Recently listened to the new Wintersun and have to admit I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's bloated, cheesy, and overproduced like I thought but it still puts a smile on my face. Disappointed in the absence of guitars but it's so damn catchy especially the title track. Only 30 minutes of material but that's probably just the right amount of Wintersun that should be listened to at one time at this point.
A few other albums I've heard and enjoyed recently include Daylight Dies, Evoken, Eis, Bison BC, Converge, and Neurosis.
10/3 Anathema/ Alcest
10/4 Mark Lanegan
11/1 Dax Riggs
12/12 High on Fire