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!

All Hell – The Witch’s Grail (black metal)

As Cities Burn – Scream Through the Walls (emo, post-hardcore)

AURORA – A Different Kind of Human (synth pop, art pop)

Cave In – Final Transmission (post-hardcore, space rock)

Combichrist – One Fire (aggrotech, industrial metal)

Earthen Sea – Grass and Trees (ambient techno)

The Emblem Faction – Free From Contact (progressive metalcore, djent)

Faerie Ring – The Clearing (stoner doom)

Fetid – Steeping Corporeal Mess (death metal)

Perry Farrell – Kind Heaven (alt-rock)

Firespawn – Abominate (death metal)

FLUB – Flub (progressive death metal)

Jake Xerxes Fussell – Out of Sight (Americana, contemporary folk)

Gravefields – Embrace the Void (blackened death metal)

Haybaby – They Get There (indie rock, Midwest emo)

Heart of a Coward – The Disconnect (metalcore)

LITE – Multiple (math rock, post-rock)

Lust for Youth – Lust for Youth (darkwave, synthpop)

Motionless In White – Disguise (nu-metalcore)

Orphalis – The Approaching Darkness (tech death, brutal death metal)

Pelican – Nighttime Stories (post-metal)

Plaid – Polymer (IDM)

RST – RST (drone, space ambient)

Violent Life Violent Death – Sadness Rains (hardcore, metalcore)

We Are All Astronauts – The Visitors EP (ambient, post-rock)

Xentrix – Bury the Pain (thrash)