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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.
Jeff Waters has been missing from Annihilator's online forum for some time, an unusual occurence for the guitarist and founder of the band. After many queries about this oddity, the band's webmaster issued the following report:
"I spoke with Jeff last week. He has been absent from this forum (a rare thing for Jeff!) because of literally locking himself away in his studio for months, working furiously on the new Annihilator CD. He says that most of the CD has been recorded. However, he is also taking care of the business end first, ie: new record deal, setting up touring, etc. I am sure that he will return here as soon as he can and we will all be in for some excitement here! Hang in!"The follow-up to 2005's Schizo Deluxe CD will feature drummer Mike Mangini and Dave Padden, who will be the band's first guitarist to play rhythm guitar and sing on a record.
ANNIHILATOR will take a short break from recording their follow-up to 2005's Schizo Deluxe CD to play both Metalway Festivals in Spain on July 28th and 29th. Following news that drummer Mike Mangini will be playing on the new album fans at the band's official website have been asking who will be part of the band line-up for the gigs. Guitarist/founder Jeff Waters has issued the following update:
"Russ Bergquist is with us on bass, Mr. (Dave) Padden on vocals and guitar, drummer Ryan Ahoff (from Winnipeg, Canada) and some guy named Jeff Waters on guitar. It is one hell of a line-up."
Waters recently issued the following studio update:
"Dave Padden and I have been locked up in the studio for two weeks now working on guitars and vocals for the new one. He is going to be the first Annihilator guitarist to play rhythm guitar on an Annihilator CD, as well as sing. I guess that makes us a 4-piece band live then! I'm also going to sing some of the tracks I sang on previous records, like King Of The Kill, Refresh The Demon and others. METAL RULES!!!"
Seattle, Washngton-based black/thrash metal band IN MEMORIUM are currently seeking a keyboardist. More information is available on the band's MySpace page.
IN MEMORIUM's debut recording, "From Misery... Comes Darkness", was originally released independently in 2003 before was reissued last year via Moribund Records. The CD was recorded at Trillium Lane Studios under the watchful eye of engineer Curran Murphy (former NEVERMORE/ANNIHILATOR guitarist) and producer Todd Hooper.
A handful of SPV's artists will have their DVDs featured on the CONCERT On-Demand channel during the months of July and August. The schedule is as follows:
July 1 to July 31
SEPULTURA 'Live In Sao Paulo'
TYPE O NEGATIVE 'Symphony For the Devil: The World of Type O Negative'
SKINNY PUPPY 'The Greater Wrong of the Right Live'
THE MISSION 'Lighting the Candles'
LEGENDS OF ROCK: Uli Jon Roth, Jack Bruce, UFO Live at Castle Donnington
July 15 to August 15
ANNIHILATOR 'Ten Years In Hell'
SODOM 'Lords of Depravity'
CONCERT is available on Comcast (Music on Channel 1, then CONCERT), Adelphia (Free Choices on Channel 1, then Music, then CONCERT), Charter (More or Free Programs on Channel 999, then Music Unlimited, then CONCERT) and Cox (FreeZone, then Music, then CONCERT).
Swedish power metal outfit TAD MOROSE are proud to announce a new singer in their ranks: Joe Comeau (ex Annihilator / Liege Lord & ex Overkill guitarist).
Here a Joe´s comment: "What can I say? Obviously I am very honored to be the new vocalist for the great Tad Morose! I would first like to thank all the Tad guys for bringing me on board. Work has already begun on awesome new Tad Morose material and I am psyched as hell to move ahead on creating a killer new CD with these guys. I am also looking forward to our upcoming shows so I can meet all the Tad faithful and friends alike! Make sure you come and have a drink with us. See ya soon! Cheers, Joe Comeau."
TAD MOROSE´s last effort “Modus Vivendi” was released in 2003. The band will debut with him on stage at Gothenburg Metal Festival (Sweden) on April 30th and Karmoygeddon Festival (Norway) on May 6th.
The ANNIHILATOR video for 'Alison Hell' has been posted online at this location, but according to a post by guitarist Jeff Waters at the band's official website it is one of two versions that were made:
"The cool thing about this is that it is of the USA Only version of the video. There was a completey different version that is on the new Ten Years In Hell DVD, due out in February on SPV Records. The original version had too much of me wearing that Virgin Airlines shirt; a stupid move on my part, as I hadn't realized that it was also a label. Something that I am sure Roadrunner were not that happy about, understandably!
So the version on this site is the USA version. Cool."
