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!

Amon Amarth – Berserker (melodeath)

Amygdala – Our Voices Will Soar Forever (hardcore)

Appalling – Inverted Realm (blackened death metal)

Arch Echo – You Won’t Believe What Happens Next! (nu-prog, prog fusion)

Augure – Apnea (post-metal, post-rock)

Bad Religion – Age Of Unreason (punk, melodic hardcore)

Big Thief – U.F.O.F. (indie rock)

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes – End Of Suffering (alt-rock, hardcore punk)

Dimensional Decay – Inhuman Condition (brutal deathcore)

Handful of Hate – Adversus (black metal)

Into Orbit – Kinesis (prog rock, post-metal)

Invicta – Halls of Extinction (melodeath)

Kampfar – Ofidians Manifest (black metal)

Mireplaner – A Mountain of Saola Hooves (post-metal, chaotic hardcore)

Multiple Sense – Lunary (neoclassical, IDM)

Origin – Abiogenesis: A Coming Into Existence (tech death)

Osiah – Kingdom of Lies (deathcore)

The Physics House Band – Death Sequence (jazz fusion, experimental rock)

Ringworm – Death Becomes My Voice (crossover thrash, metalcore)

Stellar Master Elite – Hologram Temple (black metal)

Stone From the Sky – Break a Leg (progressive stoner metal, heavy psych)

Courtney Swain – Between Blood and Ocean (indie folk, singer/songwriter)

Valtiel – Human Error (screamo, metallic hardcore)