Almost as strong a year as 2004. It is the abundance of choice again that makes it difficult to narrow my picks down to just five albums. It took some listening to decide on these, had to find that one thing on each album that puts it above the rest.
Corrosion of Conformity - In the Arms of God
After the still somewhat disappointing America's Volume Dealer album, COC returned with one of it's strongest releases. Though the album was recorded in 2004 and released in April 2005, I can't help but associate this with hurricane Katrina which hit New Orleans in August 2005. With a foreboding song like "Rise River Rise", the album seemed oddly topical. There is a definite healthy aggression underneath the surface, something that was lacking on it's predecessor.
Depeche Mode - Playing the Angel