It’s Been 10 Years Since Dimebag Was Taken

Dimebag

It’s been a long time since I did a blog post but I’ve just realized it’s been even longer since Dimebag was tragically murdered. On December 8th, 2004 to be exact. I was just going to post what I had said on the 5th anniversary of his passing but when I read it, it was too brief and conveyed nothing really but a lazy tribute. So without further ado here are my thoughts about Dimebag done properly 10 years after his passing.
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Rob's Picks of 2012 to Send TDM Off With

Another year closes and That Devil Music soon will be fading away as well. Though I’ve lost the time and desire to continue on here with TDM I’d be remiss if I didn’t send out one final push for bands and albums that stood out for me this year. I toyed with ranking them but that takes way too much effort especially since half of them aren’t even in the same genre. Therefore here is my list in no particular order of what I thought the best albums of 2012 were. Enjoy and don’t forget that this site will be archived here after the 1st of the year if you miss us.

7 Horns 7 Eyes – Throes of Absolution: I’m by no means Christian and 99.5 percent of the time am more apt to listen to blasphemous death metal then the other side. But I can be moderate in my tastes and it is funny to me how of all the death metal I listened to this year, a Christian band from Seattle ended up topping everyone. From the excellent and brutal vocals to the almost neo classical shredding to the pummeling riffs 7H7E brought a fresh take to death metal that is sorely needed. This is the bar that needed to be set for all bands regardless of their message.

Diablo Swing Orchestra – Pandora’s Pinata: Veterans of this band already knew what to expect but since was my first exposure it was even fresher to my ears. I love uniqueness to an extent and DSO brought it. Mixing jazz and swing with metal was done well and completely fun. Sweden has yet another band in their arsenal I dig.
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Scott's Top Ten Metal Albums of 2012 And Farewell

As we close this year and Rob closes up shop here, I can’t help but have a heavy heart about it. I’ve had my own metal blogs over the years and as I lost ambition to write about metal I’ve taken steps to reduce my role by participating in other people’s blogs. Eventually I found myself having no ambition at all. About that time, Rob informed me of his plans to shut TDM down. I appreciate Rob letting me help out here, but now I can surely focus on my career transition and work on flourishing new talents and ambitions. I wish the best of luck to Rob, Harley, Ken, Don and whoever else may have contributed that I might have missed. With all that said, here is my ten favorite albums of 2012. This list may vary from my “Top Albums For The First Half of 2012.” I’m going to keep this simple and without pictures.

10. Angel Witch – As Above, So Below: Although a lot of these songs were written years ago, the fact is that it is still technically a new Angel Witch album. The band has stuck to their sound while still keeping things modern.

9. Grand Magus – The Hunt: Their style of no frills, classic metal sound still has me hooked. While not their best album, still quite solid.

8. Katatonia – Dead End Kings: Katatonia released another Katatonia album. While not breaking new ground, they are undoubtedly amazing musicians and Dead End Kings does not disappoint.

7. Psycroptic – The Inherited Repression: I almost forgot about this album, which is a shame because I was playing the hell out of it earlier this year.

6. Storm Corrosion – S/T: Metal or not, this album is a treat to listen to.

5. Scott Kelly, Steve Von Till, and Wino – Song Of Townes Van Zandt: A tribute album to a very under-rated folk singer, Kelly, Von Till, and Wino do a great tribute to the late Van Zandt. I highly recommend checking out all of these artists’ [to include Van Zandt] solo work if you enjoy acoustic and ambient rock. Continue reading

Harley's Top 11 of '12

This is my last post for TDM and I have to say I have enjoyed blogging here.  Many thanks to Rob for taking me on and to Scott for his support through the year.  Next year I will be contributing to We Love Metal, rather than starting my own blog at this point.  “Real life” just has too much going on, from finishing up my master’s degree, a 10 week intensive military school, another 2 week National Security course, helping run a photography business, and a move next summer to who-knows-where with a new job to learn.

I have been absent lately from here due to demanding classes in school, last minute trips for work, and spending 3 weeks in October and November supporting the response to Hurricane Sandy in NY & NJ.  Plus a quick vacation in October.  It’s been a little crazy and Metal blogging has taken a back seat.

All that said, the reason for this post is to share with you my top albums for 2012, as well as my song and show of the year.  It was really a hit or miss year, with few hits I think.  It is impossible to predict if any of these will be long-term solid albums, ones I go back to years from now and stand the test of time, but there may be a handful of candidates.  My list consists entirely of veteran bands, averaging over 8 full length album releases over their careers, so no one-hit wonders here.

