it has been a superb week for brand spanking new music whenever you’ve acquired a shock model new Slipknot single. The Finish, So Far remains to be contemporary in our minds from 2022, however Iowa’s best made their return with the darkish, brooding Bone Church, and so they’re not the one band providing up wonderful new sounds.
However, we’re getting forward of ourselves. First, the outcomes from final week’s vote! Sweden’s satanic superstars Ghost took prime place with their Joe Elliott that includes team-up Spillways, but it surely was a decent battle elsewhere on the rostrum. Sid Wilson-endorsed newcomers Swollen Enamel took an early lead, however have been finally got rid of by thrash legends Overkill and returning Swedish industrial heroes Deathstars, who took a really admirable second spot with This Is.
As with seemingly each different week this 12 months, we have got a stacked and numerous providing for you this week. Along with Slipknot, there is a brutish new remix single from Employed To Serve (with added Alien Weaponry), Japanese energy metallers Lovebites get their thrash on and a brilliantly po-faced Alice Cooper cowl from Germans Powerwolf. As ever, remember to vote to your favorite under!
Slipknot – Bone Church
Choosing up from the experimental vibes of final album The Finish, So Far, Slipknot reappeared this week with shock new single Bone Church. Since The Subliminal Verses we’ve recognized the band have wonderful chops as far as ballads go, however Bone Church actually drills in on heart-wrenching, soul-tearing miserablism that beforehand popped up on the likes of Circle, Snuff and, to a lesser extent, Yen (clips of which have been used as a part of Bone Church’s video), Slipknot nonetheless catching us off-guard after nearly 25 years.
Powerwolf – Poison
Take one in every of Europe’s most bombastic, enjoyable bands and allow them to free on a traditional by the godfather of shock rock. That’s precisely the enchantment of Powerwolf’s cowl of Alice Cooper traditional Poison, the German heavy metallers enjoying issues surprisingly straight as they go full 80s in celebration of Cooper’s seventy fifth birthday. That stated, the addition of church organs on the observe makes us surprise how the unique observe ever did with out.
Employed To Serve – Solar Up To Solar Down Remix (ft. Alien Weaponry)
Masters of the swaggering juggernaut riff, Employed To Serve have introduced an expanded version of 2021’s very good Conquering by teaming up with New Zealand’s Alien Weaponry for a souped-up remix of Solar Up To Solar Down. With each bands enjoying to arenas alongside Gojira, the brand new model Solar Up To Solar Down exhibits simply how nicely ETS can craft an anthemic howl-along whereas not dropping the pure visceral fringe of metallic hardcore that is still on the core of their sound.
Dying Fetus – Unbridled Fury
5 years since their final album, demise steel stalwarts Dying Fetus have launched model new single Unbridled Fury. The observe title says all of it – a hyperactive, venomous blast that swings from thick, punchy grooves to all-out blast-beats and acrobatic guitar wizardry, the track exhibits DF at their most incendiary, arriving simply in time for the band’s European tour.
Venomous Idea – Fractured
The brainchild of Napalm Demise’s Shane Embury and Brutal Fact’s Kevin Sharp, Venomous Idea has usually been an outlet for the pair’s hardcore punk inclinations. New album The Good Ship Lollipop is displaying the identical form of demented creativity that fuelled Napalm Demise’s Throes Of Pleasure In The Jaws Of Defeatism nonetheless, Fractured taking issues in a decidedly extra post-punk path with some snarls that may match completely within the ND canon.
Lovebites – Dissonance
Blurring the strains between thrash and energy steel, Lovebites’ newest single Dissonance strips away the same old enjoyable and glory of their sound to point out simply how arduous the Japanese band can go. It’s an explosive blast of pace and energy worthy of the very heaviest that the likes of Blind Guardian and even Gamma Ray might need put out, chucking some unimaginable guitar results in remind us energy steel isn’t at all times smiles and plastic swords.
Vosh – Pray
Between Grave Pleasures, Tribulation, Host, Naut and Zetra, 2023 is already off to a blinding begin as far as glossy goth tunes go. D.C. newcomers Vosh are extra aligned to the fetid basements and industrial back-alleys that spawned Ministry and 9 Inch Nails, enjoying with seductive melodies and raunchy imagery to carry attractive again to goth in a giant means.
Currents – Keep in mind Me
Mixing components of techy, amibitous prog and propulsive metalcore, Currents have introduced their new album The Demise We Search with explosive new single Keep in mind Me. It is a usually slice of heartfelt, emotionally pushed energy from the Connecticut-based band. The band additionally revealed that guitarist Ryan Castaldi is at the moment battling lymphoma, and have arrange a GoFundMe web page to assist him (opens in new tab).
Invent Animate – Immolation Of Night time
Should you’re available in the market for explosive prog-tinged metalcore, you can also’t go flawed with Texans Invent Animate’s new single, Immolation Of Night time. Taking essentially the most explosive components of metallic hardcore and affixing them to creepy excessive notes that really feel like one thing straight out of a Hitchcock horror – with a suitably darkish video to match, albeit nearer to the wonderful The VVitch – Immolation Of Night time is a superb slice of visceral energy.
Lord Of The Misplaced – Leaving The Planet Earth
Scene-shifting German industrial goths Lord Of The Misplaced but once more conjure a way of macabre magic with their newest post-punk tinged effort, Leaving The Planet Earth. Like a extra miserablist Depeche Mode, or Rammstein in the event that they’d leaned tougher on Bauhaus than Ministry, Leaving The Planet Earth is a glossy, electro-tinged slice of 80s nostalgia that would slot in nicely with the likes of Unto Others or Grave Pleasures.