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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Rob’s Mid Year Choices For 2012 End of Year List, So Far

I think this is the first time I’ve done a mid year list. It was necessary though in order to get my head straight for the end of year lists that will inevitably take up my time. And so far 2012 has been a fantastic and solid year in music. So here we go with my top 10 of the year so far in alphabetical order because this is just a warm up list and who knows, by the end of the year there might be some releases that supplant them.

 1. Accept – Stalingrad

2. Allegaeon – Formshifter

 
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Rob's Mid Year Choices For 2012 End of Year List, So Far

I think this is the first time I’ve done a mid year list. It was necessary though in order to get my head straight for the end of year lists that will inevitably take up my time. And so far 2012 has been a fantastic and solid year in music. So here we go with my top 10 of the year so far in alphabetical order because this is just a warm up list and who knows, by the end of the year there might be some releases that supplant them.

 1. Accept – Stalingrad

2. Allegaeon – Formshifter

 
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Devil’s Review: 7 Horns 7 Eyes – Throes of Absolution

I haven’t been the biggest proponent of tech death bands of late. The combination of mediocre songwriting and over emphasis on weedily weedily guitar riffs has left me cold in most cases. So this is why I find it hilarious that a relatively new band on the scene has made me wake up to the fact that tech death can actual be awesome. I’m speaking of 7 Horns 7 Eyes out of Seattle and their full length debut ‘Throes of Absolution’. These guys must have studied up on their contemporaries and figured out how to draw out excellent music from the progressive arena and draw it into the tech death realm. Usually it takes a band of this nature to grind through a couple of albums before they find a groove but from the gates Throes of Absolution is something special and it’s almost mind boggling where it can go from here.
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Devil's Review: 7 Horns 7 Eyes – Throes of Absolution

I haven’t been the biggest proponent of tech death bands of late. The combination of mediocre songwriting and over emphasis on weedily weedily guitar riffs has left me cold in most cases. So this is why I find it hilarious that a relatively new band on the scene has made me wake up to the fact that tech death can actual be awesome. I’m speaking of 7 Horns 7 Eyes out of Seattle and their full length debut ‘Throes of Absolution’. These guys must have studied up on their contemporaries and figured out how to draw out excellent music from the progressive arena and draw it into the tech death realm. Usually it takes a band of this nature to grind through a couple of albums before they find a groove but from the gates Throes of Absolution is something special and it’s almost mind boggling where it can go from here.
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