Laid down and gave my attention to Necromantia - Scarlet Evil Witching Black last night, and I really enjoyed it. Some thoughts, upon first listen:
*The manner in which the tracks are arranged works very well. Start with the most blasting and straightforward track, and allow the album to open up as it progresses. Track 4, the synthesizer one, is a well-situated and pleasant break from the metal aesthetics.
*The creative (sometimes almost wacky) elements of timbre and rhythm always augment the songs, instead of acting as random distractions.
*The atmosphere is strong and dark, yet the riffs and structures remain tangible and exciting (compare to many modern bands that try to be atmospheric...boring).