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

Mogwai – As the Love Continues (post-rock)

Mogwai’s output has been a bit contradictory over the last several years; they’ve been prolific despite only releasing a few studio albums in the 2010s. Since striking gold with their Les revenants (2013) soundtrack, the band have fully embraced their talents for composing TV and film scores, penning more soundtracks (5) than albums (3) during the last decade. The band’s studio output has remained consistent yet exploratory during that time, with more traditional post-rock on Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. (2011) and Every Country’s Sun (2017), and the underrated (over-hated?) electronic explorations on Rave Tapes (2014).

On their tenth studio album, Mogwai prove that their career trajectory might make more sense than it appears on paper. Post-rock as a soundtrack is hardly a new concept; just ask Explosions In the Sky. But on As the Love Continues, Mogwai continues to craft compositions in a way that fit both molds. Since Les revenants, the band’s output has consistently served dual purposes, serving as “a movie without pictures” as well as individual, worthwhile songs. That tradition very much continues on As the Love Continues.

Last Week’s Best Discovery: NaKhArA – The Procession (progressive death metal, avant-garde metal)

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Best of the Rest

A Night in the Abysss – Begitten (symphonic deathcore)

Animal Collective – Crestone (film score, electronic)

Another Michael – New Music and Big Pop (indie pop, indie folk)

Athanatos – Biogenesis (tech death)

Black Dresses – Forever In Your Heart (electro-industrial, industrial rock)

Buried – Oculus Rot (brutal death metal)

Bystander – Product of Misinformation (deathcore)

Camera – Prosthuman (krautrock, space rock)

Darker By Design – Necrolatry (orchestral melodeath, deathcore)

Detritus – Myths (prog metal)

Ryan Dugré – Three Rivers (folk, instrumental rock)

Fangs – Kingdom of Bones (deathcore, nu-metalcore)

Glass Splinter – After the Future (hardcore punk, emoviolence)

Cameron Graves – Seven (jazz fusion, post-bop)

Gravesend – Methods of Human Disposal (deathgrind, war metal)

David Gray – Skellig (pop rock, folk rock)

Hazing Over – Pestilence (metalcore, mathcore)

The Hold Steady – Open Door Policy (heartland rock, pub rock)

Hoorsees – Hoorsees (garage rock, shoegaze)

Infinity Shred – EP 002 (Recovery) (electronic, post-rock)

Cassandra Jenkins – An Overview on Phenomenal Nature (alt-country, folk rock)

Katy Kirby – Cool Dry Place (singer-songwriter)

Lake of Tears – Ominous (dark prog, gothic doom)

Liminal Dream – Luna (atmospheric black metal, blackgaze)

Lizzard – Eroded (progressive stoner metal)

The Lylat Continuum – Ephemeral (progressive death metal, tech death)

Malice Divine – Malice Divine (blackened melodeath)

Maudiir – La Part du Diable (black metal, thrash)

Roscoe Mitchell & Mike Reed – The Ritual and the Dance (avant-garde jazz)

Normandie – Dark & Beautiful Secrets (alt-rock, post-hardcore)

Nothing. Nowhere. – Trauma Factor (emo rap, alternative r&b)

Nun Gun – Mondo Decay (post-industrial, doom jazz)

The Scalar Process – Coagulative Matter (tech death)

Senyawa – Alkisah (avant-folk, experimental rock)

Spire – Temple of Khronos (progressive black metal, death-doom)

Stick To Your Guns – The Meaning Remains (acoustic, alt-rock)

Pauline Anna Strom – Angel Tears in Sunlight (progressive electronic, space ambient)

Suffering Hour – The Cyclic Reckoning (dissonant blackened death metal)

Teen Daze – Breathing Tides (ambient pop, drone)

Venemous – Tribus (melodeath, thrash)

White Ring – Show Me Heaven (witch house, darkwave)

Wild Pink – A Billion Little Lights (indie rock, indie pop)

XIXA – Genesis (psych rock, Tex-Mex)

Youth Novel – Youth Novel (screamo)

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