Category: Devil’s Dozen

A Devil’s Dozen – Carcass

Not many bands can say they helped to launch a genre. (Or to launch a sub-genre, whatever you want to call it. We’re splitting hairs.) Even fewer bands can say that they helped to launch

A Devil’s Dozen – Meshuggah

Meshuggah is about much more than rhythmic trickery. That isn’t to say that they aren’t very much about rhythmic trickery, because with all their polyrhythms and irregular phrase lengths and odd time signatures, they definitely

A Devil’s Dozen – Manilla Road

There was a time when we the people of Last Rites, in order to form a more reasonable union, occasionally cheated with our Devil’s Dozen feature. We’d look at a body of work from legendary

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