Since 1989, Canada’s ANNIHILATOR have not stopped putting out records and touring the world. Despite the ever-changing climate of the Metal World (and releasing a series of “different” Metal records with various lineups along the way), Jeff Waters and company have consistently delivered strong albums since the band’s debut “Alice In Hell”. Then there was 1990’s best-selling “Never, Neverland”, 1995’s “King of The Kill”, “Schizo Deluxe” in 2005 and many other critically-acclaimed releases up until 2015’s “SuicideSociety.” The ‘under-the-radar’ influence of this band, and writer/guitarist/vocalist Jeff Waters, has been felt throughout the entire realm of the metal world by a ton of well-known musicians and bands; that influence even stretching into the hard rock and instrumentalist genre.
ANNIHILATOR’s mainman Jeff Waters, in his usual humble manner, offers this in response:“ANNIHILATOR’s music has been influenced by a good hundredof my favorite bands and musicians; you can hear their contributionsto what I have been doing all throughout ANNIHILATOR’s catalogue.It’s a bonus and an honor when bands and musicians I love mentionthat I had something to do with their playing or songs!”
Which all leads tothe fact that ANNIHILATOR’S 16th studio release, “For TheDemented”, is certainly their most complete and definitivestatement yet.
“ It was time toanalyze what a lot of fans over the years have kept telling me,”says Waters. “It was time to sit down and figure out “why”ANNIHILATOR’s early “thrash-meets-melodic” caught the ears ofso many AND to try to sweep the “fan” part of mywriting/playing/singing out the door and welcome back themostly-original Waters writing that was to be the first fourANNIHILATOR albums.”
Waters didn’tventure back alone, while looking back through ANNIHILATOR’Shistory. “ I was well aware thattrying to re-capture the past usually fails, or at least won’t comeclose. So I decided to bring in fresh ears, both musically andphysically with Rich Hinks, my bassist for the last few years. And doing most all of the records bymyself, including writing and playing most all on my own, as well asmixing, mastering, engineering, etc…, well it can become routineand can often hinder you from being objective and morecreative.
Rich came in andco-wrote the music with me, as well as co-produced the beginningstages of the record. His background of classic thrash metal meets anewer “math” metal style was the perfect combination for me tosimply ask, “What do you think of this?” He would most-oftenreply with “not the ANNIHILATOR style I like”, so we would keepgoing until we both felt that core ANNIHILATOR riffing and writingstyle presented itself.
“ Bottom line, “ForThe Demented” captures some feel from ANNIHILATOR’s 1985-87 demosmixed with the first 4 ANNIHILATOR records. Back to the thrash meetsmelody but with some pure Waters guitar riffing, up-graded leadguitar shredding and vocals back to the demo-days meets the “Kingof The Kill” record.
Lyrically, I placeda theme on the record: the human mind and all of its glory,complexity, diversity, weaknesses and insanity! Pretty much thecraziness of the music is matched by the lyrics.”
“ I think MetalFans are going to hear much of what they have been waiting for from ANNIHILATOR.”