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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While I’ve Been Away Here Are Some Bands I Finally Started Listening To.

Man, this second half of the year has been brutal in terms of finding the time and then the motivation to write anything up. Fortunately there hasn’t been much in the way of news for me to get behind much on and the new releases that I’d want to check out have been light. I do have a few albums that have released that I’ll be reviewing here shortly but in the meantime I have not been idle in listening to music. In fact I have decided to check out three artists that have had a long existence and notable fanbases but I have neglected or just flat out ignored until now. I expect to get some blow back from these groups but hey better late then never I guess.

First up as you can tell by the banner is Devin Townsend. This will probably be the biggest wtf out there of why have I not listened to the guy before. Well it’s pretty simple actually, I never liked Strapping Young Lad much and when artists go solo from a ‘main’ project they tend to stay with familiar territory most of the time and I had no interest in checking out his stuff. What got me to change my ways have been the various songs over the past couple of years that have been on the Devin Townsend Project that seemed very atmospheric and proggy and then this video got released.

When my 13 year old even digs on a song and laughs at a video then I need to check out more stuff, ya know? So I get it now why there has been so much fanboyism over the past few years. I do have to say I’m still not a fan of his whole body of work but there have been a few albums that I have dug quite often of late. Devin has so many styles and changes things up so much that you can’t help but anticipate what he has coming up next. Expect a review for the new album Epicloud here soon if I don’t get pulled away again.
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While I've Been Away Here Are Some Bands I Finally Started Listening To.

Man, this second half of the year has been brutal in terms of finding the time and then the motivation to write anything up. Fortunately there hasn’t been much in the way of news for me to get behind much on and the new releases that I’d want to check out have been light. I do have a few albums that have released that I’ll be reviewing here shortly but in the meantime I have not been idle in listening to music. In fact I have decided to check out three artists that have had a long existence and notable fanbases but I have neglected or just flat out ignored until now. I expect to get some blow back from these groups but hey better late then never I guess.

First up as you can tell by the banner is Devin Townsend. This will probably be the biggest wtf out there of why have I not listened to the guy before. Well it’s pretty simple actually, I never liked Strapping Young Lad much and when artists go solo from a ‘main’ project they tend to stay with familiar territory most of the time and I had no interest in checking out his stuff. What got me to change my ways have been the various songs over the past couple of years that have been on the Devin Townsend Project that seemed very atmospheric and proggy and then this video got released.

When my 13 year old even digs on a song and laughs at a video then I need to check out more stuff, ya know? So I get it now why there has been so much fanboyism over the past few years. I do have to say I’m still not a fan of his whole body of work but there have been a few albums that I have dug quite often of late. Devin has so many styles and changes things up so much that you can’t help but anticipate what he has coming up next. Expect a review for the new album Epicloud here soon if I don’t get pulled away again.
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Pit of Hell Armchair Edition: Metal Alliance Tour Featuring Devildriver

I hope people tuned in last Thursday night when the webcast of the Metal alliance tour was shown from this very website. But chances are pretty good that nobody but my esteemed new colleague Harley did so I figured it’d be cool to give my impressions of the show. I get there is nothing like being at a live event in person but factors come into play like time and money. And the DNA Lounge where this was broadcast from gives the unique opportunity for people to see a live show if they can’t be there. Maybe they’re in another country or another part of this country and want to see what the show has in store before it comes to their town. So without much more lead in let’s get to it shall we?
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Devil Music Live: The Metal Alliance Tour With Devildriver,Dying Fetus, 3 Inches of Blood and More

It’s been over a year since I’ve done one of these live webcast posts. For those of you that don’t know there is a club in San Francisco called the DNA Lounge and they webcast all of their events. The problem is their metal shows are few and far between so I forget to check when one is around. Well the month of April is going to be awesome for these. Check back over the next couple of weeks for more of these. In the meantime the Metal Alliance tour is coming through town and on the bill is 3 Inches of Blood,Impending Doom, Dying Fetus, Devildriver and a few more. So sit back and grab a beer and enjoy a night of metal since none of us can be there. As a sidenote let me know in the comments if you are watching this. For added fun if you click the Justin TV link on the player it will open a new window where you can sign up to join the chat room. I should be in there lurking and possibly getting into e fights with others about the bands up there. Or we can just have running commentary on the show in general.

Watch live video from DNA Lounge on www.justin.tv