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Annihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer, mastering engineer Jeff Waters and former vocalist John Bates. They are the highest-selling heavy metal group from Canada in Canadian history, having sold more than 3 million albums worldwide, although most of their sales have been generated outside of the band's home country. Their first two studio albums, Alice in Hell and Never, Neverland, are considered to be influential Canadian heavy metal records. Read more on

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Interview: Annihilator – “Jeff, do you realise there’s 66 solos on the album”?

June 2nd, 2010

Jeff Waters has been tearing it up in Annihilator for as long as Hugh Platt has been alive. Suffice to say, after more than 25 years, he’s gotten pretty fucking good.

In the week we went to down to Earache Records’ office in London to interview Annihilator axeman, Jeff Waters, we’d been giving his band’s latest, self-titled album a fair few spins. Allegedly the album has more than 60 guitar solos on it – an average of more than 6 per track – but we never got round round to tallying them up ourselves. We were far too busy playing air guitar.  

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Album: Annihilator – Annihilator (S/T)

April 21st, 2010

Earache Records
17 May 2010

By Tom Dare

Like a number of genuinely great thrash bands – Testament being a prime example – Annihilator suffered with poor timing. Emerging and releasing their finest records in the late 80s and early 90s meant they missed the scene’s peak, and missed out on the wider attention they should have got as thrash went underground again. Unlike Testament, Annihilator haven’t yet capitalised of the recent rekindling of interest in the genre by releasing a record which recalls their finest days.

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