Pete Altieri - Bass, Vocals, and Bone-Crunching Rumbles
Pete was born in Bronx, New
York and grew up in Bethel, Connecticut. He first picked up a bass
when he was 17 and played in a couple of bands before getting serious.
His first bass was a natural wood grain Memphis 4-string, and he played
through a pathetic 25-watt amp with a 15-inch speaker he bought with his
paper route money and cleaning pools.
He was one of the founding members of Sacred Oath, a progressive metal band that played good old school metal. At the time, he was only playing bass and doing background vocals. This was where he learned about promoting bands, writing music/lyrics, and running the business side of things. He was able to get Sacred Oath signed to an independent label from New York City after only 18 months, put out a record called "A Crystal Vision", and did some regional US touring. They broke up in 1988 due to serious musical differences. In 2001, a label re-released "A Crystal Vision", and added some new material the band reunited to record in 1998 and again in 2005-2006.
Disgusted with the music scene, and after taking several years off playing, Pete was the founding member of Low Twelve in 1998. He wanted to sing full time and write most of the material, and Low Twelve gave him the perfect outlet to do just that.
Pete is the webmaster of the site, writes the weekly Brutality Reports, is the editor of the Low Times, runs Heavycore - a union of heavy bands worldwide, and is the host of the Heavycore Chopping Block radio show. Needless to say, he's a busy mother fucker. He's been featured in Metal Maniacs, PIT and other zines for his work with Heavycore. His raw and aggressive vocal style coupled with sack-crushing bass playing, is an important part to the trademark Low Twelve sound.
amps: Peavey 700-watt Firebass Head, Gorilla stack for home practice
processors/misc: Digitech BP-8 bass processor, Peavey PVM-46 vocal microphone, Peavey boom stand, Anvil flight cases
cabinets: Peavey Black Widow 15-inch and Black Widow 4 x 10-inch
strings: Peavey Stainless Steel 5-string
picks: real bass players don't use 'em
basses: Schecter 5-string, Dean 5-string fretless, Peavey 5-string, Washburn Force Four 4-string, and custom made Poser "Blood" Bass 4-string
recording: a Peavey RQ 200 mixer, personal computer, Sony Vegas, Acid Pro, Sound Forge and CD Architect
More stuff about Pete...
The top 5 CD's in his collection:
Death "Sound of Perseverance", Carcass "Heartwork", Testament "Demonic", Cannibal Corpse "Live Cannibalism", and Mercyful Fate "Don't Break the Oath"
One musician that got him interested in playing bass:
"That's a tough one, because it's really a combination of Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath, Bob Daisley of Ozzy/Uriah Heep/Rainbow, and Steve Harris of Maiden. Geezer for his sick sense of groove to create metal, Bob Daisley for his great writing and cool behind the scenes style of playing, and Steve Harris for his killer tone, fast fingers, and galloping that changed bass playing forever. There were others like Cliff Burton of course, but I had already been playing for a while before I discovered him. Even Stanley Clarke, the jazz bassist is one sick mother fucker that I had the privilege to see front row back in the late 1980's. He made me want to pawn my shit and give up!"
A vocalist that got him interested in singing:
"That's another tough one. I would have to say Chuck Billy of Testament was my main influence. He's so strong and powerful and has a great sense of melody, which is very difficult to do amidst the chaos of heavy music. He was incredible back then when I started and still is to this day the best in heavy music! Others would be Cronos of Venom and Tom Araya of Slayer - true innovators when the heavy stuff was just beginning."
What is Pete's favorite Low Twelve song to play live?
"I love the ones that really get the crowd into it. Brutal World might be the best one for that - it always seems to get the Twelve Heads into a frenzy. Of the new material, Bind Torture Kill might be my personal favorite - it's by far the most challenging of all our songs to sing and play live. Plus you can't lose with a good serial killer song!"