Annihilator Frontman Posts Album Update
ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters has issued the following update:
"Lots going on but ya might not notice... sorry for being pretty absent from this cool site for so long. I spent all of 2005 on here everyday and putting that Killer contest together (which got pretty much ignored by most of the USA and Canadian metal media, except KNAC.com, the mighty Canadian BW&BK and a few other smaller metal sites). Incidentally, that Killer contest got over 32 million hits to our little site. And I did a little record I like to call my third favourite Annihilator CD Schizo Deluxe. The Metal CD did well for us overseas, as usual; not sure here or in the USA but at least there has been some attention! Fantastic players and Danko/Angela singing on the latest CD. An honour for me and they all seemed to think the same! Still no touring word for North America, trying, as usual. Awesome touring so far; have done something like 100 dates for this CD and looking forward to some more this summer. Masters Of Rock in the Czech Republic is going to rock. It was cool to play with Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM) and Corey Beaulieu (TRIVIUM) and then a shred-fest with Jeff Loomis in Japan. Recently did the MMD Festival in Athens, Greece; as usual, the Greeks know how to host a metal fest. Dave Padden has came a long way from a new singer to being the guitarist AND singer in the band. Pretty amazing job he has been doing, I must say, and the fans are 100% behind him. Did ya know he has been in the band longer than ANY Annihilator singer? Cool. We are working on our 13th studio CD and this will be Dave's fourth studio record with Annihilator. Sick! New guitars coming out from a new company; the RAN guitars I have are still some of the best-ever Flying Vees I have ever played however something pretty awesome is coming soon for myself re: guitars. Will keep you posted. And yes, they are Vees! The Laboga Waters/Annihilator amp is pretty evil, too. The three amps Dave and I used each for those 100 shows really with stood the test of the road. A lot of guitar players are using them now, after hearing these things! New CD coming along just delightfully. Something strange happened in the last few years in that I have started to really play guitar more than usual, thus giving me more than five times as many guitar riffs written on tour, in hotel rooms, on busses and at home in the studio. I have, for the first time since I started this band, around three CD's worth of material now. Ridiculous amounts of stuff but at least this could be exciting as I can pick the best material for the CD rather than writing ten for a record and using them all. So that means the new Annihilator CD should technically be three times better! HA! Ya never know! Dave wants to heavy the record up vocally this time but not so much in a "newer style" and not so much in an early '80's style. Should be interesting to hear what he has in mind. Drumming on the new CD is probably going to be done by our touring drummer Ryan Ahoff. He kicked ass on the ICED EARTH/Annihilator tour in Europe late last year. Bassist Dave Sheldon has also been fitting in well and playing like a madman on that tour, as well as in Greece. Dave S. is also a guitar player so that helps in this band, as a bass player! There is some cool footage form the Athens, Greece show on YouTube.com (below). A friend of mine just sent me a link to Human Insecticide; now that is a trip to see yourself play a song you wrote when you were 18, to 7500 people in Athens, when you are 43! Metal is my life and I love it! Thanks to all the fans that have kept this band alive, well and selling good record numbers, at least overseas. Our MySpace still amazes me everyday when young new fans from North America message us to tell us they had no idea we were out there and that they thought we had just released our FIRST CD! HA! Okay all; be good, healthy and have fun. I will be back here soon with some cool news and some video! Maybe more touring stuff, too. Thanks for hanging in!"
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