I have to say, I haven't listened to all that many new albums this year. I did discover many older albums this year that I really liked, but of the ones released in 2016 only one really stood out to me.
Ghostlights by Avantasia
Strong contender for my album of the year as well. If you like Ronnie Atkins' parts on Ghostlights you should definitely check out his other releases this year with Nordic Union and Pretty Maids!
The new Treat album also gets a mention. And to round out my top 5, hmm... Jorn Lande's Heavy Rock Radio just for the awesome Phil Collins and Kate Bush covers!