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All Star “Top Ten Albums of 2012″ List Series

Jeff Loomis Top 10 Albums of 2012

Jeff Loomis, guitarist/songwriter (Nevermore, Jeff Loomis Band)

01. Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage
02. Devin Townsend – Epicloud
03. Meshuggah – Koloss
04. The Contortionist – Intrinsic
05. Rush – Clockwork Angels
06. Jason Becker – Boy Meets Guitar
07. Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth
08. Between the Buried and Me – The Parallax II: Future Sequence
09. Stone Sour – House of Gold and Bones
10. Testament – Dark Roots of Earth

All Star “Top Ten Albums of 2012″ List Series

Warrel Dane Top 10 Albums of 2012

Warrel Dane, singer/songwriter (Nevermore, Sanctuary, solo project)

[Not necessarily in order]

01. Napalm Death – Utilitarian
02. Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage
03. Testament – Dark Roots of Earth
04. Rush – Clockwork Angels
05. Ihsahn – Eremita
06. Devin Townsend – Epicloud
07. Tiamat – The Scarred People
08. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
09. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
10. Accept – Stalingrad

He kept going after 10 (LOL), and included:

Doro – Raise Your Fist
Meshuggah – Koloss
Jeff Loomis – Plains of Oblivion

All Star “Top Ten Albums of 2012″ List Series

Bad-ass Alex

Alex Skolnick, guitarist/songwriter (Testament, Alex Skolnick Trio)

01. Rush – Clockwork Angels
02. Anoushka Shankar – Traveler
03. Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage
04. Pat Metheny – Unity Band
05. Rodrigo Y Gabriela & CUBA – Area 52
06. Black Country Communion – Afterglow
07. Tom Waits – Bad as Me
08. Andras Schiff – JS Bach, Das Wohltemperierte Clavier
09. Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth
10. Brad Mehldau Trio – Where Do You Start

Testament’s Eric Peterson Clinic at Guitar Center – Emeryville, CA:

Eric Peterson @ Guitar Center

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69 Chambers ‘Special Report': A day with 69 Chambers at the Montreux Jazz Festival

A Daily Rock Exclusive

By Hervé Rakowski
Photos by Angel Goetschi
Translated in English by Ms. A (with semi-assistance from Google Translate)

When an up and coming Swiss band has the privilege of opening for Nightwish at Auditorium Stravinski, you think they’d be naturally stressed just hours before the show as this is a very important moment of their careers… 69 Chambers may finally take off, thanks to the release of their compelling second album, “Torque”.  The band’s new label, Massacre Records, has done remarkable promotional work, as there has been a slew of articles and interviews in the press. The recent debut of their stunning video for “Cause and Effect” will take care of the rest for the public, and 69 Chambers can face the future with optimism.

Of course, Nina Vetterli-Treml (vocals, bass), Tommy Vetterli (guitar), and their fantastic drummer Diego Rapacchietti are respected musicians. But it is clear that today is a big challenge for them to perform on such a mythical stage, and even more so as the opener for major symphonic metal act, Nightwish.

3:00pm Sharp: Arrived at the corridors of the Stravinski, we find the band and their techs who have just arrived on site. While soundcheck is scheduled for 5:30pm, Nina and Tommy are occupied for nearly 2 hours doing several interviews. They willingly participate. Even if Tommy Vetterli is not a fan of this type of exercise (a mild understatement), he is aware that his musical past as a member of Coroner is a formidable weapon for the band’s image which will only benefit 69 Chambers.

Two of the band members take a break before “The Boss”, a nickname given to Nina Vetterli-Treml by the divine drummer Diego… we are even more surprised to find Tommy in the VIP lounge, where he was able to escape for a smoke (or two, or more…), leaving only Nina the honor (or burden) of being filmed before the cameras of “20 Minutes“.

During this time, anxious to get things going on stage, Diego Rapacchietti relaxes by reading the excellent interview published recently in the French edition of RockHard Magazine. The “comparison” made between Nina with her devastating good looks and “singers resembling meringues sold by the kilo of pseudo-goth metal bands of second class”, pull a smile from him.

