Release Day Roundup – 12/7/18

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!

AFI – The Missing Man (alt-rock, punk)


Jason Becker – Triumphant Hearts (instrumental metal, shred)


Crevassian – Crevassian (instrumental prog)


Darkaeon – The Shattered Monolith (prog metal)


Ernia – Ernia (grindcore)


Even the Trees – If Only Every Day Could Be Like This (progressive post-hardcore)


For I Am King – I (melodeath, metalcore)


Forest of Shadows – Among the Dormant Watchers (atmospheric doom metal)


Ice Cube – Everythang’s Corrupt (west coast hip-hop, gangsta rap)


Ichor – Hadal Ascending (progressive death metal, blackened death metal)


KOAN Sound – Polychrome (dubstep, glitch-hop)


Mayhem – Grand Declaration of War (2018 Remaster) (avant-garde black metal)


Lubomyr Melnyk – Fallen Trees (modern classical, solo piano)


Metal Church – Damned if You Do (thrash)


Oakheart – Parallel to an Endless Dream (progressive death metal)


Vulfpeck – Hill Climber (funk, neo-soul)


Zealotry – At The Nexus Of All Stillborn Worlds (progressive death metal)


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