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, hardcore and beyond that have been on heavy rotation at Revolver HQ. For your listening pleasure, we've also compiled the songs in a Spotify playlist, below, which will grow each week.
Deafheaven - "Honeycomb"
Over the course of Deafheaven's 12-minute "Honeycomb" — the band's first new song since their 2015 album New Bermuda — the San Francisco post-metal act serve up a hefty portion of their signature shoegaze-meets–black metal sound, while also exploring some new cinematic directions. Frontman George Clarke's searing screams lead the way through the maelstrom, with guitarists Kerry McCoy and Shiv Mehra doling out equally uplifting, plaintive and shredding guitar work. Things get interesting around the seven-minute mark, when the band rolls off the aggression for an Explosions in the Sky–style extended outro. Love it or hate it, Deafheaven deserve credit for swinging for the fences.
Sleep - "Giza Butler"
The Sciences has barely had enough time to settle, but we already have a favorite track of the bunch. "Giza Butler" is clearly a nod toward the god of the four-string as well as Egyptology, but what truly makes this new Sleep track rip is the riffs upon riffs upon riffs. While the bulk of the stoner-metal veterans' surprise new record is pensive, "Giza" is one of the few to come hard. Welcome back, boys.
Yob - "The Screen"
How do you come back from a harrowing near-death experience? Especially if you already have a reputation as doom metal's resident Zen-yogi-master? If you're YOB's Mike Scheidt, who almost died last year from an acute case of the intestinal disease diverticulitis, the expectation could be that you'd return more optimistic, more spiritual, mellower and more at peace. But if you're actual Mike Scheidt, you've instead returned with the heaviest, most skull-splitting song of your career, a tectonic crusher that's almost laughably crushing, grinding, relentless. "The Screen," the lead cut off YOB's forthcoming Our Raw Heart LP, bludgeons like the doom-metal inversion of Meshuggah's "Bleed" no one could ever even imagine. Except for a man who's faced death and come back.
Touché Amoré - "Green"
Oftentimes punk rock is best in the form of a self-contained single, and Touché Amoré prove that true again with "Green." Coming off last year's reflective and thoughtful album Stage Four, the new song blends together the band's early aggression with the melody they've since fine-tuned, climaxing at its catchy and swift choruses. These elements coalesce into a deeply satisfying and cathartic post-hardcore composition, a sonic model of why Touché Amoré resonate with so many.
Big Bite - "Relentless Healing"
With all the washes of flanger, echo and other soaking-wet guitar effects, you could peg Turnstile/Trapped Under Ice–endorsed band Big Bite as another spaced-out desert-rock group, attempting to out-riff and out-hallucinate boys like Destruction Unit and Ukiah Drag. And while "Relentless Healing" clearly contains a tip o' the hat to illicit substances, it also bows down to Dinosaur Jr., Lemonheads and the sweet power-pop of the golden Nineties.
Wolvhammer - "Dead Rat, Rotting Raven"
Think songs about critter corpses can't be catchy? We've got news for you, pal: "Dead Rat, Rotting Raven," the latest single from Wolvhammer's fourth album The Monuments of Ash & Bone, marks one of the blackened-sludge posse's most accessible songs to date. To be fair, the Midwesterner's idea of "accessible" entails face-melting riffs and back-end rhythms so filthy they probably came from a landfill, but the cut's big, walloping chorus has just enough melody to push the track towards crossover territory. Don't fret: They haven't softened, only sharpened