Diego Rapacchietti reading RockHard France Mag

Tommy, meanwhile, who has seen it all during his long career, cannot be more casual, just a few hours before this crucial concert for 69 Chambers. He does not hesitate to joke with us, and bends readily to the game of photos and videos. He took the opportunity, at our request, to greet the Californian who works hard on the group’s official social media pages.

TTommy waves ‘Hello’ to Ms. A

5:30pm: The atmosphere is very calm just minutes from the soundcheck that approaches. We leave the VIP lounge to get to the inside of the Stravinski. Upon our entrance, the hall is nearly empty. Entering this cult forum for the very first time where so many great artists have performed for 46 years made our hair stand on end, we have to admit…

Inside Stravinski

The three members of 69 Chambers and their techs, focused yet relaxed, though the smiles are gone, are now working to prepare everything meticulously. Tommy is not reluctant to crouch or lie down to connect cables, edit settings… a keyboard is also set up on the side of the stage, hinting that 69 Chambers will play the beautiful ballad “Elegy”. Once the tests are carried out on the mic by Nina (“one, two, three, blah blah blah…”), the band played two songs, then returned to their dressing room. It is 6:45pm.

69 Chambers Soundcheck

In order to assist in the best conditions for the group from Zürich, I have my photographer leave the hall and decide to stay. We are the only 3 to wait until the doors open… but unfortunately for us, the manager of Nightwish requires an empty house. We need to go outside and mingle with the horde of eager fans.

07:10pm: With a slight delay, the doors finally open, and I managed to position myself in front of Nina’s microphone. For an hour, I wonder how the Nightwish fans will react to 69 Chambers. On one hand, I am convinced that the melodic music from Zürich, the voice of Nina, should win them over. On the other, I remain skeptical about the openness of the young crowd which consists mostly of the Finnish band’s fans…

08:00pm: 69 Chambers takes possession of the floor at the prestigious Stravinski. Nina’s smoldering look (stilettos and sexy outfit – a gothic version of the “5th Element”) already has the crowd murmuring – it always happens this way – while the first few notes of the intro is lost.

The lovely Nina doing her thing

To my surprise, 69 Chambers starts the gig as they had done at their “CD Release Party” on May 1st in Zürich. Playing the outro of “And Then There Was Silence”, and then merging into “The Peep Hole”, one of the potential hits from their new album. I notice that the audience’s reaction, although polite, is not so enthusiastic. However, the trio provides a remarkable performance of accuracy and precision. The musical excellence of Nina, Tommy and Diego is obviously highlighted by the perfection of the acoustics of the legendary Stravinski.

Tommy shreds

New tracks off “Torque” keep coming: the quick-paced “Anhedonia” is followed by the doom-like “Naughty Naughty Naughty”. The only two tracks from the first album played tonight, “The Day Of The Locust” and “Bloodaxe” finally trigger a nice reaction from the crowd throughout the auditorium.

Paradoxically, it is from the masterful drum solo by Diego that the show seems to finally take off! The audience reacts at last! As if they seemed to warm up before the delivery of their heroes’ night (or rather yet?).

Go, Diego, go!

69 Chambers offers us two of the most beautiful songs in their new repertoire at the conclusion of the show. First, the hit “Cause And Effect”, in which Nina reveals to us powerful death growls in place of Eluveitie frontman Chrigel Glanzmann, who guests on the album version. And, from one extreme to another, the group finishes its compelling performance of the evening with the poignant power ballad “Elegy,” which ends with a majestic guitar solo by Tommy Vetterli…

09:00pm: I leave the hall, causing a mini riot between fans behind me trying to get my great spot in front of the stage, and head for the VIP lounge to congratulate the group. Diego wonders if his drum solo was successful. Having reassured the drummer, I warmly congratulate Nina and tell her that once again, “Elegy” stole a few tears.

A few minutes before their performance on stage, certain members of Nightwish are among us in the artists’ lounge bar. Jukka Nevalainen, Nightwish’s drummer, is in full admiration of the sun setting on Lake Geneva.

Nightwish's drummer Jukka Nevalainen

It’s time for the Finnish to start their show to please their anxious fans… for the rest of the evening we will remain with 69 Chambers and their close friends, in the corridors of the Stravinski, relatively quiet and deserted, to our surprise. Wine, champagne, and beer flow freely, the screen showing the live performance of Nightwish is observed with a wandering eye, if curious.

