What an awesome thread, props to the OP and all who have contributed! We need more of this kind of positivity in our world.
Anyways, I discovered a new favorite band, Russian Circles
. I first started listening to them last night but I really came to love their stuff today. I've known of them for years, as a huge post-rock/post-metal nerd, but I never gave them a shot until now and I'm kicking myself for not doing so sooner!