||Low Twelve began in July of
1998 as founder Pete Altieri, decided to end his 10-year departure from
heavy metal. He decided to name the band Low Twelve after reading the
phrase in an old book on Freemasonry, which simply meant midnight. It
can also mean the very end of something, like the moments right before
death. The band
is based out of Bloomington Illinois, a city of about 50,000 in Central
Pete began to write material, develop the logo and band presentation as he found guitarists Tim McCleland and Les Aldridge. Together with original drummer Steve Chestney, Low Twelve practiced a rigorous schedule to perform their debut show at Club Edge in Bloomington Illinois on February 6, 1999. It would be the first of many brutal live shows.
|Shortly after that show, the
band released their debut 4-song demo, "Blunt Force Trauma". The demo
received praise by metal zines world wide and sold nearly 1,000 copies.
After only a couple of months, the band decided to hit the studio again and
released the EP, "Kill Floor", and sold another 1,000 copies of it by hand
duplicating and assembling each one! Several cuts from "Kill Floor"
dominated the metal charts on mp3.com and they began to get airplay in
stations throughout the US as well as Germany, The Netherlands, and beyond.
In 1999 Pete Altieri founded Heavycore, a union of heavy bands world wide. Heavycore has proven to be a great way for bands to network and promote themselves in markets they never dreamed of. Low Twelve has made countless contacts and established great gig exchange relationships. Heavycore also sponsors benefits to help those less fortunate, and helps bands any way they can.
Steve Chestney left the band and was replaced in November of 1999 with Wes Pollock. Dubbed the "Kill Floor Kid", Wes brought a new slant on the style of the band. The new material began to transform into a faster and more intricate sound. In June of 2000, Low Twelve recorded the epic full length cd, "Flesh of the Weak". The 70-minute metal triumph was released in December 2000 as they supported Pro-Pain on the "Round 6" tour for a few dates.
Reviews continue to pour in for "Flesh of the Weak" and many of the songs have appeared in other formats. "Twelve" and "Trench" were selected for the Siren Jukebox 2.0 software, which has sold in the millions to date. "Brutal World" was featured in the movie trailer and during the film "Jigsaw" released on Full Moon Pictures on DVD. "Jigsaw" was released nationwide throughout Hollywood Video and Family Video stores. In addition, "Brutal World" and "Sex Sin Sermon" was on the soundtrack for Falcon Videos "Horrortales 666" that came out in early 2003. Click here to find out the most unlikely place they recorded "Flesh".
||Low Twelve has played well over 200 shows (they hit the 200 mark in November of 2005) and continues to slam venues throughout the Midwest. They have taken their show outside their home state of Illinois to Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, and New York. During the summer of 2002, the band embarked on a tour to New York City and back - as they tore it up night after night, gaining new Twelve Heads in mass. Low Twelve shows are known for being hellishly loud, rough and nasty in the pits. Many fans comment on how tight the band is live, and how the songs are pulled off with precision and intensity. The band thrives in a live environment, when their amps are up full tilt and providing the necessary concussion up front.|
In June of 2001, Pete Altieri was diagnosed with cancer and went under emergency surgery to remove the tumor. Tests later showed Pete still had many tumors left, and so the cancer had spread. The only option being chemo therapy, Pete endured the treatments while continuing to play live shows and rehearse twice a week. During the entire summer, the only show Low Twelve missed was on the day of Pete's emergency surgery. Trips were made to Missouri and Wisconsin, and the support from the fans was a huge reason for Pete's persistence and determination to beat the cancer. With a sigh of relief, on September 11, 2001 Pete found out the cancer was gone. Each check up shows the cancer remains gone, and his health slowly has improved. He's still in remission 5 years later and is still kicking poser ass.
Tim McCleland left the band in October 2001 and after a short period of try-outs, the band decided to remain a three piece. After posting a poll on the site, 2/3 of fans voted to keep the band intact, and to not get another guitar player. At live shows, the fans love the new approach, and with some adjustments, the band is able to perform many of their classic tunes. They continue to write new material as the set list evolves constantly.
