The solos of Jeff Waters are insane, is there anything this man cannot do with a guitar?
Annihilator has to be one of North America’s best kept secrets. The most successful thrash band to come out of Canada, Annihilator has been around since 1984. I was first introduced to the band back in 1989 when the group unveiled their highly successful debut release Alice In Hell and subsequent follow up Neverland (1990). I’ll be the first to admit, I jammed the fuck out of both of these records.
Annihilator featured a sound and style unique to thrash metal, the verbal assault of the late Randy Rampage (Randall Desmond Archibald – February 21, 1960 – August 14, 2018), was a feast for the ears. He brought a hardcore punk attitude to the band from his days as bassist for the pioneering act D.O.A. This sound helped unify the guitar driven speed metal style developed by founding member and guitarist Jeff Waters.
Like all ’80s metal acts, Annihilator went through the ringer in the ‘90s. The rise of grunge music along with the loss of Rampage (He left after Alice In Hell – replaced with ex-Omen singer Coburn Pharr) spelled doom for the band. Although Neverland was considered a success, the album which followed, Set The World On Fire (1993) was not. Annihilator was dropped from their record label (Roadrunner / Epic) and the band was dissolved shortly after.
Fortunately, this disbanding was short-lived. Jeff Waters carried on with the group, in some cases, as the sole artist. Annihilator releases have been recorded almost exclusively with Jeff playing all guitars, bass lines and even vocals (sporadically since 1994) with additional members only joining for tours. Annihilator dabbled in various sounds, occasionally moving into a more industrial direction. Many, myself included, forgot about the group.
Now, this moniker has a chance to re-gain it’s relevancy with a new effort Ballistic, Sadistic, set for release on January 24, 2020 via Silver Lining Music. A new music video for the single “Armed To The Teeth” has been unveiled to hype the effort.
A theatrical offering with performance clips thrown in “Armed To The Teeth” follows the classic line of David vs Goliath. A teenage girl stands up to a pair of bullies. As the song progresses, she turns from victim to victor. A compelling story line with the music to match. The solos of Jeff Waters are insane, is there anything this man cannot do with a guitar?
Annihilator is back, check out “Armed To The Teeth” and let this riotous track bring out the aggression in you! \m/
• Jeff Waters – Vocals, Guitar
• Fabio Alessandrini – Drums
• Rich Hinks – Bass
• Aaron Homma – Guitar