I find this always both extremely difficult and extremely fun to do.
So far, I bought 15 albums that were released this year. Two albums I won't count in this list, because they are technically re-releases ("Contagion Max", and "Cover Version" by Steven Wilson). So that leaves 13 albums.
For now, I'm just listing the releases and underlining the ones that I really like. So a real 'top 10' has to be formed yet.
Transatlantic - "Kaleidoscope"A.C.T - "Circus Pandemonium"
Glass Hammer - "Ode To Echo"
Gazpacho - "Demon"
Tuomas Holopainen - "The Life And Times Of Scrooge"IQ - "The Road Of Bones"
Anathema - "Distant Satellites"
Yes - "Heaven & Earth"
Neal Morse - "Songs From November"Opeth - "Pale Communion"Threshold - "For The Journey"Flying Colors - "Second Nature"
Devin Townsend - "Z²"
Albums that I want to check out eventually are:
Synaesthesia - "Synaesthesia"
Devin Townsend - "Casualties Of Cool"
Minor Giant - "On The Road"
Robert Reed - "Sanctuary"
Iamthemorning - "Belighted"
Work Of Art - "Framework"
Steve Rothery - "Ghosts Of Pripyat"
Enchant - "The Great Divide"
Pendragon - "Men Who Climb Mountains"
And these albums I know quite well (or are obligatory), and are on my 'to-buy-list':
Huis - "Despite Guardian Angels"
Nick Magnus - "N'Monix"
Lunatic Soul - "Walking On A Flashlight Beam"
Kaipa - "Sattyg"
I also (re)discovered Riverside and Lunatic Soul. Bought some Jean Michel Jarre remasters and completed my Moon Safari collection.
I am looking forward to the following:
Steven Wilson's "Hand. Cannot. Erase.", in February.
Neal Morse Band's "The Grand Experiment" on 16 February.
Arena's "The Unquiet Sky" and accompanying tour.
Arjen Lucassen & Anneke van Giersbergen's The Gentle Storm's "The Diary" in March.
John Mitchell releasing his "Please Come Home" under the monniker Lonely Robot, on 23 February.
More remasters of Jean Michel Jarre.