I hate to be the guy that rains on parades but besides most of Devamitra's list, nothing mentioned deserves to be on a list w/ the Beherit or Asphyx releases, not even close in fact. Actually, The Chasm was good, I'll give you that - it deserves mention in a 2009 retrospective thread. Teitanblood was just the worst. Sammath I haven't heard yet, so I would be willing to give that a try. The description of Ruins of Beverast, makes it sound ponderous. I haven't heard it, but if you're likening them to Deathspell Omega, then I'm sorry but you've lost me, too.
If our quality control for the best albums of the year are 'as good as Beherit and Asphyx', we're going to have a very short list. 2 albums to be precise. There have been some decent A- to B+ albums this year worth mentioning.
I agree, I just wanted to shut the lid on stuff like Teitanblood and Blut Aus Nord before it got out of control. Slugathor, Winterwolf, Midnight Odyssey, Nazxul, Cruciamentum, The Chasm, etc. deserve mention for being above average, or at the very least: promising/ambitious/true to the tradition of metal. I mean Winterwolf, for instance, really only makes it on my honorable mention for being true to the tradition of metal and being a solid B in quality, not terribly original, however. The quality control should be anything that has to at least deserve an honorable mention on a top 5 list that includes Beherit and/or Asphyx. And actually, as I look over the thread, I think we have some good mentions: Midnight Odyssey, Cruciamentum (I have to give Grave Miasma a try), Slugathor, Nazxul, The Chasm, etc. etc.