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!

Brian Shankar Adler – Fourth Dimension (free jazz, contemporary jazz)

Altered Animal – As Days Pass (instrumental prog metal)

Badge Époque Ensemble – Nature, Man & Woman (jazz fusion)

BBF – Outside the Noise (blues rock, psych rock)

Carcariass – Planet Chaos (melodeath, tech death)

Cro-Mags – From the Grave (hardcore, crossover thrash)


Cybernetic Witch Cult – Absurdum ad Nauseam (stoner doom, prog rock)

Eluvium – Virga I (ambient, modern classical)

Fawn Limbs – Their Holes Aroused By the Splinters Carved From Their Teeth (dissonant hardcore, mathgrind)

Fen – The Dead Light (atmospheric black metal, doom metal)

Hvile I Kaos – Black Morning, Winter Green (modern classical, chamber music)

Kitsune – Nothing makes me happy anymore (progressive post-hardcore)

Loscil – Lifelike (ambient drone, soundtrack)

Nova Charisma – Exposition II (progressive post-hardcore)

Perihelion – Agg (progressive black metal, post-metal)

Will Samson – Paralanguage (folktronica, indie folk)

Spaceslug – Reign of the Orion (stoner doom, space rock)

Stoned Monkey – Stoned Monkey (doom, sludge)

Ben Vida – Reducing the Tempo to Zero (ambient, drone)

The Whiffs – Another Whiff (power pop, pop-punk)