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  • Scary Terry's Top 20 Albums of 2012 #15-11

    Posted by Terry Stevens

    SCARY TERRY'S TOP 20 OF 2012 PT 2

    To see numbers 20 through 16, CLICK HERE.

    The following ranked list of metal albums is based on listener feedback, requests, and my own highly biased opinion.  Of all the albums that were released in 2012, these made the most noise.  In case you missed them the first time around, these are highly recommended purchases.


    #15:  The Chariot - One Wing

    THE CHARIOT - ONE WING

    Not many bands get more done in less time than The Chariot did on One Wing.  In the world of DVDs and video games, there's is a type of content called an "Easter Egg".  It's a delightful surprise that you find when you dig a little deeper into areas of the game or movie.

    The Chariot has more Easter Eggs than the famous bunny or Cadbury.  Case in point, I guarantee you won't see the bridge of "First" coming from a mile away.

    Or this little nugget:

    Not many metal bands have the stones to veer that wildly.

    The final track, "Cheek", features a sample from Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" that makes me want to change the world:

    The fact that each song title combines to form a sentence is just one more layer on an album that rewards repeated listening in spades.


    #14:  Deftones - Koi No Yokan

    DEFTONES KOI NO YOKAN

    Unlike The Chariot, Deftones dropped a multilayered album that's a bit easier on the ears.  Chino Moreno's vocals soar, the band brings the heavy low end that you love along with the "just enough" progressive songwriting that seperated them from their Nu-Metal peers back in the day.

    The band that blew up our speakers back in the day with "Bored" continues to evolve and leave us anything but.


    #13:  Baroness - Yellow and Green

    BARONESS YELLOW AND GREEN

    Yes, they're critical darlings, but this DJ thinks they're darling too.  Baroness has that stoner-metal vibe, and hooks for days.  In the race to see who could be the most brutal, they went with emotional weight.  Check out the lament in "March to the Sea":

    "Heroin, where did you take my friend?"  Again, emotional weight. 

    "Take My Bones Away" is no slouch either:

    Plenty of trippy moments on the album too:

    If you're looking for something to help you come down after a Pantera/Lamb of God/Slayer fest, Baroness delivered big time in 2012.


    #12:  The Devin Townsend Project - "Epicloud"

    DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT EPICLOUD COVER

    Metal lends itself to an angry mood like few other genres can.  Especially in 2012, when economic gloom and doom pervaded.  That's why it was so unexpected to get a brilliant burst of optimism from Devin Townsend.  The guy who brought you Strapping Young Lad brings you an album that's a flat out joy to behold.  Check this out:

    "The time has come to forget all the bull$#!+ and rock!  Let's rock!"

    Nothing sums up getting over a train wreck dumpster fire moment like that line right there.

    Epicloud, appropritately enough, is epic.  It sounds like a heavier, less flamboyant version of Queen.  It's full of Heavy Devy's quirks:

    Lots of artists helped me feel pi$$ed off this year.  Devin helped me feel the hope for better days.


    #11:  Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax II:  Future Sequence

    BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME

    Hmmm.  Looks like numbers 15 through 11 on this list will be the "critical darlings" section.

    Yes, I know that BTBAM made a lot of critics' year-end lists, but there's a reason for that.  It's that damn good.

    Jazz, classical composition, Mr. Bungle zanyness in spots, Between the Buried and Me isn't a "hit singles" band.  In one song alone, they take you all over the muscial map.  Check out "Telos":

    BTBAM's proggy nature may not win over more casual metal fans like "Pantera Guy" or "Mainstream Metallica Guy" but metalheads who are looking for an album with depth and breadth won't go wrong with Parallax II.


    Feel free to leave accolades, criticism, and thinly veiled threats in the comments below!

    CLICK HERE TO SEE #10-6!

