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Annihilator

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

Latest Annihilator News

Below is our complete Annihilator news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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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Testament, Annihilator & Vader Touring UK/Ireland

Testament, Annihilator and Vader will be touring the UK and Ireland together in March/April 2018. Check out all dates below.

03/29 Bristol, UK – Motion
03/30 Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
03/31 Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute
04/01 Dublin, IRE – Vicar Street
04/02 Glasgow, UK – QMU
04/04 London, UK – Koko

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Annihilator Releases Trailer Clip For New Album

Last week, Annihilator announced the release of the 16th studio album, "For The Demented," hitting stores on November 3, 2017 via Neverland Music/Silver Lining Music. The album is certainly the most complete and definitive statement yet. The album will be available in a Limited Edition Digipack with Lenticular cover, a jewel-case CD, a 12" 180gms coloured vinyl in gatefold and digital download. Pre-orders are now live via this location.

Make sure to also check out a brand new album trailer in the player at the bottom, in addition to the full music video for the first single "Twisted Lobotomy", over here.

Annihilator mastermind Jeff Waters felt that with For The Demented, it was time to analyze what fans had been telling him over the years. "It was time to sit down and figure out 'why' Annihilator 's early "thrash-meets-melodic" caught the ears of so many and to try to sweep the 'fan' part of my writing/playing/singing out the door and welcome back the mostly-original Waters writing that was to be the first four Annihilator albums." More...

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Annihilator Releasing New Album

Annihilator's 16th studio release, "For The Demented," is now officially due out November 3rd, 2017 via Neverland Music/Silver Lining Music) and pre-orders will go live next week. Today you can watch a new music video for the absolute burner of a new track, "Twisted Lobotomy," in the palyer below.

"It was time to analyze what a lot of fans over the years have kept telling me," says Annihilator's Jeff Waters. "It was time to sit down and figure out why Annihilator's early 'thrash-meets-melodic' caught the ears of so many and to try to sweep the 'fan' part of my writing/playing/singing out the door and welcome back the mostly-original Waters writing that was to be the first four Annihilator albums."

Waters didn't venture back alone while looking back through the band's history. "I was well aware that trying to re-capture the past usually fails, or at least won't come close. So, I decided to bring in fresh ears, both musically and physically with Rich Hinks, my bassist for the last few years. And doing most all of the records by myself, including writing and playing most all on my own, as well as mixing, mastering, engineering, etc..., well it can become routine and can often hinder you from being objective and more creative.

:Rich came in and co-wrote the music with me, as well as co-produced the beginning stages of the record. His background of classic thrash metal meets a newer math metal style was the perfect combination for me to simply ask, 'What do you think of this?' He would most-often reply with 'not the Annihilator style I like,' so we would keep going until we both felt that core Annihilator riffing and writing style presented itself.

"Bottom line, 'For The Demented' captures some feel from Annihilator's 1985-87 demos mixed with the first four Annihilator records. Back to the thrash-meets-melody but with some pure Waters guitar riffing, up-graded lead guitar shredding and vocals back to the demo-days meets the King of The Kill record. Lyrically, I placed a theme on the record: the human mind and all of its glory, complexity, diversity, weaknesses and insanity! Pretty much the craziness of the music is matched by the lyrics." More...

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Fall Of Summer Announces More Bands

The Fall of Summer team is proud to unveil three more bands of the 2017 line-up all hailing from separate continents. Festival organizers issued this statement:

"First, let's head to North America, in Canada, to welcome the thrash metal legends Annihilator. Led by guitar virtuoso Jeff Waters since their beginning in 1984, they have gone through the decades and different trends without ever surrendering. Get ready to follow Alice on a trip to Hell!

"Now, back to Europe with Merciless! This cult Swedish band formed in 1986 mixes skillfully death and thrash metal for a result that can only please fans of both genres. Don't miss them, since their show at Fall of Summer 2017 will be their first one in France!

"To finish our trip, let's fly to Africa and land in Egypt, to welcome Crescent, a blackened death metal band formed that will also play in France for the first time. Don't get fooled by their oriental melodies, or you will get crushed by their deadly massive riffs!"

