Annihilator: Schizo Deluxe

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Annihilator: Schizo Deluxe
Groove Metal, Thrash Metal
AFM Records
November 8th, 2005
Release length: 48:29
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Annihilator seems to have been dabbling around in the Groove Metal style now for a little while, showing a serious attempt with All For You. However, with Schizo Deluxe, much of the heavy Groove aspect has been removed, bringing us a rather intense thrash assault with only lingering traces of their previous album in the air.

Schizo Deluxe is, really, what All For You should have been. While the opening track, “Maximum Satan”, is a rather heavy groove based track, the intensity of “Drive” is what will really pull you into the mix. Now, this doesn’t mean all the groove metal has been removed from the band’s sound, as stated it lingers, which is fine and works well on this release given the shouting vocals, which happen to be a little toned down this time around. Aside “Maximum Satan”, the tracks “Warbird” and “Like Father, Like Gun” are the heaviest groove oriented songs, with “Like Father, Like Gun” feeling more like a filler track that could be skipped over since it sounds exactly like “Warbird” to begin with. While on the topic of the negative aspects of this track, some of the introductions on this album, such as those on “Maximum Satan” and the annoying vocal introduction of “Pride”. However, nothing can top the annoying as hell vocal distortion used through the song “Something Witchy”.

Some of the songs on here are actually rather catchy and have some impressive thrash-like vocals, as well as clean singing. “Invite It” and “Pride” really make up the stand out tracks of the album, having a more thrash oriented vocal style during every aspect aside the chorus, which is sung clean. Both tracks have some fast paced music and killer guitar solos. “Something Witchy” is essentially the same, except there is more of an emphasis on the vocals being shouted. “Too Far Gone”, however, is Annihilator at it’s finest, but a flat out technical thrash song worthy of the Alice In Hell days, and the closest we will probably ever get to the classic sound we all love and miss. But, even the more killer songs that are listed here seem to have the same problem as the rest of the album: There is something missing in the recording. The music itself just seems to be lacking something in the final production that makes the music on the release sound somewhat hollow.


The North American release of Schizo Deluxe features three bonus tracks that were originally only available in the digibook version of this release overseas around the original release date. While “Weapon X” is a killer song to hear, it was already made available on the band’s The One EP. However, the latter two bonus tracks are really something special. “I Am In Command” is a rehearsal recording back from 1990, and “Annihilator” is dated all the way back to 1985, the very first recording by Annihilator featuring John Bates. While these aren’t of the greatest quality, they are definitely nice to have in your collection if you’re a fan of Annihilator.


Far superior then their last album, Schizo Deluxe has some great technical thrash elements that are perfectly blended with a little groove metal, which was what Annihilator had been doing recently prior to All For You, and it worked. While the album has it’s negative aspects, there are some true gems on this release that are too good to be missed out on.

01. Maximum Satan – 4:36
02. Drive – 4:58
03. Warbird – 4:42
04. Plasma Zombies – 4:45
05. Invite It – 4:57
06. Like Father, Like Gun – 4:20
07. Pride – 4:56
08. Too Far Gone – 4:23
09. Clare – 6:46
10. Something Witchy – 5:22
11. Weapon X (Bonus Track) – 3:33
12. I Am In Command (Rehearsal) (Bonus Track) – 3:52
13. Annihilator – 4:03
Overall Score: 5/10


Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.