Release Day Roundup – 4/20/18

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 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!

A Perfect Circle – Eat the Elephant (alternative metal)

 

Ails – The Unraveling (avant-garde metal, melodic blackened death metal)

 

Altar of Perversion – Intra Naos (black metal)

 

Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik – Hugsjá (pagan black metal, neofolk)

 

Bolu2 Death – Sprial (progressive metalcore)

 

The Canyon Observer – NØLL (post-metal)

 

Father Murphy – Rising. A Requiem For Father Murphy (dark folk, post-industrial)

 

Ganser – Odd Talk (post-punk)

 

Infinitee – The Possibilities Are Endless (instrumental prog metal)

 

Lack The Low – One Eye Closed (art pop, chamber pop)

 

Pascal Le Boeuf – Into the Anthropocene (modern jazz)

 

MASTER BOOT RECORD – Direct Memory Access (chiptune, synthwave)

 

Melvins – Pinkus Abortion Technician (sludge metal)

 

Monotrophy – MICAS (krautrock, post-rock)

 

Nigredo – Flesh Torn – Spirit Pierced (blackened death metal)

 

Poly-Math – House of Wisdom | We are the Devil (instrumental prog metal, math rock)

 

Reformat – The Singularity (electronic post-rock)

 

Sekond Prime – Dark Awakening (darkwave, synthwave)

 

Shields – Life in Exile (progressive metalcore)

 

Sleep – The Sciences (stoner doom)

 

Spirit of the Stairs – Sagas (post-rock)

 

Sunspeaker – Ov Lustra (blackened death metal)

 

TesseracT – Sonder (djent, prog metal)

 

Unreqvited – Stars Wept to the Sea (atmospheric black metal, blackgaze)

 

Wild Hunt – Afterdream of the Reveller (blackened doom metal)

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