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.
Potion - "Women of the Wand"
Potion are a rising trio from Australia who sling stoner metal with a black-metal bent, flush with wailing guitar solos and distorted vocals. The band's new 7-inch Women of the Wand contains their best material to date: two gnarled, Kyuss-ian barnstormers that explode in euphoric fits and bursts. Fans of Kylesa, Black Tusk and the like would be wise to check out its roiling A-side, which alternates between stately solos and throat-shredding bellows. (Special thanks to Reddit's /r/metal board, a.k.a. "Shreddit," for putting this ripper on our radar. Hail!)
Code Orange - "The Hunt" (feat. Corey Taylor)
Code Orange's surprise new song with Corey Taylor (the cornerstone of their surprise new EP, The Hurt Will Go on) exploded like a nail bomb when it dropped Wednesday at midnight after some cryptic internet teasing. The best thing about Code Orange's success is that it appears to only drive them to get weirder, darker, gnarlier. As such, "The Hunt" is glitchy and abrasive, with industrial noise threaded throughout, a tangled guitar solo in the middle and a slow-mo body slam of a breakdown/dubstep drop at the end. And Corey's vocals? Some of the harshest he's ever delivered — as they would have to be to fit on this monster of a track.
Death Grips - "Shitshow"
A proper introduction to Year of the Snitch, the latest album by punk-rap provocateurs Death Grips, begins and ends with the music video for its skull-smashing track "Shitshow" — a head-spinning visual containing close-up shots of a man wiping his ass and a woman peeing in the dirt, among other gross-out sights. That YouTube removed the clip for depicting "sexually provocative content" and "fetishes" less than 24 hours after it premiered is totally expected, and feeds into the broader message of not only the song and album, but also Death Grips as a whole: Life's but a shitshow, so we may as well get septic.
Nine Inch Nails - "Shit Mirror"
The arrival of Nine Inch Nails' new album Bad Witch marks the triumphant conclusion to Nine Inch Nails' short-form record trilogy, an extended, episodic (and true to form, grim) soundtrack to the modern world. But as one door closes, another opens — Reznor's first proper NIN full-length with Atticus Ross amplifies the anguished chemistry of the saga's first two installments, proving that the band's staying power has yet to wane 30 years in. Standout stomper "Shit Mirror" kicks the album off on a high note, wedding the fiery, apocalyptic landscape of 2016's fiery Not the Actual Events EP with the ambient gloom that defined last year's Add Violence. "New world/New times/Mutation feels all right," yelps Reznor. It might be the end of days, but he and Ross are just getting started.
Low Dose - "For Sure"
Hailing from Philadelphia and featuring all three members of defunct noise-rockers Fight Amp, Low Dose trade in upbeat grunge-punk tunes inspired by life's greatest struggles, as felt by frontwoman and lead songwriter Itarya Rosenberg. The charismatic singer mined her experiences with depression, heartbreak and grief for the band's eponymous debut, out later this year. On first single "For Sure," the four-piece treat buzzsaw riffs and clattering snare hits as instruments of war, striking back at an unnamed abuser — or perhaps the speaker's inner doubts — with 50 lashes of Rosengerg's avid tongue. "You don't know for sure/Beat it up and don't know what to do with it," she hisses. "So insult me more/Trail the lies then blow it where the truth begins." Don't fuck with her.
Uniform - "The Walk"
What happens when you take Eyehategod's sludgecore nihilism and mix it with the cold, calculated industrial hate of Ministry? If you asked a few months ago, the answer might not have been Uniform, but with the NYC band's recent retooling and addition of a live drummer, it just might be. The album's opening track, "The Walk," feeds back into a ferocious roar of a riff over a minimalist drum beat, before going double time and eventually into Ildjarn territory. Guitarist/programmer Ben Greenberg's tone has gone from distorted to post-apocalyptic on this go-around, and the group's new sound feels like it could all crumble at any moment — in the best of ways.