here's what i like so far
In Flames - Come Clarity is In Flames' long-awaited return to, well, writing good music. Come Clarity is pretty good overall and has a few amazing songs on there as well (Dead End, Come Clarity, Crawl Through Knives). Dunno if I'll put it in my top of 2006, but it's a pretty solid effort overall
Norther - Mirror of Madness - Band I got into over the semester. It's like if Children of Bodom and Ensiferum got together and had kids, and then those kids formed a band. Which is pretty much what happened, from what I understand.
Skyfire - Timeless Departure - Similar to Norther but much more keyboard-heavy. In fact, this is the most keyboard-heavy non-power metal band I've ever listened to. Pretty fucking awesome.
Arsis - A Celebration of Guilt - Absolute classic melodic death metal. Shows that you don't have to be Norweigan to make incredible music. …