If this week's selection of new singles offers any indication, the continued health of heavy music seems to be in one of the best places it has ever been. As genre divides continue to become a thing of the past and artists embrace a mixed bag of influences, the result is a stronger, more diverse culture and with that comes a plethora of new music that steers clear of repetition.
Among the tracks that made this week's cut include entries from emerging artists, long-tenured metal icons and even savvy veterans of the game that have resurfaced with a refreshed, reinvigorated sound. Ultimately - the fans stand to benefit.
Check this week's rundown of Mandatory Jams below.
MANY EYES - "MYSTIC CORD"
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The combination of Keith Buckley along with the brothers Nick and Charlie Bellmore are coalescing incredibly as Many Eyes. The trio's meld of weighty rock fury embraces the best parts of hardcore and metal - asserting a unique stylistic signature that goes beyond loud, heavy, confrontational rock. The band's brand is an articulate one, both from a lyrical and a compositional vantage point. "Mystic Cord" offers testament to that.
WIND WALKERS - "THE OVERLOOK"
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Massachusetts post-hardcore unit Wind Walkers has debuted arguably their best work to date with the release of their What If I Break? LP. Tracks like "The Overlook" shine as a clear example of the band's outside the box thinking and genre-melding approach to crafting anthemic, memorable heavy music. Fluidly weaving melodic verses and massive hooks, the five-piece pack a wallop with the latest single.
NIGHT LOVELL (Featuring Freddie Dredd) - "FREAK"
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G59 Record$ affiliate Night Lovell continues his commanding campaign towards the release of his I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY LP. Delivering menacing bars over a rumbling thud produced by Outby16, Lovell trades quips with Freddie Dredd on yet another monstrous banger. The Ottawa-based underground phenom has become one of the most promising prospects in the space and singles like this showcase exactly why.
JUDAS PRIEST - "TRIAL BY FIRE"