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