Cool. You've got me interested in some things -- Kvelertak, The Ocean, Man's Gin, and Ludicra in particular. I'll check them out. Maybe the Alcest and Howl, too.
My listening has been far from comprehensive this year, but I haven't heard much that holds a candle to The Suburbs
. It's much more restrained than their previous two albums, which disappointed me at first (and still does a bit), but so much of it is still so fucking good.
The best new release on my list would be He Who Travels Far
by Hanggai, and I haven't even heard the whole thing yet -- just their myspace clips -- and it isn't available in the U.S. But what the Pogues did for Irish folk, Hanggai does for traditional Mongolian music. Mongolian folk punk. With Tuvan throat singing. Checkem out: http://www.myspace.com/hanggaiband
The new Iron Maiden just doesn't do it for me at all. Their weakest non-90s album, as far as I'm concerned.