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!

Black Milk – DiVE EP (hip-hop)

By the Spirits – Visions (neofolk)

Carnifex – World War X (deathcore)

Damnation Defaced – The Devourer (melodeath)

Excuse – Prophets From the Occultic Cosmos (blackened thrash, heavy metal)

Föllakzoid – I (krautrock, space rock)

Freedom of Fear – Nocturnal Gates (progressive death metal)

Gorgus – Four Kings (progressive sludge)

Have Mercy – The Love Life (indie rock, emo)

Humanity’s Last Breath – Abyssal (brutal djent)

Lord – Fallen Idols (power metal, thrash metal)

Man Made God – Man Made God (progressive deathcore) 

Mylingar – Döda Sjålar (blackened death metal)

Northlane – Alien (djent)

Russian Circles – Blood Year (post-metal)

Sabotage – The Order of Genocide (thrash)

Satan’s Taint – Destruction Ritual (thrash)

Ty Segall – First Taste (garage rock, psych rock)

SHADI – You Can’t Hear Me (experimental hip-hop)

SiXforNinE – Parallel Universe (prog metal, alt-rock)

Street Cleaner – Annihilation (synthwave, industrial)

Total Hate – Throne Behind a Black Veil (black metal)

Triguna – Candies Lemons (progressive death metal)

Volbeat – Rewind, Replay, Rebound (hard rock, heavy metal)