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!

Act Zero – Dissolving Clouds (metalcore, melodic death metal)

All Out War – Crawl Among the Filth (metallic hardcore)

Blackhelm – Dark Clouds of the Inferno (blackened thrash)

Caamp – By and By (Americana, indie folk)

Cable – Take the Stairs to Hell (sludge, doom)

Cherubs – Immaculada High (noise rock, post-hardcore)

Clark – Kiri Variations (ambient pop, progressive electronic)

Clouds Collide – They Don’t Sleep Anymore (blackgaze, post-metal)

Curse of Denial – Coming for Your Soul (death thrash)

Datach’i – Bones (modular synth, IDM)

Desecresy – Towards Nebulae (OSDM, death-doom)

Mikey Erg – Waxbuilt Castles (pop-punk, indie rock)

Glacier – No Light Ever (post-metal)

Hatriot – From Days Unto Darkness (thrash)

Heorð-Genēat – Hearth Companion (blackened post-metal, screamo)

Interstitia – Ever Onward Ever Inward (IDM, glitch)

Kissies – S (screamo, post-hardcore)

Sarathy Korwar – More Arriving (nu-jazz, world fusion)

Luray – Dig (experimental folk, indie rock)

Meadows – In Those Days & Also After, Pt. 2 (melodic hardcore)

Nocturnal Bloodlust – Unleash (deathcore, visual kei)


Oh Hiroshima – Oscillation (post-rock)

Sanction – Broken in Refraction (hardcore, metalcore)

Swain – Negative Space (alt-rock, punk)

Thief – Map of Lost Keys (darkwave, experimental electronic)

Throes – In the Hands of an Angry God (hardcore, sludge)

Thy Art is Murder – Human Target (deathcore)

Violent Femmes – Hotel Last Resort (alt-rock, folk punk)

Wirbelwind – Natural Catastrophe (melodeath)

Wormwood – Nattarvet (black metal, folk metal)

YBN Cordae – The Lost Boy (hip-hop)