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Annihilator
Annihilator
Type: CD
Company: Earache
Release: 2010
Genre: Thrash
Reviewer: Chris Kincaid
Published: 5/2/2010
Sweet shred session sea of speed

Annihilator
Annihilator

Company: Earache Records
Release: 2010
Genre: Thrash, shred
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Chris Kincaid

  • Sweet shred session sea of speed



  • Back with their 13th studio album Canadian Metal soldiers ANNIHILATOR have delivered an album that is a tight, thrash and bash machine with so-so vocals.

    The self titled release boasts an incredible 66...count em...66 solos spread throughout all 10 tracks. The guitar work? It's nothing short of polished. However it never upstages the constant barrage of drums and bass work that keeps the pace flowing through songs of anger and vengeance.

    But that's Jeff Waters for you! He is afterall one of the most influential guitarists of all time being voted number 3 in Joel McIvers book 'The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists'. Without him there is no ANNIHILATOR--one man show who serves as producer of his own work.

    And it shows in tracks like the opener 'The Trend' which starts off with a mid-tempo beat...changes into a sweet shred session...before plunging into a sea of speed led by charging guitars and even flexs a melodic chorus. 'The Coward' which kicks off with a lightning quick fight riff with the vocals tending to be a mixture of high pitched Metal bravado one minute then shouting lines like 'I will deliver pain. When our 2 worlds collide' the next. The short but sweet 'Ambush'. 'Betrayed' with a great solo that serves to bridge the song together. The most unusual track on here is '25 Seconds' that starts with a bass line not lacking in groove then shifts into a fast and furious mixture of rage with some nice fret tapping reminiscent of Eddie Van Halen. 'Nowhere to Run' sounds like it could've been written by Slayer. While cuts like 'The Other Side' slide in with more of a groove oriented Metal feel. Or the stomping mad 'Payback'.

    Hell, speaking of Van Halen there's even a classic cover of 'Romeo Delight' on here that is a little more agressive than the original but still kicks ass!

    The production is top notch compared to earlier works like "Alice In Hell" and draws more from popular efforts such as "King of the Kill" or "Carnival Diablos" and less of the Deathcore style they were heading in on the heavy laden "All For You" and "Metal".

    It's no secret that some of the more hardcore fans fled upon this change in direction but they'll be flocking back for a disc that is pure...brutal...shred.


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: ANNIHILATOR
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    REVIEWER DATE
    All For YouAnnihilator
    2004
    Eric Compton11/1/2004
    AnnihilatorAnnihilator
    2010
    Chris Kincaid5/2/2010
    FeastAnnihilator
    2013
    Eric Compton2/20/2014
    MetalAnnihilator
    2007
    Vinaya Saksena10/17/2008
    Schizo-DeluxeAnnihilator
    2005
    Eric Compton1/13/2006
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    2006
    Eric Compton2/20/2006


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