Some albums that were close, but didn’t quite make it to my list are Varg’s Guten Tag, Kreator’s Phantom Antichrist, Sabaton’s Carolus Rex, At Vance’s Facing Your Enemy, Rush’s Clockwork Angels, and Diablo Swing Orchestra’s Pandora’s Pinata.  Here we go…..

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In Memoriam – Eric Carr

21 years ago today, Kiss drummer Eric Carr passed away after a battle with cancer at the age of 41. Here are some details from his passing…

Birth Name: Paul Charles Caravello

Born: July 20, 1950 – Brookyln, New York

Died: November 24, 1991 – New York, New York, of cancer


Albums:
1981 Kiss – Music From The Elder
1982 Kiss – Killers
1982 Kiss – Creatures Of The Night
1983 Kiss – Lick It Up
1984 Wendy O. Williams – WOW
1984 Kiss – Animalize
1985 Kiss – Asylum
1987 Kiss – Crazy Nights
1988 Kiss – Smashes, Thrashes & Hits
1989 Kiss – Hot In The Shade
2000 Eric Carr – Rockology
Obituary Details:
Carr died at a Manhattan hospital of complications from cancer, his publicist said Monday. He was 41.
A year ago, Carr’s parents lived in Pine Bush. It could not be learned yesterday if they still live there.
Carr, who joined the band in 1980, died Sunday at Bellevue Hospital, said his spokeswoman, Carol Kaye of Kayos Productions in Manhattan. She said he had been hospitalized since September after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.
Carr had been diagnosed as having a malignant heart tumor in April. It was removed but doctors discovered cancerous growth in his lungs. He underwent chemotherapy treatments at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute in June.
“Everything looked all right after the treatments,” said Kaye. “He was in remission. He went to the MTV awards in September – that ended up being his last public appearance.”
Rest In Peace my metal bruthuh, you are missed.

Heavy Metal Television Launched on November 15th

Prepare to call your local internet and cell phone provider to demand more bandwidth because the internet’s first ever live streaming television network will be commanding your attention.. And, it’s a heavy metal television network.

From Lamb of God to Motley Crue and from Behemoth to Shinedown, Heavy Metal Television will bring both current and classic hard rock and heavy metal videos to your desktop, laptop or net ready flatscreen TV. Presented by young, talented V.J’s across the planet, no matter what your taste in hard music might lean toward, give the station a span of five videos and you’ll find a band that you love.

The site is 100% free, with no login necessary, no passwords to remember, no registration, subscription. None of that — you just point your browser to www.heavymetaltelevision.com and start watching. It’s really as simple as that. Why complicate matters, right? And this metal show runs 24/7/365 with International Heavy Metal Week celebrated 52 weeks out of the year.

The music runs virtually nonstop with V.J. interludes and limited minute long commercial breaks consisting of four or five 20 second music related ad clips. Saturday nights (PST) will feature a live concert and specialty programming is also being developed.

Heavy Metal Television has eclipsed Google, Apple and Microsoft in terms of getting a live television station running on the web. And they’re pissed. Why? Because Pantera and Iron Maiden fans are beating them at their own game, ruling the World Wide Web with the first 24 hour streaming television network, station or channel on Earth forever free.

As of Thursday 11/15/12 you can tune  in to www.heavymetaltelevision.com — a revolution is calling.

JUST IN TIME FOR DECEMBER 21/12 – Deluxe Editions of 2112 – RUSH


From the Rush.com website, Rush announces deluxe edition of 2112.

 

Monday, November 12th, 2012

JUST IN TIME FOR DECEMBER 21/12 – Deluxe Editions of 2112

 

In time for 21/12 celebrations, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release deluxe editions of Rush’s landmark album 2112 that will feature 5.1 Surround Sound Mixes, Unreleased Live Tracks and the First Ever Rush Comic Book, available globally starting December 18, 2012.

There will be 3 configurations of 2112: DELUXE EDITIONS (CD/DVD and CD/Blu-Ray) and a special SUPER DELUXE EDITION (CD/Blu-Ray/Hardbound book case). The deluxe editions contain a CD/DVD or CD/Blu-Ray material including the remastered 2112 CD with 3 live bonus tracks and a DVD or Blu-ray disc with a 5.1 surround sound audio mix and an interactive digital comic book, a new album cover by original album designer Hugh Syme, liner notes and unpublished photos.

