Iceage – “The Lord’s Favorite”

Denmark’s Iceage have proven themselves to be savvy in numerous fringe genres across their two full-length records: post-punk, goth rock, noise rock. However, this new–and surprisingly melodic–track of their delves unexpectedly into alt-country, it seems. Everything from the guitar chords to the bassline feels distinctly Western, but Iceage performs it in their trademark sloppiness. Like usual, a good song shines through despite the slurring vocals and loosely played instrumentation. Enjoy!

Half Japanese – “In Its Pull”

So much hype surrounding Half Japanese’s upcoming record Overjoyed – it’s their first full-length thing in 13 freaking years! It’s not so hard to see why all the excitement: the band’s DIY sound was groundbreaking throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s and was influential to countless notable alt/indie rock artists, including Kurt Cobain and Daniel Johnston.

Now it’s 2014, and with lo-fi music so readily accessible with the web, I can’t really imagine this new single “In Its Pull” being mind-blowing for most listeners. That being said, Jad Fair still knows how to write the hell out of a song, so this is a pretty killer track all the same. It sounds in-the-moment like the group’s best work and I dig the raw production Deerhoof’s John Dieterich brings to the table. Thankfully, it looks as though Overjoyed will be a plenty enjoyable comeback that will be just offbeat enough. We know too well that sometimes even that is too much to ask for…

Overjoyed is due out September 2 via Joyful Noise Recordings.

Crabe – Anti-Vague

Québec band Crabe has a new record up on Bandcamp that lives up to its title: Anti-Vague. There’s nothing faint or subtle about this duo’s rough and eccentric approach to indie rock. They create a serious ruckus for just two dudes, and their songs are sung in French as well–I dunno, I figured that’d be something that interests you.

If you’re into the sounds of colorful, aggressive noiseniks like No Age, then give this thing a try.

Vulture Shit – The Joys of Employment

Some freakish, frenzied punk rock on this new Vulture shit EP, which you can stream via the widget above. If you love manic vocals and wild guitars compressed into brief musical blitzkriegs, then this is for you. Enjoy!

Code Orange – “I Am King”

After changing its name earlier this month, Code Orange (formerly Code Orange Kids) announced it will be releasing its sophomore album in a couple of months. It’s called I Am King, and above you can watch the video of its savage title track. Backed by a caustic hardcore soundtrack, the visuals depict some poor guy getting the letters “TOTH” carved into his back. I don’t know what that’s all about, but it’s clear Code Orange  isn’t fucking around. This being the intro to the album, it is looking as though I Am King will be every bit as heavy and ferocious as its predecessor, if not more. Glad to see Converge’s Kurt Ballou reprising his role as producer.

I Am King is due out September 2 via Deathwish. Here’s our take on the band’s last one.

Trap Them – Blissfucker

Trap Them’s latest record might be loud, but the flavorless production and forgettable riffs do these songs no favors.

Eyehategod – Self-Titled

Famed sludge metal outfit Eyehategod is back with their first album in 14 years.

Trash Talk – No Peace

Trash Talk’s latest album might have ferocity, but the music does little to capture the hardcore punk imagination.

Greys – “Use Your Delusion”

Dammit! Carpark Records beat me to all the adjectives I was going to use to describe this new song from Toronto loud rock/post-hardcore band Greys. “Caustic. Brash. Noisy. Abrasive. Dissonant. Melodic. Sarcastic. Explosive.” Yep, “Use Your Delusion” is certainly all those things. So was the song they dropped a month ago, “Guy Piccioto.” I surmise all those words pretty accurately describe all of the group’s forthcoming full-length debut If Anything, out June 17 via the aforementioned Carpark Records. If you’ve dug these singles and those adjectives, then you ought to head on over to Greys’ Bandcamp page, where there are three solid EPs that will further whet your appetite for the album. Enjoy!

Oh, did I mention they’re a loud rock band from Toronto? That apparently demands restatement.

Andrew Jackson Jihad – Christmas Island

With Christmas Island, Andrew Jackson Jihad comes through with what’s essentially their pop album. While the band brings plenty of concise tracks with straightforward instrumentation, they mostly lack the emotional impact of previous material–the instrumental finesse, too.