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Album Review

Canadian thrash mainstay Annihilator's reputation is founded on their early Roadrunner catalog, and as The Best of Annihilator shows, it's with good reason. Drawing from their first three albums, Alice in Hell (1989), Never Neverland (1990), and Set the World On Fire (1993), The Best of Annihilator highlights guitarist and group mastermind Jeff Waters' eclectic tastes and massive chops. From the precise acoustic picking of "Crystal Ann" and its natural follower, the over the top electric histrionics of "Alison Hell," to Annihilator riff classics "Phantasmagoria" and "Set the World On Fire," Waters steers the band on a course between the thrash metal in his hands and the power metal in his head. The two styles don't always sit well together, but few could make them sound as bonded as Annihilator on this classic material. There are two live cuts thrown in as well, "Human Insecticide," taken from 1994's outtakes collection Bag of Tricks, and "I Am in Command," from the live collection In Command, proving that Waters could pull off his guitar antics outside the safety of the studio.


Formed: 1984 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Canadian thrashers Annihilator are the lifework of guitarist Jeff Waters, who founded the band in 1984 -- just as the speed metal revolution was getting underway further to the south in the San Francisco Bay Area. Due in large part to this geographical isolation, Annihilator as a band phased in and out of existence over the next few years, with only Waters as a constant factor, but when the driven guitarist's homemade demos finally made it into the hands of Roadrunner Records, the band's career was...
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  • 13,99 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 02 August 2004

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