Here at Revolver, we're always on the hunt for great new music — 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, below, which will grow each week.
Candy - "Good to Feel"
2018 may prove to be one of the most exciting epochs for hardcore punk, and Candy waste no effort in putting their mark on both the quickly evolving genre and this watershed year. The group's new single "Good to Feel" is as sonically heavy as it is psychologically terrifying, featuring a seemingly inhuman breakneck pace, nasty guitar work and drum hits that slam with the force of pure malice. Then there's the unexpected strand of electronica that winds itself into the track, adding to its unnerving sense of unpredictability and danger.
Cirith Ungol - "Witch's Game"
How do you evaluate a new song from a band that had been gone almost 25 years? On it's own merits? Or relative to the merits of the classic material that came before it? Luckily, in this case, Cirith Ungol's comeback single is top-notch by either measure, a slab of creative traditional metal that harkens back to the band's early times, yet is so good that you're apt to join along for the new ride, whether you're an grizzled old acolyte or a fresh-faced newbie. Wherever you might fall, crank "Witch's Game" and we dare you to not be impressed.
Emma Ruth Rundle - "Light Song"
On her latest single, singer-songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle brilliantly achieves the brand of chest-crushing heaviness many bands spend their entire careers trying to achieve, and she does so without sacrificing one hint of complex vocal beauty. Her goth-stained folk ballad "Light Song" is a timeless poem of dark romance, a massive duet featuring the rumbling baritone of singer Evan Patterson that will shatter your heart with its room-filling riffs.
Architects - "Hereafter"
Over the last decade-plus, Architects have quietly served as forerunners in breaking metalcore over to a wider, more mainstream audience, and have pursued that path admirably without softening their sound for the masses. They manage fury well, and on their new single "Hereafter," the U.K. band channel their heartbreak from the death of guitarist Tom Searle into a crushing and cathartic single. Frontman Sam Carter belts out his most incensed vocals to date, both in screams and singing, leading the song into a climatic breakdown that cracks the earth.
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats - "Stranger Tonight"
Fuzz-rock kings Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats returned with an interesting new approach on their latest single "Stranger Tonight." With a chorus not that far removed from Supergrass's "Tonight," the song seems to mark a move away from the streamlined simplicity of previous works toward more complicated ideas, and the look is sharp. Evolving but rarely devolving, Uncle Acid have another banger on their hands.
Bloodbath - "Bloodicide"
The Swedes are at it again, bringing the down-low dirty death with supergroup collective Bloodbath's latest offering, "Bloodicide." Never ones for subtlety, the band have dropped a track all about tearing souls from bodies, mutilation and genocidal mania. Ripping riffs, OSDM floor-hitting breakdowns and hideous visceral growls all lead to a screaming gore-splattered peak. From the sounds of it, bloodicide is a good way to go.