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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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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Devil’s Review: Xandria – Neverworld’s End

Xandria Group One

Some time ago I was a bit uninspired by the lackluster metal that was being released and I somewhat fell out of love with it. It took a while for metal to find its way back into my veins but it did (thanks to Stream of Passion, for example) and I’ve been constantly immersed in it ever since.

Fast forward to now, and still I find myself relishing all that metal entails: bombastic, epic, heart-pounding and aggressive music that causes uncontrollable head-bobs and spastic hair whipping that leads to the eventual neck aches. Well, at least at my age it does.

Right now, those sounds, sensations and involuntary movements are the direct result of Xandria‘s upcoming release: Neverworld’s End.
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Devil's Review: Xandria – Neverworld's End

Xandria Group One

Some time ago I was a bit uninspired by the lackluster metal that was being released and I somewhat fell out of love with it. It took a while for metal to find its way back into my veins but it did (thanks to Stream of Passion, for example) and I’ve been constantly immersed in it ever since.

Fast forward to now, and still I find myself relishing all that metal entails: bombastic, epic, heart-pounding and aggressive music that causes uncontrollable head-bobs and spastic hair whipping that leads to the eventual neck aches. Well, at least at my age it does.

Right now, those sounds, sensations and involuntary movements are the direct result of Xandria‘s upcoming release: Neverworld’s End.
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