Best New Rock + Metal Songs of February – Staff Picks + Fan Favorites

Here are the best rock and metal songs for February 2023.

February was another stacked month with many artists, big and small, offering new songs to kick-start the new year. Beyond all the fan favorites (tracks you can’t afford to miss), the Loudwire staff selected his February personal favorites.

With literally hundreds of new songs released every week, none are as good as the ones below!

Listen and follow Loudwire’s Best of the Month playlist.


You know these bands and have probably heard these songs the moment they came out. These are the songs that kept February going wild.

All Time Low “Modern Love”
“Flipside” where everything unfolds
Attack attack! “Dark Wave”
Attila “Handshake with the Serpent”
August Burns Red “Reckoning” ft. Spencer Chamberlain
Avatar “Chimp Mosh Pit”
BABYMETAL “Light and Darkness”
Black honey “Yoshi”
Very Tomorrow “Heretic” ft. Roz Taylor
Beheading of cows, “We eat children”
Crownland, “Lady of the Lake”
Current “Remember Me”
Dope, “Parasite”
Dying Fetus “Uncontrollable Rage”
“It hurts” with Shikari
From the ashes to the new “Nightmare”
Godsmack “Soul on Fire”
Fuchs “Love Bite”
In flames, “end transmission”
Invented the Animate “Immoration of Night”
Lamb of God/Creator, “State of Unrest”
Linkin Park “Lost”
Neck Deep “Heartbreak of the Century”
Paramore “Running Out Of Time”
Surrounding “Atropos”
Pierce the Veil “Death of the Executioner”
Power Wolf “No Midnight Prayer”
A true friend, “The Damage Is Done”
Skillet “Crossfire”
Sleep Token “Boa”
Slipknot “Bone Church”
Sophie Lloyd, “Fall of Man” ft. Matthew K. Heaphy
Steel Panther “Friends With Benefits”
Story of the Year “2005”
Suicide Silence “Dying Life”
Amity Affliction “I See Dead People”
Deadman’s Theory “Two Of Us (Stuck)”
The Plot In You, “Left Behind”
The worn-out “People are vomit”
Mayan Veil “Godhead”

Staff favorite

Something the team at Loudwire is obsessed with.

Philip Trapp

Band: John Frusciante
Song: “Crank”
Release: February 3, 2023

For those who appreciate his work outside of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, guitarist John Frusciante’s solo album tickles the fancy of sounds far outside the ‘Stadium Arcadium,’ an artsy saxophone. It’s a treasure trove. His 2001 solo effort, To Record Only Water for Ten Days, is often held up by indie-his rock enthusiasts as the quintessential lo-fi psychedelic experiment of his. Listening to Frusciante’s latest all-his ambient dual releases I and II might sound like a trip. Especially on the long and noisy “Clank”. But let’s play it and see where it goes.

Band: Ordinance
Song: “America in Decline”
Release date: February 1, 2023

Take the time to look around and you’ll see amazing underground hardcore constantly billowing out of the earth. Lo-fi D-beat powerhouse Ordinance oozes out of Richmond, Virginia. On their Bandcamp page, Ordinance calls themselves brutal and dark. No fake broken English or jokes. For fans of the Swedish tradition and beyond…” Their four-song demo opens with six brisk minutes. we are listening

BAND: slot face
Song: “Indoor Kid”
Release date: February 24, 2023

Sløtface (formerly known as Slutface) is a punk Norwegian pop-rock act led by singer Hailey Shay. Their new song, “Indoor Kid,” can in retrospect be considered an “electro twee,” with a catchy, crunchy understated sprint that recalls the late 2000s indie rock scene. (Sounds like an indie fan could be on someone’s iPod when he was shuffling Jens He Lekman and Peter He Bjorn and John in Montreal). , Sløtface’s latest collection of songs. Give me!

Lauryn Schaffner

Band: Annie DiRusso
Song: “Hybrid”
Release: February 24th

The rock genre needs its own version of Lana Del Rey (as poetic as it is dark and mysterious), and Annie DiRusso seems to be on the cusp of earning that spot. “Hybrid,” I Hate This Place, from her latest EP God, is the type of song you listen to when you’re longing not just to hear something, but to feel something.

