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Annihilator

Formed: 1984
From: Ottawa/Vancouver, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Public Sales Begin For 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2017

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - have now opened up the 2017 installment to public sales. Check out how to plan your metal vacation using the link below.

In addition, the lineup is taking shape as an additional 20 acts were added to the bill, bringing the total announced at 36 of 60 bands, as follows:

Arch Enemy, Demolition Hammer, Devildriver, Draconinan, Dying Fetus, Gojira, Marduk, Moonsorrow, Omnium Gatherum, Orden Ogan, Revocation, Saltatio Mortis, Serenity, Stamina, Stuck Mojo, Testament, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Vreid and Xandria.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 2nd-6th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and for the first time will port in Haiti at Labadee.

The festival will once again be hosted by The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Arch Enemy, Demolition Hammer, Devildriver, Draconinan, Dying Fetus, Gojira, Marduk, Moonsorrow, Omnium Gatherum, Orden Ogan, Revocation, Saltatio Mortis, Serenity, Stamina, Stuck Mojo, Testament, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Vreid and Xandria join the previously named 16 acts, with 24 still to be announced: More...

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UMC Begins Announcement Barrage For 70K 2017

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - have unleashed the first barrage of bands that will appear on the 2017 edition of the annual cruise.

The first 16 of 60 bands announced are: Amaranthe, Amorphis, Annihilator, Anthrax, Cruachan, Death Angel, Equilibrium, Grave Digger, Haggard, Kalmah, Kamelot, Nile, Orphaned Land, Powerglove, Suffocation and Therion.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 2nd-6th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and for the first time will port in Haiti at Labadee.

The festival will once again be hosted by The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com. More...

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Calgary Metalfest Lineup Announced

On Saturday, September 17th at Flames Central, Big Nate Productions and Hubb Music proudly present an historic night of Canadian metal: Calgary Metalfest.

International touring act Annihilator will perform a blistering 75 minute set. Also appearing will be the recently reformed and original lineup of speed/thrash metal pioneers Exciter. The show will be opened by thrash veterans Razor and Sacrifice. Calgary’s Gatekrashor will provide last call entertainment.

On Friday, September 16th at Dickens Pub, Portland-based Toxic Holocaust will headline the band's first Calgary appearance since 2011 and supported by Disciples Of Power, The Order of Chaos, Fornication, Black Pestilence, and Concrete Funeral.

Thursday, September 15th at Distortion sees The Exalted Piledriver in the band's first ever Western Canadian performance with support from Crystal Mess, Savage Streets, Profits of Crime, and Accostal.

Ticket info is available at this location. Through its live charity auction, Calgary Metalfest has raised a total of $4000 for Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta and is shooting to sponsor an entire $10,000 Wish this year. Auction items will include autographed posters, guitars, art, festival tickets, and more. More...

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Annihilator To Play Calgary Metalfest V

Big Nate Productions and Hubb Music proudly present Calgary Metalfest V: a historic night of Canadian metal!

On September 17th, 2016 at Flames Central, international touring act Annihilator will perform a blistering 75 minute set, the group's first show in Western Canada since 1993. Also appearing will be the recently reformed and original lineup of speed/thrash metal pioneers Exciter.

The show will be opened by thrash veterans Razor and Sacrifice. These bands are all hot off the heels of multiple critically acclaimed festival performances in the US, Europe, and South America. Calgary’s Gatekrashor will provide last call entertainment.

Tickets and VIP passes for September 17th will go on sale Friday May 6th at noon MST through this location and Sloth Records in Calgary. More...

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Heavy Metal Black Friday Deals Revealed

It's almost Black Friday again (which for many stores has essentially just become "Black Month" as the sales start earlier and employees are expected to work all Thanksgiving) and you might not think that matters to metalheads, but many of the labels actually jump on that bandwagon.

Best of all - you don't have to go to a store at four in the morning to get these deals.

The holiday / Thanksgiving / Christmas sales are already ramping up through the various online distros, so if you're looking for new music on a budget, these heavy metal Black Friday deals will help you find new tunes.

This is just the start though, so check back in each day as we add in more deals. Specifically look for Amazon to launch something big soon, as that online juggernaut usually does $5 albums that rotate out each day. If you know of any metal sales that aren't listed below, be sure to leave a comment and we'll get it added.

