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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!

Agvirre – _ _ _ _ _ _ (blackened post-metal, progressive screamo)

Akrasia – Act of Will (thrash, prog death)

Atrox Trauma – On The Line Of Nothing And Something (death thrash)

Beirut – Artifacts (indie folk, chamber pop)

Celeste – Assassine​(​s) (blackened sludge, post-hardcore)

Cloakroom – Dissolution Wave (shoegaze, post-hardcore)

Combo Chimbita – Ire (Cumbia, Latin alternative)

Dawn Of Solace – Flames of Perdition (melodeath, goth metal)

deathcrash – Return (slowcore, post-hardcore)

Paul Draper – Cult Leader Tactics (art rock, alt-rock)

Earthless – Night Parade of One Hundred Demons (stoner rock, heavy psych)

Eels – Extreme Witchcraft (indie rock, boogie rock)

Lawrence English – ‘Oseni (ambient, field recordings)

felperc – entropy (progressive post-rock)

Josephine Foster – Godmother (avant-folk, freak folk)

Generation Kill – MKUltra (thrash)

Grivo – Omit (shoegaze)

Imarhan – Aboogi (Tishoumaren, desert blues)

Jethro Tull – The Zealot Gene (prog rock, folk rock)

Krallice – Crystalline Exhaustion (progressive black metal)

Krosis – E.V.I.L. (tech death, progressive deathcore)

Lament – Morris (post-rock, dreamgaze)

The Last Ten Seconds of Life – The Last Ten Seconds of Life (deathcore)

Lawnmower Deth – Blunt Cutters (crossover thrash)

Macondø – II (post-rock, post-metal)

MØ – Motordrome (synthpop, alternative r&b)

Pinegrove – 11:11 (indie rock, Midwest emo)

Possessor – The Speed of Death (sludge thrash)

Squirrel Flower – Planet (indie folk, slowcore)

St. Paul & The Broken Bones – The Alien Coast (southern soul, contemporary r&b)

Through The Noise – Tragedies (prog metalcore, melodeath)

Steve Vai – Inviolate (instrumental prog, shred)

Vile Rites – The Ageless (prog death)

Villager – Frontier (wonky, techno)

Vorga – Striving Toward Oblivion (atmospheric black metal)

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