OVERKILL's "The Electric Age" took the number one spot in WJCU's "Metal On Metal" Top 25 year-end album countdown show, which aired live on January 11. ACCEPT's "Stalingrad", KREATOR's "Phantom Antichrist" and TESTAMENT's "Dark Roots Of Earth" finished very close runner-ups. This is the first time OVERKILL has won top honors, despite being a longtime Cleveland fan favorite.
"It's about fucking time!", says OVERKILL lead vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth.
"Through our long journey together, OVERKILL and Cleveland have accomplished a lot of headbanging mayhem. Back to the '80s and into 2013. Two live records, countless shows, a number one with Bill Peters! Let's enjoy the moment and look forward to more OVERKILL/Cleveland together in the future.
"Thanks, Mosh Team! See you on the road!"
"OVERKILL are our adopted sons," says "Metal On Metal" host Bill Peters. "We consider them one of our own. They have a large and dedicated following here in Cleveland. I've been a fan going back to their early demos and first EP. Their albums have always placed high on our chart but never finished at the top spot for whatever reason. They were up against some very tough competition this year."
"We need to get the band back here ASAP. They've passed us by on the last couple of tours. Cleveland fans are growing restless. We need our OVERKILL fix!"
This was the 29th year of the poll, which is an annual tradition with metal fans in Cleveland and one of "Metal On Metal"'s most popular programs. Listeners were asked to nominate their top three albums of 2012. 1,116 votes were received.
"This is my listeners night to program the show," adds Peters. "They really look forward to it. There were some real surprises this year."
The show has garnished the attention of not only fans but musicians as well. Wolf Hoffmann (ACCEPT), Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH), Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), Steve "Lips" Kudow (ANVIL) and Robb Reiner (ANVIL) have all have acknowledged recent past album victories by publicly thanking their fans from Cleveland.
WJCU's "Metal On Metal" can be heard every Friday night from 6:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m. EST on 88.7 FM in the Cleveland, Ohio area or streamed worldwide at www.wjcu.org.
"Metal On Metal"'s top albums of 2012:
01. OVERKILL - "The Electric Age" (eOne)
02. ACCEPT - "Stalingrad" (Nuclear Blast)
03. KREATOR - "Phantom Antichrist" (Nuclear Blast)
04. TESTAMENT - "Dark Roots Of Earth" (Nuclear Blast)
05. VAN HALEN - "A Different Kind Of Truth" (Interscope)
06. 3 INCHES OF BLOOD - "Long Live Heavy Metal" (Century Media)
07. AXEL RUDI PELL - "Circle Of The Oath" (SPV/Steamhammer)
08. THE SWORD - "Apocryphon" (Razor & Tie)
09. BULLET - "Full Pull" (Nuclear Blast)
10. CANDLEMASS - "Psalms For The Dead" (Napalm)
11. SOUNDGARDEN - "King Animal" (Universal)
12. MANOWAR - "The Lord Of Steel" (Magic Circle)
13. SABATON - "Carolus Rex" (Nuclear Blast)
14. KAMELOT - "Silverthorn" (SPV/Steamhammer)
15. EARTHEN GRAVE - "Earthen Grave" (Claude + Elmo Music)
16. RUSH - "Clockwork Angels" (Roadrunner)
17. CELLBOUND - "Monstrum" (Cellbound)
18. PRIMAL FEAR - "Unbreakable" (Frontiers)
19. GRAND MAGUS - "The Hunt" (Nuclear Blast)
20. PARAGON - "Force Of Destruction" (Napalm)
21. LAMB OF GOD - "Resolution" (Epic)
22. GYPSYHAWK - "Revelry & Resilience" (Metal Blade)
23. THE CULT - "Choice Of Weapon" (Cooking Vinyl)
24. ENSLAVED - "Riitiir" (Nuclear Blast)
25. STRIKER - "Armed To The Teeth" (Napalm)
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