Editor’s Note: I’m glad to welcome longtime reader Remi VL as a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. -Scott Murphy

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!

Yazz Ahmed – Polyhymnia (Arabic jazz, world fusion)

Allah-Las – LAHS (surf rock, Americana)

Alunah – Violet Hour (heavy psych, stoner rock)

Babymetal – Metal Galaxy (alt-metal, J-pop)

BATS – Alter Nature (post-hardcore, math rock)

Bent Knee – You Know What They Mean (art rock, indie rock)

Blackwater Holylight – Veils of Winter (stoner doom, psych rock)

Blumen – The Cove, Vol. 1 (prog fusion, math rock)

Bodega – Shiny New Model (art punk, post-punk)

Bury Your Dead – We Are Bury Your Dead (hardcore, metalcore)

Cold In Berlin – Rituals of Surrender (doom metal)

Cursive – Get Fixed (emo, post-hardcore)

The Devil Wears Prada – The Act (metalcore, post-hardcore)

Eclipse – Paradigm (hard rock, heavy metal)

Elbow – Giants of All Sizes (art pop, indie rock)

Entrails – Rise of the Reaper (death metal)

Eye of the Enemy – Titan (melodeath, groove metal)

Fleshworld – The Essence Has Changed, But The Details Remain (blackened sludge, post-hardcore)

Gideon – Out of Control (melodic hardcore)

Golden Dawn Arkestra – Darkness Falls on the Edge of Time (Afrobeat, funk)

Hemptress – Alchemy (stoner rock)

Javva – Balance of Decay (noise rock, post-punk)

Juggernaut – Neuroteque (post-metal)

Kadavar – For the Dead Travel Fast (stoner doom, classic doom)

Lacuna Coil – Black Anima (alt-metal, goth metal)

Lethvm – Acedia (blackened post-metal)

Life of Agony – The Sound Of Scars (alt-rock, hard rock)

Lightning Bolt – Sonic Citadel (noise rock, experimental rock)

Lindstrøm – On a Clear Day I Can See You Forever (progressive electronic, space ambient)

Municipal Waste – The Last Rager (crossover thrash)

Opium Lord – Vore (blackened sludge, post-metal)

Parting Ways – Meant Well (melodic hardcore, pop-punk)

Post/Boredom – Ritualistic Time Abuser (noise-rock, post-hardcore)

Ramprasad – Tsuris (post-metal, sludge)

Rome Fortune – FREEKtales (experimental hip-hop, wonky)

Sandveiss – Saboteur (stoner rock, heavy metal)

Screamer – Highway of Heroes (heavy metal)

Shadow Limb – Burn Scar (progressive sludge)

Signs of the Swarm – Vital Deprivation (brutal deathcore)

Singularity – Place of Chains (tech death, symphonic black metal)

Sorxe – The Ark Burner (post-metal, sludge)

Stew – People (heavy psych, grunge)

tomydeepestego – FEARS (post-metal)

Toothgrinder – I Am (progressive metalcore)