Release Day Roundup – 7/10/20

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!

Acid Moon and the Pregnant Sun – Speakin’ of the Devil (psych rock, folk rock)

Acryl Madness – Extending Through Hell (dark synth, retrowave)

All Unspoken Words – Nearly There (post-rock)

Anubis – Anubis (power metal)

Aquilo – Sober (ambient pop, art pop)

Aseitas – False Peace (dissonant tech death, avant-garde death metal)

Bagdadski Vor – Колхида (post-rock, screamo)

Tim Baker – Survivors (alt-rock, indie folk)

Julianna Barwick – Healing is a Miracle (ambient pop, new age)

Battle Dagorath – Abyss Horizons (atmospheric black metal, dark ambient)

The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers (power pop, indie rock)

Big Black Delta – 4 (indietronica, synthwave)

Decrepid – Endless Sea of Graves (old-school death metal)

Devastator – Baptised in Blasphemy (blackened thrash)

Doom Shrugs – Album 3 (mathcore, experimental rock)

El Ten Eleven – Tautology II (post-rock)

Ensiferum – Thalassic (power metal, folk metal)

Executioner’s Mask – Despair Anthems (new wave, goth rock)

Kacy Hill – Is It Selfish If We Talk About Me Again (alternative r&b, electro-pop)

Humanic Mutation – Apex Predator (progressive deathcore)

Ils – Curse (sludge, noise rock)

Inter Arma – Garbers Days Revisited (blackened sludge metal, death-doom)

July Talk – Pray for It (alt-rock, indie rock)

Kingnomad – Sagan Om Rymden (progressive stoner rock)

Lantern – Dimensions (death metal)

Maggot Heart – Mercy Machine (post-punk, noise rock)

Meridian Dawn – The Fever Syndrome (melodeath)

The Midnight – Monsters (synthwave)

Moribund Mantras – Golden Void (blackened doom metal)

Mr. Ben & the Bens – Life Drawing (alt-rock, indie folk)

My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall II (indie folk, alt-country)

Outline In Color – Imposter Syndrome (post-hardcore)

Red Vox – Realign (art rock, neo-psychedelia)

Reserate – Infinite Entity (progressive metalcore, djent)

Seventh – Vacarme (atmospheric black metal, post-black metal)

Sharptooth – Transitional Forms (metalcore)

Mike Shinoda – Dropped Frames, Vol. 1 (pop rap, alternative r&b)

Silver Scrolls – Music for Walks (indie rock, math rock)

Skeleton – Skeleton (death metal)

Sleestack – Aeon (progressive doom, stoner metal)

Spectacular Diagnostics – thebeautifulmusic (instrumental hip-hop)

Static X – Project Regeneration (industrial metal, nu-metal)

10,000 Years – 10,000 Years (stoner metal, sludge)

Uerberos – Stand over Your Grave (death metal)

Wanderer – Awakening Force (heavy metal, thrash)

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