Annihilator – New Album “Suicide Society” Out On 18th September

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:
Suicide Society
My Revenge
Creepin’ Again
Narcotic Avenue
The One You Serve
Break, Enter
Death Scent
Every Minute

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

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

About David Farrell

General Manager and 'THE' competition guy at Manager of The Goddanm Electric, Tour manager for Serpentine, and ex-general Dogsbody at Media partner to numerous bands. Also takes photos, writes reviews and likes classic rock, with a touch of thrash to get the blood flowing.