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!

Anticosm – Call of the Void (black metal)

Blanck Mass – Animated Violence Mild (IDM, post-industrial)

Bound In Fear – The Hand of Violence (deathcore)

Cerebral Rot – Odious Descent into Decay (death metal)

Devourment – Obscene Majesty (brutal death metal)

Diocletian – Amongst the Flames of a Burning God (war metal)

HammerFall – Dominion (power metal)

Here Lies Man – No Ground to Walk Upon (acid rock, afrobeat)

The Hold Steady – Thrashing Thru Passion (heartland rock, pub rock)

Ikebe Shakedown – Kings Left Behind (afrobeat, jazz-funk)

Killswitch Engage – Atonement (metalcore)

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Infest the Rats Nest (experimental rock, thrash)

Loscil – Equivalents (ambient, drone)

Major Stars – Roots of Confusion Seeds of Joy (psych rock, space rock)

Oh Sees – Face Stabber (heavy psych, krautrock)

Peaer – A Healthy Earth (indie rock, math rock)

Pijn & Conjurer – Curse These Metal Hands (progressive sludge metal)

Conrad Schnitzler – Conditions of the Gas Giant (progressive electronic)

Shadow of Intent – Melancholy (deathcore, melodeath)

Shock Narcotic – I Have Seen the Future and It Doesn’t Work (grindcore)

Sleater-Kinney – The Center Won’t Hold (indie rock, riot grrrl)

Rae Spoon – Mental Health (alt-rock, indie rock)

Ride – This Is Not a Safe Place (dream pop, shoegaze)

Uniform & The Body – Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back (industrial metal, experimental rock)

Erkki Veltheim – Ganzfeld Experiment (avant-garde, modern classical)

Waingro – III (stoner metal)