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 progressive metal, metalcore, hardcore and more that have been on heavy rotation at Revolver HQ. For your listening pleasure, we've also compiled the songs in an ever-evolving Spotify playlist.
Employed to Serve — "Exist"
Employed to Serve have always been heavy, but the U.K. crew have never sounded this monstrous. "Exist" is the first single from their fourth album, Conquering, and it's a skycraping metalcore song that could fill out Wembley Stadium if they were given the chance — especially its rousing chant of, "This. Is. Hell."
Between the Buried and Me — "Fix the Error"
BTBAM are back with a funky, jazzy prog-metal blitz from their long-awaited new album, Colors II. The North Carolina virtuosos sound as zany and heavy as ever on "Fix the Error," but they also call upon Mike Portnoy, Navene Koperweis and Ken Schalk for a triple-threat of dizzying drum solos. Yeah, it slaps.
Soul Glo — "Yerrrnin"
For years, Philadelphia's Soul Glo have been dropping some of the most apoplectic and lyrically persuasive hardcore in the broader genre, and their new EP, DisN**** Vol. 1, is no exception. The ferocious "Yerrrnin" is a standout that tackles the fear of being romantically vulnerable with red-faced shrieks and spasmatic rhythms that could pop blood vessels.
Make Them Suffer — "Contraband" Feat. Courtney LaPlante
There are only a handful of deathcore bands who can actually pull off clean vocals, and Make Them Suffer are one of them. The Australian maestros strike a tasteful balance between beauty and brutality on their new song "Contraband," which also boasts some cacophonous roars from Spiritbox's Courtney LaPlante.
Kamiyada+ — "Bleed Like I Bleed"
The latest from Maryland punk-rapper Kamiyada+ places his writhing flows over a beat that skips between dubstep, trap-metal and drum-and-bass without fully committing to any of them. It's certainly FFO contemporaries like scarlxrd, City Morgue and his sometime collaborator, Kid Bookie, but there's also a dash of heavy pop-punk during the verses that provides a light foil to the metallic darkness.
Lotus Eater — "Obliterate" Feat. Oli Sykes
Bring Me the Horizon frontman Oli Sykes came out of scream retirement on their last two EPs, and Lotus Eater managed to keep him there on their aptly-titled single "Obliterate." Rather than sending over a phoned-in verse, Sykes actually trades lines with the Glasgow band's frontman during the metalcore banger's nu-metal-esque chorus, and the effort shows.
Green Lung — "Leaders of the Blind"
Green Lung aren't trying to reinvent the wheel with their tried-and-true proto-metal — they just wanna spin it. "Leaders of the Blind" is a track from their forthcoming LP, Black Harvest, and it's just a great fuckin' heavy-metal song. Huge, swinging riffs, wailing vocals that split the difference between Ozzy and Dio and really catchy keyboard lines that give it a symphonic flair.