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 three-day weekend? Got you covered. Need some grindcore to get your Labor Day BBQ off on the right foot? Say no more. Strap in kiddies, it’s time to rock.
Let’s get the ball rolling with an exclusive premiere! We already told you the new album from Wolves&Wolves&Wolves&Wolves is awesome. It’s called The Cross And The Switchblade and it’s one of the year’s best, without a doubt. As proof, check out “Bad Name” below. Like the rest of the album, this song is punk rock magic, gruff and melodic, like old school Against Me!, Iron Chic, or Hot Water Music. It’s aching for you to sing along and pump your fist. We can’t help but fall in love with Wolves&Wolves&Wolves&Wolves; they sound how rock n’ roll should sound. Honest, raw, and mean. This band is going to be huge, so get on this train now. You can preorder the LP right here.
The new Neurosis is almost upon us. It’s so close we can almost taste it. When news of the new album broke, the band promised that they would be releasing no singles for the album, which was not surprising. Neurosis is a band you experience one album at a time, not one song at a time. Their sound is so encompassing and huge, you have to digest the whole thing at once. That said, we lost our minds a little when this bootleg video of the new song “Broken Ground” surfaced. If you are like us and you’re going crazy waiting for this album to come out, you can cheat and glimpse behind the curtain below. “Broken Ground” is a damn fine Neurosis song filled with riffs, atmosphere, intensity, and edges so rough you could sand an Oaf tree into a toothpick with them. Fires Within Fires will be available everywhere on September 23rd and we simply could not be more excited.
Ayahuasca (don’t ask us how you pronounce that) are a hard band to lock down. They’re a bit of Mutoid Man, a bit of ’90s Pacific Northwest, and a bit of something else we can’t even decipher. They take a lot of great elements and mix them all together to create something new and pretty damn exciting. Take, for instance, “Mountain of Snakes,” a song that ranges from ripping guitar riffs to straightforward garage rock into a vicious and frantic breakdown. There’s a lot going on here, but Ayahuasca manages to never make it feel overdone. It’s just good, any way you cut it. Check these guys out, as there’s nobody else who sounds quite like them and that’s something they should be proud of.
We once called Knife Hits “our new favorite band” and that’s a statement we still stand by. Their album Eris is going to melt everyone’s faces off when it is unleashed in a few weeks. It’s got a No Heroes era Converge feel, a crunchy monster of an album that hits you hard and leaves you gasping for air. Take a listen to the latest single, “Map Territory Relation” and prepare to have your knees broken. It’s a heavy jam that slowly and brutally pummels you brains out of your head. The guitars sound like a freaking dinosaur, roaring and stomping their way through the songs three plus minutes. The whole album sounds this great, and we should know: we’ve heard it. You’re going to want to buy Eris, trust us.
Speaking of beastly albums, Dethbed’s debut – the gloriously titled Dungeon Scum – is shaping up to be a really demogorgon of a record. The title track was just revealed and it’s punk-infused-Black-Sabbath-meets-Dillinger-Escape-Plan number. It’s part metal, part punk, with a dash of hardcore making a mixture that creates a tasty concoction or hard rock that can’t be ignored. We are really, really digging this band. We love their name, we love their album title, we love their sound, and we love the DIY-looking artwork.
Venom Prison just released a video for “Celestial Patricide” and it’s some classic nightmare stuff. The song is another track from their upcoming album Animus. If you like your black metal mean and fast, you’ll like Venom Prison. The video–which you can watch below–looks like a lost seen from Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula movie. It’s lots of overlays and bizarre visuals: the sort of stuff that bands in the ’60s and ’70s would do to make something look extra trippy and weird. Venom Prison are a lot of things, but trippy and weird are not words anybody would use to describe them, we’re sure of that. Still, the imagery of the video somehow gels perfectly with the intensity of the song. Animus is shaping up to be a hell of an album.
Another week, another awesome hardcore band returns. This time, we found out that Dangers are still kicking and they are releasing new music. Their last album–the spectacular Messy, Isn’t It?–landed in 2010, so it’s been a long stretch of silence from these dudes. The good news is that from the sound of the track below, Dangers have not lost a step. It’s exactly what we love about this band. They’ve got a new album called The Bend in the Break coming in October, and you better believe we’re buying that bad boy. This stuff is on fire: it’s got enough energy coursing through it to power your DeLorean’s time machine and send you back in time to flirt with your mom. Killer stuff, without a doubt. Glad you’re back, Dangers. Don’t ever leave us again.
Hey, that’s it for us this week. What are you spinning lately? Got a heavy playlist you need the world to hear? Sound off in the comments below.
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Benjamin Bailey writes for the Nerdist and can be found on Twitter talking about Godzilla, comic books, and hardcore music.