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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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Guest Musicians Announced For In Cold Blood Album

Rising Records has issued the following announcement about the guest musicians appearing on the upcoming In Cold Blood album:

"Guitar icon and heavy metal legend Jeff Waters from Annihilator has laid down a shredding solo for the upcoming In Cold Blood CD, 'A Flawless Escape.'

"The album will feature also Death Metal Warrior Giulio Moschini from Hour of Penance, giving a touch of evil on a song."

The album is set for release later this year through Rising Records. Additional details will be announced as they are made available.

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Former Annihilator Drummer Passes Away

Jeff Waters, guitarist of the Canadian thrash veterans Annihilator, has posted the following statement online in regards to the passing of former Annihilator drummer Dave Machander:

"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 was supposed to start, I get a call from Randy telling me that, if I did not pay him double+ 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 handle 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 six rehearsals scheduled. Normally, for a drummer with us, headlining Europe, we would need 10 rehearsals.

"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 fourth rehearsal of six, 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 two good rehearsals with us and then got on the plane with us and kicked fucking 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!

"Anyway, I only saw/knew Dave Machander on that one tour with us. He was a biochemist, if I have my info right. A very smart guy and seemed to be a very nice guy, too!

"Send a thought out to him and his family. He was a good guy. And grab a loved one and give them a hug."

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Annihilator Continuing Tour After Fire

Canadian thrash act Annihilator escaped a fire on Wednesday night, shortly after playing to a packed house in Nottingham, England while on a European headlining tour. The band had to cancel the show on November 19th in Birmingham due the fire. Earache Records issued the following statement about the situation:

"Annihilator were packing up their gear from the Rescue Rooms venue in Nottingham city centre at around 1:00am when a large fire broke out next door. 1,400 people were evacuated from the venue as well as others from surrounding buildings. No one was injured in the incident.

"Emergency services were called to the scene and were still putting the fire out on Thursday afternoon, causing significant disruption to the city's transport services. Some of Annihlator's equipment was still in the venue at the time of the fire and the band and its crew were unable to retrieve it until Thursday. View photos of the fire at: this location and here. Annhilator have now retrieved their equipment and are able to continue with their tour." More...

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DuskMachine Announces New Singer

German thrash metal band DuskMachine has announced their new singer as Joe Comeau. The band has issued the following update:

"The DuskMachine is very happy to present its new frontman: Joe Comeau."

"Most people will know Joe from his amazing work as a guitar-player for OVERKILL and singer for bands such as ANNIHILATOR, TAD MOROSE and LIEGE LORD. Being friends for several years, he joined almost immediately when we contacted him. Joe has already recorded several songs and his singing is incredible. You can call him "the voice". But let the man speak for himself:"

"Dear Friends and fellow Metalheads-

As I now begin a new musical journey, it is with great honor to not only be in a band with such awesome musicians, but great friends as well! I have played on stages all over the world with Randy and Russ in a previous band and I have known them all (including Nikolai) for a number of years. Great music is not only formed by complimenting each other musically, but by working together as a unit. It is about time that the four of us banded together to create some killer tunes and memories, which I promise to you is being done at this moment! I have remained quiet for too long. The time has come. The time is now. Let us crush."

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Earache To Release "Metal Survival Kit"

Earache Records is set to release the "Metal Survival Kit" on November 22nd, 2010. The kit includes three audio discs and one DVD, offering more than 80 total tracks. Earache Records commented on the release:

"The three audio discs, 'Festival Faves,' 'Future Classics' and 'Under the Radar,' offer an indispensable mixture of established classic hits, the best of metal's new breed and more underground artists deserving of recognition. Included are tracks from such greats as NAPALM DEATH, WHITE WIZZARD, ANNIHILATOR, AT THE GATES, EVILE, CARCASS, MUNICIPAL WASTE, CLUTCH, MORBID ANGEL, GODFLESH, ENFORCER, GAMA BOMB, DEICIDE, OCEANO, BONDED BY BLOOD and many, many more.

"The DVD includes classic videos as well as previously unreleased videos from EVILE, MUNICIPAL WASTE, AT THE GATES, WHITE WIZZARD, BONDED BY BLOOD, AKERCOCKE and more. METAL SURVIVAL KIT also includes a selection of exclusive, free essential goodies, including earplugs in a handy holder, a woven patch, a keyring and stickers. Everything comes housed in a rigid, deluxe box."

You can view an image of the box here or watch a video of its contents below. More...

