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.
PETYR - "Emerald Eyes"
Building on the momentum of this summer's full-length Smolyk, California stoner-psych skate heads PETYR have conjured up some heavily intoxicating late-Sixties (via Earthless and Uncle Acid) sounds on "Emerald Eyes," from their new 7-inch of the same name. Vocalist-guitarist Riley Hawk leads the procession through this riff-filled, tripped-out, five-minute-plus workout — a grooving, slow-burner that blossoms like shrooms kicking in as you watch the sun rise over the desert in Joshua Tree.
Misery Index - "New Salem"
Misery Index have been grinding up an intense take on death metal for nearly 20 years, and there's not a gray hair on their sound. The latest song "New Salem" is an absolute firestorm built upon a gleefully chugging riff that paves the main path for the song to run. Here and there, the Baltimore crew takes detours into snappy grindcore destruction before charging back to its baseline. It ends in a tornado of a solo and a breakdown, giving a hell of a thing to look forward to in 2019.
Festerday - "Kill Your Truth"
Blistering, blackened licks and unrelenting blast-beats topped with a mixture of acid-drenched rasps and low, thick screams come together to make Festerday's "Kill Your Truth" one of the most vile, disgusting hardcore tracks in recent memory. With just enough time to breathe in the skull-crushing breakdowns, the hastened pace converges on a duel-vocal eruption and hangs there until the brutal end.
Currents - "Forever Marked"
There's times when adding a whole bunch of shit to a song completely sinks it, but Currents manage to stay afloat on "Forever Marked" — and keep things fun as hell while they do it. The track will get your blood pumping with myriad breakdowns, chugs, mosh parts and guitar flourishes, and while vocals recall the extremely melodic metalcore singing of the mid-2000s (a la Before Their Eyes), the song's serious low-end heaviness steers it away from any potentially cheesy moments.
Mark Morton - "The Truth Is Dead"
Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton came blazing out of the gate with this lead single from his upcoming solo record Anesthetic. With guest vocals from Morton's bandmate Randy Blythe and Arch Enemy's Alyssa White-Gluz, the track highlights both singers' respective guttural and clean talents. White-Gluz kicks things off during the song's delicate, winding intro, before Blythe drops the hammer and Morton unleashes his signature staccato riffs. The two singers duet for the catchy chorus before another round of grooving riffs, djenty breakdowns and soaring melodies.
Judiciary - "Temple"
After years of simmering on the Texas hardcore scene, the time has come for Judiciary to strike. The Lubbock-based team have recruited wrestler/God's Hate frontman Brody King for their first vicious attack, "Temple," from the forthcoming Surface Noise LP. Much like Closed Casket Activities label mates Xibalba, Incendiary and Nails, Judiciary lean heavily into the metal realm while still staying true to their "core" constituents. "Temple" is one for the pit and, much like their unmerciful live show, bodes well for the band's future.