That is a truly beautiful record there, congratulations on getting a copy.
I received my copy of the new Vallenfyre album Splinters this morning, so that was pretty much my day. I'm really loving it, even more than A Fragile King.
It feels very much like the early Paradise Lost stuff and what they might have sounded like if instead of experimenting with doom and gothic metal they went deeper into their death metal side, which is pretty interesting to hear.
Two other great albums from this year have been Longhena by Gridlink and Xenon by Mechina. The first is a fantastic and brutal Grindcore/Mathcore album with some great melodies and technical bits, while the second is a pretty interesting mix of cyber metal, djent and symphonic metal.
I'm also liking the new Whispered album, Shogunate Macabre. Melodic death metal with influences from Japanese folk music, which as it turns out is a great combination. Granted that the album does start to feel a bit gimmicky after a while, it's still really enjoyable.
Other than that, I gave the Killer Be Killed album a listen while it was streaming on Metal Hammer. Thought it was pretty good, but nothing particularly special. Considering the members of the band I kinda expected more, but it's still enjoyable.
There's also the new Insomnium album, which I found kinda 'meh'. It does seem to have gotten a positive response though, which is cool I guess.
Right now I'm really psyched for the new Devin Townsend album, which releases in two days.