Legendary Canadian thrash/heavy metal masters Annihilator will release their brand new (and 15th!) studio album, “SUICIDE SOCIETY”, on September 18th, 2015 via UDR Music, worldwide.
As usual, guitar wizard Jeff Waters handles all songwriting duties, plays all guitar & bass, engineers, produces, mixes and masters “Suicide Society”… and Waters is also back commanding lead vocal duties, as he did on the critically acclaimed “King of the Kill” (1994), “Refresh the Demon” (1996), “Remains” (1997) and other Annihilator albums over the years.
Waters on his return to vocal duties: “Dave (Padden/vocalist from 03-14) & I have, essentially, been Annihilator since 2003 but he resigned last December, citing having had enough of touring, being away from home and other commitments. I thank him for his 11 years with Annihilator. That said, Annihilator and I are known for never giving up and, occasionally, coming up with something even better than its former offering(s): this is undeniably the case with “Suicide Society!”
Listen to some clips from “SUICIDE SOCIETY” and see the CD cover here:
Article and pictures by Arto Lehtinen,
Marko Syrjala, and Patrick Clement
Hell yeah! It’s time to enter the mighty Swedenrock Festival. A fantastic and the most enjoyable rock and metal festival on earth. It has to be pointed out that Metal Rules has covered Sweden Rock since 2001! Therefore, it is quite logical to cover the festival again. The 2014 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Approximately 80 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past decade as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t an exception as the fest was sold out despite a lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article on several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was both rainy and sunny during these four days. The Metal-Rules.com team was there to witness the bands, not for some kinda beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pics
Here comes an update on what DuskMachine is up to. The band features a lot of well known names like drummer Randy Black, singer Joe Comeau and bass player Russ Bergquist. The interview is with Bergquist, and we spoke about the bands second album entitled DUSKMACHINE, and of course about the brilliant guest appearance on the album. If you are curious about the music of DuskMachine then continue onwards. Read the rest of this entry »
Looks like you zombies can‘t get enough of the Feast! ANNIHILATOR‘s latest masterpiece is let loose again as Limited Edition No. 2 – with re-recorded ANNIHILATOR classics on CD and the full Wacken Festival show on DVD, all in a special Ecolbook version with a new 3D cover!
This edition contains:
– The new album Feast in a CD-sized book with extra pages in the booklet
– The 15-song bonus CD Re-Kill with newly recorded ANNIHILATOR classics
– Plus a never-seen-before live DVD filmed at last year‘s Wacken Open Air, when the band opened the festival relentlessly regardless of the blistering heat!
– Not to mention a brand new 3D cover taking over where the original Feast cover left us. Which means: More zombies, and they are coming closer!
That‘s 35 songs-worth of the finest Canadian thrash metal. Pretty cool package, eh?
The Feast Ecolbook version will be available in US on March 11, 2014.
ANNIHILATOR’s 14th studio album Feast was released in August 2013 to critical acclaim and reached the charts in several countries, among them Germany (#20), Finland (#17), Switzerland (#36) and France (#76). Read the rest of this entry »
Annihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band that was formed in 1984 by guitarist/vocalist Jeff Waters. The band has sold over two million albums worldwide. Their debut album, ALICE IN HELL, is considered to be one of true classics of the thrash metal genre and Waters’ “extraordinary guitar playing skills” are widely recognized. Since formation, Annihilator has released thirteen studio albums and gone through many line-up changes. The band now consists of two official members, with Waters and rhythm guitarist/vocalist Dave Padden, who joined band ranks in 2003. The line-up is now completed with touring bassist Alberto Campuzano and drummer Mike Harshaw who also performed on the band’s latest album FEAST. Annihilator has enjoyed a strong upswing in Europe during the last few years. FEAST is their best-selling album since the late 80’s glory days and Annihilator concerts have been mainly sold out. Tonight’s show in Helsinki made no exception when over 600 metalheads find their way to witness Canadian’s finest performing in Club Nosturi. Welcome to the show!
