Justin Bender – Guitar
Aaron Edgar – Drums
Mike Young – Bass
Dave Padden – Vocals
Legendary Canadian thrash/heavy metal masters ANNIHILATOR will release their brand new (and 15th!) studio album, “Suicide Society”, on September 18th, 2015 via UDR Music, worldwide.
As usual, guitar wizard Jeff Waters handles all songwriting duties, plays all guitar & bass, engineers, produces, mixes and masters “Suicide Society”… and Waters is also back commanding lead vocal duties, as he did on the critically acclaimed “King of the Kill” (1994), “Refresh the Demon” (1996), “Remains” (1997) and other Annihilator albums over the years.
Waters on his return to vocal duties: “Dave (Padden/vocalist from 03-14) & I have, essentially, been Annihilator since 2003 but he resigned last December, citing having had enough of touring, being away from home and other commitments. I thank him for his 11 years with Annihilator. That said, Annihilator and I are known for never giving up and, occasionally, coming up with something even better than its former offering(s): this is undeniably the case with “Suicide Society!”
With “Suicide Society”, Annihilator goes headfirst into some of the most technically perfect, crisp, and crushingly taut, riffage Waters has ever produced. Although Waters’ vocals keep traces of stylings from his “King of the Kill” album, they now evoke a surprising blend of legends such as Staley, Osbourne, Hetfield and Mustaine. This, in a twisted way, mirrors Waters’ signature blend of riffing, drums grooves and bass; all drawing from multiple sources and genres.
Waters has built a worldwide reputation as being a premier guitarist and songwriter; the conciseness and arrangement of “Creepin’ Again” is both an air-guitarist’s dream and a sharp reminder of this. The gloriously-brutal thrash of “My Revenge” calls up a vintage of ’85 with the technical chops of 2015. The neo-classic title track defiantly expresses anger at the state of world affairs, while offering up hope in closing. With the multi-layered power of the anthem “Snap”, Waters illustrates the diversity of Annihilator’s sound, without sacrificing one decibel of attack.
“Metal fans will likely sport evil, satisfied grins on their faces, when they hear this record” chuckles Waters, “but in the words of Joe Perry: “Let the Music Do the Talking”!
The full-track listing is:
The One You Serve
Metal fans all across the world are aware of Annihilator’s stellar, energetic and “real” live shows. Drum monster Mike Harshaw continues on for his 4th year with the band, one familiar name returns & another is born: bassist Cam Dixon (from “King of the Kill” era) returns to the fold & guitarist Aaron Homma makes his debut with the band.
Aside from the band’s upcoming, scheduled devastation at some of Europe’s mega-summer festivals (ex. Wacken Open Air), Annihilator will be headlining Europe this fall on their “EUROPE IN THE BLOOD” tour 2015. Talks are underway to bring the band to South America, Japan and likely North America in 2016.
ANNIHILATOR Summer Festival appearances 2015:
24/07/2015 ESP Barcelona Rock Fest
31/07/2015 GER Wacken Wacken Open Air
02/08/2015 TÜR Istanbul Rock Off Festival
06/08/2015 TCH Josefov Brutal Assault Festival
08/08/2015 FIN Oulu Jalometalli Festival
09/08/2015 BEL Kortrijk Alcatraz Festival
“EUROPE IN THE BLOOD” tour 2015
30/09/2015 UK Birmingham – O2 Academy
01/10/2015 IRELAND Dublin – Button Factory
02/10/2015 UK Glasgow – O2 ABC 2 Glasgow
03/10/2015 UK Sheffield – O2 Academy
04/10/2015 UK London – O2 Academy Islington
06/10/2015 FRANCE Paris – Divan du Monde
08/10/2015 SPAIN Bilbao – Santana 27
09/10/2015 PORTUGAL Porto – Hard Club
10/10/2015 SPAIN Madrid – But
11/10/2015 SPAIN Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
13/10/2015 SWITZERLAND Pratteln – Z7
14/10/2015 ITALY Brescia – Circolo Colony
15/10/2015 SLOVENIA Ljubljana – Kino Siska
16/10/2015 SERBIA Belgrade – Dom omladine
17/10/2015 ROMANIA Bucharest – Maximum Rock Festival
19/10/2015 HUNGARY Budapest – A 38
20/10/2015 AUSTRIA Wörgl – Komma
21/10/2015 AUSTRIA Wien – Szene
22/10/2015 CZECH REPUBLIC Zlin – Masters Of Rock Cafe
23/10/2015 POLAND Krakow – Fabryka
24/10/2015 POLAND Warsawa – Proxima
25/10/2015 GERMANY Berlin – Lido
27/10/2015 DENMARK Kolding – Godset
28/10/2015 GERMANY Hamburg – Grünspan
29/10/2015 GERMANY Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
30/10/2015 GERMANY München – Backstage Halle
31/10/2015 GERMANY Karlsruhe – Substage
02/11/2015 GERMANY Nürnberg – Hirsch
03/11/2015 LUXEMBURG Luxembourg – Den Atelier
04/11/2015 NETHERLANDS Tilburg – O13
05/11/2015 NETHERLANDS Haarlem – Patronaat
06/11/2015 BELGIUM Kortrijk – De Kreun
07/11/2015 GERMANY Bochum – Zeche
08/11/2015 GERMANY Köln – Underground
13/11/2015 RUSSIA Saint Petersburg – Zal Ozhidaniya
14/11/2015 RUSSIA Moscow – Volta
Canadian metallers ANNIHILATOR have announced the Europe In The Blood 2015 tour and are looking for a support act. They have issued, via their Official Facebook Page, the following:
ANNIHILATOR are looking for ONE support act for their “Europe In The Blood 2015” tour. You need to have a label cd release out in Europe. You must be metal. You must be good.
