(We invited Jacobo Córdova, whose latest album under the name of Majestic Downfall – “Three” — is a doom/death highlight of 2013 and who is also a member of the mighty Zombiefication — to tell us about his favorite releases of 2013, and here’s what he had to say.)
After being offered to do a top 2013 list for NoCleanSinging.com, I decided to take the challenge since I am fond of this kind of nonsense. The criteria for my list has to do with releases that I truly invested time and dedication throughout the year and that I know well from the inside out. I get angry when people like/hate one release upon listening to it once and making an opinion. That is bullshit.
Ok, now to the list. The top 10 releases come with some words, and in the end you will find another list of great runner-ups.
Just one thing: These may not be the best releases of the year, they are just based on my opinion and experience. I may have missed a lot, but worry not, I will catch up eventually. And just for the Records, Watain’s The Wild Hunt is the record I heard the most this year, I wish it had not been that way. The only Soulless release I like is the Grave one!
1) Procession – To Reap Heavens Apart
I don´t really understand the meaning of words when you can experience something like this.
2) Obliteration – Black Death Horizon
Just like Tribulation, Necrovation, and more coming -ation´s I guess, these Norwegians are taking extreme metal to new heights.
3) In Solitude — Sister
They not only follow the left hand path, they are able to take you there.
4) Chaos Invocation – Black Mirror Hours
Jon would be proud of these Dissection worshippers and now even more so after Watain has left the flame somewhere else. True ritualistic Black Metal.
5) Ghost BC – Infestissumam
Yes, Ghost, any problem?
6) Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance
Death Metal, Black Metal, Punk, Speed Metal. Who gives a fuck if the band is called Darkthrone!!!!!!
7) Pest – The Crowning Horror
With this album, Judas Priest never sounded so Black Metal!!!!!
8) Inquisition – Obscure Verses For The Multiverse
The biggest name of true Black Metal if you ask me. Catchy as fuck chaos!
9) Atlantean Kodex – The White Goddess
Heavy and Doom Metal are making big ass comebacks. And this is as good as it gets.
10) Tribulation – The Formulas Of Death
It´s great to see young generations pushing the boundaries of Metal. I have seen this release in everyone’s top lists of the year, I guess that is a true parameter of the stench inside!
11) Officium Triste – Mors Viri
11) Bölzer – Aura
11) Twilight Of The Gods – Fire On The Mountain
11) Hell – Curse And Chapter
11) Satan – Life Sentence
11) Sonic Reign – Monument In Black
11) Sacriphyx – The Western Front
11) Acerus – The Unreachable Salvation
11) Mourning Beloveth – Formless
11) Grave Miasma – Odori Sepulcrorum