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.
Marisa Nadler - "For My Crimes"
She's covered Sabbath and Danzig, collaborated with Xasthur and toured with Ghost. Now, Marisa Nadler is gearing up to release the follow-up to her stunning 2016 album Strangers, and its first taste has arrived in the form of new song "For My Crimes." Nadler leans into the darkest parts of her neo-folk sound on the song, where a light string section and backing chorus of voices (including that of fellow songsmith Angel Olsen) help expand the lithe guitar playing into something grand and effervescent. It's one of her most cinematic songs to date, and swathed in enough atmosphere to swallow the listener whole.
Converge - "Churches & Jails"
Converge's new EP Beautiful Ruin collects four stray tracks originating from the sessions for last year's The Dusk in Us, an ambitious, stylistically diverse album regarded by many fans as the hardcore titans' most sophisticated effort to date. After several years of elaborate, extended arrangements, it's great to hear the band revisit their primordial rage on short, bursting tracks like "Churches & Jails." Just don't expect to headbang in time with Nate Newton's serpentine riff after the first chorus without sustaining a serious neck injury.
Frontierer - "Glitcher"
Scottish spazcore outfit Frontierer would like nothing more than to ruin your day. (They say as much on their Bandcamp page.) For those not huge on buzzsaw riff stacks, industrial clatter or throat-flaying screams, their new song "Glitcher" will probably do just that, at least for the duration of its four-minute runtime. But what if your idea of musical paradise entails Dillinger Escape Plan–style bloodbaths, or clean-cut arrangements that winnow the excess plaguing so many of their technically-minded peers? Well then, friends — you've come to the right place.
The Fight - "Generations Lost"
The Fight abide by two rules on their sophomore EP, The Master Is Calling: Keep it simple, and keep it rude. Produced by famed NYHC board-wizard Will Killingsworth (formerly of the pioneering screamo outfit Orchid), the Long Island hardcore band's first proper release serves up seven snarled, no-B.S. rippers surging with hometown nostalgia — Sheer Terror, Cro-Mags and Biohazard all come to mind. With its d-beat pogo tantrums and death-metal flirtations, standout track "Generations Lost" proves a big gain for not only the band, but punk in general.
Jason Aalon Butler - "Fact Check"
Jason Aalon Butler has a lot on his plate right now, handling vocal duties for both politically charged rap-rock act the Fever 333 and hardcore-punk outfit Pressure Cracks. But the former letlive frontman has found time to deliver a high-octane performance on "Fact Check" for DC's Dark Nights: Metal Soundtrack. Everything Butler does well comes out on the track, as he links together a rhythmic and fluid verse with furious yells of "you don't know me, you don't owe me a thing" over screechy, noisy guitar work reminiscent of Rage Against the Machine.
Satan - "The Doomsday Clock"
Founded in 1979, New Wave of British Heavy Metal warriors Satan have soldiered through 40 years of fits and starts and restarts. And while they've never achieved the renown of contemporaries like Maiden and Priest, their latest single "The Doomsday Clock" sounds just as classic and fucking ripping as anything either of those two bands have released in the past decade. After a classical nylon guitar intro to lull you in, founding guitarists Steve Ramsey and Russ Tippins unleash their face-ripping dual-guitar workout. Break out your jean vest and crank this excellent burner.