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.
Alien Weaponry - "Kai Tangata"
Alien Weaponry's founding brothers, Lewis and Henry de Jong, were born battle-ready. Descended from members of two Māori tribes, Ngati Pikiāo and Ngati Raukawa (their great-great-great grandfather, Te Ahoaho, perished in a 1864 battle that saw 230 native New Zealanders besting Britain's 1,700-person army), the teenage musicians honor their ancestors' fighting spirit with thumping rhythms, tribal shouts and zero mercy. "Kai Tangata" finds them paying tribute to Tūmatauenga, the Māori god of war, and the namesake of their anticipated debut album Tū, by way of a thunderous musical melée that's bound to have everyone — even us non-Kiwis — busting out the "haka," or Māori war dance, in the mosh pit.
Immortal - "Northern Chaos Gods"
You'd think that the stinging loss of Abbath from classic corpse-painted trio Immortal would necessitate a proverbial mercy killing of the seminal Norwegian black-metal band. And while it's hard to imagine them without their hammy former frontman, Immortal seem as furious as they have ever been on the new track "Northern Chaos Gods." It's shockingly impressive to be one man down and still produce material this intense this far into their career.
Vein - "Virus://Vibrance"
Vein undoubtedly have had a lot of hype behind them this past year thanks to an excellent EP and a totally vicious live show. They've once again lived up to the hype with their new song "Virus://Vibrance," the lead single off their debut album errorzone. It's a significant shift from their previous material, incorporating a straight-up Amen Break within their genuinely chaotic hardcore. The song doesn't adhere to a traditional structure, instead it powers up like a generator on the fritz with quick, jarring riffs. One hell of a way to announce a new LP.
Tomb Mold - "Manor of Infinite Forms"
Right now, the Pacific Northwest is leading the way when it comes to innovative, hard-charging death metal, but Toronto's Tomb Mold are keeping the dream alive for us East Coasters. The band is readying an insanely relentless and remorseless new LP, Manor of Infinite Forms, a skull-grinding terror tour through dimly lit catacombs populated by our loved ones as zombies. The title track is a nasty crusher that expands upon their simple, brutalist pallette with subtle guitar melodies and layered arrangements for extra textural oomph.
S.H.I.T. - "Destiny"
Toronto's S.H.I.T. aren't just one of the best active punk bands in North America; they're also a pillar of the continent's whole damn scene writ large. Featuring members responsible for Not Dead Yet festival and booking independent venues in and around the T.O., they're not just playing punk music, but helping to keep the independent spirit alive. None of this would matter fuck all if they weren't so ripping, as the fist-clenching, pedal-to-floor punk exercise "Destiny" clearly shows.
Rico Nasty - "Rage"
We know what you're thinking: "Rico Nasty? As in 'iCarly', Sugar Trap Rico Nasty? Are you for real?" The answers are yes, yes and fuck yes. Though trunk-rattling hip-hop might be the Maryland artist's primary export, her new song "Rage" recasts her as an industrial-rap firebrand, annihilating haters, basics, would-be weed moochers and other targets atop distorted, Death Grips–esque beats, as a murky, slowed-down grunge riff buzzes from down below. It's the kind of rap song that only a lifelong metalhead like Rico Nasty could bring into the world — no gimmicks, no kitsch, just genuine rage.