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Annihilator - Former Touring Drummer Passed Away

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!!!

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 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!


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Posted: 09.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (14)

Annihilator - Compilation Album Available For Free Download

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
02. Ambush
03. Battered
04. Carnival Diablos
05. Back To The Palace
06. Nothing Left
07. Ultra-Motion
08. Ritual
09. King Of The Kill
10. Second To None
11. Ultraparanoia
12. Refresh The Demon
13. Tricks And Traps
14. Never Forget


Band profile: Annihilator
Posted: 30.09.2010 by Sjuk | Comments (2)

Annihilator - European Headlining Tour Announced

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 (

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!"

Confirmed tour dates:

06/10/10 - Antwerp - Trix
07/10/10 - Ludwigsberg - Rockfabrik
08/10/10 - Luxembourg - Den Atelier
10/10/10 - Uden - Pul
11/10/10 - Frankfurt - Batchkapp
12/10/10 - Koln - Stollwerk
14/10/10 - Berlin - C-Club
15/10/10 - Hamburg - Knust
16/10/10 - Copenhagen - The Rock
18/10/10 - Oslo - John Dee
19/10/10 - Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
20/10/10 - Stockholm - Klubben
22/10/10 - Helsinki - Tavastia
23/10/10 - Tallinn - Tapper Club
24/10/10 - Riga - Black Friday
26/10/10 - Warsaw - Progresja
27/10/10 - Krakow - Loch Ness
28/10/10 - Prague - Retro Music Hall
30/10/10 - Woergl - Komma
01/11/10 - Prattein - Z7
02/11/10 - Nuremberg - Hirsch
03/11/10 - Milan - Live Club
05/11/10 - Barcelona - Mephisto
06/11/10 - Madrid - Sala Live
07/11/10 - Bilbao - Kafe Antzoki
10/11/10 - Portsmouth - Wedgewood Rooms
11/11/10 - Manchester - Club Academy
12/11/10 - Newcastle - Academy 2
14/11/10 - Glasgow - Garage
15/11/10 - Sheffield - Corporation
17/11/10 - Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
18/11/10 - Bristol - Academy 2
19/11/10 - Birmingham - Academy 2
20/11/10 - London - Islington Academy


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Event: Annihilator
Posted: 02.08.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (3)

Annihilator - Another New Song Online

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.


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Posted: 04.05.2010 by Sjuk | Comments (0)

Annihilator - New Album Details Revealed, New Song Online

Original news, posted on 18.03.2010

Annihilator are due to release a new, self-titled studio album in Europe on May 17 via Earache Records, in Japan via Marquee and in Australia by Riot Entertainment. USA and Canadian dates coming soon.

Annihilator cover art] tracklist:

01. The Trend
02. Coward
03. Ambush
04. Betrayed
05. 25 Seconds
06. Nowhere To Go
07. The Other Side
08. Death In Your Eyes
09. Payback
10. Romeo Delight


"Coward", a new song from Canadian metallers Annihilator, is available for streaming at the Earache Records' MySpace page.

"Coward" comes off Annihilator's upcoming self-titled album, which is due to be released in Europe on May 17 via Earache Records.


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Posted: 11.04.2010 by Fastolphbolger | Comments (17)

Annihilator - Seek Bassist

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:

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

- Full Name
- Age (between 21-35 need only apply)
- City/Area of Residence
- A quality link to a video of you playing (standing up) the bass guitar, along with the audio for the song "Phantasmagoria"; bass must be loud and clear
- 2-3 pics of yourself (on and off stage)
- Details of playing and gigging experiences
- Detail why you want to join the band

Applications/links must be received by February 22, 2010."


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Posted: 26.01.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (5)

Annihilator - Complete DVD Details Revealed

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."

