Novembre has the amazing ability to write something that is both heavy and beautiful, archaic and modern, and nothing proves this more than the masterpiece that is Ursa.
Pleiade's Dust from Gorguts shows that tech death is willing to break its own rules and still has a lot to offer.
Similar to Nachtmystium, Orannsi Pazuzu blend traditional black metal with psychedelic rock to concoct something out of this world.
Testament have always respected their roots as a thrash band and decades after their start, are able to stay true to them without getting stale.
Gojira perfects their sound with Magma, an album that is surprisingly accessible for how heavy it is.
Opeth drifts slowly back to their metal sound with Sorceress, an album that takes influence from 70's metal as well as 70's prog rock.
Megadeth hardly needs introduction, but what Dystopia has that the last few albums don't is energy that hasn't been heard since the 90's.