10. Primordial - Where Greater Men Have Fallen
9. Nasheim - Solens Vemod
8. Ifing - Against the Weald
7. Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestite
6. Ered Wethrin - Tides of War
5. Dark Fortress - Venereal Dawn
A return to form for the band but also perhaps a slight change in direction, especially highlighted in the doom-tinged track 'Lloigor' which even has a hint of early Opeth to it. A long but solid album and will be interesting to see how they follow this album up.
4. Darkflight - Closure
A new discovery for me this year, and the finest album Darkflight have released to date. A depressive mix of black/doom metal exquisitely executed, but with an atmospheric/ambient edge to it. An under the radar release this year and deserving of much more praise.
3. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
As highly rated as their début album was, I just couldn't get into Triptykon - but with Melana Chasmata it has finally clicked. This album heaves and crushes, quite the doomy dirge - with the haunting female vocals on tracks such as 'Boleskin House' contrasting so effectively and adding a welcome respite and additional dimension to the band's sound.
2. Nightbringer - Ego Dominus Tuus
As soon as I begun listening to EDT, I was blown away by the intensity of the first few tracks - I would liken it to the chaotic atmosphere conjured up by Emperor. Quite possibly a modern masterpiece of the genre that draws you back to listen again and again, with many layers to unravel, digest and appreciate.
1. Darkspace - Darkspace III I
Cold. Clinical. Claustrophobic. An eagerly awaited return from Darkspace since their previous release six years ago that does not fail to deliver. The production has been cleaned up in comparison to their previous albums which may detract slightly from the chaotic nature of their sound but it does allow you distinguish the depths to which it goes. Simply a relentless aural assault that projects you out into the vast loneliness of space.