Release Day Roundup – 4/3/2020

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!

Wilma Archer – A Western Circular (abstract hip-hop, neo-soul)

Astral Bodies – Escape Death (heavy psych, space rock)

Atrium – Rise and Shine (prog metal, math metal)

August Burns Red – Guardians (metalcore)

BEESUS – 3EESUS (stoner rock, heavy psych)

Beggar – Compelled to Repeat (blackened sludge metal)

Bury Tomorrow – Cannibal (melodic metalcore)

Cabal – Drag Me Down (beatdown hardcore, blackened deathcore)

Charmer – Ivy (Midwest emo, indie rock)

Clear Sky Nailstorm – The Deep Dark Black (thrash)

Conception – State of Deception (progressive power metal)

Crisman – Crisman (indie rock)

James Elkington – Ever-Roving Eye (chamber folk, baroque pop)

Emancipator – Mountain of Memory (downtempo, trip-hop)

Endless Forms Most Gruesome – Endless Forms Most Gruesome (sludge, death-doom)

errant – errant (post-black metal)

Nathan Fake – Blizzards (IDM, progressive electronic)

Forndom – Faþir (dark ambient, ritual ambient)

Freeways – True Bearings (heavy metal)

Friendship Commanders – Hold on to Yourself (sludge, post-punk)

Gaupa – Feberdom (progressive stoner rock)

Heavy Trip – Heavy Trip (stoner rock, heavy psych)

Her Name Was Fire – Decadent Movement (alt-rock, hard rock)

Irma Vep – Embarrassed Landscape (art rock, lo-fi indie)

Clarice Jensen – The experience of repetition as death (modern classical, electroacoustic)

The Kraken Quartet – Backdrop (math rock, post-rock)

Le Groupe Obscur – Pondecen (dream pop, ethereal wave)

Live Burial – Unending Futility (death metal)

The Lone Tree In the Woods That Killed Us All – Untethered (post-rock, prog metal)

Loviatar – Lightless (doom)

Lucifer Star Machine – The Devil’s Breath (hard rock, rock ‘n’ roll)

Lugshar – Muzyka naiwna (ambient, field recordings)

Maserati – Enter the Mirror (post-rock, krautrock)

Moura – Moura (psych rock, prog rock)

Mute Forest – Riderstorm (ambient folk, trip-hop)

Night – Feeling It Everywhere (AOR rock, hard rock)

Nobro – Sick Hustle (punk rock)

Pale Mare – II (sludge metal)

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Viscerals (sludge metal, noise rock)

Purity Ring – Womb (synthpop, electropop)

Ripper – Paranormal Waves (death metal)

Ritual Dictates – Give in to Despair (blackend death metal, progressive thrash)

Spiral – The Space Shaman Dreams of the Next Life (prog rock, art rock)

Stuck – Change Is Bad (noise rock, post-punk)

SUN ARAW – Rock Sutra (neo-psychedelia, electroacoustic)

Testament – Titans of Creation (thrash)

tētēma – necroscape (experimental rock, electroacoustic)

Thunderbird Divine – The Hand of Man (heavy psych, stoner rock)

Thundercat – It Is What It Is (nu-jazz, neo-soul)

Yves Tumor – Heaven to a Tortured Mind (avant-pop, post-industrial)

Tvivler – Ego (noise rock, post-hardcore)

M. Ward – Migration Stories (indie folk, indie rock)

WOWS – Ver Sacrum (post-metal, atmospheric black metal)

WVRM – Colony Collapse (deathgrind, sludge)

Zolle – Macello (noise rock)

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