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

Devil Sold His Soul – Loss (post-hardcore, post-metal)

My favourite atmospheric post-hardcore gang return with their first full-length since the wonderful Empire of Light way back in 2012, and with Loss, their first release with Nuclear Blast, it sounds like they’re picking up right where they left off. Well, almost. Not long after that album dropped, the original vocalist Ed Gibbs departed the band and they picked up Paul Green as his replacement. However, back in 2018 Ed rejoined the band and they now operate with two vocalists, both employing a mix of clean and semi-harsh vocals. The two vocalist setup is far from unusual for post-hardcore, but having two clean singers is a fairly unique dynamic which is one of the shining, stand out aspects of Loss. Their slightly different tones and vocal ranges creates an interesting contrast, and both compliment the cathartic, post-rock leaning emotional hardcore the band has always been known for.

With the evolution of their sound, further metal elements such as hints of the blackgaze-hardcore fusion of a Svalbard can be found, as well as some modern metalcore breakdowns akin to an Architects or Northlane. It also has some of their darkest and heaviest moments since their debut EP and full-length which some long-time fans should appreciate. As always with these Brits, it’s a big sound, with big feels.

See Also: Kauan – Ice Fleet (post-metal, post-rock) & Balmorhea – The Wind (post-rock, chamber music); Back-to-back great weeks for post- fans!

Last Week’s Best Surprise: Moral Collapse – Moral Collapse (tech death, avant-garde metal)

Trent Bos

Hot Breath – Rubbery Lips (garage rock, rock n roll)

Nicke Andersson & The Hellacopters weren’t the first band to smash together high-octane rock n roll, punk rock, and garage rock together, but they came up with a sound that was both proud to show off their influences a bit while at the same time creating a sound that was unmistakably theirs and would be intimidated over and over for the next 25 years!
Hot Breath, like many before them, obviously spent a lot of timing spinning some Hellacopters records and are not shy about it. From the second “Right Time” starts, the riffs don’t stop for the next 30+ minutes! I’ve had the pleasure of sitting of this album for a bit, and to date, it’s the “party rock” album of the year!

Runner-Up: Heavy Feather – Mountain of Sugar (’70s hard rock throwback)

Last Week’s Best Surprise: Mile Marker Zero – Live & Confined (modern rock, progressive rock)

Remi

The Lion’s Daughter – Skin Show (spooky post-metal, blackened sludge)

Have these guys always been this post-metally? Maybe it’s just that their previous record, Future Cult (2018), which was my introduction to the band, was a much more experimental (and, I’ll admit, better) album, but Skin Show sounds a lot more ominous and brooding than I remember this band being.

The Lion’s Daughter have always had a horror aesthetic about them (they have an album called Existence is Horror (2016) after all), but Skin Show, with its pervasive John Carpenter-esque synth sections, is a considerably darker sounding record than Future Cult, as reflected in its monochromatic cover art. Speaking of the cover art: Werewolf Hospital! What’s not to love?

See Also: Taylor Swift – Fearless: Taylor’s Version; It’s a love story, baby just say yes!

Last Week’s Most Unforgivably Overlooked Record: Moral Collapse – Moral Collapse; Phenomenal progressive death metal in the vein of mid-period Decapitated, with a menacing Nile-esque undertone and Hannes Grossmann behind the kit. How the hell did we miss this?!?!

Josh Bulleid

Best of the Rest

Ætheria Conscientia – Corrupted Pillars of Vanity (weird sexy black metal)

Todd Anderson-Kunert – You Promised (minimal synth, ambient)

Animation Sequence – New Earth Aura (technical deathcore, prog metal)

Årabrot – Norwegian Gothic (experimental goth rock, post-punk)

Arion – Vultures Dine Alone (melodic heavy metal)

Assertion – Intermission (post-hardcore, indie rock)

Balmorhea – The Wind (post-rock, chamber music)

Birmani – Birmani (stoner psych, sludge)

Blaze Bayley – War Within Me (heavy metal)

BROCKHAMPTON – Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine (pop-rap, alternative r&b)

Cheap Trick – In Another World (hard rock, power pop)

Zac Crye – All The Same (stoner rock, desert rock)

Elephant Micah – Vague Tidings (indie folk, lo-fi)

Funeral Void – In the Epic of a Funeral Sunset (melodic death-doom)

Goath – III: Shaped By The Unlight (blackened death metal)

Heavy Feather – Heavy Feather (’70s hard rock throwback)

Hiraki – Stumbling Through the Walls (synth punk, noise rock)

Hooveriii – Water for the Frogs (psych rock, garage rock)

Horndal – Lake Drinker (sludgy death metal)

Incoulation – Celestial Putridity (death metal)

Kauan – Ice Fleet (post-metal, prog metal)

KEOR – TEAROOM (prog rock)

Lascaille’s Shroud – Othercosmic Divinations II (progressive metal)

Lazer Beam – Lazer Beam (desert rock, modern rock)

The Limit – Caveman Logic (garage rock, punk)

Damon Locks’ Black Monument Ensemble – Now (Afro-jazz, spiritual jazz)

Meraki – Hallucinations (progressive post-hardcore, swancore)

One Hundred Thousand – Zodiac (prog metal, djent)

Papir – Jams (heavy psych, krautrock)

Phlebotomized – Pain, Resistance, Suffering (brutal death metal, doom metal)

Piet Onthal – S/T (emoviolence, screamo)

Purgatory – Lawless to Grave (metallic hardcore)

Radio Muerte – Radio Muerte (death thrash, crossover)

Caoilfhionn Rose – Truly (indie pop, psych rock)

Claire Rousay – A Softer Focus (electroacoustic, musique concrète)

Raf Rundell – O.M. Days (wonky, art pop)

Saccades – Flowing Fades (sophisti-pop, synthpop)

Sheep, Dog & Wolf – Two-Minds (avant-pop, freak folk)

Ballake Sissoko – Djourou (Mande music, African folk music)

Skullcrusher – Storm In Summer (indie folk, singer/songwriter)

Soothsayer – Echoes of the Earth (doom metal, atmospheric sludge metal) 

The Stranger – Kaleidoscope (prog rock, expressive prog metal)

Sweet Oblivion – Relentless (heavy metal, prog metal)

Termina – Dysphoria (prog metalcore, djent)

Throne – Pestilent Dawn (blackened death metal)

The Treatment – Waiting For Good Luck (hard rock)

Samba Touré – Binga (Songhai music, Tuareg blues)

Vientre – Estado de Imago (post-hardcore, screamo)

Wheel – Preserved in Time (doom metal)

Zao – The Crimson Corridor (metalcore, hardcore)

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