10:45pm: “An hour + fifteen then go”, Nightwish have already returned from showers and the dressing room while their fans are clamoring for an encore that never comes. In the VIP lounge, friendly and joyful characterizes the small band of 69 Chambers which contrasts from the rigor of the Scandinavians. The Finnish leave Montreux quickly to be in the Czech Republic the next day. Zürich departs and end their crazy day in a bar at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

The reporter and Tommy Vetterli celebrate with some bubbly

01:00am: We leave our Swiss-German friends and Stravinski. 69 Chambers have given the best concert of their lives just a few hours earlier, while the Nightwish performance was a normal gig in the middle of their tour… but the Finnish sell millions of records and are stars. The Swiss-Germans on their part must return to their day job commitments. The music business is truly unfair…

69 Chambers 2012

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69 Chambers 'Torque'

“Torque” track listing:

01. Cause and Effect (feat. Chrigel Glanzmann of Eluveitie) (4:31)
02. Bring on the Flood (3:30)
03. Naughty Naughty Naughty (6:22)
04. Anhedonia (4:27)
05. Burn some Gasoline (4:01)
06. The Peep Hole (4:20)
07. Ring a Bell (4:19)
08. Closure (4:54)
09. Anf then there was Silence (5:38)
10. Temple down (3:37)
11. Your Fool (4:25)
12. The Doom of her Power (4:00)
13. Grace (5:31)
14. Elegy (5:31)

69 Chambers “Torque” out now on Massacre Records.

May 31, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL

TO BRING THRASH-FEST EXTRAVAGANZA

TO CANADA AND SELECT U.S. CITIES

LOS ANGELES, CA – May 31, 2012 — Fans in Canada and select cities in the northern part of the U.S. will finally have a chance to see what reviewers have called “The Best Metal Tour of the Year,” when co-headliners Anthrax and Testament, joined by Death Angel, kick off a late-summer trek on September 14. Starting in Portland, OR, the bands will work their way north, cross into Canada, and play all of the major Canadian cities before wrapping up in Montclair, NJ on October 5. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 1. For more information and to purchase tickets, log onto http://anthrax.comhttp://www.testamentlegions.com or http://deathangel.us

This run will be the third leg of the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel hat-trick; the three bands packed five weeks worth of venues coast-to-coast last Fall, marking the first time Anthrax and Testament had shared a stage in more than a decade; again, earlier this year, the line-up played another dozen dates to headbangers in cities from Las Vegas to New York.

According to Anthrax’s guitarist Scott Ian, “We played to sold-out shows, raging crowds and EPIC war dances, and we can’t wait to do it again, especially for our Canadian fans who have been waiting a long to time ‘worship music’ with us.”

“There have been very few three band bills in which the acts are so compatible and the shows so consistent that a second leg of the tour is a “no-brainer,” said Testament’s lead guitarist Alex Skolnick. “But in the case of Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel, that’s been the case. Things have gone so well, in fact, that it’s made sense to add a third leg with this exact same line up. All three bands are excited to take this show into new territory with a trek across Canada, and a few spots in the US we missed last time around. And this time, Testament will be armed with a brand new album with music that we’re eager to share with everyone. Hope to see you out there!”

“We’ve been tight with the guys in Testament for a long, long time, and had a great time touring with them before,” added Anthrax’s drummer Charlie Benante. “And all of us in Anthrax are big Death Angel fans, so this is going to be a monster of a great time, for us and for the fans.”

Said Testament’s frontman Chuck Billy, “It’s good to see that metal is alive in 2012 and the fans want a third leg of the Anthrax, Testament, Death Angel tour. Don’t fucking miss it! Metal Forever!”