The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending November 15, 2005, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all figures are rounded to the nearest ten, except numbers between 1,000 and 2,000, which are rounded to the nearest hundred; and numbers above 2,000, which are rounded to the nearest thousand):
NONPOINT - "To the Pain": 9,000
HELLOWEEN - "Keeper of the Seven Keys - The Legacy": 1,700
ANNIHILATOR - "Schizo Deluxe": 340
UFO - "Showtime" CD: 560
UFO – "Showtime" DVD: 500
SEPULTURA - "Live In Sao Paulo" CD: 410
SEPULTURA - "Live In Sao Paulo" DVD: 350
VENOM - "MMV" (4-CD Box Set): 80
Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have posted a free full-length MP3 of the song "Maximum Satan" at their official web site. The track comes off the group's eleventh studio album, "Schizo Deluxe", which was released in North America this past week via Locomotive/Warner. The CD was issued in Japan on October 21 via Marquee Inc. Also available for download at the band's site is a free seven-minute collage of some of the guitarwork from the "Schizo Deluxe" CD.
"Schizo Deluxe" is the follow-up to 2004's "All for You", which marked the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden following the departure of previous vocalist Joe Comeau (ex-OVERKILL, LIEGE LORD) in June 2003.
Austin Powell of The Daily Texan recently conducted an interview with MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn about Robert's contributions to the ROADRUNNER UNITED "The All-Star Sessions" CD, a collection of original tracks that are collaborations between numerous Roadrunner Records stars. The short question-and-answer session follows:
Daily Texan: Jeff Waters (guitarist for ANNIHILATOR and solo musician on two of Flynn's tracks [on "The All-Star Sessions" CD], "The Dagger" and "Independent"), goes absolutely off on this album. What was your relationship with him before the project?
Robert Flynn: "We never toured with ANNIHILATOR. That was a little before our time. I actually met him while coming home from England. This guy standing in front of me at customs was wearing an ANNIHILATOR shirt, which is really rare. You just don't see it coming to America, so I was just like 'Are you in ANNIHILATOR?' and he was like, 'Yeah, Robert Flynn?' And I was like 'Yeah,' and we just kind of hit it off from there."
Daily Texan: Waters is definitely an amazing shredder, but let's talk about your guitar work on the album. What brought about that 3-part guitar harmony in "Independent"?
Robert Flynn: The whole concept of that song is loosely based around [late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist] 'Dimebag' Darrell. Around the time of his death this guy named William Grim put out an article on this extremely conservative web site called The Iconoclast entitled, 'R.I.P. Dimebag Abbott and Good Riddance.' It basically called him a scumbag that brought this on himself. It was pretty vile and it was published the day after his murder. I copied it, and sent it to Max Cavalera [SOULFLY, ex-SEPULTURA], who ended up singing on the track. So the topic of the song is a response to that and three-part guitar harmony was just going for this big, epic guitar-oriented outro piece with piano and strings as a kind of tribute to him."
Daily Texan: How did your track with Howard Jones of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE come about?
Robert Flynn: "I had written the song and it had a killer melodic hook, and I envisioned Howard singing it from the get-go. I thought it would be cool to hear him on 'The More Things Change'-era MACHINE HEAD track. I wrote the vocal melody and lyrics, recorded it and sent it to him. He was originally just supposed to be the singer, but during the course of recording we started messing around with it and I started singing. It kind of just became the 'Ebony and Ivory' of metal music. The whole process was just spontaneous. So much of what you hear is a first take, just this magical moment put to tape."
Annihilator guitarist Jeff Waters has posted the following message on the band's official forums:
"Need your help again.
Can you hunt, seek and post ALL GOOD metal websites, web zines, web radio, magazines, etc... that you know of? From ANYWHERE in the world and in ANY language. Just post ONLY the web address. No band sites, just metal sites. Post it in this thread only please... All in the name of metal. You will see why I am asking Oct. 21... it is all to benefit and honor you...
So please guys and gals, hunt down EVERY GOOD metal web site/web radio on the net for me!
Love ya all:
To post a site go here. You must be a member of the forums to post.
Mainman Jeff Waters has posted the tracklisting for the upcoming Annihilator album, "Schizo Deluxe", at the band's official site:
1. Maximum Satan
4. Plasma Zombies
5. Invite It
6. Like Father, Like Gun
8. Too Far Gone
10. Something Witchy
Three or four bonus tracks may also be on the album depending on the region.
The band's 11th studio album is set to be released on the following dates:
Japan - October 21st via Marquee Inc.
USA - November 8th via Locomotive/Warner
Europe - November 14th via AFM Records
The album cover art can be seen here.
Annihilator have posted the album art for their upcoming album, "Schizo Deluxe", at the following location, http://www.annihilatormetal.com/web%20cover/schizo%20deluxe/small%20cover.jpg
Bob has become an official member of heavy power metallers Firewind, the band of famous guitar virtuoso Gus G. and made his debut with them in their 3rd release “Forged By Fire”, already out in Japan through Toshiba-EMI with a release date for Rest Of World settled for January 2005 through Century Media.
