Mandatory Jams – The best new music of the week

Posted by Ramon Gonzales in News on July 31, 2020

Get a weekly recap of important releases from quality artists.

While this week offered some mega-releases from the likes of Korn, Marilyn Mason, Mastodon, and Corey Taylor, there’s still plenty more to discuss.

A mixture of emerging artists and beloved favorites, this week’s collection of new releases is a diverse assortment of the goods.

City Morgue – “All Killer No Filler” (Hikari-Ultra/Republic)

The volatile combination of Zillakami and Sosmula have just released their Toxic Boogaloo full length and the duo continue to crush. Blurring the divide between rock and hip hop, the New York outfit have emerged among a new generation of artists that prioritize energy over genre.

Upon A Burning Body – “Extermination” (Seek & Strike)

Texas deathcore favorites Upon A Burning Body have returned with an EP in Built for War that swings like a sledgehammer. The follow-up to their 2019 LP, Southern Hostility, showcases a focused, no-frills collection of heavy that seems to suggest the band is hitting their stride.

Red Fang – “Stereo Nucleosis” (Relapse Records)

Other than the 2019 single in “Antidote,” this is the first new offering from Red Fang since the band’s Only Ghosts LP from 2016. Showcasing fine form, the band deliver a proper ripper for the 43rd entry in the Adult Swim Singles series. The collection includes the likes of Full of Hell and Xavier Wulf.

Bitch Falcon – “Gaslight” (Small Pond Records)

The Dublin trio, anchored by frontwoman Lizzie Fitzpatrick have figured out a stylish balance between spacey shoegaze and grime-heavy grunge. The combination translates into a track in “Gaslight” that is effortlessly melodic and heavy at the same time.

Curses – “Amethyst” (SharpTone Records)

Ahead of their Chapter II: Bloom full length, West Virginian natives CURSES execute razor sharp on the track, “Amethyst.” A song said to be about the profounds loss of a loved one, the track transitions from soaring to slicing throughout.


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