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!

Aldous Harding – Designer (contemporary folk, singer/songwriter)

Altin Gün – Gece (Anatolian rock, psychedelic pop)

Amon Tobin – Fear in a Handful of Dust (progressive electronic)

Archons – Buried Underneath the Lies (melodeath)

Arovane & Porya Hatami – C.H.R.O.N.O.S (ambient)

Avandra – Descender (prog metal)

Bear’s Den – So That You Might Hear Me (indie folk, indie pop)

Ceres – We Are a Team (emo, pop-punk)

Chevalier – Destiny Calls (heavy metal, speed metal)

The Damned Things – High Crimes (hard rock, stoner rock)

De Lirium’s Order – Singularity (progressive tech death)

Dethrone the Corrupted – Sintrophia (brutal death metal, deathcore)

Enforcer – Zenith (heavy metal)

Foxygen – Seeing Other People (glam rock, progressive pop)

The Gray – Crane (mathcore, metallic hardcore)

Helms Alee – Noctiluca (post-hardcore, post-metal)

Hypoxia – Abhorrent Disease (death metal)

Illyria – The Carpathian Summit (post-black metal)

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Fishing for Fishies (experimental boogie rock, psychedelic rock)

Lord Dying – Mysterium Tremendum (progressive sludge metal)

Lost In Kiev – Persona (post-metal, post-rock)

Månegarm – Fornaldarsagor (folk metal, viking metal)

The Mountain Goats – In League with Dragons (chamber pop, indie folk)

Murg – Strävan (black metal)

Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky – Droneflower (dark folk, post-metal)

PAWS – Your Church On My Bonfire (indie rock, noise pop)

Population Control – Harsh realities (grindcore)

Potence – Le Culte Des Bourreaux (chaotic hardcore, crust punk)

Protector – Summon the Hordes (death thrash)

Reptaliens – VALIS (indie pop, lo-fi pop)

Sunn O))) – Life Metal (drone metal, dark ambient)

Vaura – Sables (experimental art rock, darkwave)