And it's here - the Amazon $5 digital album sale arrives! Grab digital copies of music from Megadeth, Rage Against The Machine, Veil of Maya, Slayer, and more in rotating deals on full-length albums.

Most of the stock on the Nuclear Blast America shop - CDs, vinyl, shirts, etc. - are on sale for the "Blackest Friday," up to 45% off.

The Razorback Records webstore is offering 25% off your order if you buy at least $10 worth of music through November 30th.

The Thanksgiving Week Sale is now going at the Facedown Records web store with albums on sale for as little as $1.

Bullet Tooth is offering vinyl bundles on discount, ranging from $15 - $50 and featuring music from Earth Crisis, Memphis May Fire, Ritual, and more.

The Omega Order is offering 25% off a large selection of death metal, gore grind, and grindcore discs this week.

Comatose Music has an ongoing sale where you get a free CD of $10 or less if you buy three CDs totaling $30 - the deal stacks too, so you can get two free CDs at $60 and three free CDs at $90. More...

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Annihilator Releases "Snap" Music Video

Canadian thrash act Annihilator released new music video for the track "Snap." The song appears on the band's new release "Suicide Society," which is available now through UDR Music.

Check out the clip here:

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Annihilator Streaming Full New Album

Today the Canadian thrash masters from Annihilator are unveiling their 15th studio album, "Suicide Society." With the album out now, you can also stream all the tracks in the player below.

As usual, on "Suicide Society" guitar wizard Jeff Waters handles all songwriting duties, plays all guitar and bass, engineers, produces, mixes and masters… and Waters is also back commanding lead vocal duties, as he did on "King of the Kill" (1994), "Refresh the Demon" (1996), and "Remains" (1997). The new album's track listing is:

1. Suicide Society
2. My Revenge
3. Snap
4. Creepin' Again
5. Narcotic Avenue
6. The One You Serve
7. Break, Enter
8. Death Scent
9. Every Minute More...

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Annihilator Video Interview Posted Online

Annihilator's mastermind Jeff Waters spoke to ArmyOfOneTV at Megaforce Records in New York City on Tuesday Sept 1, 2015.

In this video below, Jeff discusses new release "Suicide Society," which will drop on September 18, 2015 via UDR Music. After watching the interview, you can also check out a teaser trailer for that release over here.

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Annihilator Releases "Suicide Society" EPK Clip

Canadian thrash act Annihilator released an EPK preview clip for the upcoming new release "Suicide Society." The album is set to drop on September 18th via UDR Music.

"Suicide Socity" marks return of guitarist/mainman Jeff Waters to full time vocal duties, the first since 2010's "Annihilator" album.

The track list for "Suicide Society" is as follows:

1. Suicide Society (see music video here)
2. My Revenge
3. Snap
4. Creepin' Again (see lyric video here)
5. Narcotic Avenue
6. The One You Serve
7. Break, Enter
8. Death Scent
9. Every Minute

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Annihilator Caught "Creepin' Again"

Canadian thrash act Annihilator released a lyric video for the new track "Creepin' Again." The song will appear on the upcoming new release "Suicide Society," which is out on September 18th via UDR Music.

The album features the return of guitarist/mainman Jeff Waters to full time vocal duties. The track list is as follows:

1. Suicide Society (see music video here)
2. My Revenge
3. Snap
4. Creepin' Again
5. Narcotic Avenue
6. The One You Serve
7. Break, Enter
8. Death Scent
9. Every Minute

Check out "Creepin' Again" here: More...

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Annihilator Posts Video Clip For "Suicide Society"

Canadian thrash act Annihilator released a new music video for the track "Suicide Society." The song is the title track off the upcoming new release, which is due out September 18th via UDR Music.

In a setting which evokes the atmosphere of a sanitarium (an abandoned East German swimming pool), Jeff Waters and company deliver an incisive, aggressive yet curiously cathartic meditation on the state of our world’s societal consciousness. The video can be viewed in the player below.

The track list for "Suicide Society" is:

1. Suicide Society
2. My Revenge
3. Snap
4. Creepin' Again
5. Narcotic Avenue
6. The One You Serve
7. Break, Enter
8. Death Scent
9. Every Minute More...

