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 Alchemist – The Food Villain (instrumental hip-hop)
Align the Key – Shade: Part 1 (prog metal, djent)
Atmosphere – The Day Before Halloween (abstract hip-hop)
Auðn – Vökudraumsins Fangi (atmospheric melodic black metal)
Bike Thiefs – Leaking (post-punk, alt-rock)
Andrew Bird – Hark! (indie folk, chamber pop)
Black to Comm – Oocyte Oil & Stolen Androgens (electroacoustic, industrial)
Bleeding Out – Lifelong Death Fantasy (deathgrind)