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!

Abronia – The Whole of Each Eye (heavy psych, krautrock)

Airbourne – Boneshaker (hard rock)

Alcest – Spiritual Instinct (blackgaze, post-metal)

Bad Wolves – N.A.T.I.O.N. (alt-rock, nu-metalcore)

Black Rheno – Noise Smasher (sludge, grind)

Botanist – Ecosystem (avant-garde blackgaze)

Cigarettes After Sex – Cry (dream pop, slowcore)

Cloak – The Burning Dawn (black metal)

Coilguns – Watchwinders (metallic hardcore, noise rock)

Controversial – Revelation (symphonic death metal)

Dawn Ray’d – Behold Sedition Plainsong (black metal)

Desert Sessions – Vol. 11 & 12 (stoner rock, experimental rock)

Dissorted – The Final Divide (thrash)

The Elephant – The Elephant (stoner rock, grunge)

Exmortus – Legion of the Undead (neoclassical metal, technical thrash)

Fit For An Autopsy – The Sea of Tragic Beasts (deathcore)

The Great Old Ones – Cosmicism (progressive black metal, atmospheric black metal)

Hawkwind – All Aboard the Skylark (space rock, psych rock)

Hemlock Ernst and Kenny Segal – Back at the House (abstract hip-hop)

Hour of Penance – Misotheism (death metal)

Jinjer – Macro (metalcore, groove metal)

Karkara – Crystal Gazer (garage rock, psych rock)

The Kompressor Experiment – 2001 (electronic post-rock, post-metal)

Leprous – Pitfalls (prog metal)

Lowburn – Phantasma (stoner rock, sludge)

Lowcaster – Flames Arise (progressive doom)

John Malkovitch – Hyenaeh (post-metal)

Magic Sword – Awakening (dark ambient, synthwave)

Mayhem – Daemon (black metal)

Meltdown – Deadringer (melodeath)

Never Endings – Punk In, Get Bent (hardcore punk)

Norma Jean – All Hail (mathcore, post-hardcore)

Orodruin – Ruins of Eternity (doom metal)

Petbrick – I (industrial rock, noise rock)

PVRIS – Hallucinations (alt-rock, synthpop)

Rings of Saturn – Gidim (tech death, brutal deathcore)

The Scourge – Warrant for Execution (thrash)

Skinlab – Venomous (groove metal)

Sunn O))) – Pyroclasts (drone metal)

Teebs – Anicca (glitch-hop, wonky)

This City Called Earth – Pulitzer Prize (post-rock, experimental indie rock)

Thornhill – The Dark Pool (metalcore)

Amon Tobin – Long Stories (trip-hop, nu-jazz)

Vastum – Orificial Purge (death metal)

VIS – Light Lost (prog rock, post-hardcore)

Wolves Like Us – Brittle Bones (sludge rock, alt-metal)

Young Guv – Guv II (indie pop)

Zonal – Wrecked (post-industrial, trip-hop)