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Two mentions of Avantasia's Ghostlights. Good to see. Easily my album of the year too. Tobi's back on top form after a minor lull from 2010-2013. The best song from the album was sadly relegated to bonus track status though ("Wake Up to the Moon").

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uvr3IDStzhs

My other picks:

Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings
Seems to be more stripped down and less hook laden than her previous efforts. Still a lot of quality, and not too much filler for a double album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjG8siumtTs

Zakk Wylde - Book of Shadows II
The original is one of my all time favourite albums, and although this doesn't match up to it, it's still really good. Zakk really excels at the softer material. I really wish he'd quit the heavy stuff and focus on this sort of thing full time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8dG5fSsALI

Deftones - Gore
There's something so ethereal about Deftones' output since White Pony. Really beautiful music, even when it's hard and heavy. This is the latest in a long line of strong albums.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-loCuBm5q0

Epica - The Holographic Principle
Not their biggest fan, but I got this to review and was blown away. Just a massive, ambitious symphonic metal album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhGgb1E3HpQ