18 New Metal & Hardcore Songs Out This Week
The music release schedule tends to slow down overall in December, but this cold month tends to remain a good time for heavy music, and this week is no exception. I reviewed the new Rule Them All EP and Division of Mind LP over in Notable Releases, and you can read about the new albums by Marijannah, Fen, The Old Dead Tree, Vomit Fist, and more over at Invisible Oranges' Upcoming Metal Releases. This week also gave us new singles from MONO/A.A. Williams, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, Scour (Bathory cover), Marissa Nadler/Stephen Brodsky (Phil Collins & Extreme covers), Nosebleed, Dear Furious, Big Cheese, American Nightmare, Human Impact (mem Unsane, Swans), and more. Read on for all the heavy tunes we posted this week...
MONO & A.A. WILLIAMS - "EXIT IN DARKNESS"
Japanese post-rock greats MONO and the very promising dream-folk singer A.A. Williams have teamed for a collaborative single, which you can read more about here.
REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER - "A NEW ORDER"
French black metallers Regarde Les Hommes Tomber will release their new album Ascension on February 28 via Season of Mist and perform the album in full at Roadburn 2020. The first taste of the album is out in the form of the pulverizing, eight-minute "A New Order."
SCOUR (PHIL ANSELMO) - "MASSACRE" (BATHORY COVER)
Phil Anselmo's black metal band Scour (also featuring members of Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Misery Index, and more) are planning to release their third EP, Black in 2020, and in the meantime they shared this absolutely filthy cover of Bathory's "Massacre."
MARISSA NADLER & STEPHEN BRODKSY - "IN THE AIR TONIGHT" (PHIL COLLINS COVER) & "MORE THAN WORDS" (EXTREME COVER)
Earlier this year, Marissa Nadler and Stephen Brodksy (Cave In, Mutoid Man, etc) put their heads together for the great collaborative album Droneflower, which includes eight original songs plus covers of Guns N’ Roses’ “Estranged’ and Morphine’s “In Spite of Me.” Today, they released two more collaborative covers that didn’t make the album. Read more about them here.
NOSEBLEED - "NO BITE" & "BREAK THE HABIT"
Richmond's Nosebleed make no-frills, fuck-your-shit-up hardcore, and they've got a new EP called Outside Looking In dropping on Triple B Records soon. Two rippers from that EP are streaming now.
DEAR FURIOUS - "r/COMPLEX"
Dear Furious is a new-ish Orange County hardcore band with some familiar faces (including members of Outspoken, Strife, Throwdown, Adamantium, and Mean Season), and they've just shared a bone-crushing new single on New Age Records ahead of their upcoming LA show with Unearth and Darkest Hour.
BIG CHEESE - "WRITE-OFF"
UK hardcore band big Cheese are releasing their debut album Punishment Park in 2020 via Triple B Records and Quality Control HQ (not to be confused with the label Migos are on), and the first single is "Write-off," which bounces back and forth between breakneck-speed punk and a mid-tempo groove, and which should very much appeal to fans of '90s hardcore.
CROSS CONTROL - OUTRAGE CULTURE (EP STREAM)
Cross Control is a new LA hardcore band fronted by Vince Averill (who ran the short-lived Michigan label Abiology Records in the '90s that released the legendary Ottawa/Jihad split, and now hosts a wrestling podcast -- you can read more about him in a recent No Echo interview), and who also count No Bragging Rights drummer Martin Alcedo as a member. They recently signed to New Age Records and put out their first EP for the label, Outrage Culture, yesterday. It's six tracks of no-frills, pissed-off hardcore, and it rips from start to finish.
FIRM STANDING LAW (mem COLD WORLD) - UNASHAMED (EP STREAM)
Cold World have been relatively quiet lately, but frontman Dan Mills is now also busy with his new band Firm Standing Law, and their new EP Unashamed dropped over the long weekend. It's a little more straightforward than Cold World, but it's no less killer.
AMERICAN NIGHTMARE - "LIFE SUPPORT" + "LEFT FOR DEAD" (LEMONHEADS COVER)
American Nightmare have released this new two-song EP featuring the new song "Life Support" and a Lemonheads cover. You can read more about it here.
HUMAN IMPACT (UNSANE, SWANS, COP SHOOT COP) - "NOVEMBER"
Unsane is seemingly no more, but frontman Chris Spencer is now staying busy with his new band Human Impact — which also features Jim Coleman (Cop Shoot Cop), Phil Puleo (Cop Shoot Cop, Swans), and Chris Provdica (Swans) — and today they’ve revealed more details about their debut album and released the first single. You can read more about it here.
TENACIOUS D - "DON'T BLOW IT, KAGE" (PRODUCED BY JACK WHITE)
“Jack White invited us to party, he wanted us to kick out the jams,” Jack Black sings in the opening line of Tenacious D‘s “Don’t Blow it, Kage,” their new Jack White-produced 7″ single. “Red light, time for us to party, I’m hoping we can kick out the jams!”
BIG SCENIC NOWHERE - "HIDDEN WALL"
Desert rock collective Big Scenic Nowhere (members of Yawning Man, Fu Manchu, Kyuss, and more) have shared another single off their upcoming debut album Vision Beyond Horizon, and this one is the kind of hazy psychedelia you'll want to break out your lava lamp for.
FOO FIGHTERS - "IRON AND STONE" (THE OBSESSED COVER)
Foo Fighters covered this song back in 1999, and it's been unearthed for a new EP. If you want to hear Dave Grohl & co cover The Obsessed and you never have, today's your lucky day!
SMOKE FAIRIES - "ELEVATOR"
Okay, not really metal, but Smoke Fairies have gradually been moving from their folk roots in a heavier, riffier direction, and new single "Elevator" is perhaps the closest they've come to stoner metal yet. It's the third single off their upcoming Phil Ek-produced album Darkness Brings The Wonders Home (due January 31 via Year Seven Records), following "Disconnect" and "Out of the Woods," and if you dig anything from '70s Jethro Tull to late '00s Decemberists to modern folky metal like SubRosa, this is worth a spin.