Release Day Roundup – 9/15/17

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure trove, others find themselves drawing a blank at the end of the month due to the breakneck pace needed to keep up to date with what’s been released. Which brings us to this Heavy Blog PSA: a weekly roundup of new albums which pares down the the week’s releases to only our highest recommendations. Here you’ll find full album/single streams, pre-order links and, most importantly, a collection of albums that could very well earn a spot on your year end list. Enjoy!

Belphegor – TOTENRITUAL (death metal)

Biesy – Noc Lekkich Obyczajów (death metal)

BIG|BRAVE – Ardor (experimental, doom metal, art-rock)

Caligula’s Horse – In Contact (progressive metal)

The Contortionist – Clairvoyant (alt-rock/prog)

Dyscarnate – With All Their Might (death metal)

Ensiferum – Two Paths (folk metal)

Fleshkiller – Awaken (blackened death metal)

Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold (alt-rock/dad rock)

Gigan – Undulating Waves of Rainbiotic Iridescence (progressive/brutal death metal)

Hot Water Music – Light It Up (post-hardcore, alt-rock)

Instar – The Ex Nihilo Cycle (progressive rock, nu-prog)

LO’ THERE – EDEN (progressive/post-metal)

MAGMA WAVES – .​.​.​and who will take care of you now (post-rock/metal)

Myrkur – Mareridt (black/folk metal)

Neck of the Woods – Passenger (progressive metalcore)

Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (alternative/conscious hip-hop)

Peasant – IV: Peak Fear (grindcore)

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