Release Day Roundup – 2/1/19

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!

Astronoid – Astronoid (progressive post-metal, shoegaze)

Blank Range – In Unison (indie rock, roots rock)

Deadspace – Dirge (atmospheric black metal, depressive black metal)

Deer Tick – Mayonnaise (alt-country, Americana)

Destroyers of All – The Vile Manifesto (death thrash, melodeath)

Horizon Ignited – After the Storm (melodeath)

Ithaca – The Language of Injury (metallic hardcore, metalcore)

Long Hallways – Close Your Eyes to Travel (post-rock)

Mandolin Orange – Tides of a Teardrop (contemporary folk)

Metallica – Helping Hands…Live & Acoustic at the Masonic (thrash, acoustic metal)

Ossuarium – Living Tomb (death-doom)

Soen – Lotus (prog metal, prog rock)

Somn – The All Devouring (blackened post-rock)

Andrew Wasylyk – The Paralian (ambient jazz, modern classical)


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