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!

Arcaine – As Life Decays (tech death)

Bambara – Stray (post-punk, noise rock)

Black Royal – Firebride (melodeath, sludge)

Blaze of Perdition – The Harrowing of Hearts (melodeath, melodic black metal)

Dboy – New Records in Human Power (punk, hard rock)

Disastroid – Mortal Fools (stoner metal, grunge)

DRAMA – Dance Without Me (synthpop, contemporary R&B)

Dzö-nga – Thunder In the Mountains (pagan black metal, atmospheric black metal)

Floral – Floral (math rock)

Frayle – 1692 (doom metal)

Katie Gately – Loom (art pop, glitch pop)

God Damn – God Damn (stoner rock, noise rock)

Godthrymm – Reflections (death doom, funeral doom)

Great American Ghost – Power Through Terror (metalcore, hardcore)

Haemic – Forum Galactica (symphonic black metal, melodeath)

Hällas – Conundrum (prog rock, art rock)

Holycide – Fist to Face (crossover thrash, death metal)

Ihsahn – Telemark (prog metal)

Izthmi – The Arrows of Our Ways (melodic black metal, post-black metal)

Kanaan – Odense Sessions (heavy psych)

Karnivore – Dödsriket (blackened melodeath)

Kungen’s Man – Trappmusik (noise rock, psych rock)

Kvelertak – Splid (black ‘n’ roll, hardcore punk)

The Men – Mercy (garage rock, post-punk)

Mitochondrial Sun – Mitochondrial Sun (dark ambient, experimental electronic)

Mush – 3D Routine (art punk, post-punk)

Necrowretch – The Ones from Hell (death metal)

Parachute for Gordo – Best Understood by Children and Animals (math rock)

Pendragon – Love Over Fear (prog rock, symphonic prog)

Personality Cult – New Arrows (punk, power pop)

Plague – Portraits of Mind (death metal)

Planet of the Dead – Fear of a Dead Planet (stoner-doom)

Psychotic Waltz – The God-Shaped Void (prog metal)

Remission – The Tether’s End (melodeath, groove thrash)

Rosetta – Terra Sola (post-metal)

Mariana Semkina – Sleepwalking (dark prog, chamber folk)

Suicide Silence – Become the Hunter (deathcore)

Suum – Cryptomass (traditional doom)

Tame Impala – The Slow Rush (neo-psychedelia, indie pop)


Vinsteregedank – Anabrast (progressive black metal)