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. We dug through the record crates to find the new tunes we think you need to spin and rage to. Looking for some new death metal to bring into your life? Got you covered. Need some grindcore to get your wedding reception off on the right foot? Say no more. Strap in kiddies, it’s time to rock.
We’re pretty excited about this upcoming Super Unison record. Everything we’ve heard from this band we’ve loved, including their first self-titled 7-inch release. Now we’re finally getting a peek at their new stuff with “Time & Distance.” The track is from Auto, which is coming this October from our friends at Deathwish Inc, and it’s roomy and raw, really capturing that feeling of seeing the band live. Call it hardcore, call it punk, call it rock n’ freaking roll, it’s good anyway you cut it. It’s not Punch, the singer’s former hardcore band, and that might disappoint some people, but we dare say we like this more (and we loved Punch). You can pre-order the LP now, and trust us, it’s worth it.
There’s a very, very good chance that Rheia from Oathbreaker will be our album of the year. It’s next level stuff, the sort of album that pushes a band from great to legendary. It ranges from haunting, beautiful melodies to ripping, vicious thrash, and it’s infectious, a visually monstrous album that is inescapable. By the end of it, you can barely catch your breath. Violent and gorgeous, beautiful and destructive, Oathbreaker capture something truly unique with Rheia. Watch “10:56” / “Second Son of R.” and you’ll see and hear what we mean. Then go pre-order this record, because it doesn’t get much better than this.
Venom Prison is a mean band. They’re relentless, like listening to a caged animal. “Abysmal Agony” is a brutal track filled with intense growling, furious drumming, and more than the legal-limit of riffs. There are elements of thrash, black metal, and lots of technical stuff buried within this three minute beast that’s so heavy it could sink a ship; absolutely crushing. We’re excited to hear the rest of Animus, which will be unleashed this fall. Hopefully it’s all this sinister, because we like our metal like we like our coffee: thick, black, and without an ounce of sweetness. Venom Prison certainly delivers that in a big way.
Okay, here’s something we were not expecting to say in 2016: we love the new Metallica song. Yeah, that’s right, Metallica. We’re in the category of folks that don’t usually stray beyond the first four Metallica albums and there’s no arguing that the last few have been dicey, at best. But, man, just listen to “Hardwired.” This song is the thrash metal band we fell in love with. This sounds like old-school Metallica, like the band who wrote Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lighting. When the breakdown hits and the solo comes in, holy cow, it’s freaking glorious. It’s been a long time since we’ve been this excited about Metallica, but we’re ready to believe again. You have our attention, boys.
Behold another Trap Them song, fresh from their upcoming record! What’s it sound like? It’s sounds like freaking Trap Them. “Luster Pendulums” is distilled anger and death, it’s a sonic assault that leaves you bloodied, broken, and begging for more. Look, we’re gonna level with you. We’ve heard all of Crown Feral. We’ve got the hook up. The album is awesome. It’s insane and if you like your music insane and dare we say dangerous, you’re going to want this record. Take a listen to “Luster Pendulums” below and if you like it, go pre-order the album. You’ll love it, we promise, and it’s guaranteed to bum the neighbors out when cranked at full volume.
Skeletonwitch play some classic sounding metal. The kind that requires crazy amounts of talent and skill to pull off. This isn’t just a bunch of angry dudes pounding away on their instruments (not entirely, anyway); this is guys who are clearly very, very good at what they do. They riff, they solo, they breakdown into beautiful melodies, and then pummel away in galloping and intense metal. It’s all handled with skill and grace, there’s not a single note out of place. Their new EP, The Apothic Gloom, just hit shelves and it’s pretty damn good. You can listen to the whole thing now and feel free to throw some horns up and head bang while you do, it’s sorta required. These guys are hitting the road this fall with Gatecreeper, Oathbreaker, and Iron Reagan, so make sure you catch that tour if it comes to your neck of the woods. That’s one hell of a lineup, right? Holy cow.
Last but not least, we’ve been listening to a lot of Warn the Duke lately. These guys play that brand of punk rock and post-hardcore that bands like Hot Water Music perfected (that’s a compliment). It’s heartfelt and rocking, it’s clear this band is pouring their souls into this stuff and we can’t help put love it. The gang-style vocals, the anger, the sing-alongs; it’ll worm its way into your head and stay their for days. Their latest album, Ghost be Gone, is available now and you should absolutely check it out. Sometimes you just need to rock and Warn the Duke is the perfect band to rock out to. Check them out below, you won’t regret it.
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/
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Benjamin Bailey writes for the Nerdist and can be found on Twitter talking about Godzilla, comic books, and hardcore music.