18. Striker – Armed To The Teeth
The yardstick RAM set for traditional metal wasn’t surpassed until midway through the year, but Canada’s Striker tore that stick from the ground and beat RAM to death (See what I did there?) with it. Striker can gallop, but they can also chug, strut and slam. Their ability and willingness to cover a broader spectrum is what put them ahead of RAM, and what made them my go to driving music for the seemingly never-ending Texas summer.