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)

Bliss of Flesh – Tyrant (melodic black metal)

Botanist – Photosynthesis (blackgaze, avant-garde metal)

BRAHM – Without Honor and Humanity (screamo, emoviolence)

Bring Me the Horizon – Post Human: Survival Horror (alt-metal, metalcore)

Carcass – Despicable (death metal, melodeath)

Carlton Melton – Where This Leads (heavy psych)

Common – A Beautiful Revolution (conscious hip-hop)

Convulse – Deathstar (melodeath, death ’n’ roll)

Elvis Costello – Hey Clockface (pop rock, singer/songwriter)

Dead End America – Crush the Machine (hardcore punk)

Desolate Blight – Nostalgic Dread (melodic deathcore)

Dethrxner – Overthrxne (nu-metal)

Dizzee Rascal – E3 AF (UK hip-hop, grime)

Dope Body – Crack a Light (noise rock, post-hardcore)

Draconian – Under a Godless Veil (gothic doom)

Eels – Earth to Dora (indie rock)

Enemy AC130 Above – The Center of Celestial Existence (progressive deathcore)

Everything Left Unsaid – We’re All So Insignificant (prog metal, math rock)

Evildead – United $tate$ Of Anarchy (thrash)

The Fleshtones – Face of the Screaming Werewolf (garage rock, power pop)

The Flower Kings – Islands (prog rock)

Glacier – The Passing of Time (heavy metal, power metal)

Grafvitnir – Death’s Wings Widespread (occult black metal)

Holy Sons – Raw and Disfigured (psychedelic folk)

Incinery – Hollow Earth Theory (tech thrash)

Insidious Disease – After Death (death metal)

Jahbulon – Electric Poison Tones (stoner-doom)

Junior Bruce – Pray For Death (sludge, stoner metal)

Khaima – Owing to the Influence (prog rock, grunge)

King Khan – The Infinite Ones (soul jazz, r&b)

Lure – Morbid Funeral (atmospheric black metal)

МАЯК – Срыв (screamo, post-hardcore)

Master Boot Record – C:>DEFRAG (synthwave, synth metal)

Mr. Bungle – The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo (crossover thrash)

Mugstar – Graft (krautrock, space rock)

nether – Between Shades and Shadows (black metal)

No Ghost – Gloom (nu-metalcore)

Nothing – The Great Dismal (dream pop, shoegaze)

Nuclear Power Trio – A Clear and Present Rager (prog rock)

The OBGMs – The Ends (garage rock, punk)

Occult Burial – Burning Eerie Lore (black metal, blackened thrash)

Odd Palace – One Step Closer (djent, melodic metalcore)

One Less Life – Bliss (deathcore)

Oneohtrix Point Never – Magic Oneohtrix Point Never (progressive electronic, ambient)

Puscifer – Existential Reckoning (alt-rock, industrial rock)

Ring Van Mobius – 3rd Majesty (prog rock)

Rotlaust – Covenant (post-metal)

Ruff Majik – The Devil’s Cattle (sludge, heavy psych)

Sarcator – Sarcator (death thrash)

Stälker – Of Steel and Fire (thrash metal, speed metal)

Statues – Holocene (indie rock, post-punk)

Strawberry Pills – Murder to a Beat (darkwave, electropop)

Sulphur Sun – Placodermic Heraldry (brutal death metal)

Sun Ra Arkestra – Swirling (avant-garde jazz)

Suuns – FICTION (art rock, experimental rock)

Svartsyn – Requiem (black metal)

Them – Return to Hemmersmoor (heavy metal)

Thou & Emma Ruth Rundle – May Our Chambers Be Full (post-metal, dark folk)

Triple One – Panic Force (emo rap)

Violent Life, Violent Death – The Color of Bone (hardcore, metalcore)

Galen Tipton – Ungoliant (bubblegum bass, wonky)

USA Nails – Character Stop (noise rock)

Various Artists – Best of Black Sabbath (heavy metal, doom)

Visions of Atlantis – A Symphonic Journey to Remember (symphonic power metal)

Vyrion – Nil (progressive black metal)

Wang Wen – 100,000 Whys (post-rock, experimental rock)

War On Women – Wonderful Hell (hardcore punk, post-hardcore)

Wildways – Anna (post-hardcore, progressive metalcore)

Windchimes – Enervation (metalcore, blackgaze)

Wombripper – Macabre Melodies (death metal)

Wytch Hazel – III: Pentecost (heavy metal, prog rock)

Xeno – Sojourn (tech metal, prog metal)

Yawning Man – Live at Giant Gorck (desert rock)

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