Suicide Society marks the official fifteenth full-length effort from the Canadian beast known as Annihilator. And, much like the entity’s sound, they have once again gone through a dramatic line-up overhaul for this one. Jeff Waters is still present, of course, but the most obvious shift is the loss of recent vocalist/rhythm guitarist Dave Padden (ex-Silent Storm), who parted ways with the band earlier this year. The rest of the crew involved features drummer Mike Harshaw (Mastery, ex-Profaner), bassist Cam Dixon (ex-Metalist) who returns to the ranks this year after having left the group back in 1995 (roughly one year after joining), and guitarist Aaron Homma (Immersed, ex-Vital Remains) who is the latest addition. The latter two, however, were not involved in the recording of this album. With the release date for Suicide Society looming, and a fear growing given the Anthrax-esque title track released as the lead single, does Mr. Waters remind listeners why Annihilator is one of the more important forces in the thrash metal world, or is the aforementioned obvious influence of that brand of eighties era recently shown too rich to make this one stand out?
Canadian thrash/heavy metal masters ANNIHILATOR will release their fifteenth studio album, “Suicide Society”, on September 18 via UDR Music.
Annihilator‘s previous album Metal was met with plenty of mixed emotions from the not only their well established fan-based, but also the Metal community in general, with a number of people finding it to not be up to par with guitarist Jeff Waters’ typical musical standards. For those who found dismay in the previous album, those individuals can sigh a breath of relief at the band’s self-titled effort, Annihilator, which doesn’t seem to tread very far from much of the band’s previous harder works.
Live at Masters of Rock is the title of Annihilator‘s long awaited live CD and DVD. Both versions feature the same exact show from start to finish, just clearly one includes the video of the performance. The CD version made available for those who didn’t want the DVD, as well as to milk money out of the die hard fans and collectors since this CD accompanies the DVD edition. Either way, this is a nice companion piece to have, as the quality of the recording is well suited for the CD, and makes for another great live album for fans to rock out to.
The first of three consecutive Annihilator albums that really became more of a solo project for the band’s guitarist, Jeff Waters, is this release, King Of The Kill. While this isn’t the greatest album in the Annihilator line-up, it certainly does have some great songs, and introduces us to a move groove-oriented sound that is very different in comparison to the sound this act started off with.