Tickets and full info on the upcoming Fall Of Summer 2017 festival can be found by heading to this location. More...

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Annihilator Announces Canadian Tour

Canada’s Annihilator is the lifework of guitarist Jeff Waters. Founded in 1984, the band took the metal scene by storm with debut 1989 release “Alice In Hell,” upped the ante with 1990’s “Never, Neverland” and has continued a non-stop career of releasing records and touring with many of the biggest bands in the metal genre (mostly all outside North America); cementing Annihilator as the biggest-selling metal act in Canada’s history.

After 18 months of touring for the band’s latest album “Suicide Society” (nominated for a 2017 Juno Award in the Metal / Hard Rock Album of The Year category), the band is currently finishing up a 16th studio release and is getting ready to headline not only the mighty Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany (Aug 3), but also hit the road for a first Canadian tour since 1993.

The tour will kick off in Victoria, BC on June 13th and travel east wrapping up in Cornwall, ON July 1st during Canada day weekend festivities. Support on this tour comes from Australia's Mason and from Montreal, QC thrashers Mutank.

Jeff Waters comments: “I have always enjoyed flying the flag for one of the nicest countries and people in the world, despite having very little support from the industry here to play and releasing CDs in Canada. It sure is an honor to be nominated for a Juno, after all these years, and to have the opportunity to tour this great and metal land! It will be some of our best-ever shows this summer. We look forward to meeting the metal fans and to show them what the rest of the world has seen us do every year for decades. It’s about time, eh?!” More...

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Photo Recap: 70.000 Tons Of Metal, Day 3 And 4

The largest and longest-running sea travel of its kind this year headed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Labadee, Haiti and back, featuring 61 bands playing 123 live shows on 4 stages to fans from 74 different countries. For most fans on board it’s "the" annual metal highlight. Below you can see George's personal extensive photo-recap of the events, scenery, and shows of his favourite bands taking place on "The Independence Of The Seas" metal-battleship:

Day 3: Labadee - Overkill - Marduk

Day 4: Unleashed - DevilDriver - Annihilator - Arch Enemy

If you missed the recap of day 1 and 2 you can watch it HERE.

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Annihilator Releases "Triple Threat"

Today marks the release of legendary Canadian thrash band Annihilator's "Triple Threat," a three-disc collection of music based in a trio of very different scenarios. Listen to a sample of the "Un-Plugged: The Watersound Studios Sessions" portion of the set below.

The main disc of "Triple Threat" comprises a set of Annihilator's classics performed acoustically, with band leader/guitarist/songwriter and vocalist Jeff Waters bringing together band members Aaron Homma and Rich Hinks, Vancouver, BC drummer and friend Marc LaFrance, plus Ottawa session player Pat Robillard. Recorded and mixed by Waters, this quintet recorded everything live, off the floor and in single takes at Watersound Studios in Dunrobin, Canada.

The second disc features Annihilator's vicious set from the 2016 Bang Your Head Festival. It also contains some exclusive Annihilator off-stage perspective, which captures further elements, flavors, and detail of the band fans don't normally see. The third disc consists of Blu Ray / DVD visual content. More...

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70000 Tons Of Metal: Line Up Complete

In exactly 9 days 3000 metal fans will be on board the 2017 edition of 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise.

4 Days, 60 Bands, 1 Cruise Ship and only 3000 Tickets – Round 7 of The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will sail February 2-6 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Labadee, Haiti on board the "Independence Of The Seas".

Haven’t booked your ticket yet? Click here to book now! Don’t wait, only a select number of Single Tickets and Private Cabins are left. You don’t want to miss this trip of a lifetime!

Check out the entire 2017 line-up below: More...

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Annihilator Posts Bang Your Head Footage

Below you can see Annihilator performing "Set The World On Fire" live at Bang Your Head Festival 2016.

Catch the full show and much more on Annihilator’s upcoming release "Triple Threat," due out January 27th, 2017. An acoustic track from that wide ranging release can also be heard here. More...

