Wipe the blood from your teeth and get in the pit, it’s time for a recap of this week’s best hardcore, metal, and punk rock. While everyone but us is partying it up at SXSW (not bitter, swear) we dug through the record creates and crawled into the dark corners of the internet to find some heavy tunes to blacken our souls with. Strap in kiddies, it’s time to rock.
Heiress just released an album titled Made Wrong and it’s fan-freaking-tastic. Fans of the much missed Botch will find lots to love here. It’s not as chaotic as a Botch record, but the intensity is familiar. This is not to say Heiress does not have their own sound, because they most definitely do. Every song seems to build into a sonic explosion, like a fine mixture of Neurosis and Russian Circles. Check it out below and pick up a digital copy for a mere five bucks on the band’s bandcamp page.
Wrong is our new favorite band. Heavy, sludgy, and driven by riffs, these guys freakin’ rock. Their new album, which hits shelves in April of this year, is gonna blow you away. There are no frills here, only kills. Below, you can check out the video for “Turn In,” which is equally no frills. It’s black and white, grimy, and low on effects. In other words, it’s perfection.
There’s a new Deftones album coming out. Maybe you heard? Everybody is talking about it and rightfully so, cause it’s gonna be awesome. In support, they are hitting the road and they are taking two of our favorite bands out with them. Check out Cult Leader and Code Orange below, because we love them both dearly. If this tour hits your town, do not miss it.
Cult Leader is a hard-hitting band from Salt Lake City that we have raved about in the past. Their latest album, Lightless Walk, was easily one of the best heavy albums to come out last year. We know, we proclaimed that very vocally at the time. Often. If you don’t already own this album, buy it right now. Then check them out tearing up the stage before the Deftones. That’s a hell of a double bill.
The other act supporting Deftones is Code Orange. This band is brutal and their last record, 2014’s I Am King, is an insane nightmare come to life. From the stuttering opening track to the punishing final song that chokes out riffs and growls, this album slays. There’s an honesty on these tracks, a sense of raw rage that you can’t fake. Code Orange is the real freakin’ deal, and seeing them playing huge gigs with Deftones warms our cold, dead hearts.
You can hear the new record from The Thermals in its entirety. As you probably guessed, it’s awesome and it sounds pretty much exactly how a great record from this band has always sounded. Catchy, at times sticky sweet, but raw and rockin’ all the way through. There’s more melodies on this one when compared to 2013’s Desperate Ground, which was a darker, more solemn record for The Thermals. While we loved the direction of Desperate Ground, we are seriously digging We Disappear. Check it out below, courtesy of NPR.
Finally, let’s spend a little time with Slayer. The thrash gods just premiered a new music video for the song “You Against You” and it’s pretty glorious. Basically, imagine a Robert Rodriguez movie scored by Slayer, which, come on, it doesn’t get much better than that. Ultra violent, slick as all hell, and relentlessly vicious, this thing is exactly what you’d want in a Slayer video. Oh yeah, and it’s a prequel to the video they released last year. One big, blood soaked tapestry these guys are weaving.
That’s it for this week. Go forth, throw some horns up, and keep spinning in the black circle. If there’s a metalcore, grindcore, hardcore, or any other -core song you think the world needs to hear, sound off in the comments below. \m/