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!

Adrift – Pure (blackened sludge, post-metal)

AngelMaker – AngelMaker (technical deathcore)

Annotations of an Autopsy – World of Sludge (brutal deathcore, death metal)

Kishi Bashi – Omoiyari (chamber pop, indie pop)

Батюшка – Панихида (black metal)

Catalyst – The Great Purpose of the Lords (progressive death metal, tech death)

COAST – Skim (jazz fusion, nu-jazz)

Denzel Curry – Zuu (southern hip-hop, trap rap)

Cursed Earth – The Deathbed Sessions (hardcore punk, metalcore)

Darkthrone – Old Star (black metal, heavy metal)

Death Angel – Humanicide (thrash)

Eluvium – Pianoworks (ambient, modern classical)

Fulci – Tropical Sun (death metal)

GAZM – Heavy Vibe Music (hardcore)

Gloryhammer – Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex (power metal)

Hellish Grave – Hell No Longer Waits (blackened thrash, speed metal)

Her Name is Calla – Animal Choir (post-rock, indie folk)

Idolatry – In Nomine Mortis (black metal)

Krypts – Cadaver Circulation (death doom)

Legacy of Brutality – Realm of the Banished Gods (melodeath)

Lungbutter – Honey (post-punk)

Masvidal – Mythical (prog rock)

Nekroi Theoi – Dead Gods (brutal death metal, blackened death metal)

Pound – •• (experimental mathgrind)

Royal Republic – Club Majesty (alt-rock, hard rock)

Senza – Even a Worm Will Turn (blackened screamo, emoviolence)

Time Bomb – Equus (mathcore, tech deathcore)

Daniel Tompkins – Castles (prog rock, art pop)

Übergang – Evolution (thrash, groove metal)

Vader – Thy Messenger (death metal)