Then: Edguy - Hellfire Club
Now: Edguy - Hellfire Club
Then: Allen/Lande - The Battle
Now: Really difficult to say, 2005 had about 8 albums I consider amazing. I'd probably go with Masterplan - Aeronautics instead.
Then: Circle II Circle - Burden of Truth
Now: Circle II Circle - Burden of Truth
It was a huge event for me to rank this above A Matter of Life and Death at the time, but in hindsight it should've been an easier decision.
Then: Masterplan - MKII
Now: Either Redemption - The Origins of Ruin or Vanishing Point - The Fourth Season. Hell, Cornerstone's Two Tales of One Tomorrow and Circus Maximus - Isolate are right up there at this point. This was a pretty fucked up year with no really amazing album to steal the title.
Then: Royal Hunt - Collision Course: Paradox II
Now: Probably the same album. Pyramaze's Immortal finished 2nd and is still just as close, but Seventh Wonder's Mercy Falls came out of nowhere a couple months ago and is on par with these 2 easily.