You can check out the entire KNAC.COM staff's choices for their Top 10 albums (or more) via this article link.
My personal top 10 of hard rock and heavy metal albums for the article were:
01.) Leather - II (Divebomb) (Review Link)
02.) Judas Priest - Firepower (Epic) (Review Link)
03.) Metal Church - Damned If You Do (Rat Pak) (Review Link)
04.) Dee Snider - For The Love Of Metal (Napalm) (Review Link)
05.) The Dead Daisies - Burn It Down (SPV) (Review Link)
06.) Uriah Heep - Living The Dream (Frontiers) (Review Link)
07.) Lords Of Black - Icons Of The New Days (Frontiers) (Review Link)
08.) U.D.O. - Steelfactory (AFM) (Review Link)
09.) Jizzy Pearl Of Love/Hate - All You Need Is Soul (Frontiers) (Review Link)
10.) Lizzy Borden - My Midnight Things (Metal Blade) (Review Link)
When I expand my list to include all genres of music, there are two additions which makes the list look like this:
01. LEATHER - II
02. JUDAS PRIEST - FIREPOWER
03. METAL CHURCH - DAMNED IF YOU DO
04. DEE SNIDER - FOR THE LOVE OF METAL
05. THE DEAD DAISIES - BURN IT DOWN
06. URIAH HEEP - LIVING THE DREAM
07. LORDS OF BLACK - ICONS OF THE NEW DAYS
08. U.D.O. - STEELFACTORY
09. BETH HART - LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL (Review Link)
10. MARC GUNN - AS LONG AS I'M FLYIN'
I recall your write up on the Dee Snider but I never revisited the music and the buzz around it seemed to have disappeared pretty quickly. Clearly, you still recommend it... I loved the previous Dead Daisies album, but when the new one came out I found that I hadn't really went back to it much so whatever love I had for it must have been more like a May-December thing. So I stayed away from purchasing to avoid the same fate, at least until I can warm back up to its predecessor ... I have been picking at that Heep album though because its getting a lot of love from the various YouTubers who post Top Tens this time of year... Im still not convinced but the 90 second sound bytes on iTunes do sound really very good.
Outside of those "mentions" we only have 1 in common - the obvious one at that! The Mighty Priest!
The Priest album was pretty popular with a lot of people. The KNAC staff picks featured a lot of people including it on their list.
As for the others you mentioned, I wouldn't have included them if I didn't love them so if you do decide to check them out, I don't think you'll be disappointed. I've been playing the Dee Snider album a lot!
Thanks for reading and responding Scott!