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. Stop catching those Pokemon for a moment and get your rock shoes on.
What a truly blessed time we live in, for we have been gifted with a new Red Fang song! “Flies” can be heard below, and it’s the first single from the band’s recent announced Only Ghosts, which is due this fall. Is it awesome, you ask? Yes, it’s awesome. It’s rocker of a track filled with riff after riff and that jump from gruff to melody that Red Fang does so damn well. Half ugly, half infectious hooks, “Flies” is everything we love about this band and more.
Adding to our good vibes is another new Descendents track! This one’s called “Without Love” and it’s got a real ALL vibe to it. The Descendents have always said songs are interchangeable between the two bands, but this is the first time you can really hear a track and say, “yeah, I can see ALL doing this one.” That’s not a bad thing, by the way. ALL is great. This song is great. The Descendents are the best there is at what they do, and the song “Without Love” is a perfect example of what they do. We’re super pumped for Hypercaffium Spazzinate to hit on July 29th. We already pre-orderd the hell out of the thing.
Meek is Murder’s full length album Was is now available and I can’t imagine what sort of person would not want to own this thing. Was is a Kurt Ballou produced ripper of an album, fierce from start to finish. You’ll hear these guys getting compared to Converge a lot in the upcoming weeks, and with good reason. While they don’t do the epic, post-metal type tracks that Converge feature once or twice an album, Meek is Murder definitely captures that furious grind that haunts the best Converge albums. This is not to say Meek is Murder are not their own beast, because they certainly are. Intense and math-driven, these guys are all killer, no filler. Don’t sleep on this one; pick it up as soon as possible.
Inter Arma’s Paradise Gallows is one of this year’s best albums. A big, heavy, epic trip of an album, it runs the gamut of all things metal. This extreme range is evident in the video for the track “The Summer Drones,” which is part strange desert adventure and part sinister live footage. It’s maybe about dying in blazing wasteland? Maybe. Or it’s just tripped out imagery to go with a kick-butt song. Either way, it’s rad. Paradise Gallows is available now and you should probably pick it up. It’s really, really good, folks. Really good.
Family is a metal band from Brooklyn that has a classic sort of sound. Classic in the Zeppelin sense. Lots of guitar noodling mixed with soaring vocals; that kind of stuff. They also get pretty heavy at times, but there’s most certainly a feeling of a forgotten era of hard rock on their new album Future History. It’s a groovin’ record filled with lots of awesome tracks, and a brand of metal you can listen to with your band while hanging out in the garage. I mean, the band is called Family, so maybe reconnect with your old man and jam this one out? I know you two have been strained recently, but metal brings us together, guys. He misses you, even though he’s too proud to say it.
If you need some punk rock this week – and it’s been a week that calls for punk, if you ask me – check out Get Dead. Their new album, Dyin’ Is Thristy Work, hits at the end of this month and it’s good stuff. Raw and angry, Get Dead play a brand of melodic punk we just don’t hear enough these days. You can’t help but want to sing along to their songs, but there’s a really desire to run a circle pit while it’s on, too. In a week, or maybe year, filled with endless tragedy, this is the sort of music that helps keep you going. These guys have it dialed and their album is one that should be on your pre-order list, for sure.
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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