In no particular order:
Folk Stone – Damnati Ad Metalla: Great Folk Metal album.
Heathen – The Evolution Of Chaos: Great Thrash album, but I thought “A Hero’s Welcome” was more than a bit cliché.
Orphaned Land – The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR: Think that producing a follow-up to Mabool that is worthy of its predecessor was an impossible task? Think again.
I have heard a lot of good things about Atlantean Kodex – The Golden Bough. Just received my vinyl copy in the mail, so this may make the list here shortly as well.
Heidevolk – Uit Oude Grond
Atlantean Kodex is one of the biggest surprises for me ever! "The Golden Bough" is a fantastic debut. I wrote a long review that is up on the main site.
I have been hunting for "Damnati Ad Metalla", but it seems impossible to get hold of here in Sweden, even through ordering it. I guess I'll have to have it shipped from somewhere, but it costs so damn much.
Heidevolk's album follows up where their last album left off. Maybe this one is a bit more even, though it lacks a smash-hit like "Saksenland". The overall quality is high and the melodymaking has eveolved a bit in my opinion. The pure folk parts and interludes are more interesting this time.
I really liked Heathen's album. I am usually not that into Thrash, but this one was great. I also think that "A Hero's Welcome" is a bit silly, but I still like the epic touch of the song.
I did not enjoy Orphaned Land's album so much. It felt cunorganized and only in the opener, the band seemed to have any idea of where they were going.