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.
I’d like to thank various people over the years that have contributed to the site:
Scott who allowed me to park my butt on his host for no monetary recompense. Now a slot can be opened up for something else. Scott was also invaluable in the designs of the site and assisting getting pageviews up and contributions too many to count here. Just a big thank you dude.
Harley who agreed to write for me and as a novice learned quick and brought in some great pageviews and content I would never have put in myself. Harley might give this a shot on his own in the near future so keep an eye out on a spin off site tentatively entitled Burnt Offerings.
Draeden for being there near the beginning and bringing some controversy, interviews, and publicity to the site.
Ken who was the most consistent contributor this last month or so and really put in the core of what this site was about, older metalheads staying relevant or honoring the past. Thanks dude and we’ll have our own conversations still at work:)
There are others like Martin, Brian, and Paul who I’d like to thank for the contributions as well.
Jimmy at Heavy Blog is Heavy and Grover at The Number of the Blog(R.I.P) for invaluable advice and friendship doing this blog thing. I would have liked to have had an audience half the size of you guys but then again it would have ben double the headache probably:P Check out these guys at the new overly ambitious project The Monolith.
Now to honor some musicians.
Rhiis Lopez of Ana Kefr. We developed a cool internet friendship and I hope Ana Kefr finds the success you guys so richly deserve.
Masaki Murashita of Hemoptysis. I’m still bummed I couldn’t finally meet you guys in person but congrats on recent success and here is to more of it in the coming years.
There are others to, especially the ones that contributed to our one and only compilation. If you haven’t received yours yet get on that, half the bands on there have now signed to some form of distro or label deal. Thanks to everyone that was so agreeable to be on that.
I didn’t want to lose all of the content and effort everyone put into the site though so you will be able to find That Devil Music archived at the free site https://thatdevilmusic.wordpress.com. There might be content occasionally between now and the end of the year but it will be sporadic. If you have liked our page on Facebook I give a hearty thank you. I’ll most likely keep that page open until after the first of the year but will dismantle it eventually.
I enjoyed overall interacting with people and especially the people that became regulars. Obviously there are the trolls to. I’d still like to know who the asshole was that was impersonating No Clean Singing and Angry Metal Guy on the Metalsucks comments but whatever, he should be happy that TDM is going away. It’s always fun whether on the internet or at a live show to interact with other people, either by agreeing on things or even debating and disagreeing. Metal is like no other genre on the planet as far as camaraderie and diversity. Let’s continue to embrace it.
You’ll still find me lurking in the comments on some of the name sites and who knows, maybe I’ll try this blog thing again when I’m 50 and have finally lost touch with the current stuff. Thanks again for checking out That Devil Music and see you on the flip side.