Category: Devil’s Dozen

A Devil’s Dozen – Blind Guardian

[Artwork: Felipe Machado // interior gatefolds of the 2018 Nuclear Blast remasters] Once upon a time, there was no such thing as power metal, and the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was

A Devil’s Dozen – Paradise Lost

“Sad songs say so much.” — ancient Eltonese proverb. WHY SO GLUM, CHUM? It’s said that art mirrors life, so then it follows that art is empty and largely meaningless without emotion, and then further,

A Devil’s Dozen – Opeth

I wasn’t quite ready for Opeth. I stumbled across Blackwater Park on the shelf at Best Buy. I had never heard of the band, let alone heard a lick of their music, so truthfully I

A Devil’s Dozen – Scorpions

The rock ‘n’ roll business is an unforgiving beast. I don’t know the specific statistics, but it’s obvious that the vast majority of bands see very little success. Among those who do, the shelf-life of

A Devil’s Dozen – Dismember

As was often the case 30+ years ago, it was a record store that served as a linchpin for what would eventually become one of death metal’s most significant evolutions. Sure, a heap of credit

A Devil’s Dozen – Thin Lizzy

As a suburban kid raised on the one classic rock radio station in a mid-sized southern American city, I was bombarded daily with the same 45 songs on a never-ending shuffle. “Free Bird,” of course,

A Devil’s Dozen – Nile

I, too, am a man who dreams. At this stage of my life my dreams are not anymore ideas waiting to be unfulfilled. That’s because I’ve finally become the man I imagine I am. It’s

A Devil’s Dozen – Fates Warning

The story of Fates Warning spans decades and is complex in terms of music, musicians, genre definitions, and public perception. On a musician level, this is the story of Jim Matheos, guitarist, primary songwriter, and