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, which will grow each week.
Varials - "Bleeding"
Varials' "Bleeding" is a perfect example of how the elements of early nu-metal that made it great in the beginning are back and better than ever. Eschewing hardcore's traditionally uber-macho vibe for something darker and more unsettling, the song also contains plenty of straight-up brutal mosh parts for those who like their late-Nineties/early-Aughts nostalgia with a side of unfettered rage.
Dawn Ray'd - "To All, To All!"
Dawn Ray'd are a politically-charged powerhouse dedicated to creating crusty, crusading bblack metal with a deep commitment to their anti-fascist values. On "To All, To All!" the U.K. anarchists rush in with a fierce, pummeling bite before adding complexity by exploring various textures and tempos, even a bit of string instrumentation, throughout.
Candy - "Super-Stare"
There's something hypnotizing about genuinely heavy fucking metal, especially when built on disgusting, glacially-paced riffs that sound delivered straight from the bowels of hell. Hardcore upstarts Candy give exactly that with the introductory riffs of their new song "Super-Stare," only to unleash acidic fury just a few seconds later. Listen to be lulled into a trance then bashed over the head just when you think you're comfortable.
Alcest - "Sapphire"
As they've leaned into their airier shoegaze side, so have Alcest created more complex and stunning arrangements that pay respects to the band's heavier roots while continuously moving forward with their artistry. "Sapphire" is no different, building layer on layer as Neige's buried, weightless wail dances between rhythms and notes as though in a smoke-filled whispering dream. Gorgeous perfection.
Midnight - "Rebirth by Blasphemy"
Midnight's unwavering commitment to creating the filthiest, nastiest and downright crudest black 'n' roll is on full display on their latest "Rebirth By Blasphemy." If reliably dirty riffs and sleazy evil are your thing, dial in and turn it up.
Russian Baths - "Parasite"
Brooklyn upstarts Russian Baths are preparing to unleash their debut full-length, but for now we're happy to bump their eerie dark noise-rock single "Parasite" on repeat while we wait. The dueling coed vocals perched precariously atop the haunted sounds and steady beat give the group a fresh edge while still holding down a solid, engrossing stream of hooks.