Low Twelve publishes a quarterly 16-page magazine called Low Times, which features stunning artwork from world renown artist Jeff Gaither. The entire magazine is written, edited and published by the band members together with contributing correspondent Casey Waltrip and additional art from Mike Stoltz. With a circulation of 1,500 the Low Times is the most unique form of band promotion on the planet. They are nearing 40 issues in 2005/2007.
Not satisfied with only the printed magazine, Low Twelve's web site gets over 50,000 hits per month. The online webzine, the Brutality Report, is posted every weekend. It features pics only hours old, live reviews, features, and complete updates on the goings-on of the band. They've been posted nearly 400 straight weeks and are legendary to web users who like things dark, nasty, and ever so brutal.
|Sadly Tim McCleland committed
suicide on February 26, 2002, and even though he was not a member of the band,
he was still a good friend to every member of Low Twelve. It was a very rough
time, but the band forged on yet again. Pete, Les, and Wes reached down and
decided the only thing to do was continue to fight. After dealing with the
adversity of Pete's cancer fight and Tim's untimely death - Low Twelve felt
stronger than ever.
In the summer of 2003 Low Twelve released it's next cd, "Unfit For Human Occupancy" with 5 newly recorded songs and 2 live tracks with Tim still playing. The reviews have been strong and the metal media has praised it. The cd was released with a DVD entitled "Maggot Ridden Rotting Movie", but it had to be removed from the jewel case due to a legal problem that arose. To avoid litigation, Low Twelve agreed to remove the DVD and sell only the "Unfit" cd.
Low Twelve thrives in a live environment. They have headlined several outdoor metal fests in Illinois, opened for death/grind freaks Lividity, Origin, Gorgasm, and Macabre at the Central Illinois Metal Fest in Urbana Illinois, supported Pro-Pain on their Round 6 tour in 2000, opened up for Roadrunner artists Ill Nino in November 2003, and many more. The band also participates in several benefit concerts throughout the year and is willing to offer their services to help those who need it. In 2005, Pete rallied the Heavycore bands to mail cd's to soldiers in Iraq. So many cd's were sent in that the unit had a "Heavycore night" each week where the metal head soldiers cranked up their favorite Heavycore bands in their day room. Click here to have Pete tell you a little more about these brave soldiers.
In late 2004 they recorded a new full length cd, and released it on Rotting Corpse Records in February 2006. The band signed the deal with the Chicago-based label in January 2006 and has already reaped the benefits of having a hard working indie label on your side. The sales have been strong, especially in Europe and Asia, as the metal media raves about the epic release. The cd boasts 12 new tracks that the band recorded/produced/mixed/mastered themselves, a remix of "Twelve" and a video for the song "Kill Everything" - which features vocals by hardcore legend Gary Meskil of Pro-Pain. Other tracks on the cd feature vocalists from other Heavycore bands.
2008 promo shot after Les left
(left to right) Meister, Dan, Wes, and Pete
In March 2008 Les Aldridge decided to pack it in after 10 years on guitar duties, and so the band decided to draft two new guitar players to go back to the original two-guitar attack. Jeremy Meister, formerly of the Breed of Sedition/Human Hatemachine/Killborn has joined forces with the band. Soon after Meister was added, another fret-ripper - Dan Steinlicht (Zero Shift, formerly of Redeeming Damnation) was approached and welcomed the challenge. Already the Low Twelve sound is changing - but even heavier than before with two guitar players in tow. Unfortunately, after only 18 months in the band, Low Twelve parted ways with guitarist Dan Steinlicht. Ironically enough, Les Aldridge returned to duty in late August 2009 to assume his position of before on lead guitar!
Low Twelve has already begun recording their 4th CD release - "Splatter Pattern". This new and exciting project began in the early Spring of 2009 and continues on likely into the fall as the remaining members of Low Twelve forge on. Meister will play a few of the guitar solos on the CD and Les will do the rest. There will also be a guest solo from another guitarist, Nathan Kurtz, who is a longtime friend of the band and has assisted in drum engineering for Low Twelve. This collaboration will breathe new and exciting life into the juggernaut that is Low Twelve. For eleven years they continue to roll on in the face of adversity and wave the metal flag high and proud. Proud to be a member of Heavycore.
Wes Pollock (drums), Pete Altieri (bass/lead vocals), Meister (guitar/vocals), Les Aldridge (lead guitar)