Poppy - "Her"
Last month, Poppy returned with a surprise EP of chaotic metalcore bangers that marked her heaviest release to date. Now, the genre-twister is back with a completely different-sounding track called "Her" that recalls Nineties grunge acts like Veruca Salt and Hole. It's way less overbearing than anything on EAT or last year's I Disagree, but the straightforward crunch suits her well.
Once Human - "Deadlock" Feat. Robb Flynn
Once Human is the band founded by ex-Machine Head/Soulfly guitarist Logan Mader, making their new song "Deadlock," which features Machine Head's main man Robb Flynn, somewhat of a reunion. The track swings between groovy death-metal and titanium nu-metal, as Once Human vocalist Lauren Hart and Flynn trade off bellowing growls and fired-up rapped verses. This is powerlifting music.
One Step Closer - "Pringle Street"
It's been over half-a-decade since Title Fight dissolved, but One Step Closer are carrying the torch for Wilkes-Barre melodic hardcore. On the first single from their debut LP, the quintet translate depressed stasis into jittery, emotional hardcore that channels timeless bands like Have Heart and Turning Point. As stage-diving season returns, you better learn the words to "Pringle Street."