2013 has been pretty quiet compared to 2012. Most of the new CDs/albums I've bought have been reissues of older stuff. Some dude
just put out some nice CD versions of the first three Kawir albums, if you're into quality Hellenic black metal of the old school. Drakkar
is in the midst of reissuing the LLN back catalog. His Mütiilation CDs sound way better than the Dark Adversary versions that made the rounds a few years back. Season of Mist
is also in the midst of a reissue frenzy. They just put out Septic Flesh's debut (with their first EP as bonus tracks), and they're currently preparing the Ildjarn discography for a proper resurrection.
I've been listening to Sulphur Aeon
for the past month or so. It's some decidedly un-Swedish death metal that sounds a bit like Formulas
-era Morbid Angel swallowing Anthems
-era Emperor, but without the keyboards. I like how a morbid bit of melody always seems to seep through despite the chaos. It reminds me a bit of the debut albums from Dismember and Incantation, in spirit rather than in style. If I'm still listening to it a month or so from now, I'll probably buy the CD and maybe a shirt because the cover (done by the guy who painted Disma's debut) is pretty cool.
Summoning's got a new one coming, so I've been watching their page like a hawk. I'm pretty excited about the possibility of a new Nokturnal Mortum album; if you haven't been paying attention to them, they've transformed from a folky neoclassical symphonic black metal band into an excellent progressive rock band with some black metal remnants. New Crypticus should be cool, given the quality level of their last Halloween EP. Rob Darken appears to be adhering to his manic release schedule, as he's got a full-length due out soon. He just released an old unheard Lord Wind demo on a split CD with his contemporaneous dark ambient project Mysterial. It all sounds a bit more like the quieter moments of the second Veles album rather than any of the recent Lord Wind stuff.