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!

Actress – Karma & Desire (microhouse, outsider house)

Aetherial – Nameless Horrors (death metal)

Armored Saint – Punching the Sky (heavy metal, thrash)

Arya – For Ever (prog metal)

Atlases – Woe Portrait (post-metal, death metal)

Ball Park Music – Ball Park Music (indie rock, neo-psych)

Big Scenic Nowhere – Lavender Blues (heavy psych, stoner rock)

Bleakheart – Dream Griever (doomgaze)

Bottled Up – Crystal (post-punk, art rock)

Brutus – Live in Ghent (post-hardcore, post-rock)

clipping. – Visions of Bodies Being Burned (industrial hip-hop, experimental hip-hop)

Coexistence – Collateral Dimension (tech death)

Convulsif – Extinct (noise rock, experimental rock)

Cortez – Sell the Future (heavy metal, hard rock)

Distant – Dawn of Corruption (deathcore)

El Lobo En Tu Puerta – Santana Bendita (sludge, stoner rock)

Epitimia – Allusion (post-black metal)

FEVER 333 – WRONG GENERATION (alt-metal, rap metal)

Foxeagle – Waves on Water (neo-classical darkwave, post-rock)

Fox Lake – Silence & Violence (nu-metalcore, hardcore)

Fuzz – III (heavy psych, garage rock)

Melody Gardot – Sunset In the Blue (vocal jazz)

Ghostemane – ANTI-ICON (industrial hip-hop, trap metal)

The God Awful Truth – Memory Palace (mathcore)

Gorillaz – Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez (electropop, trip-hop)

The Grief – Descent (death-doom)

Hands Like Houses – Hands Like Houses (alt-rock, post-hardcore)

Havnatt – Ragnhildstreet (dark folk, chamber folk)

Hoaries – Rocker Shocker (post-punk, noise rock)

Hypnodrone Ensemble – Gets Polyamorous (krautrock, space rock)

Invincible Force – Decomposed Sacramentum (death metal, thrash)

James Norbert Ivanyi – Omen Faustum (prog fusion)

Kadavar – The Isolation Tapes (traditional doom, heavy psych)

Kevel – Mutatis Mutandis (post-metal, prog metal)

Leaves’ Eyes – The Last Viking (operatic power metal)

Limbs – Only the Lonely Know (metalcore)

Limite – Mountains Inside (art rock)

Local Natives – Sour Lemon (indie pop, indie rock)

LOMA – Don’t Shy Away (art pop, psychedelic folk)

Major Lazer – Music is the Weapon (electropop, dancehall)

Mörk Gryning – Hinsides Vrede (black metal)

Mors Principium Est – Seven (melodeath)

The Mountain Goats – Getting Into Knives (indie folk, indie rock)

Nah – Mortal Glitch (industrial hip-hop, glitch-hop)

Narla – Till the Weather Changes (heavy psych, stoner rock)

Nocte Obducta – Irrlicht (avant-garde black metal)

norse – blu (post-hardcore, screamo)

Nothing But Thieves – Moral Panic (alt-rock)

Novalisi – Lotus (post-rock)

Oginalii – Pendulum (heavy psych, desert rock)

Pallbearer – Forgotten Days (doom)

Planet Battagon – Trans-Neptunia (nu-jazz, electro-jazz)

Plants and Animals – The Jungle (indie rock)

Poppy – Music To Scream To (noise, glitch)

Prometheus – Resonant Echoes From Cosmos of Old (death-doom)

PUP – This Place Sucks Ass (pop-punk, indie rock)

Raging Speedhorn – Hard to Kill (southern hardcore, groove metal)

Red Moon Architect – Emptiness Weighs the Most (death-doom)

Retrace the Lines – Scars (metalcore)

Rïcïnn – Nereïd (neoclassical darkwave, experimental)

Sevendust – Blood & Stone (hard rock, alt-metal)

Shaark – Dethonation (thrash metal, death metal)

Slowly Building Weapons – Echoes (doomgaze, psych rock)

Solitary – The Truth Behind the Lies (thrash)

Soul Secret – Blue Light Cage (prog metal)

Soup Moat – Be Brave, Run Away (post-hardcore, noise rock)

Strangelight – Adult Themes (post-punk, post-hardcore)

Takatak – Acrophase (progressive metalcore, djent)

Tech N9ne – Fear Exodus (hardcore hip-hop)

Thanatopsis – Initiation (tech thrash, death metal)

ThrashWall – ThrashWall (thrash)

Torrential Downpour – Twentytwentytwenty (math metal, prog metal)

tricot – 10 (math rock, power pop)

Jeff Tweedy – Love Is the King (Americana, alt-country)

Uncle Woe – Phantomescence (stoner-doom)

Undeath – Lesions of a Different Kind (brutal death metal)

under.his.eye – under.his.eye (screamo, post-rock)

Laura Veirs – My Echo (Americana, indie folk)

Wake – Confluence (atmospheric blackened death metal)

Weald and Woe – The Fate of Kings and Men (heavy metal, black metal)

White Walls – Grandeur (prog metal)

Wobbler – Dwellers of the Deep (prog rock)

The Worst Case Scenario – Drowning in Insanity (death metal, melodic deathcore)

Zeal & Ardor – Wake of a Nation (alt-metal, blues rock)

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