"Live At Masters Of Rock" cover art] tracklist:

Disc I

01. Intro
02. King Of The Kill
03. Blackest Day
04. Operation Annihilation
05. Clown Parade
06. Set The World On Fire
07. I Am In Command
08. Never, Neverland
09. Fun Palace
10. Phantasmagoria
11. W.T.Y.D.
12. Wicked Mystic
13. Alison Hell
14. Shallow Grave
15. Credits

Disc II

01. Intro
02. King Of The Kill
03. Blackest Day
04. Operation Annihilation
05. Clown Parade
06. Set The World On Fire
07. I Am In Command
08. Never, Neverland
09. Fun Palace
10. Phantasmagoria
11. W.T.Y.D.
12. Wicked Mystic
13. Alison Hell
14. Shallow Grave


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Posted: 22.10.2009 by White Winter Sun | Comments (5)

Annihilator - First Live Album To Be Remastered

Metal Mind Productions press release:

"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!

Annihilator's live LP to this day remains an unforgettable musical experience, perfectly capturing the power and the energy of this unique thrash phenomenon. The period between 1989 and 1990 brought two of the group's most praised and respected albums, both filled with unforgettable metal anthems. "In Command" will take you back to where it all started - to the birth of a thrash metal legend!!

New digipak edition of "In Command (live 1989-1990)" will be released by Metal Mind Productions on 19th May 2008 in Europe and 8th July 2008 in USA (via MVD). The album digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc is limited to numerated 2000 copies."

Annihilator -- "In Command (live 1989-1990)" (remastered)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1170 DG
Barcode: 5907785032354
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numerated copies)
Genre: thrash metal
Release date: 19.05.2008 Europe / 08.07.2008 USA


Live on Nov.11, 1989 at The Ritz, New York, NY:
1. W.T.Y.D.
2. Wicked Mystic
3. Ligeia
4. Alison Hell
5. Word Salad

Live on Nov.2, 1990 at The Showroom, San Antonio, TX


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Posted: 27.04.2008 by SlaytallicA | Comments (2)

Annihilator - To Support Iced Earth On European Tour

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
Oct. 15 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Konzertfabrik Z7
Oct. 16 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
Oct. 17 - Wien, Austria - Planet Music
Oct. 18 - Brno, Czech Republic - Fleda
Oct. 19 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
Oct. 21 - Malmö, Sweden - Kulturbolaget
Oct. 22 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
Oct. 23 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgarn
Oct. 25 - Stockholm, Sweden - Tirol
Oct. 26 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpenhuset
Oct. 28 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Oct. 30 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA Longhorn
Nov. 01 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Club 013
Nov. 02 - Antwerpen, Belgiium - Hof Ter Lo

This tour follows a 2 month European tour with Trivium and shows in Tokyo, Japan (Club Citta-Thrash Domination Festival) with old friends Nevermore and Destruction (+Nuclear Assault) on Sept. 22 and 23, 2007.


Band profile: Annihilator
Event: Iced Earth + Annihilator: Wicked European Tour
Posted: 13.09.2007 by Thryce | Comments (3)

Annihilator - Rare Videos Online

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.


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Posted: 02.08.2007 by Thryce | Comments (3)

Annihilator - Live Videos From Europe Tour

The following links were posted on Annihilator's official forum on their website:

Never, Neverland - live at Elysée Montmatre 28.04.2007
Alison Hell - live at Elysée Montmatre 28.04.2007
Clown Parade - live at Elysee Montmartre 28.04.2007
King of the Kill - live in Paris 28.04.2007 (Trivium Tour)
W.T.Y.D - live in Glasgow 13.04.2007

You can also find live pictures of the show at Paris here and live pictures of the show at Glasgow here.


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Posted: 11.05.2007 by White Winter Sun | Comments (1)

Annihilator - New Album Samples Online

Audio samples from Annihilator's forthcoming album "Metal" have been released.
Click here to check out 'Couple Suicide' featuring Canadian frontman Danko Jones and Arch Enemy vocalist Angela Gossow. Click here to listen to 'Clown Parade', featuring a guitar solo by Nevermore's Jeff Loomis. And click here to download a clip of 'Army Of One', featuring a guitar solo from Anvil mainman Steve "Lips" Kudlow.