    Be Metal,

    ST

  • METAL KOMBAT 12/13/12 - Lamb of God VS Nonpoint

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    Welcome to Rock 94.7's METAL KOMBAT!  Here's how it works:

    1)  Each weeknight at 6pm, "Scary" Terry Stevens will play 2 songs.

    2)  Then, you'll have until Midnight to text METAL1 or METAL2 to 39327 to vote for your favorite song.  You can also vote online in the widget at the bottom of this post.

    3)  The song with the most votes moves on to the next night.

    4)  The loser experiences the dreaded FATALITY!

    5)  If a song wins 5 nights in a row, it moves on to the METAL KOMBAT Vallhalla Fame!

    On our most recent METAL KOMBAT, Lamb of God's "Ghost Walking" took on Fear Factory's "Recharger"!

    And the winner is...

    Lamb of God - "Ghost Walking"

     

    Lamb of God picks up another win!  But can they make it three in a row?

    A NEW CHALLENGER ENTERS THE ARENA!

    Nonpoint - "Lights, Camera, Action"

    Text METAL1 for Lamb of God or METAL2 for Nonpoint to 39327!

    You can also vote here:

    While you only get to vote once, you are absolutely encouraged to get your friends to vote!  Support your favorite band!

    We'll reveal the winner tomorrow night at 6pm!

    Be Cool,

    ST

  • Scary Terry's Top 20 Albums of 2012 #20-16

    Posted by Terry Stevens

    SCARY TERRY'S TOP 20 OF 2012 PT 1

    I'm Terry Stevens, the host of Scary Terry's Saturday Nightmare, heard every Saturday Night from 9pm to Midnight CST on Rock 94.7/102.9 and online at www.rock947.com/listen-live.

    Over the course of the last year, I've listened to a ton of new albums. 

    Metal is in an interesting spot right now.  With the widespread availability of professional-grade recording software and hardware, a band who records in their bedroom can sound almost as high grade as a band that records in a full studio.  On that end, the playing field has been leveled quite a bit.

    What hasn't changed is that the songs still matter.  All the Pro-Tools in the world don't mean a damn thing without the songs, the hooks, that "thing" that reaches into the heart of the listener and makes them say, "YES!"

    The following ranked list of metal albums is based on listener feedback, requests, and my own highly biased opinion.  Of all the albums that were released in 2012, these made the most noise.  In case you missed them the first time around, these are highly recommended purchases.


    #20:  Jeff Loomis - Plains of Oblivion

    JEFF LOOMIS - PLAINS OF OBLIVION

    Wisconsin native, now Seattle transplant, Jeff Loomis makes the first entry on the list.  Plains of Oblivion has something for everyone.  Being a largely instrumental album, Prog-metallers can thrill to Loomis' compositional skills and guest appearances by guests like ex-Megadeth guitar-whizes Marty Friedman and Chris Poland.

    Speaking of guest appearances, Death-metallers will roar with approval at the appearance of Emperor's Ishan on "Surrender".

    There's even something for power-ballad fans with "Chosen Time" featuring guest vocals from Christine Rhoades:

    All in all, a album packed with variety and impeccable musicianship.


    #19:  Nonpoint - self-titled

    NONPOINT

     

    While other Nu-Metal bands spent the year flirting with Dubstep (Korn) or fighting on Twitter (Limp Bizkit), Nonpoint simply got back to work.  Outside of lead vocalist Elias Soriano and drummer Robb Rivera, it's a brand new band and it shows.

    Nonpoint sounds completely revitalized, and more importantly, relevant, current and alive.  Just listen to the first track "Lights, Camera, Action":

    I had a chance to chat with one of their new guitarists, Dave Lizzio.  He had a number of the songs written in instrumental form before he hooked up with Nonpoint.  He wasn't forced to conform to a "sound".  His sound was incorportated into Nonpoint.  The new blood and new energy in the band was evident when they kicked ass at the Fillmor in Downtown Wausau on November 17th, and it's evident on the new album too.

