Editor’s Note: Do you think we “missed” an album this week? Click here. Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our

a year ago

Editor’s Note: Do you think we “missed” an album this week? Click here.

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!

Ad Infinitum – Hypnagogic Conveyance (atmospheric black metal)

Age of Athena – Gate to Oblivion (symphonic power metal)

Agnes Vein – Deathcall (blackened doom)

Akroasis – Ilion (thrash metal, prog power)

Beneath the Sod – Beneath the Sod (industrial-doom metal)

Big Dumb Face – Christmas in the Cave of Dagoth (weird alt metal?)

Dessa – IDES (abstract hip-hop, art pop)

Éphémère – Departure of Self (melodic deathcore)

Fargue – Ruines, Irradiées (drone-rock, post-metal)

Fokis – Seasons Change, People Too: The Experiment (boom bap, jazz rap)

Gore Grave – Murder Mayhem (death metal)

Hidden Rivers – Golden Age of Dereliction (downtempo, electronic)

Hurry, Eskimo – Heippa (post-rock)

Hannu Karjalainen – LUXE (ambient, experimental electronic)

KHNVM – Portals to Oblivion (blackened death metal)

Klabautamann – Numbered (psychedelic black metal, prog rock)

Koralle – Still Life (instrumental hip-hop, jazz rap)

Johnny Marr – Fever Dreams, Pt. 2 (jangle pop, indie rock)

Mega Colossus – Riptime (heavy metal, power thrash)

MIRE – A New Found Rain (metalcore, prog metal)

Necrohunter – Litanies Of The Black Occvlt (melodic black metal)

Neon Hiss – Shame (cybergrind)

New Grass – Scordatura Perforations (screamo, post-hardcore)

Northaway – I Am (prog metal, djent)

Oathean – The Endless Pain and Darkness (symphonic black metal, blackened death metal)

On My Command – Prey (power metal, thrash)

Phenocryst – Explosions (death metal)

Prolapser – Hot Trash Slow Thrash (crossover thrash)

Shockgnosis – Be Chaos ::: Be God (groove thrash, industrial metal)

The Sway of Mountains – All the Colour Stains the Light (instrumental prog death)

tricot – Jodeki (math rock, instrumental rock)

Worst Party Ever – Dartland (midwest emo, post-hardcore)

Wounds of Recollection – Deathbed (post-black metal)

Wreck-Defy – The World Enslaved (thrash metal)

Yarraman – Firmament EP (punk rock, hardcore punk)

Scott Murphy

Published a year ago