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. Also, since we ran our 2020 Primer post last Friday instead of a regular RDR column, we’ll be including all albums releases since Jan. 1 , 2020. -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!

Aiming For Enrike – Music For Working Out (noise rock, math rock)

Apocalyptica – Cell-O (neoclassical metal)

Backyard Pyrotechnics – The Theory of the Movement of Things (progressive post-hardcore)

Bad Ambassadors – Bad Ambassadors (indie pop, abstract hip-hop)

The Band Royale – The Band Royale (hard rock, indie rock)

Beach Slang – The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City (alt-rock, punk)

Child of Waste – Hunger Made Man (brutal deathcore, melodeath)

Denzel Curry – 13LOOD 1N + 13LOOD OUT Mixx (hardcore hip-hop, southern hip-hop)

Dead Hour Noise – Sleeping Dogs (powerviolence, mathcore)

Deer Lord – Deer Lord (sludge, doom)

Desert Colossus – Eyes and Tongues (stoner rock)

Destroy My Brains – Insignifican’t (sludge, doom)

Dukatalon – Invountary Action (sludge)

Ephilexia – Melancholia (math rock, post-rock)

Frail Hands – parted/departed/apart (screamo, post-hardcore)

Haunt – Mind Freeze (heavy metal)

Hot Lava Monster – The End Cometh (stoner rock, hard rock)

Mick Jenkins – The Circus (abstract hip-hop)

Kurse – Prophecies, Episode I: The Awakening (stoner rock, doom)

Lotus Thief – Oresteia (prog metal, post-metal)

Machinations of Fate – Machinations of Fate (blackened thrash, melodeath)

Machine+ – Saṃsāra (shoegaze, glitch)

The Nautilus – The Nautilus 2 (progressive sludge metal)

Orc – Orc (progressive stoner metal)

Nico Paulo – Wave Call (indie folk, chamber folk)

Poppy – I Disagree (electro-pop, alt-metal)

Postcards – The Good Soldier (dream pop)

Rage – Wings of Rage (heavy metal, thrash)

Shinji Kazama – Shinji Kazama (stoner rock, heavy psych)

Snorlax – II (blackened deathgrind)

Tombstone Eyes – Land in the Sky (heavy psych, stoner rock)

Tortuga – Deities (stoner doom)

Turnstile and Mall Grab – Share a View (alt-punk, electronic)

Unreqvited – Mosaic II: la déteste et la détresse (blackgaze, post-black metal)

Victory Over the Sun – A Tessitura of Transfiguration (progressive black metal, avant-garde metal)

vvilderness – Dark Waters (atmospheric black metal)