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!

Top Picks

Corrupted Saint – Mutilated Before the Masses (death metal, thrash)

Celebrate the holidays in filthy fashion with Corrupted Saint‘s oddly appropriate Mutilated Before the Masses! Four tracks of nasty death thrash that are sure to have you throwing down through New Year’s.

Josh Bulleid

Four Tet – Parallel & 871 (IDM, microhouse)

Nothing says Merry Christmas quite like two(!!) new albums from Four Tet. I was heavily anticipating his upcoming collaborative effort with Madlib, and now I have some presumably great electronic to tide me over in the meantime.

Scott Murphy

Best of the Rest

Arsena – Dawn of the Second Sun (thrash)

Batushka – Black Liturgy (black metal)

БѢСЪ – Кощунства (atmospheric black metal)

Roland Bühlmann – Dubnos (prog metal)

Con$piracy & Stainless ART – Illegal $kintone (hip-hop)

Deathblow – Insect Politics (thrash)

Dreams of Demise – Decipula (metalcore)

Gehenna – Descent Into Maelstrom (progressive death metal)

Owed to Damnation – Extinction (deathcore)

PassCode – Strive (trance metal, j-pop)

Sadface Killer – An Amalgamation of Dudes (midwest emo, math rock)

Screams of Hockomock – Morbid Curiosity (melodeath, melodic black metal)

Sonus Umbra – A Sky Full of Ghosts (prog metal)

Synergi – Orbitals (atmospheric prog metal)

Venom Symbiote – Dominion of the Ancients (brutal death metal, slam)

winterlight – Summer Interlude (ambient electronic, post-rock)

Worm Shepherd – In the Wake Ov Sòl (blackened deathcore)