Release Day Roundup – 6/30/17

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 the day’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!

Vintersorg – Till Fjälls Del II

“We’re going back to our roots” is something that a lot of bands say. So often, that the phrase has almost lost its point. It’s more interesting, though, when uttered by a band that aren’t backed into a corner. While many bands say this to reinvigorate interest after a series of releases that meet lukewarm reception or are creatively bankrupt, Vintersorg are clearly not one such band. In fact, they’re pushing along steadily, and frontman Andreas Hedlund also helms Borknagar, so he has a lot of room to explore his writing. Still, he has chosen this direction for his tenth album, making a sequel to their debut. It’s an odd choice, but it works!

FULL ALBUM STREAM: Vintersorg’s Till Fjälls Del II

Swedish progressive black metal masters Vintersorg are back with their tenth album, which is a direct sequel to their debut from 1998. The brainchild of Andreas Hedlund (Borknagar) and Mattias Marklund, Vintersorg have been forging ahead in their own brand of mellow, beautiful darkness. The prospect of them revisiting their older sound with a new take almost two decades later is quite exciting, and we’re excited to share it with you!

83 – Max Phelps Of Exist

In case the title wasn’t clue enough, this week we have Max Phelps of Exist, Defeated Sanity and Death to All (also ex-Cynic) as our guest! We discuss his creative process, touring with Gorguts, and of course, the upcoming Exist album So True, So Bound, which comes out this week! We also discuss new music from Origin, Bloodshot Dawn, Rings of Saturn, Vintersorg and more! We also discuss Fredrik Thordendal’s hiatus(?) from Meshuggah and Per Nilsson of Scar Symmetry replacing him. Finally, we talk about how Spotify artist payments have been decreasing despite their financial growth. Enjoy!

Borknagar – Winter Thrice

Borknagar are one of the most important names in progressive black metal, to the point of being definitive of the genre. Winter Thrice is their tenth release, and with everything it is, it’s proof that they still definitely deserve that acclaim. Not only are the band noteworthy for their music alone, they…