Presented in alphabetical order, for fairness.
Accept - Blind Rage
Everybody else has said it, but these guys have been on one hell of a comeback streak. It's not getting much attention on year-end lists, probably because it doesn't sound all that different from many of their other stuff. But few straight-up heavy metal records have gotten as much play in my library this year.
Behemoth - The Satanist
Behemoth has always been a band I wanted to like more than I actually did. I loved their sound, over-produced as it often was, but their albums rarely grabbed me. This one was different. The variety of songwriting and intensity of the…