Top 5!?! That’s a tough one.
So many bands I’m currently enjoying don’t have a significant back catalogue and those that do have albums that just haven’t clicked for me, so I’m going for two lists!
Long term favourites with a reasonable back catalogue;
Inquisition - There isn't album of theirs that I don’t like. I can’t think of a band I like that has such an impeccable, and lengthy back catalogue.
Opeth - While I haven’t heard anything after Watershed, the rest is solid.
Spectral Wound - Bucking the trend slightly with this one but their limited output is soooo good I’m including them.
Anaal Nathrakh - Not every album hits the spot but when they get the magic right (chaos, varied vocal performances and a memorable chorus with ear worm guitar riff) it just bloody works.
Dimmu Borgir - While Eonian went overboard with the symphonic element the rest of their output has shown the evolution from Emperor style BM to full-on pompous and overblown symphonic extreme metal.
Current flavours of the month list;
Kaatayra - I have mentioned them before, I see @MarkhantonioYeattsis also a fan, they have a unique blend of styles which is a breath of fresh air…or it was until…
Bríi - See above!
Mgła - Luckily I was taught to pronounce this by Polish work colleagues! Melodic and catchy.
Frummyrkrið - One album, lots of uncertainty about who and where they are from but this is an AOTY for me. Cohesively squeezes numerous ideas into an album and completely nails it.
Paysage d’Hiver - While he does have a significant output, I have still not heard a large portion of it, hence his entry on this list. His albums are not something you put on for a bit of casual listening (Im Wald is around two hours in length), his albums are an event. I actually plan an afternoon or an evening to avoid any distractions when putting an album on. Not only does his self titled album have one of my favourite pieces of album artwork, the opening track, Welt aus Eis, is one of BM greatest compositions.