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Annihilator Posts Compilation For Free Download

Canadian heavy metal band Annihilator is offering a compilation album, entitled "Total Annihilation," for free download. The album features 14 songs, which are as follows:

1. The Trend
2. Ambush
3. Battered
4. Carnival Diablos
5. Back To The Palace
6. Nothing Left
7. Ultra-Motion
8. Ritual
9. King of The Kill
10. Second To None
11. Ultraparanoia
12. Refresh The Demon
13. Tricks And Traps
14. Never Forget

Annihilator will soon embark on a headlining European tour with Sworn Amongst and Svolk.

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Support Acts Announced For Annihilator Tour

Legendary Canadian metallers Annihilator have revealed the support acts for it's upcoming headline trek across Europe. The tour kicks off on October 6th, 2010 in Antwerp, Belgium and ends on November 20th, 2010 in London. The tour will be the first for the band in Europe in support of thier self-titled album. U.K thrashers Sworn Amongst and Norwegian extreme metallers Svolk will join them on the trek.

Annihilator European headline tour dates:
Oct. 06 - Antwerp, BEL - Trix
Oct. 07 - Ludwigsburg, GER - Rockfabrik
Oct. 08 - Luxembourg, LUX - Den Atelier
Oct. 10 - Uden, NETH - Pul
Oct. 11 - Frankfurt, GER - Batchkapp
Oct. 12 - Cologne, GER - Stollwerk
Oct. 14 - Berlin, GER - C-Club
Oct. 15 - Hamburg, GER - Knust
Oct. 16 - Copenhagen, DEN - The Rock
Oct. 18 - Oslo, NOR - John Dee
Oct. 19 - Gothenburg, SWE - Sticky Fingers
Oct. 20 - Stockholm, SWE - Klubben
Oct. 22 - Helsinki, FIN - Tavastia
Oct. 23 - Tallinn, EST - Tapper Club
Oct. 24 - Riga, LAT - Black Friday
Oct. 26 - Warsaw, POL - Progresja
Oct. 27 - Krakow, POL - Loch Ness
Oct. 28 - Prague, CZR - Retro Music Hall
Oct. 30 - Wörgl, AUT - Komma
Nov. 01 - Pratteln, SWI - Z7
Nov. 02 - Nuremberg, GER - Hirsch
Nov. 03 - Milan, ITA - Live Club
Nov. 05 - Barcelona, SPA – Mephisto
Nov. 06 - Madrid, SPA – Sala Live
Nov. 07 - Bilbao, SPA - Kafe Antzoki
Nov. 10 - Portsmouth, UK - Wedgewood Rooms
Nov. 11 - Manchester, UK - Club Academy
Nov. 12 - Newcastle, UK - Academy 2
Nov. 14 - Glasgow, UK - Garage
Nov. 15 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
Nov. 17 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
Nov. 18 - Bristol, UK - Academy 2
Nov. 19 - Birmingham, UK - Academy 2
Nov. 20 - London, UK - Islington Academy

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Annihilator Announces Live Chat With Fans

Canada's Annihilator have announced a series of live chats with main man Jeff Waters, and vocalist/guitarist Dave Padden. The chats will take place on the Annihilator forums, which can be found here. The times for the chats are as follows:

Dave Padden:
Monday, September 13th - 2pm Eastern Standard Time
Wednesday, September 15th - 2pm Eastern Standard Time

Jeff Waters:
Monday, September 13th - 2:30pm Eastern Standard Time
Wednesday, September 15th - 2:30pm Eastern Standard Time

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Annihilator Announces European Headline Tour

Legendary Canadian metallers Annihilator have announced an extensive list of tour dates for their upcoming headline trek across Europe. The tour kicks off on October 6th, 2010 in Antwerp, Belgium and ends on November 20th, 2010 in London. The tour will be the first for the band in Europe in support of thier self-titled album.

