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 Albums For The First Half of 2012.

Man, it’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through this year. For the most part, 2012 has been an outstanding year for metal as far as releases go. This is definitely going to be a tough year to pick my top 10 [or whatever] at the end of the year. I say that because it was tough enough just picking my top five for this posting. Who am I kidding? It was actually pretty easy; however, my year end list will likely be broken down a bit more into sub-categories and a bit more complex. Until then, here are my top 5 favorite albums this far for 2012

 

5. Barren Earth – The Devil’s Resolve

Barren Earth’s second full length album was a solid follow up to Curse of The Red River. I can’t say that I enjoyed it as much so, but Barren Earth know how to write music that is not only heavy, but easy on the ears when it needs to be. The tones and atmosphere created by Barren Earth, are unique to their genre that is growing quite rapidly. Continue reading

Scott's Top Albums For The First Half of 2012.

Man, it’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through this year. For the most part, 2012 has been an outstanding year for metal as far as releases go. This is definitely going to be a tough year to pick my top 10 [or whatever] at the end of the year. I say that because it was tough enough just picking my top five for this posting. Who am I kidding? It was actually pretty easy; however, my year end list will likely be broken down a bit more into sub-categories and a bit more complex. Until then, here are my top 5 favorite albums this far for 2012

 

5. Barren Earth – The Devil’s Resolve

Barren Earth’s second full length album was a solid follow up to Curse of The Red River. I can’t say that I enjoyed it as much so, but Barren Earth know how to write music that is not only heavy, but easy on the ears when it needs to be. The tones and atmosphere created by Barren Earth, are unique to their genre that is growing quite rapidly. Continue reading

Devil’s Review: Goatwhore – Blood For The Master

Years ago before I actually heard the band, the name Goatwhore always made me snicker a bit. The name was one of those that I wouldn’t take seriously, simply because it just sounded overly cliche for a metal band. Then I was offered a copy of Carving Out The Eyes Of God for review, which I deemed it as “what a modern metal album should sound like”. I was pretty much hooked from there. In 2009 I saw them three times and every show which was pretty much the same as the last, had some much fire and energy that you can not help but have a fun time at a Goatwhore show, even if you have to sit/stand through a shitty opening act. Three years later and the NOLA blackened thrashers are back with Blood For The Master, out today. Continue reading

Devil's Review: Goatwhore – Blood For The Master

Years ago before I actually heard the band, the name Goatwhore always made me snicker a bit. The name was one of those that I wouldn’t take seriously, simply because it just sounded overly cliche for a metal band. Then I was offered a copy of Carving Out The Eyes Of God for review, which I deemed it as “what a modern metal album should sound like”. I was pretty much hooked from there. In 2009 I saw them three times and every show which was pretty much the same as the last, had some much fire and energy that you can not help but have a fun time at a Goatwhore show, even if you have to sit/stand through a shitty opening act. Three years later and the NOLA blackened thrashers are back with Blood For The Master, out today. Continue reading

First Single From Upcoming Goatwhore Album, Blood For The Master

Just in time for Valentine’s day, Goatwhore is ready to follow up 2009’s Carving Out The Eyes Of God with Blood For The Master. February 14th is the release date for the new record, so if you’re in the mood for giving on that corporate “buy your woman [or man] all sorts of stupid shit, to show them how much you love them or be doomed” day, then the least you can do is show yourself a little love and pick up the new album. The first single, “Collapse in Eternal Worth” is streaming below in the official lyric video. I loved Carving out The Eyes Of God and can’t wait to hear more from Blood For The Master. The new album was recorded at Mana Studios is St. Petersburg, Florida and produced by Erik Rutan.  I’ve seen these guys live 3 times and every show was more intense than the last. After the fold you’ll fine the album cover, tracklisting and tour dates as well as a link for the preorder.

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Review: Goatwhore – Carving Out The Eyes Of God

For a metal fan that has never heard Goatwhore, searching online to find out what genre they’re lumped in to can be misleading. Well, maybe misleading in regards to the anticipated sound of their new album, Carving Out The Eyes Of God. When I started to do a little research I found that they are considered to be “Blackened death metal” by most. Yes, I know, shame on me for never hearing Goatwhore before! Heard the name, just never heard the music. Anyway,  I wouldn’t call them blackened death metal but if their older albums are anything like COTEOG, then I would have a difficult time defining their sound as blackened anything. With the exception of a few songs on the cd, you can’t really throw them in to that category.

Carving Out The Eyes Of God sees a lot of different elements of different sub-genres in metal. As I listen to the album I can make out the typical elemental sounds that are normally associated with death metal as well as some tremolo picking that’s often associated with black metal, but it doesn’t feel like it has much of a blackened aspect to it enough to throw the band in the mix with all the other BDM bands. Continue reading