The Award for Most Disappointing Album of the Year goes to...
TIE Between Wintersun - Time
and Ensiferum - Unsung Heroes
Of these two albums, Time is definitely better. It is still Wintersun, and a decent to good album, but the expectations set by their self-titled release set me up for an immense disappointment. This album contains 3 real tracks, and they aren't all that long. Way too much orchestral/symphonic stuff, and not enough aggression. It's about 1/100th as good as the first album.
Ensiferum is one of the folk metal bands who never seems to wear out their welcome for me, until now. Even with their dropping Jari and switching to Petri, I enjoyed them. Victory Songs and From Afar were great records. But it seems like they are just going through the motions on Unsung Heroes, and there's really no reason for this as I thought From Afar was excellent. I found nothing memorable on their newest album, and this makes me sad