With more dates to be confirmed, the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel tour are as follows:

SEPTEMBER
14 Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
15 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
16 Toyota Arena, Kennewick, WA
17 Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
20 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
21 MacEwan Hall Ballroom, Calgary, AL
22 Events Center, Edmonton, AL
24 The Odeon, Saskatoon, SK
25 Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
29 Danforth Hall, Toronto, ON
30 Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, QC

OCTOBER
2 Metropolis, Montreal, QC
3 State Theatre, Portland, ME
5 Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ

ABOUT ANTHRAX:
For Anthrax – Scott Ian/guitar, Charlie Benante/drums, Rob Caggiano/guitar, Joey Belladonna/vocals, and Frank Bello/bass – this run of dates will follow the band’s summer-long slot on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival where they will headline the tour’s Jagermeister Stage, playing a special “bare bones, guerrilla” performance. The Mayhem tour, as well as these dates with Testament, are in support of Worship Music, Anthrax’s first new album in eight years, and the first with Belladonna on vocals in twenty years. The album debuted at #12 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, has received stellar reviews and been called “the metal album of the year” by numerous critics and music tastemakers, including VH-1/That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk, and Alexander Milas, editor of the UK’s Metal Hammer. Worship Music also landed on copious amounts of “year-end-bests” lists, and the editors of Loudwire named it their #1 Metal Album of the Year, with the track “The Devil You Know” claiming the #1 Metal Song of the Year honors.

The return of Belladonna and Anthrax’s remarkable renewal began in 2009 in a Cleveland hotel bar with Anthrax’s Benante and Ian, and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, when he first brought up the idea of The Big Four – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, the four bands that served as the original architects for the “thrash/speed-metal” scene,” yet had never shared the same stage before. The first of (so far) fourteen Big Four events took place on June 16, 2010, culminating in what was Anthrax’s New York homecoming concert – The Big Four at Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2011, the day after Worship Music hit stores. “We came into The Big Four as the underdog,” said Benante. “We were the band that had the most to prove, and we’ve worked really, really hard to do that.”

Anthrax’s worldwide sales have exceeded 10-million and the band has received multiple Gold and Platinum albums, numerous Grammy nominations, and a host of other accolades from the press, industry and fans.

ABOUT TESTAMENT:
Few bands have the capability to survive lineup changes, health crises and over 25 years of recording and touring, only to come out the other side primed to impress once again. Legendary Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT are one of the few living legends of the thrash metal scene who are able to evoke the same strong emotions as they did in the 80s and who truly grow with each album without abandoning the substance and integrity they are known for. With their upcoming effort, Dark Roots Of Earth, they have proven once again that there is no stopping their relentless talent!

TESTAMENT will start work on a brand new music video promoting their upcoming record Dark Roots of Earth before a European and U.K. festival run. Soon after, they will return to the U.S.A. for a third leg of the ANTHRAX/TESTAMENT tour.

TESTAMENT return with their highly anticipated follow-up album in the form of Dark Roots of Earth on July 27, 2012 (Europe) and July 31, 2012 (North America). The record will also be released in a special edition format which will include a DVD and bonus tracks. Produced, mixed and mastered once again by the world renowned Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS), along with bonus tracks recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, CATTLE DECAPITATION, HEATHEN, VILE,SADUS), expect the bar by which we judge all things thrash to be raised!

Dark Roots of Earth SPECIAL EDITION, CD/DVD Track Listing:
01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence
Bonus:
10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)
+ Bonus DVD

ABOUT DEATH ANGEL:
Bay Area thrash legends DEATH ANGEL will be touring in support of their latest release Relentless Retribution, which recently landed at position No. 10 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, making it their highest charting record since the band’s reformation in 2004. Relentless Retribution was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER). The savage cover art was handled this time by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL).

Not every band can live up to a legacy but every once in a while a group exceeds expectations by pushing boundaries in a genre they’ve helped create, but DEATH ANGEL is one such band. In 1986, a DEATH ANGEL demo produced by Kirk Hammett (Metallica) titled “Kill As One” sparked the interest of Enigma Records. The band was soon signed and the band’s debut, The Ultra Violence, was released in 1987. The album was a full-frontal assault on the ears, buzzing with the group’s youthful energy, and The Ultra Violence sold 40,000 copies in just four months. Another innovative recording, Frolic Through the Park, followed, marking DEATH ANGEL’s evolution both lyrically and musically. “Bored,” another track from the band’s second release, highlighted the cutting-edge band’s inventive dynamics, and won a spot on MTV’s “Headbanger’s Ball.”