Annihilator European headline tour dates:
Oct. 06 - Antwerp, BEL - Trix
Oct. 07 - Ludwigsburg, GER - Rockfabrik
Oct. 08 - Luxembourg, LUX - Den Atelier
Oct. 10 - Uden, NETH - Pul
Oct. 11 - Frankfurt, GER - Batchkapp
Oct. 12 - Cologne, GER - Stollwerk
Oct. 14 - Berlin, GER - C-Club
Oct. 15 - Hamburg, GER - Knust
Oct. 16 - Copenhagen, DEN - The Rock
Oct. 18 - Oslo, NOR - John Dee
Oct. 19 - Gothenburg, SWE - Sticky Fingers
Oct. 20 - Stockholm, SWE - Klubben
Oct. 22 - Helsinki, FIN - Tavastia
Oct. 23 - Tallinn, EST - Tapper Club
Oct. 24 - Riga, LAT - Black Friday
Oct. 26 - Warsaw, POL - Progresja
Oct. 27 - Krakow, POL - Loch Ness
Oct. 28 - Prague, CZR - Retro Music Hall
Oct. 30 - Wörgl, AUT - Komma
Nov. 01 - Pratteln, SWI - Z7
Nov. 02 - Nuremberg, GER - Hirsch
Nov. 03 - Milan, ITA - Live Club
Nov. 05 - Barcelona, SPA – Mephisto
Nov. 06 - Madrid, SPA – Sala Live
Nov. 07 - Bilbao, SPA - Kafe Antzoki
Nov. 10 - Portsmouth, UK - Wedgewood Rooms
Nov. 11 - Manchester, UK - Club Academy
Nov. 12 - Newcastle, UK - Academy 2
Nov. 14 - Glasgow, UK - Garage
Nov. 15 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
Nov. 17 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
Nov. 18 - Bristol, UK - Academy 2
Nov. 19 - Birmingham, UK - Academy 2
Nov. 20 - London, UK - Islington Academy

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Lemmy And More Pay Tribute To Ronnie Dio

As the world mourns the loss of Ronnie James Dio, the brilliant heavy metal singer who worked with the likes of Black Sabbath, Rainbow and his own, self-titled band, more of his peers have posted messages online as a tribute. You can read some more below.

Lemmy (Motorhead): "I'm truly upset, especially since he seemed to be rallying at the Golden Gods show. Bon Voyage, Ronnie. Rest in peace. I'm devastated."

Jeff Waters (Annihilator): "He was a super nice person, uniquely talented and has left us all with great music. In a way, it will strange to live and work in a world and business where RJD is no longer on tour, at the festivals, putting out his music. You will never be forgotten and will live on in the music of so many others. Stand up and shout." More...

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Warmachine Bassist To Tour With Annihilator

Ontario metallers Warmachine have issued the following announcement about their bassist touring with Annihilator:

"Warheads! It is true, Alberto Campuzano is now playing in the legendary melodic thrash metal band Annihilator, as touring bassist. He is still a member of Warmachine but will also see some pretty cool worldwide touring with Annihilator in 2010-2011. We wish him well and hope you do too! In the meantime, we will be looking for a fill in bassist to sit in for Alberto while he is out with Annihilator."

More details on Annihilator's upcoming tour dates will be announced as they are made available.

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Annihilator Posts New Song, "Coward," Online

Canadian melodic thrash metal band ANNIHILATOR is available to listen to online now at the Earache Records MySpace page. The new song, titled "Coward", comes off ANNIHILATOR's upcoming self-titled album, which is due to be released in Europe on 17th May.

ANNIHILATOR guitarist and mainman JEFF WATERS comments, "This one turned out pretty fast and thrashy but has a pretty cool slow-down in the middle of the tune. Dave (Padden) wrote the lyrics on this and is pretty pissed off at someone; I think, a former friend of the family. Nothing really technical and difficult, other than some limb-cramping guitar picking and non-stop drum rippage, but I would describe it as simply a headbanging, no-B.S. metal scorcher. I am looking forward to posting some more songs from the new CD soon, as each song seems to really be different. Cheers metal friends!" More...

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Annihilator Announces Festival Appearances

Canadian thrashers Annihilator have been confirmed to play at various festivals this Summer. The band will be co-headlinging the Kaliakra Rock Fest 2010, which is set to take place on July 25th in Kavarna, Bulgaria. Annihilator has also been confirmed for the following:

Hellfest (France) - June 19th
Rockweekend (Sweden, co-headliner) - July 8th
Masters of Rock (Czech Republic, co-headliner) - July 17th

Guitarist and main man Jeff Waters comments: "Looking forward to playing for my good metal friends in Europe this Summer at these awesome festivals. I'm also looking forward to meeting some of you at the signing session in Paris this Thursday, 1st April and in Athens on 21st April in Greece."

