Album of the year:
Blind Guardian - At the Edge of Time
At the moment (and probably well into the future), Blind Guardian is my #1 favorite band, solidified greatly by this masterpiece of an album. IMO At The Edge Of Time easily counts among BG's best.
The following albums are not in any particular order:
Agalloch - Marrow of the Spirit
I can't describe how much I love Agalloch. Every album is a different journey, experience, and this album is no exception. The album hits its peak at the 17 min epic Black Lake Niðstång, and the rest of the album is fantastic as well.
Solution .45 - For Aeons Past