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19 New Metal & Hardcore Songs Out This Week

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It’s been an awesome week for new heavy music. I’m particularly loving the filthy, industrial-tinged metallic hardcore of the new Leeched album (which I wrote about in Notable Releases), and this week also gave us new records by Former Worlds, Obsidian Tongue, Yatra, two Panopticon splits (one with Aerial Ruin, one with Nechochwen), and more, and you can read about those in others in Upcoming Metal Releases over at Invisible Oranges. We also got new singles from Candlemass, Testament, Barishi, Like Rats, Intronaut, Katatonia, Saudade (ft. Randy Blythe & Lee “Scratch” Perry), Uniform, Vader, Psalm Zero, Ruin Lust, Temple of Void, and more. Read on for all the heavy jams we posted this week…


Last year, epic doomsters Candlemass released The Door to Doom, their first album with original singer Johan Längqvist since their classic and highly influential 1986 debut Epicus Doomicus Metallicus. And it looks like it won’t take another 36 years to get more new music from Candlemass with Johan, as they’ve just announced a new EP and shared the title track, “The Pendulum.” Read more here. The EP drops March 27 via Napalm Records.

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Thrash legends Testament are true lifers who remain incredibly active over 30 years removed from their debut album, and their new music is genuinely good, especially compared to new music from some of the other still-active ’80s-era thrash vets. They just released the new single “Night of the Witch,” and this song is no exception. It’s the first taste of their upcoming album Titans of Creation (due April 3 via Nuclear Blast) and you can read more about it here.

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Vermont sludge/prog/death metallers Barishi have announced a new album and shared the first single, which you can read more about here.


Chicago’s Like Rats (ex-Weekend Nachos, mem Hate Force) are following 2016’s II with a new album, Death Monolith, on April 10 via Hibernation Release. The first song is “World Devourer,” which finds Like Rats sounding even heavier and more abrasive than usual… no easy feat. Listen at Decibel. Update, or here:


Proggy sludgesters Intronaut have dropped another song off their upcoming Fluid Existential Inversions, and it’s as heavy and shapeshifting as you’d expect.

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Swedish prog-metal vets Katatonia have announced their eleventh album, City Burials (due April 24 via Peaceville Records), and you can read more about the album and lead single “Lacquer” here.

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The Saudade collective (whose revolving lineup includes members of Deftones, Bad Brains, Cro-Mags, and more) have shared another single, this one featuring Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe and dub legend Lee “Scratch” Perry. It manages to be a song that plays to both guests’ very different talents, and it works.

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The latest Adult Swim Single comes from the genre-defying Uniform, and this one finds them exploring head-pounding, danceable industrial without sacrificing the intensity of their more abrasive material.


Polish death metal vets Vader recently announced a tour with Abysmal Dawn (who since announced a new album) and Hideous Divinity, and they said the tour would celebrate the anniversaries of De Profundis (25 years), Litany (20 years), and The Art of War EP (15 years), and also feature songs from a new, then-unannounced album. Now the album is announced (it’s called Solitude in Madness and due in May via Nuclear Blast), and first single “Shock and Awe” is here.

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Psalm Zero have shared another song off their upcoming album Sparta, and this one finds them going in a melodic doom direction.

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New York black/death metallers announced their third album and first for 20 Buck Spin, Choir of Babel, and this scorcher is the first single.

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Detroit death-doomers Temple of Void’s anticipated new album The World That Was drops 3/27 via Shadow Kingdom, and they’ve now shared this pulverizing non-album track for the Decibel Flexi Series.


The early Norwegian black metal masters return after an eight-year gap. Tulus has always been known for their cutthroat, skeletal approach to black metal, something they’ve curated since their impetus in the early 1990s. Upcoming album Old Old Death is no different, if a little stranger. Read more about album opener “Hel” here.

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Radian is the name of a new-ish Ohio sludge band featuring former members of Fistula, Rue, and Sofa King Killer (not to be confused with the long-running Austrian post-rock band of the same name), and you can read more about their new song “Not Dying” here.


Belgium’s Psychonaut are releasing a new album, Unfold The Godman, on March 6 via Pelagic, and first single “Kabuddah” is out now. It comes with a video that the band shot on stage in December opening for Brutus (whose first show ever in 2013 was opening for Psychonaut), and if you’re not familiar with this band but you dig the sludgy prog of recent Baroness, you should check this out.

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’90s hardcore band Downcast are back with new music for the first time in 25 years, “Mayday,” the first single off their upcoming album Tell Me I’m Alive, which is due February 21 via Three One G/Ebullition. It’s a ripper, and you can hear it over at No Echo.


Metallic hardcore crushers Be All End All are back with a new two-song single on Triple B Records, and people may use the term “whiplash-inducing” a lot for hardcore, but these guys earn it more than most.


Also out now on Triple B: this bone-crushing 12″ from Big Takeover.

For even more new songs, browse the ‘New Songs’ archive. For new metal albums, browse ‘Upcoming Metal Releases’ on Invisible Oranges. And browse our ‘Metal’ category for even more heavy music news.

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