List your front runners for album of the year thus far. I've listened to more this year than previous years mainly due to some extra time I've had off since January. In my opinion as of now - halfway through 2011 - one album stands head and shoulders above the rest.... New World Shadows by Omnium Gatherum. This is easily their best effort to date and one of the better albums to come along in the death metal scene in the past few years. It's a melodic death metal masterpiece.