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 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!

Bodhi – Ineffable (instrumental prog metal, nu prog)

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Brockhampton – Saturation II (abstract hip-hop, experimental hip-hop)

Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Finisterre (atmospheric black metal)

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Ehnahre – The Marrow (avant-garde metal, death doom/REVIEW)

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Hammock – Mysterium (ambient, post-rock)

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Inanimate Existence – Underneath a Melting Sky (progressive death metal, tech death/REVIEW)

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Iron and Wine – Beast Epic (indie folk)

Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far From Over (ECM style jazz)

Lawful Citizen – Lawful Citizen (avant-garde jazz, doom metal)

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Leprous – Malina (prog rock/REVIEW)

Nervecell – Past, Present…Torture (death metal)

Oh Sees – Orc (garage rock, heavy psych)

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Portico Quartet – Art in the Age of Automation (chamber jazz, nu jazz)

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Queens of the Stone Age – Villains (alt rock, garage rock)

Sannhet – So Numb (post-black metal, post-metal/REVIEW)

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Second to Sun – The First Chapter (blackened groove metal, post-black metal)

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Tera Melos – Trash Generator (indie rock, math rock/REVIEW)

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Turnover – Good Nature (dream pop, jangle pop)

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The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding (heartland rock, indie rock)

Xanthochroid – Of Erthe and Axen, Act I (avant-garde metal, progressive black metal/REVIEW)

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