Editor’s Note: Longtime reader Remi VL is 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.

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!

The Absolution Sequence – Silent King (melodeath, deathcore)

Acid Mammoth – Under Acid Hoof (doom metal)

Aethyrick – Gnosis (atmospheric black metal)

Annihilator – Ballistic, Sadistic (thrash)

Arcadian Child – From Far, For The Wild (heavy psych, stoner rock)

Atena – Drowning Regret & Lungs Filled With Water (nu-metalcore, djent)

Belore – Journey Through Mountains and Valleys (atmospheric black metal, epic black metal)

Black Lips – The Black Lips Sing… In A World That’s Falling Apart (alt-country, psych rock)

Bohren & Der Club of Gore – Patchouli Blue (dark jazz, dark ambient)

BOKOTONO – BOKOTONO (math rock, post-rock)

Caspain – On Circles (post-rock)

Coogans Bluff – Metronopolis (prog rock, krautrock)

Dawn of Solace – Waves (melodeath, gothic metal)

Dead Cosmonauts – We Sent Fragile Creatures to the Heavens but Not All of Them Perished (post-rock, post-metal)

Despondent – The Cosmic Horror (brutal tech death)

Elden – Nostromo (stoner rock, hard rock)

Galleons – Metropolis (progressive post-hardcore)

Glories – Distant After (post-rock)

Grey Skies Fallen – Cold Dead Lands (death-doom)

Robert Haigh – Black Sarabande (modern classical, ambient)

Hazzerd – Delirum (thrash metal)

Higher Power – 27 Miles Underwater (hardcore punk, melodic hardcore)

Jordablod – The Cabinet of Numinous Song (blackened death metal, black n’ roll)

Jorn – Heavy Rock Radio II: Executing The Classics (heavy metal)

Konvent – Puritan Masochism (death-doom)

Major Kong – Off the Scale (stoner doom)

Midnight – Rebirth by Blasphemy (speed metal, heavy metal)

Nektar – The Other Side (prog rock, Canterbury Scene)

Nero Di Marte – Immoto (experimental post-metal)

NYN – Equivalence (Remastered) (melodeath, tech death)

Olhava – Olhava (blackgaze)

Jeff Parker – Suite for Max Brown (Afro-jazz, avant-garde jazz)

Pestilength – Eilatik (blackened OSDM)

Pet Shop Boys – Hotspot (synthpop, dance pop)

Second-Hand Apes – Second-Hand Apes (stoner-doom)

Slave One – Omega Disciples (tech death)

Surgical Strike – Part of a Sick World (thrash)

Thy Catafalque – Naiv (avant-garde metal, prog metal)

Raphael Weinroth-Browne – Worlds Within (modern classical)

Kirk Windstein – Dream in Motion (sludge metal)

Wire – Mind Hive (art punk, post-punk)

Wolf Parade – Thin Mind (indie rock, indie pop)

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