Bob’s debut cd “Turn of My Century” was released in Japan following the success of “Imaginary Force” (entered BURRN! Magazine’s best selling cd charts for 2 months in positions 26 and 41), featuring previously unreleased video clip of “Scary Groovie” and 5 minute keyboard and guitar jamming/shredding by Bob, as well as new, amazing cover artwork made by Havancsak Gyula who also did the artwork for the latest Annihilator cd “All For You” as well as for their forthcoming DVD release.
Imaginery‘s second cd entitled “Long Lost Pride” is out in Japan through Avalon/Marquee records. Bob is now joined by two Swedish fellows, singer Bjorn Jannsson (Tears Of Anger) and bassist Olof Sundfeldt (System Shock) while drums are performed by producer Mark Adrian. This cd includes 11 tracks of Modern Melodic Heavy/Power Metal in the vein of Symphony X, Ark and Children of Bodom. European/R.O.W released will be handled most possibly by Lion Music, Finland. Guest performances/solos by Gus G, Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged) and Michael Harris(Chastain).
Bob has just finished editing Nightfall’s first promo video (also directed by him) for the track “Swollen” out of Greek gothic-deathsters’ new cd entitled: “Lyssa: Rural Gods And Astonishing Punishments” where he has recorded keyboards and guitars as in previous release “I Am Jesus”.
Jeff Waters, guitarist and main man of the legendary annihilator, has confirmed his appearance in Bob Katsionis’ next, 3rd studio album. Also featured in this next release will be once again guitar master Marcel Coenen.
Annihilator mainman/guitarist Jeff Waters has announced the release of "Annihilator Jam - All For You" album. "This CD is for all the metal guitarists out there who've always wanted to jam along with a CD but actually be the guitarist in the band," reads a posting on the group's web site
The CD consists of all the official release tracks without any rhythm guitar tracks. You can now play along and jam to the entire "All For You" CD (AFM Records) with Annihilato's session drummer Mike Mangini, singer Dave Padden and Jeff Waters on bass and lead guitars. Also jam with Annihilator to the song "Weapon X", from the EP "The One" (AFM Records).
As there will be many non-guitarist/Annihilator fans purchasing this CD as well, there are also two special bonus tracks: "Annihilator" - the first-ever Annihilator recording, featuring original singer and lyric co-writer John Bates and "Back to the Palace", a live bootleg track of Annihilator live in Moscow 2000.
Annihilator mainman Jeff Waters has posted several audio clips backing up his claim that he is the fastest/tightest-picking guitarist in the world. Check out the clips here.
I was sitting here yesterday thinking of how I could stir up a bit of poop in the good ole USA; we don't get any coverage there, remember, and our 10th studio CD 'All For You' is due out today in the USA on The End Records. So i figured I would make up a silly statement like that (fastest/tightest picking guitarist in the world!), well-hidden in my answers to some fan questions, but knowing, very well, that my two favorite metal web sites would immediately seize that one short sentence and headline it! hehe! They did.
Now thousands of USA metal kids are all talking about me; most not very nicely, but talking all the same! Funny thing how quick people immediately respond 'no he ain't' and they either haven't heard me before OR have only heard the 'All For You' clip OR have only heard 'Alice'/'Neverland'!
And by the way, I couldn't care less about who can play fast... all you fans here know that this is the furthest thing from my mind. But I am the fastest, if you factor in tightest picking; they just don't know it so they react aggresively! Pretty interesting human nature. I think I will still run with that statement because it is getting us a lot of talk in the USA right now and, more importantly, I can also back it up!
Annihilator guitarist/mastermind Jeff Waters has posted this message on the band's official forum:
So far, asides from the mountain of old footage me and the Campbell Bros. are going through, I can tell ya one cool section that will be on the "Annihilator: Ten Years In Hell" DVD (due for release sometime in the early spring 2005):
Many former members have filmed themselves talking about their time and memories in Annihilator and what they are doing now. This includes already-done footage from Mike Mangini, Coburn Pharr, Neil Goldberg and others.
Still to come, footage from Ray Hartman, The Glove, Russ Bergquist, Aaron Randall, Rampage and others!
I am still trying to contact Randy Black and Wayne Darley, to name a few. Randy B. is not sure he wants to be included on this dvd, despite offering him a long segment where he could play you fans some Annihilator tunes, talk about his drumming, his many years with the band and what he is doing now (Primal Fear and drum clinics). I know you all would love to see him in this; me too! C'mon Randy! The world's best drummer = Mike Mangini and Annia-Drum-Legend = Ray Hartman are in; we need ya too cause you are right up there with the big-guys and kicked hard for Annihilator too!!
Gonna be a cool thing; trying to get some live footage of the Never, Neverland line-up and the Dynamo fest in Holland, from MTV Europe! That would be cool but lotsa killer stuff will be on this; almost thinking of doing 2 dvds.
