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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

Burn In Hell – Disavowal of the Creator God (hardcore, powerviolence)

Death to white nationalism
Death to colonial Australia
Death to all racists
Burn in fucking Hell

See Also: Dragged Under – We’ll Do It Live Live EP; containing some choice cuts from one of last year’s best records.

Last Week’s Biggest Surprise: Ellmist – Elimist; surprisingly decent and extra-proggy progressive tech-death based on the Animorphs mythos.

Josh Bulleid

Lingua Ignota – Sinner Get Ready (neoclassical darkwave, death industrial)

Kristin Hayter has been busy since dropping Caligula (2019). She collaborated with Lee Buford (The Body) and Dylan Walker (Full of Hell), for last year’s Sightless Pit album and helped Alexis Marshall of Daughters fame create his solo debut from last month, House of Lull . House of When. Now she’s back with another Lingua Ignota project, a.k.a another harrowing blend of darkwave, death industrial, and operatic vocals that dives into deeply personal lyrical themes. If this is just on the same level as Caligula, then it will be one of my top picks from the year.

See Also: Ishmael Ensemble – Visions of Light (nu-jazz, trip-hop); I’m a simple man — I see a nu-jazz album with nice, modern album art, I give it a spin. Based on the lead singles, Ishmael Ensemble lean into the electronic side of the genre, particularly ambient and melodic hip-hop textures.

Scott

Best of the Rest

Agoron – Beneath the Blackened Sun (tech death)

Apathy Noir – At the Edge of the World (melodic death-doom)

As December Falls – Happier. (pop-punk, emo pop)

Ashen – Godless Oath (death metal)

Baltra – Dreaming of a Disco (deep house, breakbeat)

Bleeding Malice – Thy Kingdom Come (deathcore, doomcore)

Bliss Fields – Bliss Fields (shoegaze)

Borracho – Pound of Flesh (stoner rock)

Catalyst – The Eternal Sleep (metalcore, djent) 

Cesspool of Corruption – Requiems of the Ignominious (tech death)

Death Planet – Claw for Life (death metal, tech death)

Dragged Under – We’ll Do It Live (melodic hardcore, metalcore)

Eluvium – Virga II (ambient, modern classical)

Foxing – Draw Down the Moon (indie rock, emo)

Guhts – Blood Feather (sludge, post-metal) 

hawak – Nước (screamo, post-hardcore)

Hippo Campus – GOOD DOG, BAD DREAM (indie pop, indie rock)

Homeboy Sandman – Anjelitu (abstract hip-hop, conscious hip-hop)

Ishmael Ensemble – Visions of Light (nu-jazz, trip-hop)

Kississippi – Mood Ring (indie pop, indie rock)

Liars – The Apple Drop (experimental rock, synth punk)

John Moods – So Sweet So Nice (indie pop, psych pop)

Nothing Noble – Modern Dismay (djent, prog metalcore)

Paul & the Tall Trees – I Understand (Americana, folk rock)

Pays P – Ca v Aller (indie rock, noise rock)

Raccoon City – For Nobody, Nowhere (post-hardcore, post-rock)

Resit the Thought – Renaissance (metalcore, melodeath)

Rodent Destroyer – Necorfeluside (deathgrind)

Ty Segall – Harmonizer (synth rock, garage rock)

Smiling – Devour (psych rock, garage rock) 

Laura Stevenson – Laura Stevenson (indie folk, singer/songwriter)

Subnuba – Veneficus Aeternus (prog death metal, melodic black metal)

Súl ad Astral – Heritage (post-black metal, prog metal)

Suncraft – Flat Earth Rider (heavy psych, hard rock)

Supreme Conception – Empires of the Mind (tech death)

Synestia – Ashes (symphonic deathcore)

Vixenta – Polarity (post-black metal, atmospheric black metal)

Andrea Von Kampen – That Spell (folk rock, singer/songwriter)

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