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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

Jorn – Over the Horizon Radar (heavy metal)

Jorn Lande rocks harder than your favourite band ever will, and you’re just going to have to deal with that. The Norwegian powerhouse was covering Kate Bush before it was cool and, while the cheekily titled Over the Horizon Radar is a tad more subdued than his previous releases, Jorn’s passion for heavy metal remains palpable and ever-present. This probably isn’t the best point of entry for new fans, but — if you’re into this sort of thing — 2015’s Dracula: Swing of Death and 2017’s superb Live in America are sure to have you coming back for more.

Josh Bulleid

Best of the Rest

Ataraxy – The Last Mirror (death metal)

Atlantic – Torrents (post-black metal)

Atramentum – Through Fire, Everything Is Renewed (black metal)

Bartees Strange – Farm to Table (art rock, indie rock)

Bekor Qilish – Throes Of Death From The Dreamed Nihilism (blackened death, avant-garde metal)

Blasphemous Creation – Beyond the Grave (death-thrash)

Burner – A Vision of The End (deathgrind, mathcore)

Denouncement Pyre – Forever Burning (black metal)

Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows – Destroy Rebuild (emo-pop, post-hardcore)

Dir En Grey – Phalaris (avant-garde nu metal)

Elaquent – Long Drives To Nowhere (instrumental hip-hop, jazz rap)

Esoctrilihum – Consecration of the Spiritüs Flesh (progressive black metal)

Σtella – Up and Away (synthpop, indietronica)

Executioner’s Mask – Winterlong (post-punk, goth-gaze) 

Exocrene – The Hybrid Suns (tech death)

Flasher – Love Is Yours (indie rock, post-punk)

Foals – Life Is Yours (alt-rock, indie rock)

Graveyard Club – Moonflower (dream pop, indie pop)

Grey Daze – The Phoenix (alt-metal, nu metal)

Harkin – Honeymoon Suite (indie pop, indie rock)

Hercules & Love Affair – In Amber (synthpop, nu-disco)

Iconic – Second Skin (heavy metal)

Inexorum – Equinox Vigil (melodic black metal)

Infanteria – Patriach (groove thrash)

Juçara Marçal – EPDEB (vanguarda paulista)

Mire Lore – Underworld EP (deathcore)

Mt. Joy – Orange Blood (indie rock, folk pop)

Oni – Loathing Light (melodic groove metal)

Palace Of The Widow – Botanic Ritual (post-black metal)

Passionplay – Sinking (chaotic hardcore, metalcore)

Perfume Genius – Ugly Season (art pop)

Pet Fox – A Face In Your Life (alt-rock, post-hardcore)

Rings of Saturn – Rings of Saturn (chip-tune deathcore with trap interludes)

SB The Moor – In Babylon (abstract hip-hop, jazz rap)

Serpent Ascending – Hyperborean Folklore (progressive black metal, melodeath)

Sound of Ceres – Emerald Sea (dream pop, shoegaze)

Tombs – Ex Oblivion (black metal, sludge metal)

Two Brothers – Star Thief (math rock, post-hardcore)

Vatican – Ultra (metalcore)

We Struck Gold – Feel Nothing (melodic hardcore, metalcore)

White Ward – False Light (post-black metal)

Wild Guess – Wild Guess (screamo, noise rock)