I have just got Snow Borne Sorrow by Nine Horses who are in fact David Sylvian, his brother Steve Jansen and a guy called Burnt Friedman. In a year which has seen my music collection expand with some brilliant music this one stands out for me.
You're forgeting exceptional incredible Riverside - Second Life Syndrome. Also new Arena is pretty impressive. One of my favorites would be probably widely unrecognizable Albion - Wabiac Cienie, it is Polish band that has recently came back after 8 years with a stunning piece of beautiful music. Moreover new releases of Pain of Salvation, DT and Opeth.
I second pawelzet's comment about Riverside. This band has some serious class going on and after debutting in incredible shape last year with Out of Myself, the new album out a couple of months ago is just unbelievable all the same. I can't wait for the final installment of the trilogy whenever they write, record and release it. Anyway, by reading their influences from the band member profiles and influences at their website (www.riverside.art.pl) it's no wonder they sound the way they do and that they rock so much.
I just wish they had a bit more exposition and toured more extensively.
Somehow I never got much into Neal Morse's stuff and that includes Transatlantic with Mike Portnoy. But, as gangstayoda has put it, Neal Morse's ? was quite a positive surprise (well, if you put aside the lyrical content that is... at least for me). And it's got Portnoy on drums too, so... ;)