How's the Amon Amarth album?
brilliant it's cool because between "With Oden on our side" and "Twilight of the thunder god" they improved musically but on this album it's at a new musical level. Many times Johann uses some very guttural vocal levels, The guitars have really stepped up solo wise and even riff wise and there drummer has some fantastic beats that i thought he was incapable of and at times they seem to be using many different riff changes or key changes and solos that are consisted of many different sections that it's almost like listening to a heavier, more melodic version of the blackening by Machine head.
It's potentially the biggest melodic death metal album of the year, it's way better than the bodom album (which i did enjoy as it was kinda like hatecrew deathroll and blooddrunk crossed together).
Of course Arch Enemy have an album coming soon too and that should be great if rise of the tyrant is anything to go by...in flames are also working on an album but they are not a melodic death metal band as much as a bunch of sell outs with instruments.