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.
Legend of the Seagullmen - "Shipswreck"
The Legend of the Seagullmen are a nautically-themed prog-metal supergroup featuring Danny Carey (Tool), Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Pete Griffin (Dethklok, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra), animator/director Jimmy Hawayward (Jonah Hex, various Pixar films) and others — their alter egos, rather, as you can see in the crazy band photo above. One of eight sea shanties off their upcoming eponymous debut, "Shipswreck" is an action-packed, heavy-psych fantasy straight from the pages of Sixties fabulists like Captain Beyond (emphasis on the "Captain"), and while the voyage is far from easy, it's wholly satisfying — particularly Hinds' Kraken-sized solo, one of his best this year.
Harm's Way - "Human Carrying Capacity"
Everything about Harm's Way screams "tough," whether it's the ripped and doubtlessly shirtless James Pligge screaming "watch us drown" or the chugga-chugga riffs readymade for windmill pitting. And though "Human Carrying Capacity" may seem like a hulking Frankenstein's Monster of stitched-together breakdowns (of the finest order), it all comes together in a surprisingly cohesive example of well-honed hardcore songwriting.
Windhand - "Old Evil"
Windhand's Soma took slow-mo sludge somewhere sublime, with its feedback-drenched swamp-grunge hooks and the shimmering ghost moans of frontwoman Dorthia Cottrell. The Virginian band's latest single "Old Evil" — off its forthcoming split with Satan's Satyrs — calls back to everything that made that album so good. All seismic riffage and otherworldly intoning, it's a lysergic dreamscape, simultaneously soothing and menacing.
Miracle - "The Parsifal Gate"
Miracle — the synth-pop duo of Zombi's Steve Moore and multi-instrumentalist Daniel O'Sullivan (Ulver, Sunn O))), Guapo) — bring the party on "The Parsifal Gate," their first new single in five years. And by "party," we mean "soundtrack for a potentially-illegal warehouse rager attended by vampires." Nodding alternately to Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails, our dashing men-in-black stack their industrial grooves workmanlike, only to topple them when you least expect it — when the beat drops, it might as well be an anvil.
Subdued - "Choke Chain"
London, England-based outfit Subdued's demo Torment & Torture is a flurry of incredible riffage drawing from a time when genre mattered less than brutality and a singular misanthropy reigned supreme. Amebix is clearly a jumping-off point, but so are names like Hellhammer, Venom and Rudimentary Peni — the result, as heard on standout cut "Choke Chain" — is filth-ridden punk drenched in reverb and wet with a hatred for mankind.
Cleric - "Triskaidekaphobe"
Dammit, Cleric! Right as we put out our list of the best albums and songs of 2017, you spazcore masters had to release Retrocausal, a jazz-spiked dispatch from the Philly underground that's one of the sickest avant-garde metal albums we've seen all year. "Triskaidekaphobe," in particular, is quite the stunner, even if listening to it is the sonic equivalent of playing stabscotch in pitch-black darkness ... after dropping acid. Have fun!