Release Day Roundup – 2/21/20

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!

All shall be well (and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well) – Zwartgroen (post-rock)

Alteri – Trauma (blackened death metal, d-beat)

The Amity Affliction – Everyone Leaves You …Once You Leave Them (post-hardcore, metalcore)

Beat City Tubeworks – Top Rock (rock ‘n’ roll)

Binary Code – Memento Mori (prog metal)

Bird Problems – Beyond the Nest (prog metal, post-hardcore)

Clayshaper – Celestian (progressive. death metal, blackened death metal)

Deliverance – Holocaust 26:1-46 (post-metal)

Demons & Wizards – III (power metal)

Deprived of Salvation – Destination : Decay (death metal, OSDM)

Downcast – Tell Me I’m Alive (post-hardcore)

Floral – This Year (math rock)

haircuts for men – nothing special, nothing wonderful (vaporwave, chillwave)

Sarah Harmer – Are You Gone (folk rock, indie rock)

H.E.A.T – H.E.A.T II (hard rock, hair metal)

Horseneck – Fever Dream (sludge, hardcore)

InTechnicolour – Big Sleeper (desert rock, alt-rock)

King Krule – Man Alive! (trip-hop, post-punk)

Landon Tewers – Ai640 Pt. 3 (nu-metalcore)

The Lotus Throne – Reverie (progressive black metal)

Lowrider – Refractions (stoner rock)

Mindcrawler – Lost Orbiter (stoner rock, heavy psych)

Mondo Generator – Fuck It (stoner rock, punk)

Noctua – High Strangeness (prog metal, cinematic prog)

Agnes Obel – Myopia (indie folk, art pop)

Ozzy Osbourne – Ordinary Man (heavy metal)

Polaris – The Death of Me (metalcore)

Postvorta – Porrima (drone-doom, post-metal)

Raspberry Bulbs – Before the Age of Mirrors (blackened punk)

Reflections – Willow (beatdown, djent)

Ritual King – Ritual King (heavy psych, stoner rock)

Satyr – Locus (prog rock, post-hardcore)

Sightless Pit – Grave of a Dog (death industrial, experimental)

Six Organs of Admittance – Companion Rises (psychedelic folk, singer/songwriter)

Skyforest – A New Dawn (atmospheric black metal, melodic black metal)

STAHV – The Sundowner (post-rock, desert rock)

VASA – Heroics (math rock, post rock)

Weddings – Haunt (stoner rock, desert rock)

Xenobiotic – Mordrake (progressive death metal)

Yurodivy – “Tell me when the party’s over” (screamo, hardcore punk)

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