Geffen Records was impressed enough with DEATH ANGEL’s television premier to offer the band a deal, and DEATH ANGEL became the first band of their breed to appear on the major label’s roster. At Geffen, the band released what is widely regarded as one of the most original and accomplished thrash metal albums ever recorded, Act III. The record pushed the limits of the genre to create something truly unique, a definitive work that is essential to any metal fan’s music collection. Death Angel’s masterful songwriting ability was once again on display nationwide in 1990, as the videos for “Seemingly Endless Time” and “Room With a View” saw heavy rotation on MTV.

DEATH ANGEL’s trajectory to fame was tragically cut short in 1990, when the band’s tour bus crashed in the Arizona desert. Original drummer Andy Galeon was critically injured, and would need more than a year to recover. During this downtime, vocalist Mark Osegueda left the band and moved to New York to pursue a life outside of music. The remaining members went on to form The Organization, and released two full-length albums under that name.

The Organization disbanded in 1995 and the members split up into various projects. DEATH ANGEL wouldn’t resurface again until 2001 to perform at a cancer benefit for frontman Chuck Billy (Testament) called “Thrash of the Titans.” The response was so great that many offers came quickly in 2002, beginning with a “secret” gig in San Francisco, and sold it out under the psuedo name, “Kill As One.”

The next year saw DEATH ANGEL supporting Metallica at the Fillmore in San Francisco as well as supporting Anthrax and Halford in the US. What began as a gathering of positive vibes for a friend turned into a full time mission to continue a journey that began so long ago. In 2004 DEATH ANGEL released their long awaited fourth studio disc, The Art of Dying; on Nuclear Blast. Since then the band has released two more records and has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt, with those releases and their live show, that thrash is alive and well and that DEATH ANGEL is here to stay!

Upcoming Testament Tour Dates 2012

With Anthrax and Death Angel

09/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
09/15 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
09/16 – Kennewick, WA @ Toyota Center
09/17 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
09/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater
09/21 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
09/22 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Event Centre
09/24 – Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon Event Center
09/25 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
09/29 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
09/30 – Quebec City, QC @ Capitole du Quebec

10/02 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10/03 – Portland, ME @ State Theater
10/05 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre

Testament 'Dark Roots of Earth'

Testament “Dark Roots of Earth is to be released July 27, 2012 (Europe) and July 31, 2012 (North America) on Nuclear Blast Records.

For Immediate Release
Tuesday May 15, 2012:

Bay Area thrash titans, TESTAMENT, have revealed the cover art and details for their upcoming Dark Roots of Earth release! Artwork was painted by Eliran Kantor who has worked with such bands as SODOM, ATHEIST, SIGH. Dark Roots of Earth was produced, mixed and mastered once again by the world renowned Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (CATTLE DECAPITATION, HEATHEN, VILE, SADUS) at his Trident Studios. The highly anticipated follow up to their 2008 release The Formation of Damnation will be released on July 27, 2012 (Europe) and July 31, 2012 (North America).

Testament 'Dark Roots of Earth'

Dark Roots of Earth Jewel Case CD Track Listing:

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

Dark Roots of Earth CD/DVD Track Listing:

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

Bonus:

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thorns (extended version)

+ Bonus DVD

Dark Roots of Earth Vinyl Track Listing:
Side A:

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth

Side B:

04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace

Side C:

07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

SIDE D (Bonus):

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)

For more info visit:
www.testamentlegions.com
www.facebook.com/testamentlegions
www.twitter.com/testamentband
www.myspace.com/testamentlegions

69 Chambers 'Torque'

“Torque” track listing:

01. Cause and Effect (feat. Chrigel Glanzmann of Eluveitie) (4:31)
02. Bring on the Flood (3:30)
03. Naughty Naughty Naughty (6:22)
04. Anhedonia (4:27)
05. Burn some Gasoline (4:01)
06. The Peep Hole (4:20)
07. Ring a Bell (4:19)
08. Closure (4:54)
09. Anf then there was Silence (5:38)
10. Temple down (3:37)
11. Your Fool (4:25)
12. The Doom of her Power (4:00)
13. Grace (5:31)
14. Elegy (5:31)

69 Chambers “Torque” out April 27th in Europe on Massacre Records.

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