Release Day Roundup – 8/23/19

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!

Jessica Ackerley – A New Kind of Water (avant-garde jazz-rock, free jazz)

Agenda – Apocalyptic Wasteland Blues (hardcore, crust)

Aktaion – Above Empires (melodeath, metalcore)

Amarionette – Evolution (post-hardcore, alt-rock)

Aviana – Epicenter (progressive metalcore)

The Black Wizards – Reflections (heavy psych, stoner rock)

Book of Wyrms – Remythologizer (stoner doom, psych rock)

BROCKHAMPTON – GINGER (hip-hop, pop-rap)

Carriers – Now Is the Time For Loving Me, Yourself & Everyone Else (Americana, indie rock)

Ceremony – In the Spirit World Now (goth rock, post-punk)

Coarse – Cut and Preserved (experimental hardcore)

Domination Inc. – Memoir 414 (groove metal, thrash)

Equilibrium – Renegades (power metal, folk metal)

Illdisposed – Reveal Your Soul For the Dead (death metal)

Infinity Shred – Forever, a Fast Life (post-rock, ethereal wave)

Isole – Dystopia (melodic doom)

Jay Som – Anak Ko (alt-rock, indie rock)

Knocked Loose – A Different Shade of Blue (hardcore, metalcore)

meth. – Mother of Red Light (hardcore, mathcore)

Modern Nature – How to Live (psychedelic folk, indie folk)

Sacred Reich – Awakening (thrash)

Sheer Mag – A Distant Call (hard rock, power pop)

Sorcery – Necessary Excess of Violence (death metal)

Tropical Fuck Storm – Braindrops (art punk, experimental rock)

Alexander Tucker – Guild of the Asbestos Weaver (ambient folk, avant-pop)

Wrvth – No Rising Sun (progressive death metal, post-metal)

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