Here at Revolver, we're always on the hunt for new songs to bang our heads to — indeed, it's a big part of our jobs. With that in mind, here are the tracks released this week in metal, hard rock and hardcore that have been on heavy rotation at Revolver HQ. For your listening pleasure, we've also compiled the songs in a Spotify playlist, which will grow each week.
Marilyn Manson - "WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVE"
"Let's make something clear — we're all recording this as it happens." So declares Marilyn Manson at the beginning of "WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVE," his nail bomb of a lead single off the shock rocker's imminent album Heaven Upside Down. Here, he shakes off the glam-rock pomp of albums past in favor of a piercing, industrial-spiked realism, holding a cracked mirror to Trump's America. However ostentatious in spirit, Manson's dark carnival is a spectacle rooted in truth, and it's marvellous.
Unsane – "The Grind"
The world owes a debt of gratitude to NYC noise-rock kingpins Unsane. Their volatile vitriol has remained intact since day one, fueling some of the most consistent LPs this side of heavy music all while evolving their sound constantly. Their latest single, "The Grind," plays less like a structured behemoth and more like a musical odyssey that could easily fit inside one of Neurosis's tormented epics. New York may have softened over the years, but Unsane will undoubtedly remain as unhinged as ever.
Spirit Adrift - "To Fly on Broken Wings"
Many years ago, you could find Nate Garrett, the mastermind behind Spirit Adrift, on tour roadie-ing and slingin' merch for Pallbearer. Since the emergence of his own band Gatecreeper as a force majeure, Garrett has suppressed some of his tendencies toward clean vocals in pursuit of the worm-ridden death-metal filth on that group's latrst slab, Sonoran Depravation. Spirit Adrift's "To Fly on Broken Wings" airs out some of those predispositions, while employing incredible dual leads and interstellar psychedelia to emerge as a powerhouse of their own. Make way — a new behemoth is here to kick in the door.
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats - "Crystal Spiders"
Driven by a riff straight from Blondie's "Call Me," Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats' "Crystal Spiders" first appeared on their oft-bootlegged Vol. 1, a record originally pressed to 30 CD-Rs. Rise Above has remixed and remastered this gem and are giving it the proper release that it deserves, as a showcase of the band's blend of soft, layered harmonies and syrupy licks. The record is a clear indication that Uncle Acid had fully formed their concept from a young age – and judging from "Crystal Spiders," they were on to something from the start.
Wolves in the Throne Room - "Mother Owl, Father Ocean" ft. Anna von Hausswolff
Wolves in the Throne Room have never been ones for subtlety. After all, the band once described its turbulent, texturally-focused approach to heavy music as "Cascadian Black Metal," a moniker coined in reference to the dramatic mountain rage in their native Pacific Northwest, nature's subliminal strength incarnate. "Mother Owl, Father Ocean," off WITTR' upcoming LP, Thrice Woven, strides toward a more melodic summit, guided by a haunting siren song, courtesy of Swedish singer and multi-instrumentalist Anna von Hausswolff.
Satyricon - "To Your Brethren in the Dark"
Satyricon's new song has a somewhat split personality. Vocalist Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven describes the elegy — the second single from the Norwegian black-metal outfit's forthcoming album, Deep Calleth Upon Deep, out next week via Napalm — as "a song for the dark towers of the past and those who will rise in the future." Liminal themes aside, "To Your Brethren in the Dark" finds the band leading a stampede on terra firma, all weeping riffs and blistering polyrhythms.