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!

The Appleseed Cast – The Fleeting Light of Impermanence (indie rock, Midwest emo)

Ashbringer – Absolution (atmospheric black metal, post-black metal)

Beastwars – IV (stoner metal)

Birdflesh – Extreme Graveyard Tornado (grindcore)

The Convalescence – Monument of Misery (death metal, deathcore)

Dire Wolves – Grow Towards the Light (psych rock, jam band)

Daughter of Swords – Dawnbreaker (contemporary folk)

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana (gangsta rap, jazz rap)

Hawkeyes – Last Light of Future Failure (garage rock, psych rock)

He Is Legend – White Bat (southern rock, metalcore)

Heilung – Futha (experimental neofolk)

Hymns for the Angels – The Spinning Heart (post-rock, ambient)

Makeunder – Pale Cicada (art pop, experimental rock)

Mammoth Storm – Alruna (doom, stoner metal)

Monarque – Jusqu’à la Mort (black metal)

Multicast Dynamics – Lost World (ambient techno)

Needless – Heresy (death metal, blackened thrash)

Shirokuma – Clothes I Wear For the Space I’m In (screamo)

Stille Volk – Milharis (neofolk)

Those Darn Gnomes – Calling Whitetails to a Tuned Bow (avant-garde metal)

Torments – Endless Waves (metalcore)

Victims – The Horse and Sparrow Theory (d-beat, hardcore)

Weeping Hour – Hunger & Thirst (progressive metalcore)

White Manna – Ape on Sunday (psych rock, space rock)

wifisfuneral – Ethernet 2 (cloud rap, southern hip-hop)

Yellow Eyes – Rare Field Ceiling (atmospheric black metal, post-black metal)