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Annihilator: Annihilator
Annihilator 2010 new music review

Annihilator: Annihilator

Heavy/Thrash/Speed Metal
Rating: 4.0/5.0

If you've ever wondered what thrash metal sounded like in the early days of its rise to fame, and before it was comprimised by hardcore, then listen to the new, self-titled, Annihilator album. Before Metallica succumbed (supposedly) to commercialism and Megadeth was overshadowed by the same, this was the true sound of thrash metal circa 1989. Sole remaining member, and founder, Jeff Waters delivers the goods: true intense thrash metal in overdrive and knobs to 12. This is the real deal.

Although you may not think so when listening to the first two minutes of opener, The Trend, which sounds like trad melodic metal until it rips into, holy sh*t, classic thrash. Good stuff. And this good stuff continues, with some interesting twists along the way. For instance, while the undercurrent is classic thrash, 25 Seconds borrows or imitates current trends with harsher vocals and a punishing hardcore verve. But unlike modern trends, melody remains and massive fiery guitar work ensues. It's a big FY to current trends. Then listen to that bass line. A freakin' amazing song. Let's hear Lamb of God or some such other band pull this off. I don't think so. It gets better. Nowhere to Go blends some classic melodic heavier metal with speed. Romeo Delight maybe the closest example of Van Halen doing thrash, very cool.

It may be 20 years, but Jeff Waters and Annihilator are more relevant, and creative, than ever. This self-titled 13th album is definitely better than the misnamed Metal of 2007, and more akin to the vital Alice in Hell. I'm hoping for more. Very recommended!

In Short

It may be 20 years, but Jeff Waters and Annihilator are more relevant, and creative, than ever. This self-titled 13th album is definitely better than the misnamed Metal of 2007, and more akin to the vital Alice in Hell. I'm hoping for more. Very recommended!

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