Release Day Roundup – 2/15/19

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!

A Million Dead Birds Laughing – To the Ether (progressive grindcore, tech death)

Avantasia – Moonglow (power metal)

Backstabber – Conspiracy Theorist (death metal)

Born From Pain – True Love (hardcore)

Creeping Death – Specter of War (death metal)

Kaleikr – The Descent (progressive black metal)

Plaguebringer – Diabolos (melodeath, tech death)

Ravager – Thrashletics (thrash metal)

Rotting Christ – The Heretics (Hellenic black metal, melodic black metal)

Saor – Forgotten Paths (atmospheric black metal, pagan black metal)

Snake Tongue – No Escape No Excuses (crust punk, metalcore)

Vanir – Allfather (melodeath, folk metal)

The Wandering Aesthetic – Crimson (black metal)

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