^^^I hear you, but hey - at least the list has Kylesa, Baroness, Immortal and Coalesce on it. They get no credit for Mastodon, because that one obviously needed to be there. I also liked the releases by Slayer, Converge and Behemoth this year, but not tons. BTBAM is probably on there to get more cred from the prog crowd.
Wait a minute - I think I see what you mean. There is a little bit of everything on there, just to try to appeal to just about any reader that sees the list...even if it means putting absolute horseshit like Suicide Silence and Devil Wears Prada on there. OK, I get it. You're right.
See - it almost worked on me - I saw stuff I liked and said "hey, this ain't bad...". Those fuckers.
9/2 Chelsea Wolfe
10/16 Kylesa / Inter Arma / Indian Handcrafts / Irata
11/13 Windhand / Monolord
12/30 Clutch (?)