Type: DVD Company: SPV/Steamhammer Release: 2006 Genre: Thrash Reviewer: Eric Compton Published: 2/20/2006
A must see for anyone remotely interested in this Canadian machine
Annihilator - Ten Years In Hell - 2006 - SPV
Disc 1: 1. Intro 2. "Alison Hell" 3. Release Party 4. TV Media One 5. "Stonewall" 6. TV Media Two 7. TV Media Three 8. Backstage 9. "Fun Palace" - Live Version 10. TV Media Four 11. "Set The World On Fire" 12. "King of the Kill" Back Vocals 13. "King Of The Kill" 14. Jeff In Japan 15. "21" 16. "Only Be Lonely" 17. "Syn. Kill I" 18. Criteria Rehearsal 19. "Alison & Homicide" 20. O Canada 21. "Ultraparanoia" 22. "Pharr" - Live Version 23. "Rampage Raw"
Disc 2: 1. Pre-Annihilator era 2. Demo Days 3. Alice In Hell 4. Never, Neverland 5. Set The World On Fire 6. King Of The Kill 7. Refresh & Remains 8. Criteria 9. Other releases 10. Catch ya later 11. Mike Mangini 12. Neil Goldberg
Welcome the beast to the home video market, Annihilator hitting lights, camera, action in this essential telling of the band's early beginnings. Jeff Waters has worked wonders here with "Ten Years In Hell", fully documenting all aspects of his very own "Frankenstein", giving plenty of volts and Waters wattage to wrap up a whole lot of years with one shake of the stick. SPV has teamed up with this Watersound Studios Presentation to bring to light this wacky world of Annihilator, from "The Jeff Waters Project" to the return of the Rampage, we get it all from the guitarist and his ex-mates through close to four hours of footage.
"Ten Years In Hell" is exactly that, this video package documenting ONLY the band's first ten years. Think of this in the same style as the recent Iron Maiden DVD "The Early Years", as with this we only get footage up until 1999's "Criteria For A Black Widow". Those of you looking for Dave Padden and Joe Comeau coverage will need to wait until 2016, or there and abouts. With the telling of this extraordinary trip comes rare live footage and various television appearances, all neatly wrapped up in some great graphics and a very organized format that follows the correct chronological order, a must when trying to wrap up this many albums in one sitting.
Disc number uno begins with Jeff Waters longtime friend John Bates (Bates Motel) talking on camera about the beginnings of Annihilator and the early creative visions of the band's creator. From there it is a stream of extremely informative and entertaining bits, from record release parties, rare television interviews, live footage, studio sessions, and plenty of commentary from ex-Annihilator musicians. It is really interesting to see Waters in these early interviews, appearing on some off the wall TV shows and some wild Japanese chat sessions. Along the way we also get promo videos for "Stonewall", "Alison Hell", "21", "Syn. Kill 1", "Set The World On Fire", "King Of The Kill", and "Only Be Lonely".
Disc two weighs in with simply Jeff Waters telling the entire history of the band. His commentary is just amazing, a truly inspiring experience when seen through his eyes. This commentary runs close to two hours and has additional comments from folks like Mike Mangini, Neil Goldberg, Russell Bergquist, and Coburn Pharr, all checking in to lend you info on their whereabouts. When it is all said and done, well this is one tremendous package that really is a must see for anyone remotely interested in this Canadian machine.
Note - Interesting to see drummer Randy Black's face edited out of the "King Of The Kill" performances.
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.
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