Release Day Roundup – 4/24/20

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!

Abduction – Killer Holidays on Planet Earth (crossover thrash)

Acherontas – Psychic Death: The Shattering of Perceptions (black metal)

armywives – armywives (post-hardcore, screamo)

Auroch – Stolen Angelic Tongues (OSDM, tech death)

Barishi – Old Smoke (progressive stoner, sludge metal)

Black Curse – Endless Wound (blackened death metal)

Błoto – Erozje (nu-jazz, broken beat)

Cassowary – Cassowary (nu-jazz, neo-soul)

Chronus – Idols (hard rock, heavy metal)

Chugger – Of Man and Machine (groove thrash, death metal)

Quelle Chris & Chris Keys – Innocent Country 2 (alternative hip-hop, abstract hip-hop)

Cirith Ungol – Forever Black (heavy metal, power metal)

Classically Handsome Brutes – Classically Handsome Brutes (mathcore, math rock)

Dance Gavin Dance – Afterburner (progressive post-hardcore, swancore)

Dark Forest – Oak, Ash & Thorn (heavy metal, power metal)

Tashi Dorji / Tyler Damon – To Catch a Bird In a Net Of Wind (avant-garde)

Drylands – Dances With Waves (progressive stoner rock)

Elder – Omens (progressive stoner rock, heavy psych)

Elephant Tree – Habits (stoner rock, psych rock)

Esoterica – In Dreams (alt-metal, alt-rock)

Gaffa Ghandi – Artificial Disgust (heavy psych, stoner rock)

GRID – Decomposing Force (free jazz, noise rock)

Heavy Harvest – Iron Lung (noise rock)

Helfró – Helfró (black metal)

Helioss – Devenir le Soleil (symphonic blackened death metal)

Andrew Judah – Impossible Staircases (art pop, indie rock)

Katatonia – City Burials (gothic metal, alt-metal)

Killitorous – The Afterparty (tech death)

King Witch – Body of Light (sludge, doom)

Light Dweller – Hominal (atmospheric black metal, dissonant death metal)

Lord Fowl – Glorious Babylon (stoner rock, heavy psych)

Corb Lund – Agricultural Tragic (alt-country, outlaw country)

Lustre – The Ashes of Light (atmospheric black metal, dark ambient)

Marmalade Knives – Amnesia (heavy psych)

Marrowfields – Metamorphoses (doom metal)

Million Lands – The Ochre World (post-rock, space rock)

Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes – What Kinda Music (jazz fusion, neo-soul)

Mooch – Hounds (heavy psych, stoner rock)

Moor Jewelry – True Opera (noise punk, experimental rock)

Negative Thought Process – Hell Is… Much Better Than This (grindcore)

The 1975 – Notes on a Conditional Form (pop rock, art pop)

Nyrst – Orsök (black metal)

On Sight – Cause of Pain (hardcore, crossover thrash)

Whitney Rose – We Still Go to Rodeos (Americana, alt-country)

Santrofi – Alewa (Afrobeat, highlife)

Sinistral King – Sinistral Uncoiling (black metal)

Skarz – What Remains (death metal)

The Slow Light – Cinema of the Mind (prog rock, post rock)

Stonewall Noise Orchestra – Deathripper (stoner rock, hard rock)

Swallow the Rats – Leaving Room (post-punk)

Thin – Dawn (mathgrind)

1000mods – Youth of Dissent (stoner rock, hard rock)

JG Thirlwell & Simon Steensland – Oscillospira (experimental rock, avant-prog)

Total Fucking Destruction – …to be alive at the end of the world (grindcore, punk)

Traveler – Termination Shock (heavy metal)

Trippy Wicked & The Cosmic Children of the Knight – Three Leaves (stoner-doom)

Trivium – What The Dead Men Say (metalcore, thrash)

Ulcerate – Stare Into Death and Be Still (dissonant tech death, post-metal)

Unmerciful – Wrath Encompassed (death metal)

The Used – Heartwork (alt-rock, post-hardcore)

Warbringer – Weapons of Tomorrow (crossover thrash, speed metal)

Wares – Survival (power pop, indie rock)

The Watchers – High and Alive (stoner rock, sludge)

Werewolves – The Dead Are Screaming (brutal death metal)

Lucinda Williams – Good Souls Better Angels (alt-country, Americana)

X – Alphabetland (punk, psychobilly)

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