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.
Judas Priest - "Lightning Strike"
A new Priest song is big news, so it's no surprise that the phrase "Lightning Strike" was trending on Twitter just hours after the NWOBHM hellriders dropped their single of the same name on the world via RevolverMag.com. The first cut released from the band's highly anticipated new Firepower LP, it bears all the hallmarks of the group's Eighties heyday, from Rob Halford's stratospheric wails — which convey a metaphor-heavy message of resistance — to the sinuous dual-guitar leads, without coming across as a mere throwback.
A Perfect Circle - "Disillusioned"
The latest offering from APC may not boast the same hard-hitting apocalyptic crescendo of "The Doomed" — the lead single from the group's long-awaited new album — but despite its sonic ethereality, "Disillusioned" carries its own sort of heft. A poignant and cautiously optimistic call for listeners to "put the silicon obsession down" and reconnect with each other IRL, its "resonance" is much subtler but also more inspirational and maybe more vital.
Primal Rite - "Immutable Law"
"Inmutable Law" is one of many keepers on Primal Rite's new LP Dirge of Escapism,a n unfathomably tough hardcore record which, judging from the band's dedication to the road, is bound to grow its legion of bloodthirsty pit-mongers. The half-speed exercise only gets nastier by the moment, closing out with a slower dirge section and "destroy everything" breakdown meant to be played nowhere near dishes, glassware or any other breakables.
Cane Hill - "It Follows"
The latest crusher from Cane Hill finds the New Orleans upstarts taking their Pantera-esque power plays in a more melodic direction, carried forth by a fist-in-the-air refrain so infectious, it'll have Phil Anselmo doing double-takes (and not just because frontman Elijah Witt has a growl eerily similar to his). Considered alongside the toe-tapping, groove-metal strut of the verses and the plethora of breakdowns, it only follows that "It Follows" will bring the band plenty of attention, and many, many spins.
Scumraid - "Control"
With all the subtle brutality of a knife to the throat, South Korea's Scumraid is readying their new Control LP for release on January 27th via Iron Lung Records. It's full of extreme d-beat noise, a true juggernaut of pure anti-social punk terror that recalls bands like Disclose. Hatred to the marrow.
Intensive Care - "Silence"
Featuring members of Column of Heaven and the Endless Blockade, Intensive Care's basic footprint resembles the icy industrial-metal stomp of Godflesh, as reinterpreted by Chrome and early Swans. From there, they mix in noise, hardcore and all manner of misanthropy for a sonic concoction that proves wholly terrifying — particularly on "Silence," which appears on the group's upcoming 7-inch Everything Has Its Place, arriving later this month.