I like the Grand Magus a lot too. Other great trad metal that was neglected in the list were Castle, Witch Mountain, Venomous Maximus, The Sword, Alunah and Windhand (and Christian Mistress which I mention in my other reply).
I love Decibel, but can’t pretend to understand any of their year-end lists. I also can’t believe Dawnbringer were dissed. Makes no sense, given how great the new one is. I’m glad to see the Baroness album up there after the beatdowns it received, but it’s even higher than I’d expect! Pleasantly surprised to see Witchcraft and Royal Thunder up high, but then where are Graveyard and Christian Mistress? Neurosis are cool of course, but their labelmates/buds Ufomammut kick the shit out of that album. Similarly, I’d take the Conan album over Pallbearer’s, which I like, but would rate it down closer to the Saint Vitus.
Definitely a clinic on how NOT to cover a song by stripping “Rhiannon” of all passion. Royal Thunder would have f’in’ nailed it! They should have just included the cover by Zeke.