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!

Atlas Entity – Beneath the Cosmic Silence (progressive death metal)

Bad Books – iii (indie rock, indie folk)

Baroness – Gold & Grey (progressive sludge metal, stoner rock)

Beshken – Aisle of Palm (downtempo, microhouse)

Beyond Infinity – Welcome to Infinity (melodeath)

The Biology of Plants – Vol. 2 (nu-jazz fusion, art rock)

Butcher the Bar – III (indie rock, folk pop)

Caged Existence – The Burden of Purpose (metallic hardcore, metalcore)

Calexico and Iron & Wine – Years to Burn (Americana, folk rock)

Bill Callahan – Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest (Americana, alt-country)

Cavallo – Interstices (progressive math rock, post-rock)

Clay Rendering – California Black Vows (goth rock, post-punk)

Domgård – Rót (black metal)

Earth Tongue – Floating Being (heavy psych, stoner rock)

Hate – Auric Gates of Veles (blackened death metal, melodeath)

Ingested – Call of the Void (brutal death metal, deathcore)

Lauxnos – Crushed By Waves (atmospheric black metal, post-black metal)

Lettuce – Elevate (jazz-funk, neo-soul)


Nautilus – Chronemics (math rock, post-rock)

Nucleus – Entity (death metal)

Orphx/JK Flesh – Light Bringer (industrial techno, noise)

Painted Worlds – Oh, the Places You Won’t Go (math rock, midwest emo)

Pallbearer – Atlantis (progressive doom metal)

Pinkish Black – Concept Unification (space rock, sludge metal)

Jordan Reyes – Close (ambient techno, post-industrial)

Sadistic Ritual – Visionaire of Death (death thrash)

Serpent of Gnosis – As I Drink From the Infinite Well of Inebriation (deathgrind)

Skelator – Cyber Metal (speed metal, heavy metal)

Slough Feg – New Organon (heavy metal, power metal)

Stonefield – Bent (heavy psych, stoner rock)

Temple Koludra – Seven! Sirens! To a Lost Archetype (black metal)

Thank You Scientist – Terraformer (prog fusion, post-hardcore)

This Gift Is a Curse – A Throne of Ash (post-hardcore, blackened sludge metal)

Tusks – Avalanche (indie rock, lo-fi pop)

Twin Oaks – See You When I See You (indie folk, dream pop)

Victims of Contagion – Lamentations of the Flesh Bound (tech death)

Ben Vince – Don’t Give Your Life (avant-garde jazz, post-minimalism)

Christopher Willits – Sunset (ambient)