Deafheaven - New Bermuda
And so to number one. It wasn't even close. When Deafheaven released their previous album Sunbather a few years ago, they got almost as much press for the fact they tried to do something different with that post black metal platter as for the fact it was actually really very good. Cue the release of New Bermuda and not only have they continued to experiment with the set formula of the genre, but they've also almost created a hybrid which is almost entirely accessible to anyone who cares to listen to something other than trite chart nonsense. Its roots are still evident but now there are delicious solos and intermissions building on what they had with Sunbather.
Listen if you have ears, for they will not offend you.