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ANNIHILATOR – Live at Club Nosturi, Helsinki, November 6th, 2013

December 4th, 2013

November 6th, 2013



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!

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Annihilator with support The Generals on Feast On Europe Tour 2013, Scandinavian leg Pumpehuset Copenhagen,Denmark

December 4th, 2013



Feast On Europe Tour 2013, Scandinavian leg
The Generals – support act

Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 1, 2013
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November 26th, 2013


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!

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Annihilator + The Generals + Nightlord at the O2 Academy Islington, London, UK.

November 3rd, 2013

Annihilator + The Generals + Nightlord

@ O2 Academy Islington

13th October 2013

Review by Anna Dumpe

Photography by Sabrina Dersel



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.

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ANNIHILATOR’s Jeff Waters “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”

September 16th, 2013
Annihilator - FEAST

Annihilator – FEAST

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.”

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August 12th, 2013
Annihilator - FEAST

Annihilator – FEAST

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!
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ANNIHILATOR – 1st EVER Ottawa (Canada) Gig Announced!

March 28th, 2012
Annihilator Ottawa

Annihilator Ottawa

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.

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DREAM THEATER – drummer Mike Mangini, ex-Extreme, Annihilator, Steve Vai

February 2nd, 2012





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!

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ANNIHILATOR confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL

December 18th, 2011

The Canadian Scouting Party Has Been Attacked!


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:



































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 for more information and book your cabin NOW!

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First North America Annihilator Show in 18 years booked for Quebec City

April 28th, 2011


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!


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ANNIHILATOR @ O2 Islington Academy, London

December 8th, 2010


@ O2 Islington Academy, London

20th November 2010

Reviewer: Alex Agamoth

Photos: Altercarnated Photography

London can be the most unpredictable city in terms of weather conditions and mostly turns out to be quite a bad surprise, but we weren’t going to let the UK ruin this gig!

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A Sad Note: The passing of former Annihilator drummer

December 7th, 2010

Guitarist Jeff Waters posted the below note to the official Annihilator page today:

“A few weeks ago (while I was touring in Europe), I got word that we lost a former member of Annihilator’s touring lineup, Dave Machander. He passed away from cancer.

Dave was a super nice guy. I met him under stressful circumstances. In 1996, we did a record called REFRESH THE DEMON. Randy Black was our drummer then and I had bought everyone’s plane tickets for our upcoming Refresh the Demon EUROPE tour 1996.

12 days BEFORE the tour weas supposed to start, I get a call from Randy telling me that, if I did not pay him dounle+ the money I was to pay him for the tour, that he would not come along and would join another Vancouver artist “Bif Naked” instead (as she apparently was offering more money). I told him that we could not afford this and that it is very, very wrong to hold us “hostage” like this. He ended up leaving for Bif Naked (which ended up lasting one tour and he was out anyway!) but, more importantly, Randy Black left us with NO DRUMMER, a cancelled flight that I did not get my money back for and a tour in 12 days!!!

12 days is wayyyy too short of a time to get someone to jump in and play an Annihilator set and I still had to hope I could find someone!!

Dave Davis, our long-time guitar player, suggested his friend Dave Machander and thought he could handdle the gig/pressure. I was not convinced but had no other option than to literally say “you are in”, before I even heard him play drums!

We rehearsed on Vancouver Island, near where both Dave’s lived. We had 6 rehearsals scheduled. Normally, for a drummer with us, headlining Europe, we would need 10 reherasals.

Many drummers play along with a “click”. That is a cowbell kind of sound that keeps a time/beat in the drummer’s earphones and lets him play close to perfect timing… it helps him zoom in and play tighter than without one. Well, Dave was not playing well to it. Turns out, he had never played to one before. I was in panic mode. So was everyone else. So by the 4th rehearsal of 6, I was ready to cancel. Almost. Then Dave Davis said “Jeff, why don’t we simply take Machander OFF the click and let him just “feel” the music”.

I said “Might as well try, Dave”.

We did. INSTANTLY, the guy played fantastic. Really good. Better than good. He then really only had 2 good rehersals with us and then got on the plane with us and kicked f…ing ass on that tour. The guy pulled through and stuck with it. Most guys would have quit after the first few rehearsals but he would not give up. And thanks to Dave Davis for the tour-saving suggestion!

Anyway, I only saw/knew Dave Machander on that one tour with us. He was a bio-chemist, if I have my info right. A very smart guy and seemed to be a very nice guy, too!

