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.
Ho99o9 x 3TEETH - "Time's Up"
L.A. industrial power unit 3TEETH and Jersey-born horrorcore noise-hop crew Ho99o9 are celebrating their upcoming joint tour with a series of collaborative singles, and their latest fucking slays. If the first, "Lights Out," was a feedback-soaked creepshow crawl through some sadomasochistic hell hole, the second, "Times Up," is full-on mosh-pit fodder for punk-rock androids that slams like Psalm 69-era Ministry. Just one fix? No, we'll take another, please.
Between the Buried and Me - "Blot"
Prog-metal heroes Between the Buried and Me kick off their two-part concept-metal epic today with Automata I, their sprawling, eighth studio album. At six tracks and just over half-an-hour long, it's the group's slimmest effort to date, dialing back the exorbitant tendencies in favor of more militant pacing — that is, until we get to "Blot," part one's tempestuous closer. Clocking in at 10-and-a-half minutes of middle-eastern riffs, hard-rock choruses and industrial churn, the song overwhelms in the best way possible. In other words, it's classic BTBAM.
Rivers of Nihil - "Where Owls Know My Name"
Pennsylvania extreme metallers Rivers of Nihil have been pulling off dramatic feats of genre-juggling for nearly a decade now, splitting the difference between torrential sludge, classic prog and nu-jazz on two excellent albums. "Where Owls Know My Name," the title track from their upcoming third LP, displays their most measured alchemy to date, draping a Neurosis-style takedown in gauzy textures that lend the track more breadth, without sacrificing the brutality fans know and love.
Pestilence - "Discarnate Entity"
Back in January, the long-running Dutch outfit Pestilence quietly uploaded Hadeon, their eighth album and first new release since their two-year hiatus, from 2014 to 2016. With the physical version arriving today via Hammerheart, it's only right that listeners face off with "Discarnate Entity," a psych-smeared maelstrom that tempers über-precise percussion with trippy atmospheric effects. The unfortunate absence of longtime guitarist Patrick Uterwijk aside, it's some of the best tech-death you'll hear this week (if you haven't already).
Anatomy - "The Sixth Seal"
The one-woman dark-wave project of Jenna Rose, NYC's Anatomy pulses and seethes like old-school Skinny Puppy, spilling out dance-floor bangers equally well-suited to voguing at the goth club as to staring off into the infinite darkness of your curtained-off bedroom on a rainy pit of a day. "The Sixth Seal," which leads off Anatomy's new S/T 7", is a characteristic piece: moody, menacing and beautifully morose.
Battle Ruins - "Atomic Fire"
Featuring members of bands as varied as Wound Man, Mind Eraser, Rival Mob and Pagan Altar, Battle Ruins mixes the hard-rock approach of bands like Rose Tattoo with that of Oi! favorites of yesteryear, adding in pinches of heavy metal to create a new cocktail of working-class rock & roll. Their latest is "Atomic Fire," a deceivingly straight-ahead punk exercise that sounds like Rainbow reimagined for football hooligans. It's a catchy one, with a chorus fit for screaming at the top of your lungs while smashing together pints of suds.