Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
Easily the best of SW's solo albums, and a solid contender for the best album he's ever released. Dark and melancholy in tone, with excellent counterpoint between rhythmic, jazz-influenced percussion and intricate melodic lines on vocals and guitar, the album invokes comparisons to Van Der Graaf Generator and Larks' Tongues-era King Crimson while still remaining stylistically strong enough to stand on its own.
The Fall Of Every Season - Amends
One-man Norwegian death/doom project that could be compared pretty closely to Amorphis and recent Opeth (in particular Watershed and Ghost Reveries). Sprawling epic compositions and melodic counterpoint serve the project well, but the depth of instrumental ideas at times is more limited than I would like to see from an album that features four songs over eleven minutes in length. Very enjoyable regardless.