The super deluxe contains the CD/Blu-Ray and is meticulously assembled in a hardbound bookcase packed with a 40-page comic book representing every song on 2112.

2112: SUPER DELUXE EDITION

2 DISC: CD + BLU-RAY version housed in a hardbound book with a 40 page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges (Star Wars “The Clone Wars,” The Simpson’s “Treehouse of Horrors #17″) and a 24 page book with expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics and unreleased photos. New liner notes written by David Fricke, Rolling Stone.

2112: DELUXE EDITIONS (DVD Version and Blu-Ray Version):

2 DISC: CD + DVD AUDIO/VIDEO

2 DISC: CD + BLU-RAY

Expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics and unreleased photos by original album designer Hugh Syme. Brand new liner notes by David Fricke, Rolling Stone.

CD – Digitally remastered plus 3 unreleased bonus live tracks:
– Overture (Northland Coliseum, Edmonton, AB – June 25, 1981)
– The Temples of Syrinx (Northland Coliseum, Edmonton, AB – June 25, 1981)
– A Passage To Bangkok (Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England – June 17, 1980)

DVD AUDIO/VIDEO AND BLU-RAY CONTAIN:
– Digital Comic Book – experience the comic book formatted for widescreen televisions during playback of the album.
– Photo Gallery – unreleased photos and handwritten lyrics by Neil Peart

DVD AUDIO/VIDEO SPECS:
-5.1 Surround Sound mix by Richard Chycki in PCM (DVD-Audio players) and 48kHz / 24-bit Dolby Digital (DVD-Video players)
– 96kHz / 24-bit PCM Stereo (DVD-Audio players) and 48kHz / 24-bit Dolby Digital Stereo (DVD-Video players)

BLU-RAY SPECS:
-5.1 Surround Sound mix by Richard Chycki in 96kHz / 24-bit PCM and DTS-HD Master Audio
– 96kHz / 24-bit PCM Stereo

“Every album is a point in Rush’s history,” Geddy Lee said in 1978. “And if it’s not getting better, something’s wrong. Every album has to be the perfect Rush album.”

“The first record,” Alex Lifeson says about 2112, “where we sounded like Rush.”

“2112 is, more than anything, a record about being Rush: loving music, moving it forward and taking it to the world, whatever the price. And it is perfect.” – David Fricke

Originally released in 1976, Rush’s epic, landmark release 2112 was their creative and commercial breakthrough as well as one of the band’s most highly regarded releases among both fans and critics alike. With lyrics written by Neil Peart, and influenced by author Ayn Rand, 2112 kicks off with the ambitious seven-suite title track (side one), set in a futuristic world run by the “Priests of the Temples of Syrinx” who regulate “every single facet of every life,” which includes books, music, work and play. “2112” conveys the story of humanity’s instinctual, inner need for one’s free will.

After the mythological journey through “2112,” side two brings you back to the present and continues with five stand-alone tracks. From hard-rocking tracks such as “A Passage to Bangkok,” “Lessons,” and a trip to into the fourth dimension with “The Twilight Zone,” to the album’s soaring conclusion, “Something For Nothing,” 2112 is the album that ushered in the next stage in their continuing evolution as artists.

Queensryche Introduce New Singer Todd La Torre On Album Promo

Lawsuits with ousted singer Geoff Tate over ownership of the Queensryche name hasn’t slowed the band down, as they are currently working on material with new vocalist Todd La Torre. The group, rounded out by Michael Wilton, Scott Rockenfield, Eddie Jackson, and Parker Lundgren, have posted the first teaser of their forthcoming album, set for release in 2013.

“The teaser audio are demos only,” states La Torre, best known for his work with Crimson Glory. “We start tracking in two weeks. No outside writers have been used. This IS Queensryche’s writing and we’re proud to introduce the next chapter of the legacy. We are very proud to have James Barton on board, he is surely the right man for this, as already proven. Lastly, I’m very happy to know that finally ‘my’ voice will be heard in it’s truest form.”

In June Queensryche parted ways with front man Geoff Tate. “Over the past few months, there have been growing creative differences within Queensryche. We want our fans to know that we hoped to find a common resolution, but in the end parting ways with Geoff was the best way for everyone to move forward in a positive direction,” drummer Scott Rockenfield said in a statement at the time. “We wish him the best of luck with all of his future endeavors. We can’t wait to bring Queensryche to our fans with Todd behind the microphone.”

On July 13 Queensryche defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction that would have kept it from touring and operating under the band name, AGPS Management senior manager Glen Parrish exclusively tells Billboard. The act is defending a complaint filed by former singer Geoff Tate in a Washington state court over whether he should be awarded the Queensryche name after being expelled from the group.

