Musically, at this moment, it could be the year of one-album-wonders. All three bands did an awesome album and then, in the next three years - nothing. We'll see what the future brings. If those gases don't kill us. Gasp!
Album-of-the-year award goes to: The Eyes Of Tomorrow by Broken Iris, alt rock band from California, USA. No wiki page, no homepage, forgotten FB profile, not a single music video. And they split up after one album. But what an album!
So, why do you take this, conquer and dismay this
Peaceful sanity of mine?
Your attempting to bore me, shatter and destroy me
Is worthless and fuels my gain
Maybe we're all insane
Honorable and superworthy mentions are: The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack by Sixx AM, the best concept album of the decade, and Air by Agua de Annique, a soothing solo project by the former The Gathering vocalist, Anneke van Giersbergen.
Some things are final. Hope isn't.
Remember: machines always win in the end.