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Annihilator Releases Acoustic Song

The Canadian thrash masters from Annihilator recently announced the upcoming release of "Triple Threat," a three-disc collection of music based in a trio of very different scenarios, due out January 27th, 2017 via UDR Music.

Today, the band revealed an acoustic video for classic track "Sounds Good To Me," the very first track to be released from disc one of the set, "Un-Plugged: The Watersound Studios Sessions." Take a listen below.

This main disc of "Triple Threat" comprises a set of Annihilator's classics performed acoustically, with band leader/guitarist/songwriter and vocalist Jeff Waters bringing together band members Aaron Homma and Rich Hinks, Vancouver, BC drummer and friend Marc LaFrance, plus Ottawa session player Pat Robillard.

Recorded and mixed by Waters, this quintet recorded everything live off the floor and in single takes at Watersound Studios in Dunrobin, Canada during late May and early June 2016, giving Waters one of the most challenging, satisfying and perhaps "electric" creative moments in his career.

The second disc will feature Annihilator's vicious set from the 2016 Band Your Head Festival, a set which illustrates the very best of what Annihilator is known for - tight, sharp, technically-excellent and melodic thrash metal music. The set is rounded out by a third Blu-Ray/DVD featuring visual accompaniments. More...

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Bloodstock Wishes You A Metal Christmas

The organizers of the Bloodstock Festival just checked in with this heavy metal Christmas greeting to fans and announcement about new band confirmations:

"As we pelt into December, Bloodstock HQ is getting some Christmas treats ready! As well as preparing the on-sale dates of VIP upgrades, the remainder of the VIP ticket allocation and this year’s deposit scheme, we’ve three more bands to announce for 2017!

"Joining the BOA fray for the first time are Skindred. The boisterous Welsh crew mix a unique blend of reggae, punk and metal and are renowned for their live shows. If you’ve ever taken part in Evil Scarecrow’s epic ‘Crabulon’ before, get ready to join in with the Newport helicopter! Check out ‘Sound The Siren’ from their current album ‘Volume,’ out now via Napalm Records.

"Also landing a main stage slot are Canadian thrash icons, Annihilator. Last year’s ‘Suicide Society’ album - the band’s fifteenth! - spawned tour dates around the globe, but rumour has it they’re heading back to the studio this month! More...

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Calgary Metalfest Raises Funds For Make-A-Wish

This year's Calgary Metalfest, held from September 14 - 17, saw a historic line up that included Annihilator, the original line up of Exciter, thrash veterans Razor and Sacrifice, plus sets from The Exalted Piledriver, Toxic Holocaust, Gatekrashor, Disciples of Power, The Order of Chaos, and many more.

The festival organizers are no strangers in giving back to the community, using the event since 2013 to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta. This year's live charity auction, held in between band sets, had multiple offerings and bidding donors that lead to the festival raising its highest ever amount of over $7,000 to help the children. CMF organizers comment:

"Thank you to everyone who donated and bid on all these items! We were able to smash our previous record from last year by over triple! Over $7000 was raised this year to Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta! This was huge for us! Thank you again to all involved in making this the best auction yet! See you next year!" More...

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Calgary Metalfest Holding Charity Auction

Since 2013, Calgary Metalfest has raised $4000 for Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta. This year the fest's organizers plan to shatter that record and raise $10,000 to sponsor an entire wish for a child.

This auction is a live one that will occur between band sets during the fest at all venues. You must be there to be part of the auction. The following items will be available"

- Jeff Waters of Annihilator will be donating one of his guitars
- Tony Iommi signature model Epiphone SG donated by Ross Ingall of Too Metal For Church
- A nightscape print on metal donated by the Monika Deviat of Deviant Optiks Photography
- Each night's respective 4'X6' poster will be signed by all the bands and auctioned off
- A signed Tenacious D photograph donated by Daryl Buchanan of superstarphotos.ca
- A signed photo of you and your favourite band, taken, printed and signed that night
- Tickets to other festivals through the Western Canadian Metal Festival Alliance More...

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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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