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? Need some jams to get you hyped to pummel your way through the SDCC crowds? Say no more. We got you covered. Strap in kiddies, it’s time to rock.
From the title alone, you know that Touché Amoré’s latest album is going to be insanely personal. The more we hear from Stage Four, the more apparent it becomes that these is an album where emotions are laid bare; everything is on the table. Take “Displacement,” the latest track to premiere. There are no metaphors, no dancing around the fact that this is a song about lead singer Jeremy Bolm losing his mother to cancer and all the hurt and confusion that comes with that. There are no easy answers, only questions, delivered in that raw, frantic intensity that only Touché Amoré can produce.
This week, we were treated to another new Every Time I Die track! Low Teens is quickly shaping up to be one this year’s best, and you can see that with tracks like “Glitches.” It’s a ripping punk-infused metal song, the sort of thing Every Time I Die does better than just about anybody. It’s a perfect summer tune, scorching and brutal, just like the sun. Low Teens drops this September and our bodies are ready. Can’t freaking wait.
Dust Moth’s Scale is so insanely great. It’s a visionary album, a dreamy landscape brought to life through sonic waves of darkness and beauty. You could call this post-metal, but there’s so much more to it than that. Dust Moth is big and their album seems to barely contain them, as if the sounds could overtake you at any moment. We’ve been hyping this band for awhile now, but you can finally stream the whole album, which we highly recommend you do. It’s gorgeous stuff, even at its darkest moments. Give it a listen and then go order yourself a copy. Head over to The Mylene Sheath and see if you can snag one of their awesomely colored vinyl. They’re pretty as all hell and the best way to experience this album, for sure.
Bottomfeeder has a song called “Flux Capacitor.” That alone means you should give this band a listen, right? As luck would have it, their new EP is a pretty great slice of hardcore. Titled Sink to the Depths, this four-song album is East Coast hardcore at its best—angry, loud, and anthemic, it’s got all the right stuff. This band features members of Ensign, Gates, and The Gaslight Anthem, so the East Coast hardcore credentials make sense. You can order this bad boy on 10″ vinyl here, and we highly suggest you do. We’ve had this one on repeat for days now.
Now, if you are saying to yourself, “I like what you’ve shared so far, but it’s all a tad too pretty. I need something ugly and heavy. Something sinister and vile!” then you are in luck! Ringworm shared another track from their recently released Snake Church and it’s ugly as hell. The song is called “The Razor and The Knife,” and we assume the band was trying to sonically capture the feeling of swallowing these two items. It’s a real crusher and it’s got a ripping guitar solo at its center. Ringworm brings the brutality, big time, and this song proves it. You want something savage in your life, pick up Snake Church. It’s freaking savage.
True Widow is back! This spacey, stoner three-piece has been a favorite of ours for sometime, so the announcement of a new album has got us all kinds of pumped. Their music is like the soundtrack of a road trip across astral desert, somewhere between the tangible and the unseen. It tends to move slowly, with a mixture of heaviness, shoegaze—kids love shoegaze these days—and classic rock. It’s dark and brooding, with an infectious rhythm and haunting vocals. Their new album, Avvolgere, is due September 23, the same day as the new Every Time I Die record. The same day as the new Neurosis record. The same day my wife is due to give birth to our child. Surely, this cannot be a coincidence. Gonna be a big day.
There’s nobody quite like Helen Money. Her latest record, Become Zero, is like the score of your nightmares. She’s a cellist who dwells in darkness, pushing the boundaries of your expectations and rocking pretty damn hard. Fans of Russian Circles will find lots to love here, as this plays out like the soundtrack to the best movie you’ve never seen. You can check out the title track below, which has a relentless drive to it. It sounds like doom crawling towards you, scratching away at your flesh and soul. It’s crazy good stuff and we’re looking forward to the whole album, which hits shelves on September 16. September is starting to feel a little out of control, right? Maybe that’s just the baby thing for me, but holy cow, lots of stuff coming out.
That’s it for this week. Go forth and 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/
Featured Image: Touché Amoré/Eitaph Records