10 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It was with Annihilation Time’s third and final album that the Ventura, Calif.–born band began to lean a little less on its hardcore punk influences and teeter toward the tougher classic rock side of its sound. “Splashback” still opens with the hard attack of an old Black Flag record—especially with frontman Jimmy Rose channeling equal parts Keith Morris and Henry Rollins. But Graham Clise’s guitar shredding has more in common with Mahogany Rush's Frank Marino, save for the solo where his double-tracked leads create the kind of guitar harmonies that recall Scott Gorham and John Sykes in Thin Lizzy. Similarly, the following “About to Snap” is divided, with Rose belting it out like he grew up on early-'80s skate-punk while the fingers on Clise’s left hand drop a decade to crank out fiery leads that resemble those of UFO-era Michael Schenker. In the highly energetic “Jonestown,” Rose and Clise are more aligned as they play a pit-friendly assault over a supercharged rhythm section. “Just Guzzlin’” hints at their evolution into Lecherous Gaze.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It was with Annihilation Time’s third and final album that the Ventura, Calif.–born band began to lean a little less on its hardcore punk influences and teeter toward the tougher classic rock side of its sound. “Splashback” still opens with the hard attack of an old Black Flag record—especially with frontman Jimmy Rose channeling equal parts Keith Morris and Henry Rollins. But Graham Clise’s guitar shredding has more in common with Mahogany Rush's Frank Marino, save for the solo where his double-tracked leads create the kind of guitar harmonies that recall Scott Gorham and John Sykes in Thin Lizzy. Similarly, the following “About to Snap” is divided, with Rose belting it out like he grew up on early-'80s skate-punk while the fingers on Clise’s left hand drop a decade to crank out fiery leads that resemble those of UFO-era Michael Schenker. In the highly energetic “Jonestown,” Rose and Clise are more aligned as they play a pit-friendly assault over a supercharged rhythm section. “Just Guzzlin’” hints at their evolution into Lecherous Gaze.

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About Annihilation Time

Southern California's Annihilation Time was formed in 2001, and spent much of the following year honing their hybrid hard rock/hardcore style by playing parties and switching instruments. Finally, after settling on a lineup featuring vocalist Fred Hammer, lead guitarist Graham Clise, rhythm guitarist Jamie Sanitate, bassist Chris Grande, and drummer Tony Melino, they recorded an eponymous debut later that year. But additional shake-ups would bring new singer Jimmy Rose and rhythm guitarist Shaun Filly into the fold before their next release, a 2003 EP they named Bad Reputation after the Thin Lizzy classic covered inside. They released Annihilation Time in on the Manic Ride label in 2004, and its follow-up, Annihilation Time II, in 2005. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

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