Release Day Roundup – 5/18/18

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!

Alkaloid – Liquid Anatomy (progressive death metal)


Amorphis – Queen of Time (melodeath, folk metal)


Apocrophex – Æternalis (tech death)


At the Gates – To Drink From the Night Itself (melodeath)


Big Ups – Two Parts Together (post-hardcore)


Burn the Priest (a.k.a. Lamb of God) – XX: Legion (groove metal)


Grayceon – IV (stoner doom)


Mary Lattimore – Hundreds of Days (ethereal wave, modern classical)


Leviathan Owl – Love for the Other (instrumental prog metal)


Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Sparkle Hard (alt rock, indie rock)


Nocturnal Graves – Titan (blackened death metal)


Overkill – Live At Overhausen (thrash metal)


Parquet Courts – Wide Awake! (art punk)


Jan Roth – Kleinod (avant-garde jazz)


Rotten Sound – Suffer to Abuse (grindcore)


Turtle Skull – Turtle Skull (psych pop, stoner doom)


Ryley Walker – Deafman Glance (indie folk, singer/songwriter)


Witch Prophet – The Golden Octave (neo-soul, alternative R&B)


"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger - something better - pushing right back." - Albert Camus

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