“We are excited that the Washington courts saw what we and the fans have always known, that Queensryche is more than any one member,” Parrish said in a statement. “We are sorry we had to go to court to show this, but we are determined to bring back the quality product Queensryche was known for. We can’t wait to unveil to the fans what the band creates next musically.”

Here is the teaser demo…

 

 

RUSH Rocks HP Pavilion in San Jose – Clockwork Angels Tour

For the 14th time in my life,  it was with absolute pleasure that I got to see Rush in concert. Looking back to my first Rush concert, Grace Under Pressure in 1984, this band never ceases to amaze me. And amaze me they did on Thursday November 15th. It is very difficult for me to actually pin point a certain tour that I would call my favorite. But with many highlights, Rush keeps coming back with something a little bit better each tour. While attending the Time Machine Tour with my daughter, whose concert was her first, was very special for me being it a Rush concert, I would have to say Clockwork Angels tour is probably one of the best Rush shows I have ever seen.

Many surprises, pleasant surprises, on this tour. The entire first set of the show, Rush did not play one new song. They stuck to the classics as a bit of a warm up leading to the second half. Opening with one of my all time favorite songs, Subdivisions Rush played many classics following such as Big Money, Force Ten, Body Electric and Analog Kid. Also in the first set was Grand Designs, Territories, Bravado, Where’s My Thing? and Far Cry.  Now I mentioned many surprises. One such surprise was drummer Neil Peart’s drum solo coming early  in the first set during the song Where’s My Thing?. It was a short drum solo but pleased the crowd none the less. When Peart started his solo I turned to my brother and looked at him and said, “Wow, this is kinda early”. But it was a preview of what was more to come. Peart also did a drum solo in the second set during Headlong Flight and Manhattan Project. It was something different from Peart doing 3 mini drum solos instead of one long one as he is usually accustomed to doing.

Yet another surprise. After the intermission and right before the start of Caravan, a small 8 string orchestra set up behind Peart’s drum set.  This is the same stringed orchestra that performed on the Clockwork Angels studio album. Let by conductor David Campbell who has done work going as far back as the 1970’s working with Carole King, Art Garfunkel and Jackson Browne to working with rockers Evanescence, Def Leppard and Aerosmith to name just a few. Kicking off the second set with Caravan, it was something else to see more musicians on stage with this trio.  The strings stayed on stage and played 13 songs in a row with Rush. What an experience watching this unfold live.  Off the Clockwork Angels album, the second set consisted of Caravan, Clockwork Angels, The Anarchist, Carnies, The Wreckers, Headlong Flight Wish Them Well, Seven Cities of Gold and The Garden. Here are a few videos of the tour with the strings orchestra playing Caravan and The Garden.

After The Garden, came Manhattan Project where Peart played his 3rd and final drum solo.  After the solo came another one of my favorites, Red Sector A followed by YYZ and The Spirit of Radio. The encore were the classics Tom Sawyer and 2112/Temples of Syrinx. This was such a powerful show and if you missed Rush on their Clockwork Angels Tour and they come back around to your area,  I highly recommend to check out the show.

That Devil Music to Go Back Into the Abyss At the End of the Year.

Much like the bands we cover and listen to there comes a time when events and things change to where we need to move on to other directions. After 4 and a half years or so of being in existence That Devil Music is shutting it’s doors at the end of this year. It definitely was a hard decision to make but ultimately needs to be done. For those of you that have been around at or near the beginning you may or may not be asking why. Well to not go over the gory details to much but events have changed away from here that does not afford me the time to put into the website like I used to. I would have loved to have video interviews, a regular podcast and maybe even some ‘Bub swag but I just don’t have the time to put into it to make those things happen. This shouldn’t really come as a big surprise as we’ve been barely active over the past three months or so. The lack of news and releases we collectively cared about was extremely slim and actually made it easier to walk away. Metal and hard rock is still worth writing about and promoting though. These guys and gals bust their ass year in and year out to make music a select few listen to and are passionate about and make very little in return other then appreciation from their fans. I hope my little slice of the internet helped in some way to get the word out on bands that deserved the attention even if we weren’t always happy with the results(both in music and our writing about it). But regardless it’s been a fun ride and cool things have come from it. 20 years ago if someone had told me that I’d have a website and be able to talk to a numerous group of respected metal label people and musicians I would have laughed in your face. It’s been a great experience.
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