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!

After the Burial – Evergreen (progressive metalcore)

Allegaeon – Apoptosis (tech death, melodeath)

Alpha Wolf – Fault (nu-deathcore)

Ancalagon – Noctopoth (blackened melodeath)

Black Sites – Exile (heavy metal)

Cerebral Engorgement – Cerebral Chronicles (brutal death metal)

Chalice of Suffering – Lost Eternally (death doom, funeral doom)

Cosmic Putrefaction – At the Threshold of the Greatest Chasm (progressive death metal)

Dawn of Demise – Into the Depths of Veracity (brutal death metal)

Dead to a Dying World – Elegy (doom metal, post-metal)

Druids – Monument (progressive stoner metal)

Fractal Universe – Rhizomes of Insanity (tech death, progressive death metal)

Grand Magus – Wolf God (heavy metal)

Holocaust – Elder Gods (heavy metal, prog metal)

Home Normal – hochu​-​ekki​-​tou (ambient, minimal)

Iron Reagan/Sacred Reich – Split (crossover thrash)

Kinbrae – Landforms (ambient, post-industrial)

Lazybones Flame Kids – Beyond (post-rock, alt-rock)

Marina – Everything Or Nothing (metalcore)

Remete – Into Endless Night (atmospheric black metal)

Jordan Rudess – Wired For Madness (prog rock)

ShreddeR – Tortured Souls (death thrash)

Strana Officina – Law of the Jungle (heavy metal)

The Tallest Man On Earth – I Love You. It’s A Fever Dream. (singer/songwriter, indie folk)

Totengott – The Abyss (death doom)

Tripsitter – The Other Side of Sadness (blackened post-hardcore)

Wounds – Light Eater (death metal)