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Jeff Waters Interviews Wacken Metal Battle Bands

Wacken Open Air TV just posted video of Annihilator's Jeff Waters guest judging and interviewing bands during this year's Wacken Metal Battle Canada.

Watch live clips and sit downs with 2015 champions Vesperia, 2014 winners Mutank, plus competing bands such as Dahlmers Realm, Windy City Slaughter, Elnora, Shark Infested Daughters, Hellborn Death Engines, AfterEarth, Dethgod, Fayne, Evertrapped, DistortHead, Decadawn, ...From the Deep, Endemise, Deathrow Six, Chariots of The Gods, and more.

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Maximum Rock Adds Four More Bands

Maximum Rock Festival returns this year with a new edition spread across 4 massive days of concerts and various other activities, which shall take place between October 15th - 18th in two different venues - Colectiv Club and Arenele Romane in Bucharest, Romania.

A total of 25 bands will perform at the event inlcuding Epica, Annihilator, Sirenia, Skalmold, Zonaria, Nightrage, Silent Wedding, Kistvaen, Harlott, Archer, Gothic, Hatemode and Crimena.

Today the festival organizers announce four more additions to the lineup: Tiarra, Enemy Of Reality, Dimlight, and Sorrowful Angels. Stay tuned for more confirmations soon. More...

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Annihilator Posts Clips Of New Album

Clips from the upcoming new album "Suicide Society" from Canadian thrash legends Annihilator have surfaced and can be heard below. The new release is expected on September 18, 2015 via UDR Music. The album marks the first release since 2013's "Feast" and mainman/guitarist Jeff Waters' return to full time vocal duties, following the departure of David Padden back in December.

The track list for "Suicide Society" is:

1. Suicide Society
2. My Revenge
3. Snap
4. Creepin' Again
5. Narcotic Avenue
6. The One You Serve
7. Break, Enter
8. Death Scent
9. Every Minute More...

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Zonaria, Nightrage Added To Maximum Rock

Maximum Rock Festival returns in 2015 with a new edition, spread across 4 massive days of concerts and various other activities, which shall take place between October 15th - 18th in two different venues: Colectiv Club and Arenele Romane in Bucharest, Romania.

A total of 25 bands will perform at the event, and, so far, the following groups have been confirmed: Epica, Annihilator, Skalmold, Kistvaen, Harlott, Archer, Cap de Craniu, Gothic and Crimena, with many others still on the line.

Just today, Zonaria (Sweden), Nightrage (Greece/Sweden) and Hatemode (Romania) have also been added to the festival's line-up. More...

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Annihilator Announces Tour Guests

Canada’s finest thrash outfit Annihilator has confirmed 2 special guest slots for an upcoming 2015 headline tour: Harlott and Archer. The band comments:

"Forged in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, Harlott are the finest example of the thrash metal genre in recent years. Taking most of their influence from the 80’s bay area thrash scene, they focus on high energy, up tempo music with lyrical influence from the human condition. Unrivaled live concerts, an aggressive recognizable sound and professional musicianship have earned Harlott a strong and dedicated fan base in the Melbourne metal scene, which still continues to grow to this day. Harlott will not only impress new audiences in and outside of the heavy metal genre, but they will also succeed in taking the fans back to the golden age of metal.

"Hailing from the unlikely roots of Santa Cruz, California, Archer is a band determined to deliver genuine uncompromising and unrelenting ass-kicking hard rock and heavy metal music to fans of all ages. As fans of the music themselves, this trio of hard rocking guys is not unlike any fan of the genre. They play for those that share a love for the music and the passion within. Make no mistake – this is a band that is truly the sum of its parts and is best illustrated by the collective musicianship these three individuals possess. Alex’s precise drumming, David’s masterful bass duties, and Dylan’s captivating combination of playing and singing make for a sound and a band that is uniquely satisfying while retaining all the heavy metal inspiration that ultimately drives them. There is a real tangible passion within the band that is revealed when they take the stage and crank out one of their intense performances. It makes one realize that these guys are the real deal….

"Archer has worked hard to climb the rock and roll heap and have no intention of letting go or slowing down as they continue to strive towards greater heights. It is through such tireless efforts that Archer has earned its past and present successes having toured and performed alongside some of the genre’s biggest acts. In addition to embracing the touring grind, Archer has recorded with the likes of Sam Taylor (King’s X, ZZ Top) & Gilby Clarke of Guns and Roses/Rock Star Supernova fame. Listening to their recorded efforts reveal a dedication to their craft that continues to impress." More...