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Annihilator Comments On Album Artwork

Canadian thrash metal pioneers Annihilator have revealed the artwork for their upcoming new self-titled album. The album is set to be released in Europe via Earache Record on May 17th. Annihilator guitarist and main man Jeff Waters discusses the artwork:

"The new Annihilator CD cover art was, again, done by the great Gyula Havancsák. He has done the art for the last 4 Annihilator studio releases, as well as the 'Ten Years in Hell' DVD. The concept was mine and came to me in a dream (more like a nightmare) and seems to be 'Alice' (Alison Hell), returned from the grave! Musically, the new CD ended up being far more aggressive than expected; thus, the new CD cover seems to compliment the songs perfectly."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Trend
2. Coward
3. Ambush
4. Betrayed
5. 25 Seconds
6. Nowhere To Go
7. The Other Side
8. Death In Your Eyes
9. Payback
10. Romeo Delight

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Annihilator Reveals New Album Details

Canadian thrash metal veterans Annihilator has announced that they will be releasing a new studio album, which will be self-titled, on May 17th in Europe through Earache Records. A North American release date will be revealed shortly. This will be the bands thirteenth studio album.

The tracklisting is as follows:

"The Trend"
"Coward"
"Ambush"
"Betrayed"
"25 Seconds"
"Nowhere To Go"
"The Other Side"
"Death In Your Eyes"
"Payback"
"Romeo Delight"

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Hellfest Confirms Finals Acts

The organisers of the French metal festival Hellfest has announced the last additions to the event's lineup. The already hugely impressive lineup will now also feature Alice Cooper, Motorhead, Saxon, Slayer, Deftones, Airbourne, Fear Factory, Carcass, Fields Of Nephilm, Infectious Grooves, Stone Sour, Hypocrisy, Exodus, Annihilator, Devin Townsend Project, Mass Hysteria, Doom, Dillinger Escape Plan, As I Lay Dying, Unearth, Tamtrum, Electric Mary Vulcain, Kalisia and Blaspheme. The festival will be held in Clisson from June 18th-20th.

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Annihilator Seeking New Bass Player

Canadian heavy metal veterans Annihilator has announced that they are currently seeking a new bass player to join the band. A message from their management reads as follows:

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). More...

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Annihilator Signs To Earache Records

Canadian thrash metal band ANNIHILATOR has signed a European recording contract with Earache Records.

ANNIHILATOR guitarist and main-man JEFF WATERS comments on the signing, "Finding a label home for Annihilator in Europe has never been difficult. Finding a good, professional and stable one, that really knows metal, is another matter. We found one! Earache and Annihilator are going to make a great metal team and I can't think of anyone else that should be putting the new Annihilator CD out but them! See you all in 2010!"

Earache Records label manager DAN TOBIN adds, "Annihilator have continually flown the flag for metal in general and thrash in particular for many years, and with Jeff Waters at the helm have produced some of the most innovative and distinctive metal releases around. Earache looks forward to teaming up with Jeff and spreading the gospel of Annihilator far and wide with a killer new album that is sure to surprise a lot of people with its genuine intensity and aggression."

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Seregon Reveals Full Benefit Show Details

On Friday the 30th of October SEREGON will be releasing their new 7 Track EP ‘DISPOSABLE SUFFERING’, this will coincide with an EP Release party the same day at Yate Community Centre in Yate near Bristol, UK. A charity raffle was already set to take place but due to the tragic events of 05/10/09 all proceeds made from the raffle and door sales will go to the family of late EVILE Bassist Mike Alexander. Raffle tickets will be available on the night and entry to the show will cost £5.00, for more details please go to www.myspace.com/seregonuk.

Items in the Charity Raffle include:

- Signed copy of Metal Hammer (June 2007) by the members of MEGADETH & Promotional Beer Mat (Donated from personal collection of SEREGON’s James Moore).
- A set of MEGADETH Plectrums from the 2007 World Tour & Promotional Beer Mat (Donated from personal collection of SEREGON’s James Moore).
- A signed live photo of TESTAMENT in Dubai 2006, (Donated from personal collection of SEREGON’s James Moore).
- A signed copy of SEREGON’s new EP ‘DISPOSABLE SUFFERING’ and signed SEREGON Promo Shot.
- A ‘DISPOSABLE SUFFERING’ SEREGON T-Shirt and signed SEREGON Promo Shot.
- Various signed vinyl’s from EXODUS
- Goodie bag from WHIPLASH
- Epiphone ANNHILATOR Flying V in Black (JEFF WATERS Signature) prototype : Signed and dated by JEFF WATERS, shipping/donation to be paid for by Jeff’s sister, KATHY WATERS
- Plus many more item’s on the night! More...

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Fozzy Posts New Single Online

Fozzy, the band featuring members of rap metal legends Stuck Mojo and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho, has posted their first single from their forthcoming new album, "Chasing The Grail" online. You can check out the song, "Martyr No More" below, in a video that also contains the albums artwork. The song also features a guest guitar solo from Annihilator mainman Jeff Waters. The band revealed today that "Chasing The Grail" will be released on January 19th, 2010. More...

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