Band: Cody Jasper
Song: “Geronimo”
Release: February 24th

Cody Jasper is a breath of fresh air for those looking for that classic rebellious rock ‘n’ roll sound. I’m not against the technical refinements that many modern artists use today, but sometimes you just want to hear some fuzzy guitar riffs and want to sing along. “Geronimo” is perfect. It’s short and sweet, and you’ll want to revisit his discography once it’s over.

Chad Childers

Band: Blak29
Song: “Bleeding Love”
Release: February 16th

Samhain and Danzig musician Steve Zing kicks off his passion project Blak29 featuring collaborator Daniel Tracey. On the recently released “Bleeding Love,” Zing evokes peak-era cult with his gritty, powerful, Ian Astbury-esque vocals, powering a driving rock track worth turning the volume knob off and playing. increase. Find Blak29 waiting The album will be released on March 3rd.

BAND: Cairo Knife Fight
Song: “Chang”
Release: February 13th

It has perfect soft-loud dynamics and offers a whisper of unease before blowing you up with sonic power punches. It will take you on a journey.

Band: Mike’s Dead
Song: “#1 Crash”
Released: February 10th

Does this sound familiar? Rising industrial metaller Mike’s Dead takes on his Garbage Romeo + Juliet favorite “#1 Crush,” a slightly obsessive and macabre love released just in time for Valentine’s Day. I want his low register to set the mood of the song. Mike’s Dead is one of the up-and-coming artists to look out for this year, with confirmed appearances on Sonic’s Temple later this year.

Band: GXTP featuring Tommy Lee
Song: “Contraband”
Release: February 15th

Motley Crue remains Tommy Lee’s main gig, but he’s showing his affinity for painting beyond Motley, joining GXTP (Guns and Toilet Paper) on new song ‘Contraband’ doing. The group includes producers Jason Paul (a.k.a. Poo Bear) and Sasha Sirotta, along with Triple Six.

BAND: Elegant Weapon
Song: “The Blind Leading the Blind”
Release: February 24th

Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner has paired with Rainbow vocalist Ronnie Romero, Uriah Heep bassist Dave Rimmer and Accept drummer Christopher Williams to form a new group, Elegant Weapons” and provides a great metal riff on their first entry, the song “Blind Reading the Blind”. It features a swinging drum beat that gives listeners an undeniably catchy debut.

Joe Devita

Band: Frozen Soul
Song: “Morbid Effigy” ft. John Galger (Dying Fetus)
Released: February 17th

For Fans: Bolt Throwers, Obituaries, Creeping Death

return with glacier domination, their next sophomore LP, death metal’s coldest band Frozen Soul, debuted their first new single, “Morbid Effigy.” It opens with John Carpenter’s synth vibes, is crushed by an onslaught of rolling riffs, and finally makes way for the band’s most slam-worthy breakdown.

Band: Night Demon
Song: “Escape From Beyond”
Release: February 23rd

For fans: Summerland, Judas Priest, Haunt

Yes, we spotlighted Night Demon last month, but I’m still under the spell of Jarvis Leatherby and his pals. As for this style, I’m easily satisfied, but that doesn’t mean this power trio appeals to all my sensibilities for the New He wave of traditional heavy metal. The metal tightrope walker on which Judas Priest built his highwire career.

Band: The Majesties
Song: “Our Gracious Captors”
Release: February 13th

So many bands fell to their knees at the altar of At the Gates, failing to achieve their goal of acquiring a one-of-a-kind brand of melodic death metal. It’s not knocking all these groups because it’s a testament to the greatness of At the Gates.

But… Canada’s Majesty put a little black metal twist on it With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness and apocalypse Cut out the ATG era with epic guitar harmonies in the unique style of 20 Buck Spin labelmates Obsequiae.

For fans: At the Gates, Horrendous, Obsequiae

rabab al sharif

Band: Ikapisser
Song: “Liquid Relic”
Released: February 17th

what? Thinking of checking out a band named Squid Pisser?

BAND: View from Soyuz
Song: “Caligula”
Release: January 31st (Shh! Don’t Tell Anyone)

Tokyo, Japan-based View From The Soyuz releases debut EP pure white This month, it’s a sound that will surely excite the ears of modern metalcore fans.

The technical and chaotic single “Caligula” serves as a highlight that showcases the up-and-coming band’s creative prowess. In their own words, the track is “…based on Roman Emperor Caligula, who was once a great ruler but was assassinated for his insane policies and cruelty. , is taken from his story that people will pay the price if they live for their selfish desires. It has a cold, melancholy melody that is reflected in the songs that mostly influence it.”

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