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!

Baltic – By the Light of the Hidden Sun (post-metal) 

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Deathpact – Reincarnation of Asura Road (tech death) 

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The Decemberists – Traveling On (indie folk, folk rock)

DIRGE – Lost Empyrean (post-metal, progressive sludge)

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Dødsferd – Diseased Remnants of a Dying World (atmospheric black metal)

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Ferum – Vergence (death doom)

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Foxhole – Lost Image (post-rock) 

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Geostygma – The Die is Cast (groove metal, tech death)

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Jarboe – The Cut of the Warrior (darkwave, freak folk)

Maryland – Other Rooms (ambient, math rock) 

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Travis Orbin – Delectable Machinery (experimental metal, prog rock)

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Pale Mara – Pale Mara (Americana, folk)

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Venom – Storm The Gates (proto-black metal, thrash)

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