Send a thought out to him and his family. He was a good guy.

And grab a loved one and give them a hug,

Jeff Waters”

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ANNIHILATOR – Vocalist Dave Padden

November 22nd, 2010


Interview with vocalist Dave Padden


Long time Canadian thrash metal icons, Annihilator, are known for being the soul and mind of the guitar wizard Jeff Waters who has navigated the band throughout the years. However, the guitarist/vocalist Dave Padden has become an essential part of the Annihilator camp within these past seven – eight years. Annihilator has visited Finland a couple of times before as a support for Judas Priest in 1991 and Trivium a few years back. It was clearly time for them to have the headliner slot here. The Tavastia club was entirely packed when Waters and company got on the stage. Before the four piece thrashers stormed onto the stage to wake the fury, we had the privilege of having a chat with the vocalist of Annihilator Dave Padden who talked about the on-going tour, the re-issued albums, and several other interesting issues about the mighty Annihilator!

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November 18th, 2010

Canadian melodic thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR escaped a large fire on Wednesday night, shortly after playing to a packed house in Nottingham, England whilst on their European headlining tour.

ANNIHILATOR were packing up their gear from the Rescue Rooms venue in Nottingham city centre at around 1:00am when a large fire broke out next door.  1,400 people were evacuated from the venue as well as others from surrounding buildings.  No one was injured in the incident.

Emergency services were called to the scene and were still putting the fire out on Thursday afternoon, causing significant disruption to the city’s transport services.  Some of ANNIHILATOR’s equipment was still in the venue at the time of the fire and the band and its crew were unable to retrieve it until Thursday.

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ANNIHILATOR have now retrieved their equipment and are able to continue with their tour.  Catch them live at the following remaining shows:

Nov. 18 – Bristol, UK – Academy 2
Nov. 20 – London, UK – Islington Academy
Nov. 24 – Thessaloniki, Greece – Principal Club Theatre
Nov. 25 – Athens, Greece – Gagarin 205 Club

ANNIHILATOR were regretfully forced to cancel their show on November 19th in Birmingham.

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November 9th, 2010


REMAINS, the 1996 album from Canadian melodic thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR, has been reissued and is out now in Europe.

Following the recent release of ANNIHILATOR’s critically acclaimed, self-titled new album, Earache Records announced the “Total Annihilation” campaign, reissuing six albums from the band’s illustrious back-catalogue.  REMAINS is the sixth and final release in the series, following CARNIVAL DIABLOS, CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW, WAKING THE FURY, KING OF THE KILL and REFRESH THE DEMON.

REMAINS is available now on CD in a custom slipcase and includes three bonus tracks plus a guitar workshop video with ANNIHILATOR guitarist and mainman JEFF WATERS.

The full track listing for REMAINS is as follows:

01. Tricks And Traps
02. Murder
03. Never Forget
04. Reaction
05. Human Remains
06. I Want
07. Dead Wrong
08. No Love
09. Sexecution
10. Wind
11. Bastiage
12. Words From Jeff Waters*
13. Back To The Palace (1999 Demo)*
14. Annihilator (1985 Radio Ottawa Demo)*

(* bonus tracks)

Get REMAINS now in Europe, along with the other “Total Annihilation” reissues, at

To celebrate this great series of reissues, Earache Records is offering a free, sturdy bookshelf box to fans as a way of neatly and proudly displaying the six albums.  The bookshelf box is available to European fans and features stunning ANNIHILATOR artwork and a personal message to the fans from ANNIHILATOR mastermind JEFF WATERS.

To get your free ANNIHILATOR bookshelf box, simply e-mail your full name and postal address to with the subject “Annihilator box”.

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If you don’t yet have these great ANNIHILATOR reissues, you can also get the whole set pre-packaged in one of the bookshelf boxes for a special price.  Just head to the Earache Webstore at

You can also get your hands on a free downloadable ANNIHILATOR compilation album, TOTAL ANNIHILATION, at

Don’t miss ANNIHILATOR on the following remaining dates of their European headlining tour:

Nov. 10 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
Nov. 11 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
Nov. 13 – Newcastle, UK – Legends
Nov. 14 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Nov. 15 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Nov. 17 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Nov. 18 – Bristol, UK – Academy 2
Nov. 19 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 2
Nov. 20 – London, UK – Islington Academy
Nov. 24 – Thessaloniki, Greece – Principal Club Theatre
Nov. 25 – Athens, Greece – Gagarin 205 Club

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