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 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.
Marilyn Manson - "Tattooed in Reverse"
The Antichrist Superstar returned today with Heaven Upside Down, the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2015's haunting The Pale Emperor. With its abundance of sulky mid-tempo cuts and formalistic arrangements, the record represents a more subdued work by Manson's musical standards — that is, some of the time. A deliciously dark, surprisingly infectious glam-goth anthem, "Tattooed in Reverse" offers a potent reminder that, even three decades in, Mr. Manson's sophisticated three-pentagram circus can devolve into a glorious, grotesque freakshow, just like the old days.
Morbid Angel - "Piles of Little Arms"
No disrespect intended to the pioneers of death metal, but let's be honest: We had reason to be wary heading "Piles of Little Arms," the first single off their upcoming album Kingdoms Disdained. The last time we heard from the Tampa outfit was on 2011's Illud Divinum Insanus, a record that marked the return of vocalist/bassist David Vincent, the departure of founding drummer Pete Sandoval and, oh yeah, a misguided industrial-rock dalliance that many fans regard as the group's St. Anger. But the past is in the past, and besides, we have good news: "Piles of Little Arms" is a roaring return to form for the Floridians, a triumphant death-metal ripper that gives Altars of Madness' pioneering fury a modern update.
The Black Dahlia Murder - "Kings of the Nightworld"
Arguably the most disciplined band in deathcore, this Michigan outfit stick to a Spartan schedule, dropping great albums every two or three years like clockwork. Nightbringers, their latest effort, may very well be their best. It's less an album than a knife party playlist, the band's punishing pallette turned playful. Its most devious bout of trickery? The tinnitus-inducing "Kings of the Nightworld," which thrills by way of chugging breakdowns, weeping solos and stabscotch vocals.
Primitive Man - "Commerce"
Trapped in a 9-to-5 job and craving reassurance? Don't listen to the new Primitive Man song. The Denver band's latest doomscape is a 12-minute romp through capitalist hell, by way of sludgehead paradise. "Nothing is real but the inevitability of your cold fucking death/And your heart being ripped from your chest/Placed into the cavity of another worker bee," roars lead vocalist ELM, his nihlistic taunts ringing out amidst the maelstrom. "Another fucking wage slave/Paycheck to paycheck/Your essence is dead but slavery is forever." Payday has never sounded so pulverizing; on that note, the band's new album album Caustic is out now!
Outer Heaven - "Into Hellfire" ft. Full of Hell's Dylan Walker
A blackened by-product of Pennsylvania's punk scene, Outer Heaven infuse Nineties hardcore with serpentine death metal and creeping sludge, a defiant merger most recently displayed on last year's four-way split with fellow noisemakers Gatecreeper, Homewrecker and Scorched. On their impressive new song "Into Hellfire," the talented upstarts rub shoulders with yet another punishing peer: Full of Hell vocalist Dylan Walker, who descends briefly into the chaotic din for a showstopping guest verse.
Black Label Society - "Room of Nightmares"
Fresh off his recent onstage reunion with Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde and Co. have returned with Grimmest Hits, an LP packed with "songs of love, heartbreak and genital blasting that may cause a trip to the emergency room." (Their words, not ours.) Lead single "Room of Nightmares" isn't quite life-threatening, at least not at first — its Sabbathian groove stands among the band's catchiest, Wylde's lilting croon affable and ear-pleasing. Then the nasty solo kicks in, and the Zakk attack begins. Take cover!