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 Mobius Knot – Journey (prog metal)

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Actor|Observer – Pareidolia (post-hardcore)

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Alice in Chains – Rainier Fog (alt-rock, grunge)

 

The Amity Affliction – Misery (post-hardcore)

 

Ancestors – Suspended in Reflections (post-metal, progressive doom)

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Ólafur Arnalds – re:member (ambient, modern classical)

 

Whitney Ballen – You’re a Shooting Star, I’m a Sinking Ship (indie folk, singer/songwriter)

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Chuggernaut – Kodiak (stoner metal)

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Crawl – Rituals (old school death metal)

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The Healing – Hollow Earth (metalcore, djent)

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Interpol – Marauder (post-punk)

 

Jesus Piece – Only Self (beatdown hardcore, metalcore)

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King Dude – Music To Make War To (gothic country, neofolk)

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Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood – With Animals (contemporary folk)

 

Leeched – You Took the Sun When You Left (blackened hardcore, powerviolence)

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Maggot Bath/SLUND – Split (sludge metal, grindcore)

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Manes – Slow Motion Death Sequence (avant-garde metal, experimental rock)

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Mantar – The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze (crust punk, sludge metal)

 

Mob Rules – Beast Reborn (heavy metal, power metal)

 

Murder by Death – The Other Shore (alt-country, gothic folk)

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Murdered – Killed to Death (brutal death metal, slam)

 

Nonpoint – X (nu-metal)

 

Nothing – Dance on the Blacktop (indie rock, shoegaze)

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Psykopath – Primal Instinct (thrash metal, death metal)

 

Rubblebucket – Sun Machine (indie pop)

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Septekh – Pilgrim (death metal, thrash metal)

 

Subtype Zero – The Astral Awakening (thrash metal)

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Midori Takada & Lafawndah – Le Renard Bleu (post-minimalism, tribal ambient)

 

Toe – Our Latest Number (math rock, experimental rock)

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Tunng – Songs You Make at Night (folktronica, indie folk)

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White Denim – Performance (indie rock, psych rock)

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