2019 Primer – Heavy Blog’s Most Anticipated Releases of the Year (Thus Far)

Well, here we are – another year full of new releases. In lieu of our weekly Release Day Roundup, we thought we’d preview the months ahead of us and highlight which albums we’re most heavily anticipating. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we hope you’ll comment with some albums we may have missed. So without further ado, dive into what may very well end up resembling our AOTY list at the end of the year.

January 7

Outlander – The Valium Machine (doomgaze, post-metal)

January 11

A Swarm of the Sun – The Woods (post-rock)

Born of Osiris – The Simulation (progressive deathcore, prog metal)

Soilwork – Verkligheten (melodeath)

January 18

Aesop Rock & TOBACCO – Malibu Ken (experimental hip-hop, indietronica)

Deerhunter – Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared (indie rock)

The End of the Ocean – -aire (post-rock)

Fever 333 – Strength in Numb333rs (progressive hardcore)

January 25

Altarage – The Approaching Roar (blackened death metal)

Bring Me The Horizon – Amo (metalcore, arena rock)

Mono – Nowhere Now Here (post-rock, post-metal)

Hollow Leg – Civilizations (doom)

February 1

Ossuarium – Living Tomb (death-doom)

February 2

Ithica – The Language of Injury (hardcore, metalcore)

February 8

Downfall Of Gaia – Ethic Of Radical Finitude (blackened sludge, crust)

Labirinto – Divino Afflante Spiritu (post-metal)

Panda Bear – Buoys (folktronica, indie pop)

Xiu Xiu – Girl with Basket of Fruit (art pop, experimental rock)

Yeruselem – The Sublime (industrial metal, experimental metal)

February 15

Hexvessel – All Tree (occult rock, neofolk)

Rotting Christ – The Heretics (Hellenic black metal)

Vanum – Ageless Fire (atmospheric black metal)

February 22

Dream Theater – Distance Over Time (prog metal)

March 15

Contrarian – Their Worm Never Dies (progressive tech death)

March 22

La Dispute – Panorama (screamo, spoken word)

March 29 

Whitechapel – The Valley (deathcore)


Cân Bardd – The Last Rain (atmospheric black metal, folk black metal)

Deadspace – Dirge (post-black metal)

Minors – Abject Bodies (hardcore, sludge)

Nuvolascura – Nuvolascura (emoviolence, mathcore)

Bent Knee (art rock, indie rock)

Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race (death metal)

Carcass (death metal, melodeath)

Cavernlight – As I Cast Ruin Upon the Lens That Reveals My Every Flaw (doom)

Chelsea Wolfe (goth rock)

Closure in Moscow (prog rock)

Dreadnought (progressive doom)

Earth (drone metal)

East of the Wall (prog metal, sludge)

False (black metal)

Helms Alee (sludge)

Heron – Sun Release (post-rock)

In Malice’s Wake (thrash)

Megadeth (thrash)

Mutoid Man (stoner metal)

The Number Twelve Looks Like You (mathcore)

Old Solar (post-rock)

Pelican – Nighttime Stories (post-metal)

Russian Circles (post metal)

Seeress – The Dream Passes (post-rock, post-metal)

Superstition (death metal)

Torche (sludge pop)

Truth Corroded – Bloodlands (death, thrash)

Yellow Eyes (black metal)


"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger - something better - pushing right back." - Albert Camus