Gonna make a decision on the company that will do this, this week. been waiting for one of the labels for many weeks so decision-time is here!
From the official Annihilator website:
Hi y'all. Well since most of you know, I have given away a few guitars here on my site for no money!. So, I figure I will try to sell a few also. I still have a Gibson Goth V and a Gibson Les Paul Studio (both in evil black). Since this contest has been going on to win my guitar, many have emailed me and asked if they could BUY one of my guitars. This is certainly not something I need to do BUT what the heck; who couldn't use money! hehe!
The Gibson Goth V is one of two that I used on the Carnival Diablos/Waking the Fury cd's and tours, as well as last summer's festival run at Wacken/BYH, etc... Curran Murphy also used one on the recent Judas Priest tour.
The Evil Black Les Paul was my main axe on the Criteria for a Black Widow tour as well as some tracks on that cd and a few on Carnival Diablos.
They both have the godly EMG pick-ups in them and both in pretty good shape. Will be some pretty cool historic guitars to have for a few Annihilator fans!
In case anyone is wondering why they are being put up for "sale" here, it is because MANY people have emailed me about buying one of my guitars. I also have an endorsement with the best darn guitar company out there ESP so I really won't be using these Gibsons anymore; I have alot of guitars!
So if you are (seriously) interested, send me a message (PM Private Message) throught this site (you have to register to do this). Again, only serious inquiries only please.
Price? I have have offers around $1500 EUROS for each of these 2 axes (i have a few of you who are asking me if it is $1500 euros for BOTH = NO. $1550 euros for each, so far!)
So if you are interested, make me an offer. I will post (here) what the current offers are.
Buyer pays shipping via Fedex or UPS.
Heck, I might even throw in some autographed Annihilator goodies for ya!
Cheers y'all and I hope the contest winners enjoy their metal prizes!
BW&BK is reporting at their site bravewords.com that Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has revealed that he has been in talks with Annihilator guitar legend Jeff Waters about him possibly joining the ranks of the newly rejuvenated thrash legends.
"I’ve been talking to one of your countrymen about playing with me and it looks pretty good," Mustaine revealed about his recent communication with Waters.
"We’ve been talking quite a lot and my only fear is that he’s so good and he’s a leader of his own thing and this is an institution here, it’s a worldwide thing and, you know. I’ve already had some struggles with bringing in a hired gun that was a leader of another situation with Alan (Pitrelli). Alan’s a good guy, good player. I don’t think that he really could take going from being a leader in Savatage and TSO (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) to being, you know, second, or actually fourth, in Megadeth. I don’t think he could handle it. That’s my only fear about working with Jeff is that he’s a leader of his own thing.
But, we’re talkin’ and we’re talkin’ and I’m passionate about what I want to do and it may very well happen. We’ve obviously started a friendship and I’ve known of him for years. It may just be that this is a combination that will put him on the map and give me some stability because I have a lot of friends that are Canadian and every one of them is just fucking righteous."
This isn't the first time that a Mustaine-Waters collaboration has been spoken about. Waters was rumored to replace Jeff Young (So Far, So Good...So What! era) in the late '80s. More...
Long-running Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have announced the addition of bassist Sandor de Bretan and drummer Rob Falzano to the group's ranks. Bretan hails from Waters' hometown of Ottawa Canada, while Falzano, a Boston native, came recommended to Water by "All For You" studio drummer Mike Mangini, who was also Falzano's teacher. Mangini will also be "guesting" at some future shows with the band.
ANNIHILATOR are scheduled to release their new album, "All For You", on May 24 through Germany's AFM Records. A five-song EP, entitled "The One", will surface on April 26, and will include two bonus video clips. "All For You" marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden, who replaced previous vocalist Joe Comeau last June.
Long-running Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have set a May 24 European release date through Germany's AFM Records for their new album, "All For You". A five-song EP, entitled "The One", will surface on April 26, and will include two bonus video clips.
"All For You" marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden, who replaced previous vocalist Joe Comeau last June. The album also features a return appearance by drummer Mike Mangini (Extreme, Steve Vai) following the departure of Randy Black (Primal Fear) in early October.
Commented mainman Jeff Waters in a recent online posting: "[The song 'Weapon X'] is probably the most brutal ANNIHILATOR song ever written. I honestly would compare it to 'Battery' by Metallica — and I would never ever try to compare something I did with a classic tune like that unless I could back I up. Dave, Mike and I can!
The song 'All For You' will probably be the single as it is one of those darn tootin' tunes that you will hear once and not be able to forget the chorus!"
With regards to the songwriting process for the new album, Waters said, "I demoed 18 songs [using a drum machine]. Weeded out the weakest ones and then got Dave/Mike to do their stuff over the 11 I picked. It was [actually] 12, but one was noticeably weak — could [have] made it on any other CD, but not this one."
"All For You" tracklisting: More...