Release Day Roundup – 1/26/18

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!

Agrimonia – Awaken (crust punk, post-metal)

 

Anguish – Magna Est Vis Siugnah (doom metal)

 

Blind Torture Kill – Visceres (post-hardcore)

 

Calexico – The Thread that Keeps Us (alt-country, Tex-Mex)

 

Death Drag – Shifted (avant-garde metal)

 

Django Django – Marble Skies (indie pop, synthpop)

 

Evidence – Weather or Not (boom bap, hip-hop)

 

Nils Frahm – All Melody (ambient, modern classical)

 

Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed (death doom)

Howling Sycamore – Howling Sycamore (avant-garde metal, progressive metal)

 

In Vain – Currents (progressive death metal)

Thomas Johansson – Home Alone (free improvisation)

 

Silvia Kastel – Air Lows (experimental electronic, musique concrete)

 

Machine Head – Catharsis (groove metal, thrash metal)

 

Mammoth Grinder – Cosmic Crypt (crust punk, death’n’roll)

 

Marmozets – Play (alternative metal, mathcore)

 

Mimicking Birds – Layers of Us (indie folk)

 

No Age – Snares Like A Haircut (indie rock, noise rock)

 

Ocean of Grief – Nightfall’s Lament (funeral doom metal)

 

Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs (progressive folk metal)

 

Portal – ION (avant-garde death metal)

 

Cucina Povera – Hilja (experimental electronic, field recordings)

 

Quoan – Fine Dining (avant-garde jazz)

 

Ty Segall – Freedom’s Goblin (garage rock)

 

Jeff Snyder – Sunspots (experimental electronic, minimal synth)

 

Tanuki – The Fire . The Fear . The Fall (post-hardcore, post-metal)

 

Tribulation – Down Below (gothic metal)

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