Release Day Roundup – 11/2/18

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!

Abstract Void – Back to Reality (blackgaze, synthwave)


Abyssal – Misanthrope (funeral doom)


The Algorithm – Compiler Optimization Techniques (electronic metal, tech metal)


Alias & Doseone – Less Is Orchestra (abstract hip-hop)


David Allred – The Transition (chamber folk, singer/songwriter)


Arsis – Visitant (melodeath, tech death)


Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh – Sparrow Nights (avant-garde jazz, free improv)


Cancer – Shadow Gripped (death metal)


City Hunter – Deep Blood (horror-themed hardcore)


Ian William Craig – Thresholder (ambient pop, tape music)


Dead Can Dance – Dionysus (neoclassical darkwave, new age)


Drug Church – Cheer (post-hardcore)


Gabby’s World – Beast on Beast (indie folk, lo-fi pop)


Hiss Golden Messenger – Virgo Fool (Americana, contemporary folk)


I Am – Hard 2 Kill (death metal)


It Looks Sad. – Sky Lake (Midwest emo, minimal wave)


Jo Quail – Exsolve (neo-classical, post-metal)


Monobody – Raytracing (math-fusion, post-rock)


Moonface – This One’s For The Dancer & This One’s For The Dancer’s Bouquet (art pop, folktronica)


Napoleon – Epiphany (post-hardcore, progressive metalcore)


Noise Trail Immersion – Symbology of Shelter (blackened mathcore)


The Ocean – Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic (post-metal, prog metal)


Orchestra of Spheres – Mirror (neo-psychedelia, jazz fusion)


The Prodigy – No Tourists (electronic rock, industrial rock)


Psycroptic – As the Kingdom Drowns (tech death)


Sad Etes – vIV0 (death metal, melodeath)


Sick Of It All – Wake the Sleeping Dragon! (hardcore)


Silent Planet – When the End Began (metalcore, post-hardcore)


Sylvaine – Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone (post-metal, post-rock)


Temptris – Rapture (heavy metal)


Tenacious D – Post-Apocalypto (comedy metal)


Tera Melos – Treasures and Trolls (math rock, experimental rock)


Toska – Fire By the Silos (progressive post-metal, instrumental metal)


Two Medicine – Astropsychosis (indie rock, art rock)


Witherfall – A Prelude to Sorrow (prog metal, neoclassical metal)


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