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!

Acres – Lonely World (post-hardcore)

Anna Pest – The Ocean Calls Me Home (melodeath, djent)

Beth Bombara – Evergreen (Americana, folk rock)

The Contortionist – Our Bones (prog rock, alt-metal)

Dayum – Ghost of Sparta (tech death, deathcore)

Destruction – Born To Perish (thrash)

Fishslaughter – Morfar (avant-garde black metal)

Hermina – Night Echoes (prog metal)

Horseburner – The Thief (stoner doom, heavy psych)

King of Heck – Shine In My Chest (post-hardcore, math rock)

Lord Gore – Scalpels For Blind Surgeons (brutal death metal, goregrind)

Pathology – Reborn to Kill (brutal death metal)

Quicksilver Daydream – Fly Oblivion (indie rock, psych rock)

Ra Ra Riot – Superbloom (indie pop, synthpop)

Sleep Terror – Abreaction (instrumental prog metal)

Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind (alt-metal, nu-metal)

Sparrows – Failed Gods (post-hardcore)

Strung Out – Songs of Armor and Devotion (punk, alt-rock)

Suicidal Angels – Years of Aggression (thrash)

Thicket – Descend into Darkness (thrash, heavy metal)

Tora – Can’t Buy The Mood (chillwave, downtempo)

Unprocessed – Artificial Void (djent, progressive metalcore)

Why? – AOKOHIO (experimental indie rock, abstract hip-hop)