Drug Church, World Impact. The vocalist gargles with razor blades, the groove is sludgy but fast, the chorus is killer and the lyrics are great. This shouldn’t work but it does. I found this band in an article about Turnstile and the future of hardcore, and it gives me hope. I want more of this to restore my faith in guitar-based rock.
This song is actually a year old, but who cares: Royal Blood, With The Lights Out. I’ve talked about this band before, and I just can’t get enough of them. It’s just two guys playing drums and a bass that’s modified to sound like a distorted guitar, but they sound huge. Everything they’ve done is melodic and beat-heavy, which is right up my alley.