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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Devil’s Review : Before the Dawn – Rise of the Phoenix

The last couple of years has been a bit of a disappointment for me in terms of the output from my favorite bands out of Finland. Swallow the Sun and Amorphis put out albums that in the greater context were good releases they just didn’t hit me like previous albums and at times left me bored. Insomnium was the saving grace with a stellar album they’re coming to the U.S. in support for. Needless to say I needed something that could fill the void left behind by the other two. Recently I discovered another band from Finland called Before the Dawn and quite frankly I’m surprised they fell below my radar for so long. Formed by Toumas Saukkonen over a decade ago BTD has produced 7 albums with the latest,Rise of the Phoenix, just released on the 27th of this month. This marks a new lineup and in some respects a new style direction for the band hence the album name.
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Devil's Review : Before the Dawn – Rise of the Phoenix

The last couple of years has been a bit of a disappointment for me in terms of the output from my favorite bands out of Finland. Swallow the Sun and Amorphis put out albums that in the greater context were good releases they just didn’t hit me like previous albums and at times left me bored. Insomnium was the saving grace with a stellar album they’re coming to the U.S. in support for. Needless to say I needed something that could fill the void left behind by the other two. Recently I discovered another band from Finland called Before the Dawn and quite frankly I’m surprised they fell below my radar for so long. Formed by Toumas Saukkonen over a decade ago BTD has produced 7 albums with the latest,Rise of the Phoenix, just released on the 27th of this month. This marks a new lineup and in some respects a new style direction for the band hence the album name.
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Before the Dawn News. Alot of It Packed In One Post

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I found out about these guys a couple of weeks ago and it’s funny how things can go fast for some bands and slow as snot for others. Just a few weeks ago Before the Dawn was looking for a label to release their new album Deathstar Rising. Lo and behold Nuclear Blast came to the rescue. Before the Dawn is a melodic death/doom band from Finland and I’ve listened to some of their stuff and it’s pretty good. I’m so buried in other stuff that I haven’t been able to give it a fair listen so here is where you guys come in. I’ll post some information on them including vid clips and if you’ve checked them out let me know in the comments what you thought of them. Onward after the jump.

Track List:
1. First Snow
2. Winter Within
3. Deathstar
4. Remembrance
5. Unbroken
6. Judgement
7. The Wake
8. Sanctuary
9. Butterfly Effect
10. Wreith

Release Date: February 25th via Nuclear Blast

Trailer

So yeah I want to like this band from what little I’ve heard and this should be worth checking out so let me know if it is.