10- Pale Divine- " the Consequence of Time"
This former doom band is not as depressed so they are able to pick up the speed for some Judas Priest like proto thrash. It leans in power metal direction, but while they are no longer in despair they are not as happy as power metal and that is a good thing./
9- Mr. Bungle -"The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny"
They brought Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo on to re-record their demo. With those two what else did we think this was going to be. It's solid thrash. Mike shows he is not too old to get metal as needed. Not what most Bungle fans expected , but they made a great metal record
8-Carach Angren - "Frankensteina Strataemontanus"
7- Caligula's Horse - "Rise Radiant"
They were going to be on the prog list, but this album is more straight ahead than most on that list. Yes the are proggy and can shred, but still make a pretty solid effort in writing memorable song. Those hooks gave them the edge over the Angren boys.
6 -Inquisition - "Black Mass For a Mass Grave"
They might still wear corpse paint , but that does not make this album black metal. The vocals are the same. But they have moved into a mellower and more melodic direction that owes more to the melodic nature of classic metal. The songs flow really well, and this is an album you can leave on and let play. Just because it is not black metal does not mean it doesn't have more balls to it than Caligula's Horse.