Annihilator's mastermind Jeff Waters has invited the band's former vocalist, Coburn Pharr, to feature in their performances when the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise sails to Jamaica in January 2015. Pharr was lead vocalist on their critically acclaimed and best-selling 1990 release Never, Neverland. If you are a fan of that album, this might be another reason to attend the cruise.
What's with all the band van/bus crashes lately? Annihilator also suffered from that as they had a rough time yesterday in Spain. The band was involved in a bus crash. It could've been very serious but in the end all the band members are okay. However, the band did have to cancel the show in Barcelona.
Canadian thrash metal veterans Annihilator released a new album this August by the name of Feast, already the 14th album of their career. Their new video for the song "No Way Out" has now also premiered online. You can enjoy guitarist Jeff Waters and company rocking it out right here.
Canadian thrashers Annihilator have announced a bunch of new European tour dates, scheduled for this coming summer and fall. All dates confirmed for the summer are festival appearances, while dates for October and November are booked for a headlining European tour. Check out the complete list of confirmed tour dates below.
Canadian thrashers Annihilator are the newest addition to the 70000 Tons Of Metal 2012 line-up. Alongside them, 31 other bands are confirmed to perform and will cruise with the fans in this very unique festival. For more information go to this location.
Dave Machander, touring drummer for Annihilator on Refresh the Demon Europe tour 1996, has sadly lost his battle with cancer. Annihilator mainman Jeff Waters released the following statement:
"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!!!
Just in case you missed this, you can still download the brand new Annihilator compilation album, Total Annihilation, for free.
All you need to do is surf to the Earache Records website and at the price of one e-mail address you can get a free download package of the album in case you haven't already (.mp3 - 320kbps).
Total Annihilation cover art] tracklist:
01. The Trend
04. Carnival Diablos
05. Back To The Palace
06. Nothing Left
09. King Of The Kill
10. Second To None
12. Refresh The Demon
13. Tricks And Traps
14. Never Forget
Just before the weekend, Annihilator announced a much-anticipated headline tour in Europe this autumn.
The band just returned from a hugely successful European summer festival trip, playing to hundreds of thousands of real metal fans at festivals like Sonisphere, Masters Of Rock, Hellfest, Kavarna Rock and others. In related news, Annihilator signed up with Steve Strange at XRAY Touring (www.xraytouring.com).
Frontman Jeff Waters comments on all this: "First off, it was an honor to play for so many incredible metal fans this summer. Seeing our good friends in bands and crews from around the world was a bonus. Secondly, I need to thank Steve at XRAY Touring for taking Annihilator on. His support is giving us opportunities we've not seen before. Lastly, for all you Euro-metal fans, get ready! We are going to give 110% for you, as you are the reason that Annihilator is still going strong and even stronger than ever: Thanks to the fans!"
Annihilator has posted a new song online, called "Betrayed". You can check the track out on the band's official website. Another song, called "Coward", is still available for streaming at the Earache Records' MySpace page.
The new songs come off the band's next self-titled album Annihilator which will be released in Europe on May 17 via Earache Records, in Japan via Marquee and in Australia by Riot Entertainment.
Annihilator's management, Verena Baumgardt of Neverland Music Inc., has issued the following:
"Annihilator is looking for an experienced, skilled professional bassist. Applicants must be able to commit 100% to the band, be available for extensive global touring from April 2010 onwards (valid passport), preferably a resident of Canada, and have touring experience.
The audition "song" will be "Phantasmagoria" (live version).
A link to the song is at: http://www.myspace.com/annihilatorofficial
A link to a video of Jeff Waters showing the bass guitar parts is at this location.
To apply, please email the following to neverlandmusic bell net
Canadian metallers Annihilator will release their new DVD, "Live At Masters Of Rock", on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: October 30
Europe, Australia: November 2
USA, Canada, Asia: TBA
The cover artwork comes from the band's set which was filmed and recorded on July 11, 2008 at the Masters Of Rock festival in Vizovice, Czech Republic.
A new press release reads as follows: "Prepare to experience Canada's Annihilator. Known as one of the premiere live metal acts for 3 decades now, Annihilator are captured live in the hot, Czech Republic summer of 2008. The band hits hard with mint, metal masterpieces, ranging from early metal classic records like "Alice In Hell", "Never", "Neverland" and "Set The World On Fire", to powerhouse records like "King Of The Kill", "Waking The Fury", "Carnival Diablos" and from 2007's acclaimed release "Metal". Performing live in front of 30,000 metalheads, this sold-out concert DVD is the purest example of why Annihilator are touted as one of the best metal bands of our time. Enjoy the metal."
"For many fans Annihilator was always the silent hero of thrash metal. They never got the same attention as Megadeth, Metallica or Slayer, but when musical critics predicted the end of thrash metal by the end of the 80's, they shut their mouths with one of the most intense thrash metal releases ever - "Alice In Hell". The album was a brilliant mixture of melody, power and aggression - everything a thrash metal band could ever wish for in their debut. Annihilator's next offering, "Never, Neverland", was proof that the debut was not made by accident - the album delivered the same amount of sheer thrash madness, backed by some extremely melodic riffs and solos. After these two releases the group continued their career with various line-up changes (eventually leaving guitarist Jeff Waters the only original member), but every album recorded after 1990 had a totally different vibe than the first two releases. Perhaps that was the reason why in 1996 Roadrunner Records decided to put out a live album covering the period from 1989 to 1990, by many fans considered Annihilator's strongest years. "In Command" brilliantly captures the band at the beginning of their musical voyage, when all that mattered was the joy of playing thrash metal and kicking some ass!
As posted on the official Annihilator forum, Annihilator will return to Europe starting early October as "very special guest" to Iced Earth.
Guitarist/Mainman Jeff Waters says "We are looking forward to another great tour through Europe and, this time, courtesy of metal warriors Iced Earth. Ripper and I have been good friends for years and it was an honor to be asked to join them on this tour, spreading more METAL through Europe. See you all again real soon!"
Iced Earth + Annihilator:
Oct. 08 - Köln, Germany - Live Music Hall
Oct. 09 - München, Germany - Backstage Werk
Oct. 10 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
Oct. 12 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Razzmatazz 1
Oct. 13 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
Rare video clips of Canadian Thrash legends Annihilator have recently been posted on YouTube, which showcase the band performing live at various points throughout their career, including the following:
'Riff Raff' (AC/DC cover live in Japan 1995): video
official 'Syn Kill' video video
'The Perfect Virus' (live in Greece 2001): video
'Shallow Grave' (live in Greece 2001): video
'Blackest Day' (live in Paris 2002): video
'Never Neverland' (live on SwedenRock cruise 2006): video
UPDATED (on 13/08/07) thanks to Nervel:
Annihilator has posted more video's online, check them out at this YouTube location.