"We All Fall Down," The Dead Daisies. This was just an old-fashioned, good time hard rock record. It's simplicity and fun made it one of my favorites of the year, and "We All Fall Down" was my favorite track. Just a great hook and a great all-around tune.
"Suzerain," Anthrax. Yep, another entry from For All Kings, and I could add a few more with "Breathing Lightning" and "All of Them Thieves," as well. The opening riff of "Suzerain" is just heavy as hell, and it's not often a metal song makes me look up a word.
"The Duke," Lamb of God. This is something a little different for Lamb of God. My initial reaction was WTF? But the song grew on me with a few listens, and there's a great story behind it.
"The Moth," Death Angel. Another ripping track from The Evil Divide. Unlike a lot of metal bands, I think Death Angel just gets better with age.
"Brotherhood of the Snake," Testament. I called it the year of the classic thrash band, so let's close it out with another one -- the title track from Testament's latest album.