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!

Active Child – In Another Life (alternative R&B, art pop)

ADULT. – Perception is​/​as​/​of Deception (darkwave, synth punk)

Ajna – Rengeteg (psych rock, prog rock)

Akurion – Come Forth to Me (death metal)

Azusa – Loop of Yesterdays (alt-metal, metalcore)

Banshee – Livin’ In the Jungle (heavy psych, proto-punk)

Barrens – Penumbra (post-rock)

Benighted – Obscene Repressed (deathgrind, brutal death metal)

Brant Bjork – Brant Bjork (desert rock, stoner rock)

Brass Owl – State of Mind (stoner rock, blues rock)

By the Thousands – Dead Matter (progressive metalcore)

The Buttertones – Jazzhound (surf rock, post-punk)

Calligram – The Eye Is the First Circle (blackened hardcore)

Capitol K – Birdtrapper (IDM, indietronica)

Caustic Wound – Death Posture (deathgrind)

Curse – The Awakening…and the Old (black metal)

dianacrawls – A Glitter Manifesto (emoviolence, mathcore)

Die Another Day – Wildfire (metalcore)

Dool – Summerland (hard rock, psych rock)

Drain – California Cursed (crossover thrash, hardcore)

Earmake – Beyond Reality (synthwave, downtempo)

The Earth Below – Nothing Works Vol 2: Hymns for Useless Gods (classic rock, hard rock)

Eerie Gaits – Holopaw (ambient folk)

Familiars – All In Good Time (heavy psych)

Flat Worms – Antarctica (garage rock, noise rock)

Gaytheist – How Long Have I Been On Fire? (noise rock, post-hardcore)

Laurel Halo – Possessed (ambient, soundtrack)

High Priestess – Casting the Circle (stoner doom)

Hypnodrone Emsemble – Enneun (krautrock, experimental rock)

IIVII – Grinding Teeth (dark ambient)

IIVII – Zero Sleep (dark ambient)

Kalbells – Mothertime (art pop, indie pop)

The Kundalini Genie – 11:11 (psych rock, neo-psych)

Like Rats – Death Monolith (death metal)

Litterbox Massacre – The Rise of Lucifur (brutal death metal)

Local H – LIFERS (alt-rock, hard rock)

Jackie Lynn – Jacqueline (art pop, avant-folk)

Mental Disaster – The Repulsive Abomination (death metal, thrash)

Metal Church – From the Vault (heavy metal, thrash)

Midwife – Forever (slowcore, ambient pop)

Myth of I – Myth of I (progressive tech death)

Nightwish – Human. :II: Nature. (symphonic metal)

Once & Future Band – Deleted Scenes (neo-psych, progressive pop)

Romano Nervoso – The Return of the Rocking Dead (glam rock, hard rock)

Joe Satriani – Shapeshifting (hard rock, blues rock)

SAVAK – Rotting Teeth In the Horse’s Mouth (indie rock, punk)

Savant – Void (electro-house, brostep)

Sparta – Trust the River (post-hardcore, indie rock)

Spell – Opulent Decay (heavy metal)

The Strokes – The New Abnormal (indie rock, new wave)

Symbolik – Emergence (tech death)

Trace Mountains – Lost in the Country (indie folk, indie rock)

Wartooth – Programmed Dichotomy (thrash metal)

Why Bonnie – Voice Box (dream pop, indie rock)

Vasudeva – Generator (post-rock, math-rock)

Zopp – Zopp (Canterbury scene, avant-prog)