    If you had told me at the beginning of the year that I would be putting a latter-era Nu-Metal band on my "Best of 2012 List" I would have thought you daft.  What can I say?  Nonpoint surprised me.


    #18:  Graveyard - Lights Out

    GRAVEYARD - LIGHTS OUT

    Call it stoner-metal, vest-metal, 70's-metal or whatever, there was a LOT of it released in 2012.  To be honest, a lot of it was really good.  Astra, Atoma, Witchcraft, Gypsyhawk, Horisont, hell even Down got a little retro on the Purple EP.  But for my money, the one that that kept me hitting "repeat" was Graveyard's latest.  Whether it was a stomper like "The Suits, The Law, & The Uniforms"

    Or "Goliath:

    Or bluesy jams like "Slow Motion Countdown":

    Graveyard simply wrote songs that stuck out just a little bit more.


    #17:  Soulfly - Enslaved

    SOULFLY - ENSLAVED

    I'll be the first to admit, Soulfly hasn't exactly dazzled me on every outing.  I loved Sepultura back in the day.  I bought every album through Roots.  I loved the world music influences that Roots displayed.  When Max Cavalera split with the band to create Soulfly, I was excited to see what wild directions he would take.

    Well...Max Cavalera's experiments with Soulfly have been a pretty mixed bag, and that's good.  There's no evolution without risk.

    However, those experiments kinda made me wish that my ol' Sep would come back.

    Enslaved is that wish come true in Soulfly form.  Max and Co. get back, not "To the Primative", but to Chaos A.D.

    There's something refreshing about hearing an artist finding his way again.  It's no Sep reunion, but it's close enough for this metalhead.


    #16:  Whitechapel - self-titled

    WHITECHAPEL

    I started getting excited about this album when their Recorrupted EP came out in 2011.  It featured some covers, remixes and one new song from their then upcoming album:

    That was all I needed to be on the lookout their new one, and it did NOT disappoint.  Dissonant, angry, punishing.

    There are a lot of bands who do the deathcore sound.  Few sounded as convincing as Whitechapel this year.


    Feel free to leave accolades, criticism, complaints about typos and thinly veiled threats in the comments below!

    CLICK HERE TO SEE #15-11!

    Be Metal,

    ST

  • METAL KOMBAT 12/12/12 - Lamb of God VS Fear Factory

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    Welcome to Rock 94.7's METAL KOMBAT!  Here's how it works:

    1)  Each weeknight at 6pm, "Scary" Terry Stevens will play 2 songs.

    2)  Then, you'll have until Midnight to text METAL1 or METAL2 to 39327 to vote for your favorite song.  You can also vote online in the widget at the bottom of this post.

    3)  The song with the most votes moves on to the next night.

    4)  The loser experiences the dreaded FATALITY!

    5)  If a song wins 5 nights in a row, it moves on to the METAL KOMBAT Vallhalla Fame!

    On our most recent METAL KOMBAT, Lamb of God's "Ghost Walking" took on Shadows Fall's "Fire From the Sky"!

    And the winner is...

    Lamb of God - "Ghost Walking"

     

    Lamb of God picks up thier first win!  But can they make it two in a row?

    A NEW CHALLENGER ENTERS THE ARENA!

    Fear Factory - "Recharger"

    Text METAL1 for Lamb of God or METAL2 for Fear Factory to 39327!

    You can also vote here:

     

    While you only get to vote once, you are absolutely encouraged to get your friends to vote!  Support your favorite band!

    We'll reveal the winner tomorrow night at 6pm!

    Be Cool,

    ST

  • METAL KOMBAT 12/11/12 - Lamb of God VS Shadows Fall

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    Welcome to Rock 94.7's METAL KOMBAT!  Here's how it works:

    1)  Each weeknight at 6pm, "Scary" Terry Stevens will play 2 songs.

    2)  Then, you'll have until Midnight to text METAL1 or METAL2 to 39327 to vote for your favorite song.  You can also vote online in the widget at the bottom of this post.

