Harley's Top 11 of '12

This is my last post for TDM and I have to say I have enjoyed blogging here.  Many thanks to Rob for taking me on and to Scott for his support through the year.  Next year I will be contributing to We Love Metal, rather than starting my own blog at this point.  “Real life” just has too much going on, from finishing up my master’s degree, a 10 week intensive military school, another 2 week National Security course, helping run a photography business, and a move next summer to who-knows-where with a new job to learn.

I have been absent lately from here due to demanding classes in school, last minute trips for work, and spending 3 weeks in October and November supporting the response to Hurricane Sandy in NY & NJ.  Plus a quick vacation in October.  It’s been a little crazy and Metal blogging has taken a back seat.

All that said, the reason for this post is to share with you my top albums for 2012, as well as my song and show of the year.  It was really a hit or miss year, with few hits I think.  It is impossible to predict if any of these will be long-term solid albums, ones I go back to years from now and stand the test of time, but there may be a handful of candidates.  My list consists entirely of veteran bands, averaging over 8 full length album releases over their careers, so no one-hit wonders here.

Some albums that were close, but didn’t quite make it to my list are Varg’s Guten Tag, Kreator’s Phantom Antichrist, Sabaton’s Carolus Rex, At Vance’s Facing Your Enemy, Rush’s Clockwork Angels, and Diablo Swing Orchestra’s Pandora’s Pinata.  Here we go…..

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Devil’s Review: Threshold – March of Progress

British Progressive Metallers Threshold have returned with album number 9, the first, though, in 5 years since the outstanding Dead Reckoning.  It marks the recording return to Threshold of Damian Wilson for the first time since 1997, replacing Mac McDermott, who left the band before the Dead Reckoning tour and passed away last year.  Wilson was with Threshold for a couple of the early albums, but I am most familiar with him from his work with Star One.  I’m glad to see the lads back at it and March of Progress on Nuclear Blast is an enjoyable work.

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Devil's Review: Threshold – March of Progress

British Progressive Metallers Threshold have returned with album number 9, the first, though, in 5 years since the outstanding Dead Reckoning.  It marks the recording return to Threshold of Damian Wilson for the first time since 1997, replacing Mac McDermott, who left the band before the Dead Reckoning tour and passed away last year.  Wilson was with Threshold for a couple of the early albums, but I am most familiar with him from his work with Star One.  I’m glad to see the lads back at it and March of Progress on Nuclear Blast is an enjoyable work.

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Burnt Offerings: Threshold – Slipstream

Threshold is a British Progressive Metal band that has been around for over 20 years now, but I didn’t get into them until I deployed to Iraq in 2009 and found out about them there (of all places).  They have a new album (March of Progress) coming out later this year that I am looking forward to hearing and hopefully reviewing.  They do a great job of combining Progressiveness with some straight ahead Metal and a little Power thrown in for good measure.  Their last album was Dead Reckoning, released in 2007.

Check out their killer song Slipstream from Dead Reckoning:

I hear the sound in a METAL way.

-Harley

A Tribute To The Fallen of 2011 Part 2

We left off yesterday halfway through the year of 2011 with our Tribute To The Fallen of 2011 Part 1. This half we will cover the metal lives lost from July through present day. Hopefully we won’t see anyone else pass within the next few days. Let’s pick up where we left off.

Michael “Würzel” Burston played guitar for the legendary Motörhead between 1984 and 1995. He contributed to the albums No Remorse, Orgasmatron, Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1916, March ör Die, Bastards, and Sacrifice. Both Burston and current Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell auditioned at the same and where both hired. After Sacrifice was released, Burston left the band and Motörhead has been a three piece ever since. Würzel died on July 9th, 2011 at the age of 61, due to ventricular fibrillation.


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