"Metal" will be released April 11 in Japan (King Records), April 12 in Australia/New Zealand (World Riot Distributors), April 13 in Germany (SPV Records) and April 16 in the rest of Europe (SPV Records).
More info about the album here.


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Posted: 19.03.2007 by Thryce | Comments (3)

Annihilator - New Album Tracklisting

Canadian thrashers Annihilator have revealed the complete track listing for their new album, "Metal", due in Europe on April 16 via SPV Records. An official statement by the band on their forum goes as follows:

The CD's ten new tracks were recorded by Jeff Waters (guitar, bass and lead vocals on one song), drum legend Mike Mangini and Dave Padden (long-time vocalist and touring guitarist/vocalist).
"Metal" also features sensational performances by some of metal's finest players and Annihilator's good friends, like Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom), Danko Jones (Danko Jones), Michael Amott and Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy), Corey Beaulieu (Trivium), William Adler (Lamb Of God), Jeff Loomis (Nevermore), Jesper Strömblad (In Flames), Steve "Lips" Kudlow (Anvil), Anders Björler (The Haunted), Jacob Lynam (Lynam) and more.

In view of these impressive omens, one should tend to believe Waters when he states: "'Metal' is going to be known as one of the coolest guitar albums out there but this is also one of the best-written records in my career; something that you can never achieve if you try… it just happens!"

Jeff Waters on the straightforward and unambiguous album title, "Metal": "The new album reminds me of the first four Annihilator records. It's then tempting to think that I'm looking back artistically, when the opposite happens to be the case. But it's a fact that I composed the new material the same way I went about the early Annihilator tracks. This record combines many of the diverse styles you will find in metal music done our way. Annihilator metal."

April will see Annihilator embark on a major European tour as Trivium's very special guests, playing over 40 shows into June in countries such as Germany, England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Italy and France and then summer festival shows to follow.

"Metal" will be released April 11 in Japan (King Records), April 12 in Australia/New Zealand (World Riot Distributors), April 13 in Germany (SPV Records) and on April 16 in the rest of Europe (SPV Records).

"Metal" track listing:

01. Clown Parade (feat. Jeff Loomis)
02. Couple Suicide (feat. Danko Jones and Angela Gossow)
03. Army Of One (feat. Steve "Lips" Kudlow)
04. Downright Dominate (feat. Alexi Laiho)
05. Smothered (feat. Anders Björler)
06. Operation Annihilation (feat. Michael Amott)


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Event: Trivium + Annihilator: European Crusade Tour
Posted: 19.02.2007 by Thryce | Comments (8)

Annihilator - Songs Available For Streaming

Annihilator guitarist Jeff Waters has uploaded three old Annihilator songs at the band's official MySpace page for streaming and free download. The songs on offer are 'King Of The Kill', 'The One' and 'Refresh The Demon'. They will only be available for a limited time. Go to this location to check them out.

The song 'Plasma Zombies' from the latest Annihilator album, Schizo Deluxe, is also available.


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Posted: 28.11.2006 by Thryce | Comments (1)

Annihilator - New Release Dates

Canada's "Annihilator" have set the following 2005 worldwide release dates for it's 11th studio alBUM "Schizo Deluxe": Japan (Marquee Inc.) on October 21, November 8 in North America (Locomotive/Warner) and in Europe (AFM Records) on November 14.

Says guitar-legend Jeff Waters: "This cd is dedicated to our fans and all metal fans. This time around, I went right for the throat: 100% thrash metal with an attitude. No ballads. No breaks in the insanity. "Schizo Deluxe" is what alot of metal fans have been screaming at me to give them this time: brutal guitar riffs and solos, second-to-none musicianship and back-to-the-roots thrash/heavy metal metal song-writing."

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Posted: 10.08.2005 by abougrej | Comments (0)