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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

Wormrot – Hiss (grindcore)

You don’t see many grindcore bands shaking up the genre’s tried-and-true formula, which is why Voices (2016) came as such a pleasant surprise. After two albums of blistering, crusty grind, Wormrot returned from a 5-year hiatus to deliver a collection of tracks that were frequently melodic and downright…catchy? They didn’t quite usher in a new era of “melodeathgrind,” but the prominent themes of emoviolence and melodic hardcore further enhanced the band’s take on grind. Now, after another decent hiatus, the band are back with a continuation of that sound, and I’m stoked to strap in for another 20+ song helping of among the best contemporary grind has to offer.

See Also: Party Dozen – The Real Work; A couple years ago, this duo dropped one of the most left field, exceptional “jazz-ish” releases in recent memory. Pray For Party Dozen caught me off guard in the best way possible, as saxophonist Kirsty Tickle and percussionist Jonathan Boulet unleashed noisy-yet-catchy blasts of avant-garde goodness. Now they’re back with their well-deserved debut on Temporary Residence Ltd., which I’m stoked to dive into today.

See Also, Also: Viagra Boys – Cave World (post-punk, dance-punk); One of the best named bands in post-punk is back. While Viagra Boys dropped an absolute banger with Welfare Jazz in 2021, they had the unfortunate timing of releasing an oddball rock/punk record the same year as Black Midi, Iceage, and Black Country, New Road (shoutout to Horsey and Squid, too). Hopefully Cave World is just as good as Welfare Jazz and earns Viagra Boys some well-deserved attention.

Scott

Best of the Rest

A Pit of Me – Seven Stones (progressive metal)

Altars – Ascetic Reflection (dissonant death metal)

Anticreation – From the Dust of Embers (dissonant death metal)

Antilles – Entheos (tech death)

Asuryan – Abraxis (metalcore, power metal)

The Atrophic – Coagulating Mirth (melodeath, tech death)

Bad Breeding – Human Capital (anarcho-punk, noise rock)

Blackwater Drowning – Sonder//Satori (blackened melodeath)

Rei Brown – Xeno (alternative r&b, downtempo)

Caterina Barbieri – Spirit Exit (progressive electronic, post-minimalism)

Cleanbreak – Coming Home (melodic rock, hair metal)

Madeleine Cocolas – Northern Storm (ambient, post-minimalism)

Defect Designer – Neanderthal (grindcore)

End It – Unpleasant Living (hardcore punk, crossover thrash)

Greylotus – Dawnfall (prog death metal)

Kanine – Karnage (brutal death metal, deathcore)

Left to Suffer – And Dying Forever (deathcore)

Cheryl E. Leonard – Antarctica: Music From the Ice (field recordings, electroacoustic)

Lord Elephant – Cosmic Awakening (stoner doom)

The Machinist – All is Not Well (nu-metalcore)

Marlugubre – Maladie (post-black metal, post-death)

Metric – Formentera (indierock, synthpop)

Tumi Mogorosi – Group Theory: Black Music (spiritual jazz, modal jazz)

Mush – Down Tools (art punk, post-punk)

Negative Thirteen – Mourning Asteri (post-metal, atmospheric sludge)

Opponent – Sentinel (thrash, melodeath)

Party Dozen – The Real Work (avant-garde jazz, noise rock)

PENPALS – The Curse of Frankie Cabana (boom bap, east coast hip-hop)

Plague Years – All Will Suffer (death thrash, crossover)

Powerwolf – The Monumental Mass – A Cinematic Metal Event (symphonic power metal)

Renforshort – dear amelia (alt-rock, pop rock)

Manja Ristić – Him, fast sleeping, soon he found In labyrinth of many a round, self​-​rolled (field recordings, ambient)

Slaughter the False Prophet – Desecration (brutal deathcore)

Some Say Kosm – Some Say Kosm (brutal deathcore)

Somnum – Visceral Void Entropy (weird death metal)

Spektrvm – Blood from Heaven (alt-prog)

Telekinetic Yeti – Primordial (stoner metal)

Torturized – Aftermath (death metal)

Traitor – Exiled to the Surface (thrash)

Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Fallen Paradise (ambient pop, art pop)

Viagra Boys – Cave World (post-punk, dance punk)

Vision Swords – Next Awakening (instrumental prog)

Vomit Forth – Seething Malevolence (brutal death metal)

The Wind Covenant – Conjuration (progressive metalcore, tech metal)

The World Without Us – Body Forth (progressive metalcore, djent)

Justin Wright – A Really Good Spot (modern classical, minimalism)

Zorya – Escapism (post-black metal)

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"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger - something better - pushing right back." - Albert Camus