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.
Mutilation Rites - "Axiom Destroyer"
"'Axiom Destroyer' is a song about being forced to watch a loved one tortured in front of your eyes," Mutilation Rites guitarist Michael Dimmit told Metal Injection of the Brooklyn band's latest ripper. "Everything that makes life stable and normal to you is being destroyed in a depraved, perverted exhibition." The winding track, presented via a grisly music video, wholly justifies this dramatic description; whereas many black-metal bands approach their blast-beats and buzzsaw riffs with mathematical precision, Mutilation Rites swear by gleeful, giddy sadism, or as we like to call it: heavy fuckin' metal.
Skeletonwitch - "Temple of the Sun"
Following 15 years spent trafficking mucky thrash metal, Skeletonwitch have gone ahead and pulled an Emperor with "Temple of the Sun" — the thrilling new single off the band's upcoming album Devouring Radiant Light. And sweet baby Satan, do they wear the corpse paint well on this one, unleashing jagged, howling riffs at a fast clip while the stark soundscapes go whizzing by. No need to hit up the amusement park this summer – this ripper has more than enough thrills to keep old and new fans entertained.
Candy - "Bigger Than Yours"
Last year, Richmond, VA hardcore band Candy released one of the most exciting EPs in Candy Says. It was ferocious, offering some of the best metallic hardcore in a condensed package. But they've changed their roll up entirely, releasing their new song "Bigger Than Yours," which strips away the in-your-face guitar work in favor of new-wave electronics and strange vocals. It's a hell of a curveball, and yet they pull it off well.
KEN mode - "Feathers & Lips"
Like any rational human beings, KEN mode main man Jesse Matthewson has had it with political extremists on both sides of the aisle. "There's a hole in these people that is being filled with being a dick to — and/or trying to control — other humans with some of the most irrational bullshit," he recently seethed, "and their voices are always the ones being heard, because they tend to be yelling the loudest." Bearing that in mind, the Canadian trio's new song "Feathers & Lips" is a perfect match for such assholes: the guitars poke and jab like razor wire, the mix languishes in slobbery bass, and Matthewson screams like a spazz-metal pundit. Have you no decency, sirs?
Ostraca - "Enemy"
Few genres have been as malleable as screamo, and Richmond, VA's Ostraca turns the genre into something beautiful and stormy on their song "Enemy." Guitars slowly build texture through the song's start, shifting into full-on aggression in a moment of fury, before dissipating and building back up with emotive guitar work into a final catharsis of screams and white-hot energy.
Black Fast - "Husk"
Look, sometimes metal gets a little too in its own head, at times over-complicating things to its ruin. Black Fast's "Husk" boils things down into a burner of thrash and black metal that gives you the heaviness you need. Staying true to their namesake, they keep things fast as hell, rarely giving listeners a second to breathe in the song's runtime. It's aggro and mean as fuck.