As my bio sometimes states, I "listen exclusively to HEAVY METAL." These were my favorites from last year in alphabetical order. Sample songs included!
Artificial Brain - Infrared Horizon
Auðn - Farvegir Fyrndar
The Chasm - A Conscious Creation from the Isolated Domain
Der Weg Einer Freiheit - Finisterre
Dodecahedron - Kwintessens
Fleshkiller - Awaken
Impureza - La Caida de Tonatiuh
Ingurgitating Oblivion - Vision Wallows in Symphonies of Light
John Frum - A Stirring in the Noos
Pillorian - Obsidian Arc
Pyrrhon - What Passes for Survival
Ulsect - Self-Titled
Venenum - Trance of Death
My favorite cover art is a tie among Artificial Brain, Auðn, and Pyrrhon. A cop-out, I know. Until next year...