Certainly the three most exciting albums I had the chance to discover this year.
Sol Invictus is Faith No More first album since Album of the Year 18 years ago, and in my opinion one of its best album. Mike Patton leads the band through a “post-punk record with tons of atmosphere. It’s like ELO or The Beach Boys going through a gothic laundry cycle.” [Wikipedia]
Leprous is a norwegian band, whose last two albums are masterpiece of progressive rock. You could find a subtle heritage of Opeth, Dream Theater or Riverside in the compositions. Powerful and beautiful.