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The 70,000 Ton Hangover

Can 21st-century metalheads ever be truly happy if they’re not bitching about something on the web?

The pointless arguments over bands’ music, which mostly boil down to matters of taste, are exhausting enough. And there’s a simple solution to dissatisfaction with a particular tour package: stay home and masturbate.

But complaining about festival lineups? Really?

I have some news for you, sport: the only Perfect Metal Festival Lineup, which exists only in an individual’s imagination, attracts an audience of one. Your Perfect Lineup is different from mine.

There needs to be a common denominator, a compromise. I don’t know about you, but when I’m not basking in my serene, elite metal knowledge via trve and righteous, smarmy and self-congratulatory screeds on Facebook, I actually enjoy watching a live show in the company of others. And in reaching the compromise to make that social event possible, everyone’s Perfect Lineup inevitably becomes less than perfect. Such is the transition from fantasy to reality.

In the process, like small children finally realizing that vegetables aren’t going to kill them, we learn that the reality is almost always better than the fantasy (discounting the fact that the latter doesn’t exist). MTV’s Butt-Head once mused on this very issue: “If nothing sucked, and everything was, like, cool all the time… how would you KNOW it was cool?”

At a several-day festival with dozens of bands on multiple stages, we NEED at least a handful of acts we know we can ignore. Otherwise, think of the immense pressure to be constantly on our feet, rushing back and forth, watching every equally important band with rapt attention. Even if possible, it would be simply overwhelming. We’d pass out from exhaustion and forget to enjoy ourselves. Plus, the truly special acts wouldn’t seem as special.

Last summer at Tuska Open Air in Helsinki, rather than bitch about the injustice of Bring Me The Horizon directly preceding Anthrax, I was grateful for the chance to relax and have a beer before catching a show by one of the Big Four. More...

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Maximum Rock Festival Returning In October

Romania's Maximum Rock Festival will return in 2015 with a new edition featuring headliners Epica and Annihilator. The festival takes place from October 15th - 18th, and the organizers also had this to say:

"Apart from these two significant names, the event will also feature performances by other international and local acts, just as enticing as the headliners. Many new bands will be confirmed shortly.

"The success of the two previous indoor editions has led to the creation of a tradition, which, through perseverance and professionalism, transformed the show into a crucial one for the Romanian, and international, entertainment market.

"More and more people from Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, Germany and so on choose to spend a week of October at the Festival! Because the audience awarded, again and again, its trust to the organizers, the festival has grown a great deal, and, as a result and a symbol of this, we have decided to extend the event to a 4 day affair, instead of 2, like before. More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Adds To 2015 Lineup

Four more bands were announced today for the 2015 roster by UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal. On board at the last minute: Florida hardcore act Adaliah, Florida deathcore act Dark Sermon and Swiss groove act GurD and German thrashers Exumer.

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off tomorrow January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica and returns on Monday, January 26, 2015. The festival boards a new vessel, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival can be found at 70000tons.com.

Metal Underground.com has its team on the scene and will report on all the events in the coming days. Stay tuned.

The roster lineup is as follows, with only 2 more left to be announced:

1349
Abandon Hope
Adaliah
Alestorm
Amorphis
Annihilator (featuring Coburn Pharr performing songs from "Never, Neverland")
Anvil
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Artillery
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Claim the Throne
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Dark Sermon
Destruction
Divided Multitude
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Enthroned
Equilibrium
Exumer
Gama Bomb More...

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Three More Bands Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Three more bands were announced for the 2015 roster by UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal: U.S. thrashers Whiplash, Brazilian groove masters Soulfly and U.S. legendary traditional metal act Riot, now known as Riot V.

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off next Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.

Whiplash, Soulfly and Riot V join the previously announced bands below, with 6 bands still left to be announced:

1349
Abandon Hope
Alestorm
Amorphis
Annihilator (featuring Coburn Pharr performing songs from "Never, Neverland")
Anvil
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Artillery
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Claim the Throne
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Destruction
Divided Multitude
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Enthroned
Equilibrium
Gama Bomb More...

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