Release Day Roundup – 5/22/20

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!

The Airborne Toxic Event – Hollywood Park (indie folk, indie rock)

American Slang – Death Drive (post-hardcore, southern metalcore)

Árstíðir lífsins – Saga á tveim tungum II: Eigi fjǫll né firðir (Icelandic black metal, pagan black metal)

Badly Drawn Boy – Banana Skin Shoes (chamber pop, indie folk)

Barren Womb – Lizard Lounge (noise rock, punk)

Black Rainbows – Cosmic Ritual Supertrip (stoner rock, space rock)

Bufcxter – Pale and Sleepless (screamo, post-hardcore)

Caligula’s Horse – Rise Radiant (prog metal) 

Close the Hatch – Modern Witchcraft (psychedelic doom, post-metal)

Cosmic Putrefaction – The Horizons Towards Which Splendour Withers (avant-garde death metal)

Daemon Pyre – Serpent Gods and a Dying Sun (melodeath)

Lachlan R. Dale – Death Envelops All (dark ambient, drone)

Deradoorian – Find the Sun (krautrock, experimental rock)

Design the Void – Messages Through Lights (progressive metalcore)

Devil With No Name – Devil With No Name (black metal)

Dweller – White Rabbit (metalcore)

ESOCTRILIHUM – Eternity of Shaog (blackened death metal)

Ether Feather – Leather Feather (stoner rock, heavy psych)

Féleth – Depravity (melodeath)

IDLES – Mr. Motivator (art punk, post-hardcore)

Indigo Girls – Look Long (contemporary folk)

Rafael Anton Irisarri – Peripeteia (experimental electronic, modern classical)

Carly Rae Jepsen – Dedicated: Side B (dance pop, synthpop)

Killitorous – The Afterparty (tech death, deathcore)

Kooba Tercu – Proto Tekno (krautrock, noise rock)

KOTA the Friend – Everything (east coast hip-hop)

Lucifer’s Children – Devil Worship (stoner doom, traditional doom)

Mother Island – Motel Rooms (psychedelic rock, indie rock)

Mountaineer – Bloodletting (post-metal, doomgaze)

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

Old Man Gloom – Seminar VIII: Light of Meaning (sludge metal, post-metal)

Old Man Gloom – Seminar IX: Darkness of Being (sludge metal, post-metal)

Owen Pallett – Island (art pop, chamber pop)

Parhelia – Celestial Horizons (post-rock, prog rock)

Party Dozen – Pray For Party Dozen (free jazz, free improv)

Primitive Teeth – Primitive Teeth (noise-rock, post-punk)

Protosequence – A Blunt Description of Something Obscene (techn death, brutal death metal)

Sebastian Reynolds – The Universe Remembers (ambient, new age)

Roadside Graves – That’s Why We’re Running Away (alt-country, folk punk)

Daniel Romano – Spider Bite (punk)

Jeff Rosenstock – No Dream (pop-punk, power pop)

Scale & Feather – Chasms (post-rock, post-metal)

Shadow In the Darkness – Erstwhile Befell (tech death, blackened death metal)

shedfromthebody – A Dead and Aimless Hum (doomgaze, atmospheric sludge metal)

The Sonic Dawn – Enter the Mirage (psychedelic rock, garage rock)

Space Corolla – Cordales (math rock, progressive post-hardcore)

TALsounds – Acquiesce (ambient pop, indietronica)

Tøronto – Under Siege (hardcore punk, crossover thrash)

Unreqvited – Empathica (atmospheric black metal, blackgaze)

Virgin Mother – It Is (noise rock, blackgaze)

Vitskär Süden – Vitskär Süden (stoner rock, heavy psych)

War Cloud – Earhammer Sessions (heavy metal)

The Weapon – A Repugnant Turn of Events (anarcho-punk, hardcore punk)

Without Light – All the Kings Must Burn (psychedelic doom, progressive sludge)

Wolftooth – Valhalla (stoner metal, heavy metal)

WOODS – Strange to Explain (neo-psychedelia, folk rock)

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