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, hardcore and beyond 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.
Myrkur - "Juniper"
The music of Danish black-metal singer-songwriter Myrkur is always changing and evolving, thanks to an unorthodox approach much different than most other musicians in her lane. The latest example of this is her new single "Juniper." The folk elements that open the track add a nice tension, but the song never settles into a traditional "folk metal" vibe — thanks to its loud, abrupt and cathartic chorus, which creates a resonant contrast between the song's two halves, as though they were fighting one another.
Warfare - "Membership Revoked"
Warfare is a supergroup, comprised of Sam Yarmouth (Glory, head of Triple B), Sam Bosson (Blazing Eye, etc), Justice Tripp (Trapped Under Ice, Angel Du$t), Madison Woodward (Fury, etc) and Ryan Boone (Firewalker, etc). That's a lot of talent in one single band, which in the case of some collaborations doesn't always translate to a sum greater than its parts. Thankfully it does here, and one listen to the sweet, sweet Negative Approach–style hardcore glory that is "Membership Revoked" and you'll agree.
Arctic Flowers - "In Silence"
Post-punk is still punk, and Portland's Arctic Flowers understand that, creating a pulsing backbeat built for the dance floor or the headphones of an angst-ridden fan. Their latest is "In Silence," which has elements of peace punk, Christian Death and even Blondie to a degree, creating an urgent punk anthem that you can dance to. The track is culled from the band's upcoming full-length Straight to the Hunter, which is scheduled to drop later this month.
A Pale Horse Named Death - "Love the Ones You Hate"
Featuring members of Life of Agony and Type O Negative, A Pale Horse Named Death lean in hard to the early Nineties goth-rock tropes that worked so well in their respective pasts, and the result is fresh, gripping, and avoids the pitfalls of yet another nostalgic cash-grab looking to capitalize on a trend. Gloomy and danceable with a morose sense of melody, "Love the Ones You Hate" is a fuzzy, fun and darkly head-bopping good time.
Angel Du$t - "Big Ass Love"
Angel Du$t's last full-length album was titled Rock the Fuck on Forever, which pretty much encapsulates the band's entire mission of writing undeniable jams. They've recently leveled up on a pair of surprise-released new songs, which includes "Big Ass Love." The song approaches punk with nods to bands outside of their lane like the Lemonheads or Teenage Fanclub, resulting in a major catchiness that doesn't get too heavy but doesn't lose its teeth.
Ayyur - "He Who Dwells in the Trenches"
Bleak, dismal, and depressing to the core, Tunisian black-metal act Ayyur wrench desperation with every note jettisoned from their infernal depths of sorrow. As winter swoops in with its abysmal chill, "He Who Dwells in the Trenches" echoes the seasonal howling winds carrying death and hibernation in their frigid grasp. The icy, razor-shape riffs pierce through the dense veil of reverb while unearthly growls blend seamlessly into the lugubrious fog, and a distant yet churning beat (courtesy of former Deathspell Omega vocalist-turned-drummer Shaxul) drives the track slowly into its hastened burn-out of an end.