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.
Jinjer - "Dreadful Moments"
Ukrainian metalcore crew Jinjer deliver their signature fusion of clinical Meshuggahisms and soulful funk metal on their latest single "Dreadful Moments," but with a grimmer and more punishing edge, making for what the group themselves describe as "the darkest song we have ever made." Amid all the instrumental virtuosity, the real star — as always — is vocalist Tatiana Shmaylyuk. Her range, from thunderous death-metal roars to R&B-inflected singing, is hard to match.
Ho99o9 - "Delete My Browser History"
Ho99o9 never sleep, and their new semi-surprise EP Cyber Cop is a hell of an early Christmas gift for those who want to get gross and aggro. Standout track "Delete My Browser History," a start-to-finish firestorm, distills everything the duo kick ass at. Part punk rock, part hip-hop, part Nine Inch Nails–esque industrial screed, it's an anarchic call to arms for our technologically overdriven times.
Rotting Christ - "Fire, God and Fear"
Nobody does cinematic Hellenic black metal like Rotting Christ, and with this hard-hitting return following 2016's thrilling Rituals, the Greek outfit once again prove themselves to be the reigning kings of the sub-subgenre. Liturgical chants are a salve to the eardrums, while smooth melodies and barked vocals meld seamlessly into a wailing solo apex, hanging gloriously before fizzling back into the sonic abyss from whence it came. With pinpoint precision, the band is able to maintain dogmatic focus on its constant themes of worship, evil and the human condition's relation to both, and this soaring track is another example in their 30-plus year catalog of how adept they are at keeping it fresh.
Grimes - "We Appreciate Power"
Grimes' weirdo goth-pop vision is always morphing and mutating, and her latest single "We Appreciate Power" expands her outlook in the best way possible. Hooky and heavy, the cut overflows with hesher-friendly elements of industrial and metal, sounding like something born of a wondrous alternate universe where Marilyn Manson really was both a woman and a pop star.
Svartidauði - "Wolves of a Red Sun"
Tense and foreboding, the introduction to "Wolves of a Red Sun" builds an anxious gut feeling, teasing the sweet promise of release only to introduce more discordant, off-kilter rhythms that turn the listener's expectations upside down. Luckily, plenty of black-metal fans are masochistic in their desires, so by the time the track reaches full exaltation, the cacophonous symphony spilling forward is a cerebral treat that pulls the mind and ears in all directions at once. The five and a half minutes inside this sharp aural cocoon breeze by more quickly than one might expect, ending on a hastened note of mute, fateful agony.
Boundaries - "Blush"
In the arms race to be the heaviest metallic hardcore band out there, Boundaries make a strong bid with their new atom bomb of a single. On "Blush," the band throws in flourishes of dissonant guitar work amid a steady stream of chug riffs to create a push-pull dynamic between sensitive and ignorant. The tension grows as the band laser in on loudness, creating real chaos as the song continues, all leading to a climatic breakdown that confirms that, while this crew could probably dazzle you with fast fretting, they're far more interested in pure heaviness.