I've developed a full-on addiction to Grand Magus - Iron Will. Like The Oar Strikes The Water and I Am the North are absolutely monumental pieces of heavy metal that actually make my chest hairier as I listen.
I've only managed to spin some of the other albums I've had recently a couple of times, but honourable mentions go to The Devil's Blood - Come, Reap, Katharsis - Kruzifixxion (so, so vicious) and Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini. I suspect that, in the fullness of time, I shall come to really love that last one.
I don't think I'd describe Hammer of the North as disappointing, even if I don't like it as much as Iron Will. I'd say that the title track is the equal of anything they've written so far, including Kingslayer and As The Oar Strikes The Water. Hammer of the North doesn't offer the same quality of variations as with Iron Will, but still will make my top ten this year, I expect.
Been listening to more Blasphemophagher today, I'd love to get the new album on vinyl. Shame its long gone.