In the meantime, here are 5 records that didn't quite make the cut for my metal/near-metal list. Each of these releases is very solid and worth checking out if you haven't already done so.
There will be no honorable mentions for the non-metal list.
Le professeur de musique's Metal/Near-Metal Honorable Mentions
1. Dawnbringer - Into the Lair of the Sun God
2. Deserted Fear - My Empire
3. Posthum - Lights Out
4. Sylosis - Monolith
5. Testament - Dark Roots of Earth