Some great stuff there, my own picks included Inquisition, Anaal Nathrakh, and Khonsu. Wode and Oranssi Pazuzu were okay, and I didn’t get around to Cobalt though I did like Eater of Birds. HSN are a bit carnival for me.
So that doesn’t leave much to add! Here, take these:
Behexen - The Poisonous Path
Finnish ferocity. Kind of traditional and safe sound but sometimes you need a bit of comfort.
Vredehammer – Violator
I was going to rate the Abbath solo album, but this is somewhat related and I enjoyed it more.
Hyperion - Seraphical Euphony
On the melodic side of black, reminiscent of Naglfar and maybe Dissection. Pretty cool.
Deathspell Omega - The Synarchy of Molten Bones
No comments beyond this goes in here by default, and it’s a bit short after such a long wait. :)
Bethlehem - Bethlehem
The legendary German dark metallers return - this just came out so it’s a last minute entry! I always loved their sound and vocal style, and the new vocalist sounds like he fits.
Not sure he matches this though - listen to Rainer Landfermann’s suicidal insanity from the classic Dictius Te Necare (1996) for comparison: