Release Day Roundup – 1/25/18

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.A. Williams – A.A. Williams (gothic folk)

Altarage – The Approaching Roar (dissonant death metal)

Anchor Thought – Cosmonaut (atmospheric prog metal)

Bring Me the Horizon – amo (pop rock, post-metalcore)

Carnal Forge – Gun To Mouth Salvation (melodeath, thrash)

Nicola Cruz – Siku (downtempo, Latin electronic)

The Dandy Warhols – Why You So Crazy (pop rock, alt-rock)

Desecravity – Anathema (tech death)

The Drowned God – I’ll Always Be the Same (post-hardcore)

Evergrey – The Atlantic (heavy metal)

Dan Francia – Come Back to Life (experimental indie rock)

Fusion Bomb – Concrete Jungle (thrash)

Gates to the Abyss – Sorcery of Melkor (blackened melodeath)

Hanging the Nihilist – Crow (tech deathcore)

Hecate Enthroned – Embrace of the Godless Aeon (symphonic black metal)

Helevorn – Aamamata (melodic doom metal)

Jeff Hughell – Sleep Deprivation (instrumental tech death)

Incite – Built to Destroy (thrash, groove metal)

Insanity Alert – 666-Pack (crossover thrash)

Judiciary – Surface Noise (crossover thrash, metalcore)

Julia Kent – Temporal (modern classical)

King 810 – Suicide King (nu-metal, rap metal)

Kid Koala – Music To Draw To: Io (instrumental hip-hop)

Light Vibes – Past​/​Present (indie pop, psychedelic pop)

Sarah Louise – Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars (American primitivism, contemporary folk)

Malamorte – Hell For All (heavy metal)

Mendel – The Blood, The Sin and the Djinn (instrumental prog metal)

MONO – Nowhere Now Here (post-rock)

Tomas Nordmark – Eternal Words (ambient, experimental electronic)

Puppy – The Goat (occult rock, alt-rock)

Rival Sons – Feral Roots (hard rock)

Royal Canoe – Waver (indie pop)

The Sabbathian – Latum Alterum (doom metal)

A Secret Revealed – Sacrifices (post-black metal)

Surachai – Come, Deathless (IDM, glitch)

Swallow the Sun – When a Shadow Is Forced Into the Light (post-metal)

Swervedriver – Future Ruins (shoegaze, indie rock)

William Tyler – Goes West (American primitivism, contemporary folk)

Vile Apparition – Depravity Ordained (death metal)

The Writhing Squares – Out of the Ether (experimental rock, space rock)

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