12/12 EDDIE’S TOP ALBUMS OF 2012

My year in review radio special with a ton of music from 2012 will premiere on Q104.3 NYC show 12/28. Here is my personal list of my top 10 albums of 2012 and some others below. Lot’s of great new music in 2012 and was tough to narrow down, but this is what truly made my ears the most excited the last 12 months:

 

1: Overkill – The Electric Age

 

An incredible, relentless, pounding thrash metal album that may be my favorite from this highly underrated band since Taking Over. Overkill have made a string of solid albums lately, but this is just next level. It is uncompromising speed metal at it’s finest. Production and mix are incredible, the riffing just builds and builds, great songs, great playing. The total package. If you are looking for a new but old school thrash sounding album this is it. Get a neck brace because it kicks your ass from top to bottom. Instant metal classic.

 

2: Aerosmith – Music From Another Dimension

 

I hear much about the amount of ballads on this album, but nobody says it also has 15 songs on the standard edition. So even if you take out 4 ballads it’s still 11 rocking tunes. It is not a perfect album, but it is damn good. The production is warm and not over compressed. You hear everything. All the band members (still original) write and contribute. Many different sides and stuff that hints at classic Aerosmith. “Street Jesus”, “Luv XXX”, “Beautiful”, “Out Go The Lights”, “Oh Yeah”, all just vintage sounding Aerosmith. Having seen three live shows so far on the tour, the band STILL gets it done on stage too. Great accomplishment for a band at this stage in their career and after waiting so long for it they delivered.

 

3: Slash & The Conspirators – Apocalyptic Love

 

I loved the last Slash album, and my favorite songs were the ones with Myles Kennedy singing. So I was thrilled that the live band he had on that tour now is a real band and has made a full cohesive album of brilliant hard rock. “Anastasia” an instant classic on this one. To me this is Slash’s best work top to bottom since Appetite and the band is great live. Hope they build a great catalog with this group.

 

4: Van Halen – A Different Kind Of Truth

 

Outside of Tattoo this is classic kick ass VH! Why 4-5 songs from this album were not blasting out of every radio station over the Summer escapes me. Not a huge fan of the mix at times, but the material and Eddie are ripping! Who knows what the future holds but this is classic sounding old VH. “As Is” among my favorites.

 

5: Marilyn Manson – Born Villan

 

Best Manson album in a long time top to bottom. He and Twiggy created some catchy hook filled tunes as well as the usual level of Manson weirdness and always great production and sounds.

 

6: Accept – Stalingrad

 

Another great album from the relaunched Accept with singer Mark Tornillo. Not as strong top to bottom as Blood Of The Nations but damn close. This band is now firmly re established and Wolf Hoffman has to be one of the most underrated players in metal ever.

 

7: Black Country Communion – Afterglow

 

Is it over? Who knows for sure. But three amazing albums in this bands history at an amazing pace is pretty impressive, so I hope not. Like all three BCC albums top playing and incredible singing from Glenn Hughes. Like all 3 I wish the mix was a little brighter and dynamic at times, but this is pretty much live and in your face classic sounding rock that just happens to be from a new band. The title track and “This Is Your Time” some of my favorites.

 

8: Adrenaline Mob – Omerta

 

Pumping heavy rock that never lets up. Great songs, vocals, production and hooks. Can’t help but to move to this album and its energy.

 

9: Tremonti – All I Was

 

Great debut album from Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti. Very metal at times, much will be made of his guitar playing, and rightfully so, but it’s the songs I love. The playing on the whole album is crushing and I truly like the way he delivers the songs as a singer. Great live too!

 

10: Rush – Clockwork Angels

 

Only reason not higher is because my two favorite songs on this album (Caravan and BU2B) actually were released a couple years ago. But I love that Rush is back to heavy guitar rock again and in your face power trio hard rock with little if any keys and synth. The nod to the old school on “Headlong Flight” is awesome. Wish the album was not so compressed and more dynamic sounding at times in the mix, but love the heaviness being back. Oh, and the R&R Hall just woke up after ignoring them 15 years. There is hope!

