Release Day Roundup – 4/27/18

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!

The Armed – Only Love (hardcore, mathcore)


Blood Tsunami – Grave Condition (thrash metal)


Dylan Carson – Conquistador (drone doom)


GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES! – Memory Lame (math rock)


God is an Astronaut – Epitaph (post-rock)


Grouper – Grid of Points (ambient folk)


Homewrecker – Hell Is Here Now (metalcore, crossover death)


Ingested – The Level Above Human (brutal death metal, slam)


Limbs – Father’s Son (metallic hardcore)


LLNN – Deads (post-metal)


Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer (R&B/pop)


Okkervil River – In the Rainbow Rain (folk rock, indie folk)


PinioL – Bran Coucou (avant-prog)


Royal Coda – Royal Coda (post-hardcore)


Sectioned – Annihilated (mathgrind)


Skindred – Big Tings (nu-metal, reggae)


Speedy Ortiz – Twerp Verse (indie rock)


Totalselfhatred – Solitude (post-black metal)


Toundra – Vortex (post-rock)


Varsity – Parallel Person (indie rock)


"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger - something better - pushing right back." - Albert Camus

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