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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Heart Of Gold: A Tribute To Woods Of Ypres To be Released.

I has recently been announced that a tribute album to Woods of Ypres and their late founder/frontman David Gold will be released in the future. No date or distributor has been announced as of yet. The tribute was organized by Steph LeDrew, who states in the bio og the Heart Of Gold Facebook page:

As a thank you and farewell to Woods of Ypres, I reached out to those who were influenced by Woods and David so join me in creating a musical salute to one of the greatest Doom Metal band’s to unleash onto the underground metal scene.

More information will be updated as it comes along. In the meantime, here are the bands/tracks for the upcoming tribute [after the fold]. I’m quite eager to hear this, not only because I really dig WOY work, but because I have yet to hear a cover of any Woods’ songs. It should be interesting to say the least. If we have an opportunity, we’ll sure try to write a review.

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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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Off the Radar : The Man Eating Tree,Avenger and More

Each week from now on I’m going to quickly give a rundown on some bands that I’ve been listening to that you have more than likely not heard of, or heard little of. Check them out and if you like em, buy their albums!

First off is “The Man-Eating Tree” from Finland. They were formed a few years ago by Vesa Ranta who used to be in Sentenced. I personally would describe them as a “rockier’ version of Type O Negative, check them out:

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Evile Pays A Fitting Tribute To David Gold

Evile’s Five Serpent’s Teeth was one of my favorite releases of 2011 and on that album they penned the track ‘In Memoriam’ originally to pay homage to their fallen former bassist, Mike Alexander. The song is pretty decent and is in the style of Metallica’s ballads like Unforgiven. Evile was supposed to tour with label mates Woods of Ypres in Europe but David Gold was tragically killed in an automobile accident in December. In a cool and emotional way the guys in Evile decided to pay tribute to not only their friend Mike but also to David and play In Memoriam for the first time ever. Check out the footage here.

Here is the quote from guitarist Ol’ Drake on the decision to play the song.

We were all deeply saddened to hear the news of WOODS OF YPRES’ mastermind David Gold passing away. Their obvious cancellation of the Manchester show left a big hole in the lineup I was so looking forward to seeing and being a part of. We’ve been thinking of airing ‘In Memoriam’ live for a while, so [we wanted] to not only play the song for our own reasons, but to also play it at the Manchester show in memory of David.

After the jump is the album version of the song so you can hear it better. It’s times like this where metal bands and fans sometimes are the best at honoring the fallen.
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Devil’s Review: Woods of Ypres – Woods V Grey Skies & Electric Light

I’ve done quite a few reviews over the last two years but none have been under the circumstances surrounding Woods of Ypres latest, Woods V Grey Skies and Electric Light. I believe this will be the first postmortem review I’ve done for an album and it’s strange. But I’m getting ahead of myself so let me back up and start from the beginning. If you’re not aware of Woods of Ypres they are a Canadian band that was labeled as blackened doom/death at one point. Things were hitting a peak last year after the band signed with Earache Records and re released their Woods 4 album to great reviews. Anticipation was high for the 5th volume Woods V Grey Skies and Electric Light. But then tragedy struck on December 23rd, 2011 when news hit that main man and core founder,David Gold, was suddenly killed in an automobile accident. It was a sudden and sad turn of events especially on a personal level for myself. So we fast forward to now a mere three days before the official release of Woods V and I’m struggling to talk about this album.
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Devil's Review: Woods of Ypres – Woods V Grey Skies & Electric Light

I’ve done quite a few reviews over the last two years but none have been under the circumstances surrounding Woods of Ypres latest, Woods V Grey Skies and Electric Light. I believe this will be the first postmortem review I’ve done for an album and it’s strange. But I’m getting ahead of myself so let me back up and start from the beginning. If you’re not aware of Woods of Ypres they are a Canadian band that was labeled as blackened doom/death at one point. Things were hitting a peak last year after the band signed with Earache Records and re released their Woods 4 album to great reviews. Anticipation was high for the 5th volume Woods V Grey Skies and Electric Light. But then tragedy struck on December 23rd, 2011 when news hit that main man and core founder,David Gold, was suddenly killed in an automobile accident. It was a sudden and sad turn of events especially on a personal level for myself. So we fast forward to now a mere three days before the official release of Woods V and I’m struggling to talk about this album.
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Woods Of Ypres – Travelling Alone

Another Woods Of Ypres single has been released from the upcoming release, Grey Skies & Electric Light. You can also hear more tracks that have leaked after the fold. I really wish they had not, but I suppose you cannot stop the inevitable. As every song and the eventual release of the album gets closer, it makes David’s passing suck just that much more. Once again, R.I.P. David Gold and condolences to the Gold family. The following statement was released by David Gold’s sister, Marie.

“Hello Everyone,

Thank you to all who wrote me letters for David’s memorial. They were all put on display for his friends and family to view during visitation. Everyone really enjoyed reading them, and it offered an opportunity for us to see just how influential he was. The funeral home was set up as a concert hall with his drum set, four guitars, amps, and a Woods of Ypres merch table. If you had sent me an e-mail regarding merch, the concert, or documentary, please be patient as we address each one personally. Thank you for your continued support.”

Marie & the Gold family”

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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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