Top List – 2014
Here it is, the end of another great year
at DaBelly. Each year we find ourselves blessed to meet so
many wonderful people and bands and it's always a pleasure to
present them to you, our readers. Each year we compile a
list of our favorite moments in DaBelly - our Top List. From
Sara, Sally and I... We hope that you enjoyed this year as
much as we did!
Sara’s Top Albums/EPs
a.k.a. Sheltered Turtle, has a masterly and characterful approach
to percussive finger style on acoustic guitar which is
awe-inspiring. Check out our interview with Henry Nam at The NAMM
Another masterpiece by the genius himself,
Devin Townsend. Without question, "Z2" is the album of albums for
production and the commentary on Dark Matters is ridiculously
brilliant. Townsend even ties with Casualties of Cool.
Casualties Of Cool
"Casualties Of Cool"
Devin Townsend and Ché Aimee
Dorval's side project, Casualties of Cool, just shows another side
of Townsend's genius. A little bit of saloon style country mixed
in with rock n' roll, this album is flawless.
Singularity is the next generation in
symphonic black metal. You can check out what Jack and Nick had to
say about the album in an interview with DaBelly.
Prog rockers EL
masterly-composed debut EP features one emotive instrumental
number and four heavy rockin’ tracks. Overall "Elusion" is
rhythmically fantastic, stimulating and catchy in the "off the
beaten path" kind of way.
&"The Mixed Tape"
"The Mixed Tape" presents three
brilliantly vicious originals, "Thieves," "The Fever Syndrome" and
"Dressed in Ice," featuring Jake E. of Amaranthe and two cover
songs, "I Don’t Wanna Be Me" from Type O Negative and "Descent"
from Fear Factory.
DaBelly interview Meridian Dawn
"Black Veil Brides IV"
LLava Records/Universal Republic
Just a great
listen. Enjoy its content and the validity in which it is
delivered. One of my favorite new bands.
what can I say?! Rich sound, not giving way to weakness within the
musicianship that they have worked hard to achieve over the years.
Crown The Empire
"The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways"
This band never
fails to impress me with the different aspects of their
music. Complex, yet sending the message of who they are.
"Redeemer of Souls"
true to their sound of classic metal and giving their fans what
Dave’s Top Albums/EPs
“The Joy of Motion”
ashamed to say this was my introduction to Animals As Leaders.
Amazing musicianship and unexpected twists and turns makes this an
album I don’t get tired of.
one of the pioneers of djent progressive metal , complex
polyrhythms, floating melodies and a constantly evolving vocal
tonally that ranges from emo to death metal.
in-your-face rock. The music hits you hard the first time
and harder the second.
“Shadows Of The Dying Sun”
metal from Finland. Songs about darkness, sorrow, loss,
pain, and of nature. This, their sixth studio release, has
all the teeth of their best work.
melodies and of course the voice of Dianne van Giersbergen.
A STRONG combination!
Sara’s Top Shows/Concert/Festivals
Open Air - Devin Townsend getting the crowd
to form the largest metal hug ever to be done. Emperor performing
in its entirety 'In The Nightside Eclipse'
on tour with Dillinger Escape Plan
at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
November 2014. I would have to say my favorite concert of the
year. Halford’s voice is just freaking amazing even after 40
years. Last time I saw this band was in Milwaukee, WI many, many,
many moons ago...
at KUPD’s Ufest Tempe, AZ May 2014. The
band was formed by Joey Walser and Blake Allison out of their
prior band, Egypt Central. They really engaged the fans with their
high energy and their joy of being in the moment was very much a
part of their game play. Topping it off, they finished with the
song written by Walser and Allison that rocketed Egypt Central--
Prescott Valley, AZ. Rocking it out of
their home state of Arizona the band is just as comfortable on a
large stage as they are in a small pub. The band made it on my top
three list, due to their ability to draw in their growing fan base
and make them feel as if they just walked into their home for a
Dave’s Top Shows/Concert/Festivals
The Grove in Anaheim, CA - January 2014
This was my first experience with
Periphery, an industry only show sans vocalist Spencer Sotelo.
This is a band that I need to see in full regalia.
Xandria at Club
red in Tempe, AZ - October 2014
I was on hand covering the Sonata
Arctica show and was completely and pleasantly surprised by one of
their support acts – Xandria! Great show!
Judas Priest at
the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ – November 2014
I haven’t seen this band since the
“Hell Bent for Leather” tour at the Uptown Theater in Milwaukee,
WI. Years have passed, but Halford still has the voice and
although it was a classic metal show – it was a lot of fun!
Sara’s Top Band/Group
Nammy and multi-award winning flutist
This is a name you will start seeing more of. Singularity is one
of the more impressive bands out right now.
- A prog rock band with a vision. They can only be described as
brilliant, from showmanship to musicianship. Their debut album,
"Vitriolum," made the list for Best Album of 2013. I highly
recommend watching their music videos on Youtube, especially for
stop animation fans.
Top Band/Group/strong>Where do I
start on this one….Whinery Dogs? Sevendust? Vattnet Viskar? Vex?
I would have to say all four. I know I was
told to list three, but...
Beyond pumped. Portnoy on drums, Sheehan on
base and Ritchie Kotzen on guitar and vocals.
Speechless. Just a really freaking great
Very intense band, not to mention a great
bunch of guys.
they are just around the corner and they are coming for you. If
you haven’t had the opportunity to get to know them…well…it’s just
a matter of time.
Dave’s Top Band/Group
is a Phoenix band that is shaking up the scene. All that’s
missing is a major producer. Be careful world, VEX is
Most Anticipated of 2015
Sara’s Most Anticipated
– “Beyond The Red Mirror"
Faith No More
Set to release their seventh studio album April 2015.
Sally’s Most Anticipated
I always look forward to scooping out
NAMM. I get catch up
time with our DaBelly Editor Michelle Mills.
I am also looking forward to working with
those in the music industry offering an opportunity to hear new
things from new bands. I find it captivating in what they offer to
the music industry.
And to round
out to the #3 spot on the list… the ability to follow a dream… not
just as a photographer but as a journalist as well. Just thinking
of getting behind that camera in front of a stage or to talk to
someone I know that I would have never had, had the chance to meet
otherwise, makes me catch my breath, smile, be happy and find that
peace when I sit down to what I call my crunch time. See I do work
out I do, I do! The gym is just an illusion!!! LOL
Dave’s Most Anticipated
has returned to the studio and projected an album release in March
2015 with a tour of North America to follow.
Although news regarding a new record has
yet to be announced, Dream
Theater has just finished up the fifth leg of
their “Along for the Ride” tour. It wouldn’t be a shock to
see them enter the studio in 2015 with a release later in the
is scheduled to release “Juggernaut: Alpha/Juggernaut: Omega” in
with Material in Production
Bullet for My Valentine
Cradle of Filth
Faith No More
Five Finger Death Punch
Lamb of God
Three Days Grace