 

Honorable Mentions: UFO- Seven Deadly, Lita Ford- Living Like A Runaway, Fozzy – Sin & Bones, Testament- Dark Roots Of Earth, Kill Devil Hill, Warrant- Rockaholic, Trixter- New Audio Machine, Hellyeah- Band Of Brothers, Stone Sour- House Of Gold & Bones, Led Zeppelin- Celebration Day

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11/23 BACH IN STUDIO TONIGHT, LA, BOSTON, MORE

11/23/12: Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday. Back live on the radio tonight at 11PM ET on Q104.3 NYC. Joining me in studio will be Sebastian Bach. I’ve known Bas for 25 years and we always have a blast when he’s in studio. Lot’s to talk about and lot’s of music to get to as well. Outside the NYC area you can hear the show free streaming at www.q1043.com or with the FREE iheartradio app. Just hit Q104.3 under Classic Rock in NYC. Show is live 11P-2A and my TMS partner Jim Florentine will also be hanging out. Don’t miss this one.

For all the stations besides Q104 that air my show you will get a brand new exclusive interview with Jason Newsted in this weeks show! Don’t forget I’m on in Boston now Sunday nights at 7P on WAAF! No Pats game Sunday so be sure to tune in and spread the word. I will be in Boston for an event mid Jan, more info very soon.

 

Looking forward to seeing a headline set by Cheap Trick tomorrow night at The Sands in Bethlehem PA. They even let me call in some requests! Should be fun.

 

No new TMS tapings until 2013, more news when I have it.

 

Headed to L.A. for a few days Wednesday. Don & I will be co-hosting the Metal Blade 30th Anniversary Party at HOB in L.A. next Friday night with a set from Armored Saint. Congrats to Brian, Mike and all the Metal Blade crew on the decades of metal greatness. I’ll also be taking part in a Motorhead Behind The Music shoot and seeing UFO at the Key Club this Thursday. See you soon L.A.

 

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11/17 VARIOUS STUFF

11/17/12: Thanks to Jason Newsted for joining me on the air last night. Jason is coming back with new metal music and just launched his website. Was great to have him on and he sounds like he is ready to rock hard again!

I’m live on SiriusXM this Monday 6P ET on channel 39.

 

I’m suspending new memberships and renewals for the time being. This site will be moving to a new management service for the new year so until things are settled going to freeze that end of things for now. Thanks to all members past, present and future. More soon.

 

Portnoy/Sheehan/Sherinian/McAlpine live at BBs tomorrow night. Don’t miss this shredfest. Starts at 8P.

 

Kix & Trixter at Bergen PAC 11/23 in Englewood NJ. Congrats to all ticket winners.

 

Don’t forget to come hang with me, Don & Jim at Dingbatz for our annual TMS Christmas hang 12/8 in Clifton NJ.

 

I’ll be in L.A. for UFO at Key Club 11/29 and then co-hosting the Metal Blade 30th with Don at HOB in L.A. 11/30. Armored Saint is playing! See you soon on the W Coast.

 

Cheap Trick at Sands Casino in Bethlehem PA 11/24. They are letting me make requests! See you if in that area. Great band!

 

TMS does not resume until 2013, enjoy the replays and the new special now airing with Vince Neil.

 

Annual year end radio special TBA soon.

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11/17 SIGNED ET BOOK FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS

11/17/12: As we get closer to the holidays just wanted to remind you guys that personalized signed copies of my book are still available and make a great gift for the rock fan on your list. You can order direct from me and I’ll sign with any personal message you like and ship Priority Mail so you have plenty of time to get them. Just go to the home page of my site and the order tab is right under Headlines. Order early, new stock just arrived and it will assure you arrival for gift giving. Sorry but I can only ship to US addresses. Unsigned copies of my book are available anywhere books are sold also. Thanks. Volume II coming end of 2013! Appreciate the support and thanks to all who have purchased or will. Here’s a link:  http://eddietrunk.com//index.cfm/pk/view/cd/NAA/cdid/431474/pid/401816
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11/21 HAPPY THANKSGIVING, AEROSMITH

11/21/12: Saw another amazing show with Aerosmith & Cheap Trick last night at a packed Madison Square Garden in NYC. Some new songs in the set for the old school fan last night like “Movin Out” & “Walkin The Dog”. So cool they include some of that stuff for hardcore fans when they have a TON of hits, many they don’t even play live. The band is on fire and were in great spirits backstage as they break for the holiday. Tour resumes in AC this Friday. Do not miss them! Cheap Trick was great also. Going to see them play a headline set in Bethlehem at the Sands this Saturday for a full show. Hope to see some ZZO listeners out there.

Thanks to Joe Perry for coming in to Eddie Trunk Live on Trunk Nation this past Monday. Great 90 minute hang.

 

I’ll be live this Friday and Monday for the radio shows once again. Also just confirmed 12/14 Peter Criss live in studio for the Q104 show.

 

Hope everyone has a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Thankful to all of you for the support. Have a good one!

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