This week's essential tracks!
STONE SOUR - DO ME A FAVOR
Stone Sour want you to do them a favour and listen to their new single Do Me
A Favor. So do us a favour and listen to Do Me A Favor, because it's great.
SCHOLARS - BLACK AND BLUE
We always thought scholars were supposed to be academic types, forever lost in the library and talking about dialectics. Turns out they also make really good music, too.
THESE MONSTERS - HARDER AND FASTER
Joining the Hawk Eyes/Pulled Apart By Horses/Black Moth alumni are Leeds' These Monsters, who riff like a riff in a riff factory. Which is nice if you like riffs.
MIDDLE CLASS RUT - AUNT BETTY
Stop what you're doing and behold: the return of Middle Class Rut! Good news, they make everyone else in the world look rubbish on Aunt Betty, with nothing but a drum and a guitar. And you thought there was only one MCR.
ITCH - DIPLOMAT
The King Blues may be dead, but long live Itch! Part dub, part punk and all awesome, he's back to his best, taking pot shots at everyone. Including you.
AXIS OF - LIFEHAMMER
Lifehammer is a great song name. And Axis Of are a great band. Ignore their dodgy facial hair in the video and this is a fuzzy work of art!
DEVICE - VILIFY
I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT DISTURBED! YES, DAVID DRAIMAN'S NEW PROJECT, DEVICE, SOUNDS A LOT LIKE DISTURBED. THAT'S WHY WE'RE TALKING IN CAPITALS!
THY ART IS MURDER - REIGN OF DARKNESS
Fact: the average human needs five helpings of super-heavy metalcore a day to stay healthy. And Thy Art Is Murder's song Reign Of Darkness counts as 10.
OFF WITH THEIR HEADS - SEEK ADVICE ELSEWHERE
Inexplicably Christmas-themed this new single may be - is that an elf in February?!
- but Off With Their Heads at least have made a tune and a half here.
AMARANTHE - THE NEXUS
Brace yourselves, people - it's symphonic-euro-goth-power-metal time! Amaranthe seem to be lost in some sort of power station in their new video. Their only form of escape? Playing a possible Eurovision song entry!