    3)  The song with the most votes moves on to the next night.

    4)  The loser experiences the dreaded FATALITY!

    5)  If a song wins 5 nights in a row, it moves on to the METAL KOMBAT Vallhalla Fame!

    On our most recent METAL KOMBAT, Katatonia's "Buildings" took on Sacred Reich's "Surf Nicaragua (live)"!

    And the winner is...

    Katatonia - "Buildings"

    Katatonia wins 5 in a row and enters the METAL KOMBAT Vahalla Fame!

    That means...

    2 NEW CHALLENGERS ENTER THE ARENA!

    Lamb of God - "Ghost Walking"

     

    VERSUS

    Shadows Fall - "Fire From The Sky"

    Text METAL1 for Katatonia or METAL2 for Shadows Fall to 39327!

    You can also vote here:

    While you only get to vote once, you are absolutely encouraged to get your friends to vote!  Support your favorite band!

    We'll reveal the winner tomorrow night at 6pm!

    Be Cool,

    ST

  • METAL KOMBAT 12/10/12 - Katatonia VS Sacred Reich

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    Welcome to Rock 94.7's METAL KOMBAT!  Here's how it works:

    1)  Each weeknight at 6pm, "Scary" Terry Stevens will play 2 songs.

    2)  Then, you'll have until Midnight to text METAL1 or METAL2 to 39327 to vote for your favorite song.  You can also vote online in the widget at the bottom of this post.

    3)  The song with the most votes moves on to the next night.

    4)  The loser experiences the dreaded FATALITY!

    5)  If a song wins 5 nights in a row, it moves on to the METAL KOMBAT Vallhalla Fame!

    On our most recent METAL KOMBAT, Katatonia's "Buildings" took on Tiamat's "The Scarred People"!

    And the winner is...

    Katatonia - "Buildings"

    Katatonia makes it four wins in a row!  One more win and they enter the METAL KOMBAT Vahalla Fame!  But to get there, they have to get through...

    A NEW CHALLENGER ENTERS THE ARENA!

    Sacred Reich - "Surf Nicaragua (live)"

     

    Text METAL1 for Katatonia or METAL2 for Sacred Reich to 39327!

    You can also vote here:

    While you only get to vote once, you are absolutely encouraged to get your friends to vote!  Support your favorite band!

    We'll reveal the winner tomorrow night at 6pm!

    Be Cool,

    ST

  • Scary Terry's Saturday Nightmare Playlist for 12/8/12 "A Night for Dime"

    Posted by Terry Stevens

    SCARY TERRY STORM

    Thanks for listening to the show last weekend!

    Also, big thanks to Verlo Mattress Factory for being the official sponsor of Scary Terry's Saturday Nightmare.  Having trouble sleeping?  It's probably that old mattress you're sleeping on.  Go see Curt over at Verlo Mattress Factory on Rib Mountain Drive and he'll hook you up with the best night of sleep you've ever had.

    Keep listening, telling your friends to listen and clicking that "Like" button on the Official Scary Terry's Saturday Nightmare Facebook Page, and we'll keep on keeping metal on in Central Wisconsin and world wide via our website stream.

    I'm also on Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

    Remember, we do more metal every weeknight at 6 with Metal Kombat.  CLICK HERE to see how it works.

    Last Saturday marked the 8th year since the tragic night that we lost legendary Pantera/Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell.  Given the impact and influence of his work, it was only fitting that we featured his work in "A Night For Dime".

    Here's what we played.

     


    Scary Terry's Saturday Nightmare playlist for 12/8/12

    HOUR ONE

    Pantera - "Cowboys From Hell"

    Pantera - "Primal Concrete Sledge"

    Damageplan - "Breathing New Life"

    Pantera - "Psycho Holiday"

    Hellyeah - "Drink, Drank, Drunk"  (Featuring Dime's brother, Vinnie Paul, on drums.)