We like helping other bands out that play kick ass metal (and other bands have helped us out, too!) but you also have to have your shit together: no drugs, crazy, full-on drunks (ok, that pretty much might rule out 95% of the metal bands out there! Haha!) and you have to be ready to work hard… it is a gruelling tour with travel hell and you must stay healthy. Ok, most of us (except Jeff Waters!) drink alcohol but at the right time and the right way!
Most bands charge a “buy-on” fee to their support acts… we do not.
Promoters rarely pay any money to support bands on these kinds of tours… only to the headliners, so that is why we would not charge our support a fee. The “catch”, however, is that you and/or your record label will need to pay your share of the tour bus… that is a lot of money! So, please… SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY! If you don’t have some financing to pay for the bus cost or just want to party hard, please don’t reply.
When you do these kinds of tours, you have to stay healthy. People (FANS!) pay big money to see these shows and they deserve professional, non-hung-over musicians, giving 110% every night… and you won’t get along with us, if you don’t take this tour seriously! OK… think about it before you email us with questions!
A great opportunity for a killer metal band who needs the exposure and wants to do a full European tour in front of the best fans out there!
ONLY THE SERIOUS, CONTACT: neverlandmusic “@” bell.net with your band info (web links, label, etc…)
(Please READ all of the above carefully… we won’t reply unless you qualify! Please do not send Facebook messages, as they will not get replied to)
Check out the scheduled tour shows below:
70000 TONS OF METAL is proud to announce that ANNIHILATOR mastermind
Jeff Waters has invited ex-vocalist Coburn Pharr to feature in their performances when The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise sails to Jamaica in January 2015. Pharr was lead vocalist on ANNIHILATOR‘s critically acclaimed and best-selling 1990 release “Never,
Neverland” which includes classics such as “Road To Ruin”, “I Am In Command”, “Reduced To Ash” and “Phantasmagoria”.
Waters comments: “Seeing as how it is the 25th Anniversary of my
favorite ANNIHILATOR album, I thought it would be a lot of fun to
invite Coburn with us to perform some of the songs he was a part of. I
haven’t seen him since 1992 so I think the fans are going to spot us
having lots of conversations about the old days (and my 80’s hair
style)! Current ANNIHILATOR vocalist Dave Padden is very much looking
forward to this as he is a huge fan of that album and Coburn, but also
because he won’t have to play and sing those songs hahaha...!”
Jeff Waters will also be hosting JAMMING WITH WATERS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS All-Star Jam which will feature members from the 60 bands on board 70000TONS OF METAL 2015, which includes ARCH ENEMY, APOCALYPTICA, BEHEMOTH, BLIND GUARDIAN, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DESTRUCTION, MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK, NAPALM DEATH, THERION, VENOM and many more!
70000TONS OF METAL, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, will sail Thursday, January 22, 2015 on board the Royal Caribbean “Liberty Of The Seas” from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and will not return to the real world until Monday, January 26, 2015.
Ticket prices start at USD 666 Per Person (plus Taxes & Fees), which includes all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!
Check out http://www.70000tons.com and book your ticket now!
Canadian metallers ANNIHILATOR have posted via their official Facebook page, that guitarist Jeff Waters has some studio openings for bands that need a killer MASTERING and/or mixing job.
“Serious inquiries only please; the dude is a busy guy!”
Canadian metal legends ANNIHILATOR have been confirmed for the 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise 2015, due to take place 22-26 January. Other bands confirmed include ARCH ENEMY, BLIND GUARDIAN, CHIMAIRA, KORPIKLAANI and THERION.
For more information check the 70K website here.