6 best new songs right now: 8/18/23 | Revolver

6 best new songs right now: 8/18/23

Baroness, TesseracT, Broken Vow and more
Baroness press photo 2023 Ebru Yildiz, Ebru Yildiz
photograph by Ebru Yildiz

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 progressive metal, sludge, hardcore 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.

Baroness - "Shine"

The third teaser from Baroness' highly-anticipated new album, STONE, is a gorgeous amalgamation of the band's many sonic styles, combining driving beats and explosive guitar parts with an ethereal soundscape. The Georgia group's sludge foundation is of course present in its heavy undergirding, but like so many of their eclectic standouts, "Shine" has something for every type of Baroness fan. 

TesseracT - "The Grey"

Has this band reached its most powerful form yet? TesseracT's proggy "The Grey" is another massive cut from what may become their signature album, War of Being. The huge atmosphere of "The Grey" is punctuated by some tasty, slap-tastic bass work from Amos Williams that blends seamlessly with Jay Postones' drums. These dudes have been firing on all cylinders lately. 

Broken Vow - "1.5"

Since their 2020 demo, New Englad's Broken Vow have been delivering some of the best new hardcore in the style of Nineties, Victory Records-core bands like Earth Crisis, Strife and One King Down. Next month, they'll be unveiling their debut LP, Anthropocene, through Triple B records, and lead single "1.5" is the one of the best songs they've ever released. Frontman Tommy Harte's vocals sound a little more tattered, the mix is a little dirtier and heavier than their previous stuff, and the mosh part is a fucking riot. 

Pain of Truth - "You and Me"

Long Island hardcore fiends Pain of Truth have joined forces with Madball vocalist Freddy Cricien for the punishing new track "You and Me." The cut is unapologetically NYHC, even down to the samples that Pain of Truth stuck between the beginning and end of "You and Me." Now, the choice is up to you: Are you gonna hit 'em with the lawnmower? You gonna pick up change? Or are you just gonna destroy your living room like always? There's no wrong answer.

END - "Gaping Wounds of Earth"

That guitar tone is sheer filth. Why clean your strings when you can sound like END? "Gaping Wounds of Earth" is another frantic, violent track from the metalcore supergroup — featuring members of Counterparts, Fit For An Autopsy and more. Is blackened industrial hardcore an official genre yet? If not, then let this utter ripper from END's forthcoming album, The Sin of Human Frailty, be its inaugural entry. 

Venera - "Hologram"

Venera is the brainchild of Korn guitarist James 'Munky' Shaffer and minimalist composer Chris Hunt — and it sounds nothing like what you imagine it might. "Hologram" is a heavily, atmospheric slice of post-rock featuring a cameo from Rizz of "death pop" duo VOWWS. Released via Mike Patton's Ipecac Recordings, "Hologram" is certainly not made for Korn fans, although they may end up digging the electronically-driven track through its own merit. It's like a soundtrack from a lost sci-fi movie brought into the 2020s by the most unlikely means possible.