    Pantera - "Cemetary Gates"

    Varg - "Guten Tag"  (New song from their new album of the same name.)

    Pantera - "Medicine Man"

    Beatallica - "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)"  (Former Beatle John Lennon also died on December 8th, 1980 to be exact.)

    Pantera - "Domination"

    Avenged Sevenfold - "Carry On"  (According to M. Shadows, a new A7X album is in the works.)

    Pantera - "Mouth For War"

    Pantera - "I Can't Hide"

     

    HOUR TWO

    Pantera - "A New Level"

    All That Remains - "Down Through The Ages"  (All That Remains lead vocalist Phil Labonte accused one of the members of the Black Veil Brides of riding a really loud motorcycle.)

    Damageplan - "Save Me"

    Pantera - "Walk"

    Anthrax - "King Size (Featuring Dimebag Darrell)"

    Pantera - "F-ing Hostile"

    Skalmold - "Sleipnir"  (If you love Viking-metal, you should check out their new album.)

    Pantera - "By Demons Be Driven"

    Pantera - "Hollow"

    Pantera - "This Love"

    Dope - "Bitch"  (They'll be at the Fillmor in Downtown Wausau on 3/1/2013.  Tickets on sale soon.)

    Whitechapel - "Strength Beyond Strength"  (Pantera cover from their "Recorrupted" EP.)

    Pantera - "Becoming"

     

    HOUR THREE

    Pantera - "5 Minutes Alone"

    Rebel Meets Rebel - "Nothing To Lose"  (Lineup-wise it's bascially Pantera with David Allen Coe replace Phil Anselmo on vocals.)

    Pantera - "Slaughtered"

    Pantera - "I'm Broken"

    Pantera - "The Great Southern Trendkill"

    Machine Head - "Aesthetics of Hate"  (Written in response to some Christian blogger who celebrated the death of Dimebag.)

    Pantera - "13 Steps To Nowhere"

    Pantera - "War Nerve"

    Pantera - "Suicide Note Pt. 2"

    Pantera - "Drag The Waters"

    Pantera - "P!$$"

    Pantera - "Revolution Is My Name"

     


    Once again, thanks for listening! 

    3 more hours of non-stop metal are coming your way from 9pm to Midnight this Saturday on Rock 94.7, 102.9 and online!

    Be Metal,

    \m/ ST \m/

  • METAL KOMBAT 12/7/12 - Katatonia VS Tiamat

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    Welcome to Rock 94.7's METAL KOMBAT!  Here's how it works:

    1)  Each weeknight at 6pm, "Scary" Terry Stevens will play 2 songs.

    2)  Then, you'll have until Midnight to text METAL1 or METAL2 to 39327 to vote for your favorite song.  You can also vote online in the widget at the bottom of this post.

    3)  The song with the most votes moves on to the next night.

    4)  The loser experiences the dreaded FATALITY!

    5)  If a song wins 5 nights in a row, it moves on to the METAL KOMBAT Vallhalla Fame!

    On our most recent METAL KOMBAT, Katatonia's "Buildings" took on Korpiklaani's "Kunnia"!

    And the winner is...

    Katatonia - "Buildings"

    Katatonia makes it three in a row!  They're halfway to the METAL KOMBAT Vahalla Fame!  But to get there, they have to get through...

    A NEW CHALLENGER ENTERS THE ARENA!

    Tiamat - "The Scarred People"

     

    Text METAL1 for Katatonia or METAL2 for Tiamat to 39327!

    You can also vote here:

     

    While you only get to vote once, you are absolutely encouraged to get your friends to vote!  Support your favorite band!

    We'll reveal the winner Monday night at 6pm!

    Be Cool,

    ST

  • METAL KOMBAT 12/6/12 - Katatonia VS Korpiklaani

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    Welcome to Rock 94.7's METAL KOMBAT!  Here's how it works:

    1)  Each weeknight at 6pm, "Scary" Terry Stevens will play 2 songs.

