ANNIHILATOR – Jeff Waters

June 20th, 2007
by Marko Syrjala

JEFF WATERS

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

TRANSCRPTION BY NEIL BATTY

Canadian thrash band Annihilator is the lifework of guitarist Jeff Waters, who founded the band in Vancouver in 1984. It took almost five years and numerous line up changes before band released their 1989 debut, ALICE IN HELL, which was an unqualified triumph and epitomized the state of the art in terms of thinking man’s thrash metal in every aspect. Album was a success but more changes followed. Original singer Randy Rampage decided to leave and he was then replaced by Coburn Pharr who recorded album NEVER NEVERLAND with the band. Album was again very successful and band did a lot of touring across the world with such names as Judas Priest. Third album SET THE WORLD ON FIRE was released in 1993 with Wayne Darley being the only remaining member alongside with Jeff Waters himself. That album was a way different compared to older albums, it was much more oriented into pop/rock but it still did quite well during the time when grunge invasion was about to come. In 1994 band lost their record contract and they broke up but it wasn’t too long when Annihilator resurfaced with another line up. Band released a series of albums: KING OF THE KILL, REFRESH THE DEMON and REMAINS where Jeff handled vocal duties by himself while but Annihilator never again enjoyed anything similar to their original success � despite Water’s’ retreat to thrashier terrain. In 1999 band did another attempt to re-find their glory days when they re-united with their original singer Randy Rampage. Band released album CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW but reunion didn’t last too long until Randy was out again because of his drug and alcohol problems. It was time of another singer and then Joe Comeau stepped in. Annihilator released two high quality albums CARNIVAL DIABLOS and WAKING THE FURY with Joe before he was surprisingly out after the release of live album DOUBLE LIVE ANNILIATION in 2003. Canadian native Dave Padden replaced Comeau and he�s been in the band since then. Annihilator has lived though many ups and downs in their career but what�s most important, band has always survived and now they�re once again back with their 12�Th studio release called �Metal�. Band visited in Finland, for the first time in sixteen years, on last April while they were on tour as a special guest for U.S band. I had an opportunity to sit down with Jeff Waters in Helsinki before their show in House of Culture and here are the results of our lengthy discussion� ENJOY! 

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Suicidal Tendencies : The 13th June Helsinki Finland

June 19th, 2007
by Arto Lehtinen

The 13th of June 2007
Tavastia Helsinki
Finland

Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen

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Rowan Robertson

June 18th, 2007
by Rick

Rowan Robertson

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Slik Toxik

June 18th, 2007
by Rick

Slik Toxik

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Rob Doherty: Former Into Eternity guitarist

June 18th, 2007
by Rick

Rob Doherty

Former Into Eternity Guitarist

By: Meg Hughes

 

* All photos courtesy of Caroline Traitler and Alina Michelle

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Bobby Gustafson

June 18th, 2007
by Rick

Bobby Gustafson

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Joey Allen of Warrant

June 18th, 2007
by Rick

Joey Allen

of

WARRANT

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Kruiz: Russian Metal

June 18th, 2007
by Rick

Kruiz

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Pestilence

June 18th, 2007
by Rick

Pestilence

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Possessed

June 18th, 2007
by Rick

 Possessed

By Arto Lehtinen

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Heaven and Hell live at KB-hallen in Copenhagen Denmark 2007

June 18th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

 

Heaven and Hell


European Tour
KB-Hallen
Copenhagen
Denmark
6/6 – 2007

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

 

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King Diamond – GIVE ME YOUR SOUL…PLEASE

June 18th, 2007
by EvilG

Interviewed by EvilG

All live photos by Arto Lehtinen
Transcribed by HannTu

Interviewing King Diamond was one of the most enjoyable things I’ve done for Metal-Rules.com. It will certainly be one of the more memorable moments for me as I’ve been a fan of King’s for close on 20 years. Getting the opportunity to speak with this metal legend was nothing short of amazing. King came across as being very enthusiastic and passionate. The only regret is that we only had 30mins. With King giving very detailed and long answers, there was so much more I would of loved to hear about. For me, the best part of the interview was the end where he talks about the storyline for the new album GIVE ME YOUR SOUL…PLEASE. It was like having a personal reading….just wow! So without further ado, gals and ghouls……..KING DIAMOND!

 

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Megadeth – The Astoria, London

June 18th, 2007
by Hanntu

Megadeth
The Astoria, London, UK
16th June 2007

All live pics and review by HannTu

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Venom The 7 Scandinavien dates of Hell Tour 2007 at KB in Malmö Sweden

June 18th, 2007
by Anders Sandvall

Venom

The 7 Scandinavian dates of Hell Tour 2007
Kulturbolaget
Malmoe, Sweden
31/5 – 2007

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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AGENT STEEL talk about ALIENIGMA

June 15th, 2007
by Metal Rules

AGENT STEEL guitarist Juan Garcia & and vocalist Bruce Hall talk about the new album, ALIENIGMA

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

 

Agent Steel have just finished the mixing process of the band´s 5 full-lenght album, ALIENENIGMA, with Bill Metoyer in charge to lead the ship. ALIENIGMA will also be released via Agent Steel´s new label Mascot Records. The band´s deal with their previous label, Italian Scarlet Records, came to an end with the 4-song EP titled EARTH UNDER LUCIFER. A multi-deal contract with the Holland-based label Mascot Records was signed in the beginning of 2007. Agent Steel also have a European tour coming up (starting from Frankfurt, Germany on September 5th 2007), but before jumping that far into the distant future, let´s hear what Agent Steel has to say about their new album ALIENIGMA. Let the band´s guitarist Juan Garcia and vocalist Bruce Hall tell you everything about that – amongst other interesting things as well…


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