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!

Arcade Messiah – Diagnosis (prog rock, prog metal)

Black Futures – Never Not Nothing (alt-rock, punk)

Close Talker – How Do We Stay Here? (indie rock)

Elvenking – Reader Of The Runes – Divination (folk metal, power metal)

Entombed A.D. – Bowels of Earth (death metal)

Foredoomed – Chaos and Beauty (melodeath)

Guilt Trip – River of Lies (hardcore, beatdown)

Hesitation Wounds – Chicanery (hardcore)

Hope Drone – Void Lustre (atmospheric black metal)

HTRK – Venus in Leo (ambient pop, minimal wave)

Ignivomous – Hieroglossia (brutal death metal, OSDM)

Insurrection – Circles of Despair (melodeath, thrash)

ISON – INNER-SPACE (melodic doom, ambient)

Keys of Orthanc – A Battle in the Dark Lands of the Eye… (black metal)

Kronos Quartet & Terry Riley – Sun Rings (modern classical, string quartet)

Andrew Munsey – High Tide (contemporary jazz)

Mutilatred – Ingested Filth (death metal)

Necronautical – Apotheosis (progressive black metal)

Not Your Friends – Constructing a Mental Breakdown (mathcore, experimental punk)

Obsidian Tide – Pillars of Creation (progressive death metal)

Pandemonium – Monuments of Tragedy (blackened melodeath)

Parsnip – When the Tree Bears Fruit (art punk, avant-pop)

Pharmakon – Devour (death industrial, power electronics)

Polemicist – Zarathustrian Impressions (black metal, death metal)

portrayal of guilt – Suffering is a Gift (blackened hardcore)

Steve Roach – Bloom Ascension (progressive electronic, space ambient)

Sacred Son – Arthurian Catacombs (black metal)

SAINT PEPSI – Mannequin Challenge (vaporwave)

Sempiternal Dusk – Cenotaph of Defectuous Creation (death doom)

Shards – Find Sound (modern classical, choral music)

Joan Shelley – Like the River Loves the Sea (indie folk)

The Silence – Metaphysical Feedback (experimental rock, psych rock)

SNAG – snag (screamo, post-hardcore)

Synteleia – Ending of the Unknown Path (Hellenic black metal)

Tool – Fear Inoculum (prog metal)

Warcrab – Damned in Endless Night (death metal, sludge)

Whitney – Forever Turned Around (indie rock, power pop)

Witch Vomit – Burried Deep in a Bottomless Grave (death metal)