This week’s best new releases feature loud noises, lots of yelling and a host of creepy puppets. Much like a Saturday night, right? Anyone?
BEST FOR DISMANTLING A CAR WITH YOUR BARE HANDS
SUPERJOINT – Ruin You
Formed in the early ‘90s, Superjoint – the metal supergroup fronted by Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo – aren’t the most prolific band in the world, but when they do write music they make it count. This is the second song from their forthcoming album Caught Up In The Gears Of Application, which, judging by this, is going to be worth the 13-year wait.
BEST FOR LIFTING WEIGHTS
AVENGED SEVENFOLD – The Stage
At eight-and-a-half minutes, this new offering from the Huntington Beach metallers is epic to say the least. Taken from their forthcoming seventh record, Voltaic Oceans, it’s a versatile slice of prog-tinged metal that suggests the band are bursting with inspiration. The stop-motion puppet video is pretty cool, too. If you like puppets.
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BEST FOR SOUNDTRACKING YOUR ANGER AT THE NEWS
ENTER SHIKARI – Hoodwinker
At the start of this week, political electro-punk-rock alchemists Enter Shikari unleashed this track. It’s not from an album or anything, just a standalone track full of vitriol, presumably about the wave of anti-immigration mentality (aka racism) sweeping the UK right now.
BEST FOR GIVING YOURSELF WHIPLASH
TESTAMENT – Stronghold
360 degree videos are a bit weird, and this one from thrash metal veterans Testament is no exception. Taken from their 11th studio album, it features the album artwork and a dark void. And that’s about it. But at least you get to give yourself neckache to the song while trying to see if you’ve missed anything.
BEST FOR REMINDING YOU TO CHECK OUT THE NEW ISSUE OF METAL HAMMER
KORN – Take Me
With twelfth album, The Serenity Of Suffering, it seems that Metal Hammer cover stars Korn are back to their angst-ridden selves. This song – a neurotic tangle of fraught nerves and anguish – is no exception. It’s also got a killer chorus that’ll be trapped in your head for hours.
BEST TO INVESTIGATE A SUPERNATURAL MYSTERY
SURVIVE – Wardenclyffe
Taken from their new album RR7349, Texas electronica quartet SURVIVE are the people responsible behind the Stranger Things soundtrack. So, gather your mates, grab a BMX and investigate some weird stuff in the neighbourhood while Wardenclyffe throbs menacingly in the background.