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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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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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SPV Records To Continue Doing Business

As reported by Billboard Business News in May, SPV Schallplatten Produktion und Vertrieb GmbH in Hanover has declared itself insolvent. The managing partner, Manfred Schütz, decided to submit an application to commence insolvency proceedings on May 25th - roughly equivalent to Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In response to this, on May 27th, the District Court of Hanover appointed the attorney Manuel Sack as the provisional insolvency administrator.

According to a new press release from the label, SPV are ready to continue business. SPV-managing director Manfred Schuetz and appointed provisional administrator of insolvency, Manuel Sack, are planning business continuance of the independent company, while talking to potential new investors.

"We keep on doing business across all segments of our portfolio," affirms SPV-founder Manfred Schuetz. Though not all details of the new company structure are finalized yet, news is spread that SPV will still exist in the future under its company name. "We definitely see potential for ongoing business of the company," attorney Manuel Sack of lawyers office Brinkmann & Partner confirms: "Currently we´re still in the state of applying for insolvency proceedings." More...

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Headline News

SPV Records Filing For Bankruptcy

In a shocking revelation, SPV Records has reportedly filed for the USA equivalent to Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. A statement from Annihilator mainman Jeff Waters reads as follows:

"SPV Records has reportedly submitted an application to commence insolvency proceedings on May 25th. I wish them all the best and they have given us metal fans some great releases for a long time.

"The good news is that I signed a deal with SPV, only a few weeks ago, releasing Annihilator from their contractual commitments to SPV, in return for a Live DVD that we shot last summer in the Czech Republic.

"SPV will be releasing the DVD soon (and it rocks; co-headlining in front of 30,000 metal maniacs!) but Annihilator are now free from the label and negotiating with others to release the new and finished 13th studio release. Updates coming at annihilatormetal.com." More...

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DuskMachine Issues Studio Update

Germany's DuskMachine have issued the following studio update:

"The drum recordings for DuskMachine's second album have finally begun. Today Randy played the first 2 songs from the 14 we plan to record. We have about 65 min. of music, but we will probably sort out some of the songs. The album will be recorded again in our 'Sound from below'-Studio and hopefully be done late summer. More info and pics from the recordings will be posted soon."

DuskMachine's current line up is as follows:

Mirko Prietzsch - Vocals
Nikolai Wurk - Guitars
Russell Bergquist - Bass (Annihilator)
Randy Black - Drums (Annihilator, Primal Fear, Rebellion)

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Annihilator's "Set The World On Fire" Reissue

On "Set The World On Fire," Annihilator's third studio album from 1993, the band leaves some of the thrashier elements from their two first albums behind by focusing more on melodies. With the three octave range of Aaron Randal's voice and the sheer complexity of Jeff Waters' riffs they manage to create some of the most beautiful melodies.

Metal Mind Productions presents the re-release of "Set The World On Fire." The new edition of the album includes two bonus tracks plus an additional CD with a promotional video for "Set the World on Fire," video material featuring Jeff Waters speaking about the process of writing and recording "Set the World on Fire," touring, making of the "Set the World on Fire" video and more. The bonus CD also includes additional video and audio material: live clips, interviews, home video recordings and some live Annihilator videos from 1989. This digipak edition is limited to 2000 copies, digitally remastered using a 24-Bit process, and released on a golden disc.

The release date is set up for January 19th in Europe and March 10th in the USA (via MVD).

Annihilator's "Set The World On Fire" (remastered + bonus tracks) tracklisting is as follows: More...

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More Roadrunner United DVD Footage Posted Online

Another clip from the forthcoming Roadrunner United DVD has been posted online. You can check it out below. The DVD chronicles the one night only concert when members of the Roadrunner roster, past and present, joined forces to perform classic songs from Roadrunner history. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Punishment (originally by Biohazard)

Evan Seinfeld- Vocals
Billy Graziadei- Vocals
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Adam Duce- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums

2. Set It Off (originally by Madball)

Jamey Jasta- Vocals
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Paul Gray- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums More...

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Another Roadrunner United DVD Clip Posted Online

Another clip of the Roadrunner United DVD has been posted online and is available for viewing below. The DVD contains a full live concert aswell as backstage footage and interviews and features the following tracklisting:

1. Punishment (originally by Biohazard)

Evan Seinfeld- Vocals
Billy Graziadei- Vocals
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Adam Duce- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums

2. Set It Off (originally by Madball)

Jamey Jasta- Vocals
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Paul Gray- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums

3. River Runs Red (originally by Life Of Agony)

Keith Caputo- Vocals
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Scott Ian- Guitar
Paul Gray- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums More...

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New Roadrunner United DVD Clips Posted Online

Previews of the forthcoming Roadrunner United have been posted online and are available to view below. The DVD features an all-star lineup of Roadrunner Records alumni and members of the current roster performing some of the biggest songs ever to be released by Roadrunner Records. The DVD also features a 75 minute documentary which includes behind the scenes footage and interviews.

The tracklisting for the concert is as follows:

1. Punishment (originally by Biohazard)

Evan Seinfeld- Vocals
Billy Graziadei- Vocals
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Adam Duce- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums

2. Set It Off (originally by Madball)

Jamey Jasta- Vocals
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Paul Gray- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums

3. River Runs Red (originally by Life Of Agony)

Keith Caputo- Vocals
Andreas Kisser- Guitar
Dino Cazares- Guitar
Scott Ian- Guitar
Paul Gray- Bass
Joey Jordison- Drums More...

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Dimension Zero Signs To Vic Records

DIMENSON ZERO, featuring IN FLAMES mastermind Jesper Stromblad on guitar, SOILWORK guitar player Daniel Antonsson and ex-MARDUK singer ( / drummer) Jocke Gothberg and LUCEFERION / CRYSTAL AGE drummer Hans Nilsson, has signed a deal with Vic Records. The brand new album, "He Who Shall Not Bleed," contains eleven tracks of aggressive, fast and melodic Gothenburg metal. The material is less thrashy than their previous albums and more melodic and sounding like the old IN FLAMES and was recorded at the IN FLAMES Studios (former Studio Fredman) in Gothenburg, Sweden. "He Who Shall Not Bleed" also features guest guitar leads by ANNIHILATOR's Jeff Waters.

A limited edition first pressing will be a digipack with two bonus tracks. The album will be released September 15th.

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Annihilator's "In Command" To Be Re-Issued

According to a press release, "ANNIHILATOR's live LP - In Command (Live 1989-1990) - 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!!"

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

Tracklist:

Live on November 11, 1989 at The Ritz, New York, NY:
'W.T.Y.D.', 'Wicked Mystic', 'Ligeia', 'Alison Hell', 'Word Salad'.

Live on November 2, 1990 at The Showroom, San Antonio, TX:
'W.T.Y.D.', 'The Fun Palace', 'Never, Neverland', 'I Am In Command', 'Stonewall', 'Road To Ruin', 'Sixes And Sevens', 'Alison Hell', 'Live Wire'.

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