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.
Code Orange - "Only One Way"
Most bands take the time between albums to rest up, recharge, or go read a book or something. Not Code Orange: In the wake of last year's fantastic Forever LP, the Pittsburgh crushers plan to continue their reign of terror in the coming months with more new music, beginning with the catchy and melodic yet weird as shit "Only One Way." The kickass Adult Swim single finds guitarist Reba Meyers taking the lead, her crackling alto floating over the crunching riffs, thumping drums and industrial noise like toxic fog. Recalling the band's almighty earworm "Bleeding in the Blur" (which similarly situates Meyers behind the mic), "Only One Way" strikes the perfect balance between universally accessible melody and metalcore madness.
A Perfect Circle - "TalkTalk"
A Perfect Circle's new single, "TalkTalk," goes out to all self-righteous hypocrites who like to spend their time dithering away on your social media feed ad infinitum, offering "thoughts and prayers" as the world burns. Against an elegant backdrop of sullen piano and slowly percolating guitars, Maynard James Keenan takes the high and mighty to task, delivering enough zingers to fill a hornet's nest: "While you deliberate/Bodies accumulate," "Sit and talk like Jesus/Try walking like Jesus," and just before the chorus, a feral "Talk, talk, talk, talk/Get the fuck out of my way!" Judging by this dynamic screed, the supergroup's upcoming album Eat the Elephant won't sit too well with the silent majority — but it sure as hell sits well with us.
3TEETH & Ho99o9 - "Lights Out"
What happens when L.A. industrial rockers 3TEETH and horrorcore hip-hop crew Ho99o9 join forces for a new song? Not surprisingly, something noisy, weird, claustrophobic and altogether awesome, part Broken-era Nine Inch Nails, part on-tour-with-Ministry-era Death Grips. The collaborators hit the road together in March, joined by Street Sects — judging from this banger, and all three acts' separate histories, you do not wanna miss it when they ravage a venue near you.
Will Haven - "El Soul" (feat. Stephen Carpenter)
Will Haven and the Deftones go way back — some of their members played in bands together before the respective groups even existed, they've toured together over the years, Chino co-produced a Will Haven album, etc., etc., etc. "El Soul" represents the latest twist in the Sacramento bands' long intertwining story. Built up from an eight-minute instrumental riff-athon written and recorded by Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter, the song chugs, swings and soars, a heavy yet spacey excursion into the Chaosphere that's perfectly plotted for stoned slow-mo headbanging.
Arms Race - "The Beast"
One of the most promising bands to come out of the U.K. underground — or as the group itself likes to call it, the New Wave of British Hardcore — is Arms Race, a London-based wrecking crew who splice bright, sunny pogo-punk à la the Clash with the knuckle-bruising breakdowns endemic to these United States. The title track of their new EP The Beast proves giddy and charming, in a scary, tough-guy sort of way. Chugging verses? Check. Gnarled vocals? Check. Good vibes? Triple check — now keep calm, carry on ... and turn it up!
Kaoteon - "Barren Lands" (ft. Linus Klausenitzer and Fredrik Widigs)
To say Kaoteon have been through some shit in the seven-year lead-up to their new album Demnatio Memoriae is to make one hell of an understatement. The extreme-metal band fled their native Lebanon after releasing 2011 debut, Veni Vidi Vomui, due to ongoing censorship, frequent raids and even a stint in jail for devil worship. Circumstances like those certainly call for catharsis — and there's plenty of that to be found on "Barren Lands," an infernal collaboration bridging east and west. Together with Obscura bassist Linus Klausentizer and Marduk drummer Fredrik Widigs, Kaoteon consume all in their path, leaving punishing, polyrhythmic wreckage in their wake.