Release Day Roundup – 7/29/22

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

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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!

Top Picks

Ithaca – They Fear Us (metalcore, post-hardcore)

In case our recent review and Anatomy Of (featuring the likes of New Edition, Van Hagar, and Phil Collins!) hasn’t made it clear, They Fear Us is an album you’re probably going to want to check out. While these new unconventional influences certainly characterise the album’s sound, there’s still plenty of the venomous aggression found on 2019’s The Language of Injury in play; it’s just that now all the panic chords are balanced out by big fat hooks, making for a more memorable record that reestablishes Ithaca as innovators rather than imitators of classic metallic hardcore.

See Also: Black Magnet – Body Prophecy (industrial); I’m not really sure what’s going on on Body Prophecy’s Tetsuo: The Iron Man-ass album cover, but it has me intrigued, and seems to be a fairly good representative of the album’s sound from the two singles currently available.

Josh Bulleid

Best of the Rest

Anberlin – Silverline (alt-rock, synthpop)

Arch Enemy – Deceivers (melodeath)

Asunojokei – Island (blackgaze, post-black metal)

Balls Gone Wild – High Roller (AC, DC)

Bastions – Majestic Desolation (post-hardcore)

Belphegor – The Devils (blackened death metal)

Black Magnet – Body Prophecy (industrial)

Cara Neir – Phantasmal (weird video game grind)

Chat Pile – God’s Country (sludge, post-hardcore)

Damn The Witch Siren – Gold Magic (indie pop, synthwave)

Dance Gavin Dance – Jackpot Juicer (swancore, math rock)

Friendship – Love the Stranger (alt-country, Americana)

Funeral Chic – Roman Candle (black n’ roll)

Gehenna – Negative Hardcore (blackened thrash, metallic hardcore)

Hooveriii – A Round of Applause (psych rock)

Hornbill – Half Life (mathcore, progressive post-hardcore)

Intruder Incorperated – Shards of Time (prog death)

Krisiun – Mortem Solis (death metal)

Kuedo – Infinite Window (progressive electronic)

Last – The Sinless Bath (metallic hardcore, metalcore)

Murder by Death – Spell/Bound (alt-country, gothic country)

of Montreal – Freewave Lucifer f<ck f^ck f>ck (indie pop, neo-psych)

Hinako Omori – a journey with friends​.​.​. (ambient pop, progressive electronic)

Nightbearer – Ghosts of a Darkness to Come (death metal)

Outubro – (screamo, post-rock)

Precipitation – Glass Horizon (outsider house, downtempo)

Pyrolator – Niemandsland (ambient techno, minimal synth)

Raptore – Blackfire (heavy metal, speed metal)

Saccage – Charogne (blackened crust, OSDM)

Sacred Sin – Storms Of The Dying World (death metal)

Saltwound – Vol. 2: DESPAIR (deathcore, beatdown deathcore)

Shroud Of Bereavement – A Beautiful Winter (funeral doom)

Stick To Your Guns – Spectre (melodic hardcore, post-hardcore)

Torture Killer – Dead Inside (death metal)

Triumvir Foul – Onslaught to Seraphim (death metal, war metal)

Andrew Tuttle – Fleeting Adventure (American primitivism, ambient folk)

Unwritten Law – The Hum (alt-rock, power pop)

Void Rot – Telluric Dismemberment (death doom)

Scott Murphy

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