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Annihilator: The Best Of...
Thrash Metal
Roadrunner Records
2004
Release length: 1:14:41
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Perhaps one of the worst mixes for a best of album of all time, The Best Of Annihilator lives up to the name, but as a final product is absolutely lame. Granted, all the songs from here are from either of their first four Roadrunner Records albums (the only four releases on that label by Annihilator): Alice In Hell, Never, Neverland, Set The World On Fire (a compilation of rare/unreleased tracks), and In Command (a live album) are the four albums that make up this supposed best of.

While this release does feature some of the best of Annihilator, just look at the track listing. It looks like someone sat in a room and said, “Take this chunk, this chunk, and this chunk, then put two live versions on of whatever songs you want to throw them off.” Unfortunately the songs are in direct order from the original CDs they originated from. Not to mention that the first seven tracks, with the exclusion of ‘Phantasmagoria’, are from a CD (Alice In Hell) that is only nine songs long. Could it have killed them to atleast hit “random” on a CD player for CD order? This compilation would have sounded better had they just mixed things up a little, maybe throw in more from Bag Of Tricks since Roadrunner Records had already cashed in on Annihilator with their Two From The Vault series, meaning you could just buy the two CDs that make up practically this entire release and be happier.

So, while this would be a nice piece for the tight walleted metal fan, who can’t spare a few bucks more for the Two From The Vault series reissues, it’s a good way to hear the classics from one hell of a band. But, for everyone else who want to hear a compilation of the band’s best works, and not just the band’s first album in proper track list order with songs off their second release with little diversity in the versions when alternate mixes are available, including live sets, this release just doesn’t cut it and only further proves that, given a chance, record labels will reissue band’s material to make a quick buck off the unsuspecting fans, as well as those with OCD and just have to have every release with the band’s name on it. Annihilator does not deserve this kind of a rating, but this release does.

01. Set The World On Fire – 4:29
02. No Zone – 2:48
03. Bats In The Belfry – 3:38
04. Snake In The Grass – 4:55
05. Phoenix Rising – 3:48
06. Knight Jumps Queen – 3:47
07. Sounds Good To Me – 4:18
08. The Edge – 2:57
09. Don’t Bother Me – 3:24
10. Brain Dance – 4:52
Overall Score: 1.5/10


Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.