6 New Songs You Need to Hear This Week: 11/17/17 | Revolver

6 New Songs You Need to Hear This Week: 11/17/17

Machine Head, Tribulation, Godflesh and more
tribulation 2017 PRESS, Ester Segarra
Tribulation, 2017
photograph by Ester Segarra

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.

Tribulation - "The Lament"
These Corpse-paint-slathered Swedes have quickly become favorites of the headbanging cognoscenti with their goth-stained, psych-rock-swirled take on their homeland's famed melodic-death-metal sound. A majestic and melancholic keyboard-laden gallop through a Scandinavian frostland at twilight, their new song "The Lament" — a tantalizing slice off their highly anticipated next album Down Below — should only win them more favor.

Machine Head - "Beyond the Pale"
Machine Head aren't the first metal band to release a song called "Beyond the Pale" — Exodus and Napalm Death (and possibly a few other groups) have beaten them to that particular punch — but they are the first to do it with that signature chutzpah that only Robb Flynn and Co. can deliver. The lead single off next year's Catharsis has everything fans ("Head Cases," as the group affectionately calls them) have come to look for in a good Machine Head anthem: the "jump da fuck up" groove riffs, lighter-waving melodic leads, big sing-along chorus and far-beyond-pissed, knuckle-dragging breakdown. Catharsis achieved.

Godflesh - "Parasite"
Parasites, by definition, survive by leeching off others. Not so for Godflesh's caustic, catchy track of the same name, featured on their new album Post Self. Less a song than a death march through the discotheque, it finds Justin Broadrick and G.C. Green overwhelming their host with IBM beats, murky bass and guttural growls, powered by a rabid energy that, after all these years, remains unparalleled. Forget sucking blood — these guys are all about going for the kill, but not before throwing an apocalyptic dance party for the ages.

Backtrack - "Crooks Die Slow"
Backtrack took three years off. So what? If you think that made them soft around the middle, then please take a close look at Exhibit A, "Crooks Die Slow," from Bad to My World. Starting with a thrashy opening riff, the track graduates to a halftime fist-clencher before finally cutting it all short. And in this case, cutting it short means leaving 'em wanting more.

Red Death - "Archangel Void"
Washington, D.C.'s Red Death, much like Power Trip, practice the frantic crossover approach of D.R.I, Cro-Mags and their ilk, playing ripping thrash against hardcore's mosh pit–ready breakdowns. The band's "Archangel Void," a standout cut off its forthcoming new full-length Formidable Darkness, adds boozy Motörhead-isms to the mix to create a classic beer-raising heavy-metal monster. Nothing fancy — just pure rock fury.

Electric Wizard - "Hear the Sirens Scream"
Lock up your daughters and wildstock: British doomsayers Electric Wizard are back for another round of "Who wants to be a human sacrifice?" with their sensual, sinister new full-length, Wizard Bloody Wizard. But don't be afraid; "Hear the Sirens Scream," an eight-minute sludgefest awash in syrupy Sabbath melodies and flange-soaked guitar licks, takes the accessible with the arcane, making the prospect of proffering up one's soul to Satan seem downright pleasant. All hail!