Let me see...
The new Mayhem for me was rather boring, I was never much for them anyway but I was hoping to hear something interesting.
I got the slowed down version of Drudkh's Anti-Urban which sounds kind of odd but I found the proper version and from what I can see they are good for what they do but they will remain stagnant in my eyes.
Graveland's Will Stronger Than Death is another example, well produced music but rather stagnant sound and has been for a while.
I've only listened to it a few times yet but the Fortið album, "Völuspá Part II - The Arrival Of Fenris" is quite good, Fortið is one of the best "Viking Metal" albums that actually does give a real strong Viking feeling.
Only recently found Kroda, whilst I am not a huge fan of Narrow Squirting Bowel Movement, I think this album was pulled off quite well.
One of the best releases for me so far has to be Lifelover's "Erotik", at first I wasn't really sure what type of metal it would be but after a listen It really sunk in, very unique and a big improvement I would say.
Same with Shining, whilst I think what Kvarforth did was a bit stupid and trendy you can't deny that he makes some excellent music, very well done.
As for the new Watain, again I do not really like this kind of Black Metal. The quality of it was much better with better production and less muffled vocals but the overall feeling was rather boring.
Still need to listen Angantyr a few more times, same with Forgotten Tomb
I would say on a quality level it is improving as it becomes much easier to record music but the actual music itself is becoming quite mediocre. I personally do not care about the quality so long as it is loud enough to here, the "kvlt" thing has been over done, but there is the odd band that manages to pull it off without sounding like another Darkthrone clone.