Even for those who don’t directly partake, Record Store Day can function as a reminder that music is appreciated differently when we slow down, gaze at every square cover art, and generally put more thought into what we’re hearing than normal. Few things, however, are more life-affirming than listening to an eclectic stream of new music, which is where the digital world comes in handy. Our mission each week is to relay that feeling of discovery, and with the following 10 tracks dizzying us this week, it was only a matter of time.
10. Slayer – “Implode”
Premiered at the Golden Gods Awards, “Implode” is the lead single from Slayer’s forthcoming album (due out next year) and the band’s first new song since the death of Jeff Hanneman. Recorded earlier this month with Terry Date, the track is a snarling, hardcore-inflected shredder that rails against “the brain dead leaders of the world.” Tom Araya growls and screams, hitting registers that he hasn’t reached in years, while Kerry King delivers the pummeling riffs and spastic solos. For a Hanneman-less Slayer, it exceeds all expectations. –Jon Hadusek