One of the most anticipated releases of 2012 for me is Metal Blade Records reissuing the sophmoric effort from Dutch occult heavy metal revivalists The Devil’s Blood entitled “The Thousandfold Epicentre”. Just the look, the feel, and the vibe of this band screams old school, from the epic riffage, to their vocalist who is covered in what appears to be blood in live shows, showcasing some smoky and soulful vocals.
It seems to be the case with Metal Blade to acquire some bands that have that old school NWOBHM vibe like Ghost, In Solitude, Portrait, etc. But for a label like that to be diverse and bring aboard bands like this is rather ballsy. The main fanbase of the label is too attached to more popular bands like As I Lay Dying, Cannibal Corpse, Job For A Cowboy, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Whitechapel. Some folks need to get over their close minded concerns and realize that there is more to a label than a popular band. Diversity should matter, especially for an occult heavy metal band as great as this. I am loving every second of what I hear and it’s just plain sexy!