The most prestigious Heavy Metal festival in southern Italy reveals one more surprise for the 2014 Edition!
Just a few weeks after the announcement of the first confirmed bands, the organizers of the TOTAL METAL OPEN AIR FESTIVAL spread another wonderful news to the Italian metal audience! In fact, in addition to the already announced and warmly welcomed MOONSPELL, the famous Apulian event will also feature the stainless thrash metal band ANNIHILATOR!
Since their smashing debut in 1989, that Technical Thrash Metal masterpiece called “Alice In Hell“, Annihilator came overwhelmingly among the big names of global metal scene, standing out for their unique style which today is a source of inspiration for many other big band and, at the same time, inimitable! After more than 20 years of career, the band led by virtuoso and brilliant guitarist Jeff Waters is still an amazing war machine and it showed not only with their latest highly successful album “Feast“, but also with their latest fired live appearances on prestigious stages such as Wacken Open Air, the Metal Days in Tolmin and many others in every corner of the world where big metal fans were able to find a band in excellent form and capable with every single riff to penetrate deep within every soul devoted to the sacred creed of Heavy Metal!
Annihilator is a band with 24 years of touring experience and 14 critically acclaimed studio albums under their belt. Apart from that, they’re also a heavy metal band that has managed to maintain a strong and dedicated fan-base supporting them throughout the years.
August, 2013 saw the release of Feast – the latest Annihilator studio album that includes 9 brand new killer tracks and 15 re-recordings of the band’s most well-known songs.
On October the 13th, 2013, Annihilator lads paid a visit to London’s O2 Academy Islington to present their latest material and play some of the good old Annihilator classics to a sold out room full of London’s finest metalheads.
ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters is featured in a career-spanning interview with Dead Rhetoric. An excerpt from the discussion is available below:
Dead Rhetoric: As the ’90s wore on, the band started to do better in Europe, but remained idle in America. At that point, were you like, “Forget it!”?
Waters: “Yes, I stopped looking in 1995 when I was trying to get a deal for King Of The Kill. The Japanese and European labels were signing me to good deals, but I couldn’t get anyone in North America to respond to my faxes – that was the thing back then, and phone calls. Nobody wants us, reality check. I took it as a slam against me, the industry wouldn’t accept me. If I didn’t have Europe or Japan behind me I would probably be a bum on the street or dead right now (laughs). Music is my life, I didn’t want to change band names or music styles, I got lucky.”
Dead Rhetoric: What was the tipping point in terms of you shifting your focus away from North America? Was it Never, Neverland?
Waters: “Roadrunner dropped everything that was metal. There were no bands left from that purge- Canadian or United States that had the word metal in it. You had Robb Flynn from VIO-LENCE turn into MACHINE HEAD, they didn’t start off with the thrash they have been playing recently – they had red jumpsuits on and changed their sound/image. Bands lost their record deals – nobody was in a position to carry on. Most bands just got jobs, some bands adapted and got rid of their name, changed out musicians and went on. For Machine Head that worked. We said, this is what we do. We had the luck of Europe and Japan staying with these styles and still buying our music.
My opinion would be much different if those two territories had not been there, I probably would have been quite bitter and depressed. We didn’t have an option in North America unless I wanted to change the name of the band and play a different form of music. Set the World On Fire didn’t do well in North America, but it was the second biggest album for us ever in Japan, and King Of The Kill was the biggest one there, Set The World On Fire had us headlining to 80,000 people at the Dynamo Festival in Europe, so we were going up but North America didn’t see that. I didn’t have time to tour the world and try to break back in Canada and the United States. Playing this was not the kind of music the labels wanted to sign anyway, a traditional form of heavy metal and thrash metal. Fans may have wanted it, but the industry didn’t, the clubs didn’t, the booking agents didn’t.”
