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!

All Hail the Yeti – Highway Crosses (sludge, groove metal)

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Alpines – Full Bloom (ambient pop, downtempo)

 

Ancst – Abolitionist (melodeath)

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Baring Teeth – Transitive Savagery (dissonant death metal)

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Divine Ascension – The Uncovering (power metal)

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Esben and the Witch – Nowhere (ethereal wave, post-rock)

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Fall and Resist – Fading Cinders (metalcore)

 

Mentor – Cults, Crypts and Corpses (hardcore punk, sludge)

 

Anderson .Paak – Oxnard (contemporary R&B, neo-soul)

 

P.O.D. – Circles (nu-metal)

 

Portrayal of Guilt – Let Pain be Your Guide (chaotic hardcore, blackened hardcore)

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Roadkiller – Roadkiller (punk, thrash)

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Sigh – Heir to Despair (avant-garde metal, progressive symphonic metal)

 

Sunless Dawn – Timeweaver (prog metal, progressive death metal)

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Yama Warashi – Boiled Moon (psychedelic art rock, world fusion)

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