shitty years make for good music, usually
It didn't quite turn out as expected. I was pretty sure this year belonged to Cult Leader, for example. The top 3 albums are not anyone I predicted or even knew they had albums coming out before February.
It also wasn't a very good year for non-metal. only one hip-hop release isn't a disappointment in some way. Indie rock continued to not deliver (except of course one Andrew Falkous), and none of the new shoegaze bands I heard about this year released anything (and Nothing's album isn't that good). . . .but then, this was a shitty year, so metal is more fitting anyway.
That said, looks like this year was better for newer bands than older ones.
There are only 2 bands that have existed longer than ten years in the top 10 (and one of them, Godflesh, just came back from being broken up).
Also, to save you some time, neither Behemoth or Pallbearer are on this list.