    2)  Then, you'll have until Midnight to text METAL1 or METAL2 to 39327 to vote for your favorite song.  You can also vote online in the widget at the bottom of this post.

    3)  The song with the most votes moves on to the next night.

    4)  The loser experiences the dreaded FATALITY!

    5)  If a song wins 5 nights in a row, it moves on to the METAL KOMBAT Vallhalla Fame!

    On our most recent METAL KOMBAT, after a tied vote in their first matchup, Katatonia's "Buildings" took on the Devin Townsend Project's "Lucky Animals" in rematch!

    And the winner is...

    Katatonia - "Buildings"

    In the end, more Katatonia fans showed up to vote than fans of Heavy Devy!  Katatonia fights on!

    A NEW CHALLENGER ENTERS THE ARENA!

    Korpiklaani - "Kunnia"

    Text METAL1 for Katatonia or METAL2 for Korpiklaani to 39327!

    You can also vote here:

    While you only get to vote once, you are absolutely encouraged to get your friends to vote!  Support your favorite band!

    We'll reveal the winner tomorrow night at 6pm!

    Be Cool,

    ST

  • METAL KOMBAT 12/5/12 - Katatonia VS Devin Townsend Project, Round 2

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    Welcome to Rock 94.7's METAL KOMBAT!  Here's how it works:

    1)  Each weeknight at 6pm, "Scary" Terry Stevens will play 2 songs.

    2)  Then, you'll have until Midnight to text METAL1 or METAL2 to 39327 to vote for your favorite song.  You can also vote online in the widget at the bottom of this post.

    3)  The song with the most votes moves on to the next night.

    4)  The loser experiences the dreaded FATALITY!

    5)  If a song wins 5 nights in a row, it moves on to the METAL KOMBAT Vallhalla Fame!

    On our most recent METAL KOMBAT, Katatonia "Buildings" took on Devin Townsend Project "Lucky Animals".

    And the winner is...

    NOBODY!!!!!!!

    For the very first time in Metal Kombat history, we have a draw!

    The only fair way to settle this is a rematch.  It's up to you to get your friends to break this tie!  Send the Text codes and a link to this blog to every friend you have and support your favorite band!

    Katatonia - "Buildings"

    VERSUS

    Devin Townsend Project - "Lucky Animals"

    Text METAL1 for Katatonia or METAL2 for Devin Townsend Project to 39327!

    You can also vote here:

     

    While you only get to vote once, you are absolutely encouraged to get your friends to vote!  Support your favorite band!

    We'll reveal the winner tomorrow night at 6pm!

    Be Cool,

    ST

  • METAL KOMBAT 12/4/12 - Katatonia VS Devin Townsend Project

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    Welcome to Rock 94.7's METAL KOMBAT!  Here's how it works:

    1)  Each weeknight at 6pm, "Scary" Terry Stevens will play 2 songs.

    2)  Then, you'll have until Midnight to text METAL1 or METAL2 to 39327 to vote for your favorite song.  You can also vote online in the widget at the bottom of this post.

    3)  The song with the most votes moves on to the next night.

    4)  The loser experiences the dreaded FATALITY!

    5)  If a song wins 5 nights in a row, it moves on to the METAL KOMBAT Vallhalla Fame!

    On our most recent METAL KOMBAT, Overkill "Electric Rattlesnake" took on Katatonia "Buildings".

    And the winner is...

    Katatonia - "Buildings"

    Katatonia defeats Overkill and survives another night!  Can they get 2 in a row?

    A NEW CHALLENGER ENTERS THE ARENA!

    Devin Townsend Project - "Lucky Animals"

    Text METAL1 for Overkill or METAL2 for Devin Townsend Project to 39327!

    You can also vote here:

     We'll reveal the winner tomorrow night at 6pm!

    Be Cool,

    ST