Reviewer: Eric Compton
Regardless of mileage or incline, Waters and Padden continue to push that heavy load. "Feast" is the fourth collaboration between the two in a space of nine years. This partnership is ultimately the brains and brawn of the Annihilator machine and this new album illustrates that. Padden wrote the opener "Deadlock" and contributes on rhythm guitar in the live setting. In recent interviews, Waters stated that he would send pieces of these songs to Padden and the two would interact long distance on re-writes or changes. The end result works tremendously well as these songs are some of the band's best. "Deadlock" is a furious opening statement with those trademark riffs and timing changes. The same could be said for "No Way Out", another charging anthem that has Padden's softer vocals spaced evenly within the quick leads. "Fight The World" is another semi-ballad that shows Padden's sterile singing, something he also does quite well with "One Falls, Two Rise". The production standards are high with riffs and percussion high in the mix and the packaging is top notch. I couldn't be happier with "Feast" and depending on the weather it is my top pick of 2013.
About this Writer:Eric Compton
// Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.