Canadian metal legends ANNIHILATOR are gearing up for studio cd #14, simply titled “FEAST”, which will be released on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 via the UDR label. 9 brand new tracks that will kick your ass. The deluxe ECO-book version will also feature a 15-song Bonus CD… a grand total of 24 songs in one package – with a 3D cover! Read the rest of this entry »
Canuck legends ANNIHILATOR have announced a special club gig at The Brass Monkey in Ottawa, ON on April 18. The show will feature support from local metal act AGGRESSOR.
Says Waters: “I figured, since I go to this bar often to check out bands, I need to bring my guys there to have some fun before we leave for our next tour in April! Come on down, if you can get in… this will be about as intimate as it gets and expect an early start and long set! Party at my house after.”
As an added bonus to the evening, guitarist Jeff Waters is offering up one of his signature Epiphone Flying V guitars to be won. All you need to do is buy a ticket to the show and you are automatically entered into the raffle.
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 30th at 10AM through this location or in person from the venue.
Mike Mangini is an American drummer, and the current drummer for the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Mangini joined band in 2011 after the departure of founding drummer Mike Portnoy. Later on that same year the band released its latest opus DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS. Mangini’s earlier playing credits include Annihilator, Extreme and Steve Vai among others. He’s also well known for his work as a session musician and lecturing for years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Mangini has also written two books titled Rhythm Knowledge about his unique drumming techniques, a practice method for deconstructing and simplifying complex poly-rhythms and time signatures. Dream Theater opened their 2012 European leg of “Dramatic Tour of Events” from Helsinki in mid January. It was at this tour stop that we had a pleasure to sit down with Mr. Mangini and discuss the current state of Dream Theater and some older stuff as well. Read on!
While on their way back across the Atlantic they received word from the scouting party in Canada: Before it had a chance to leave the capital city, it was attacked by an ANNIHILATOR! Sailors, please welcome another Canadian Metal Legend on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival!
But that’s not all… as a special treat, Jeff Waters will be holding an exclusive Guitar Clinic on board!
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
So far 32 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:
CHILDREN OF BODOM
MY DYING BRIDE
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012.
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
Capitale du Metal presents Canadian metal powerhouse Annihilator for the 2011 edition of the Festival d’Été de Québec (Quebec City International Summer Festival), on July 10th at the Imperial Theater. This is an exclusive for Canada this summer, a first for Quebec City and the first show in 18 years that Annihilator has played in North America. Despite the lengthy absence here, Annihilator has been a success around the globe since the band’s 1989’s debut release “Alice in Hell”. Since then, with 13 studio cd’s, millions of records sold and dozens of world tours under their belt, Annihilator are fired up to show metal heads in North America why Annihilator has earned a reputation of being one of the best live international acts out there today.
Here is what Annihilator’s mastermind Jeff Waters had to say about the announcement of the show:
“Well it’s been a long, long time since Annihilator has played its home country Canada; and it’s about time!
It’s been 17 years since we have played here, despite releasing records and touring Europe and Asia every year for 22 years! I backed out of North American touring way back in 1994 as the metal scene essentially went underground until recently. I also ended up being a single father of a young son so I also decided to go where Annihilator was “wanted” (Europe/Asia) and spent my off-touring months at home, being a Dad and working in my studio.
Now that my kid is a teenager and the kind of metal we play seems back in full swing here in North America, it is time to get out there and rock… and what better place to return to rock than Canada’s metal province: Quebec! We will
hit the rest of Canada and the USA soon but, this summer, some metal fans will get what they have been threatening me for, for years: ANNIHILATOR’s RETURN TO CANADA!”
Moreover, metal fans will have the opportunity to experience another comeback as Montreal-based metal legends Sword will act as direct support, after nearly 20 years away from the spotlight. Fans have been demanding their return for many years, and it has now become a reality. However, much of the band members remained active in the musical scene during Sword’s two-decade hiatus.
The stage is set for a night to remember; and of the finest quality!