Ten Years In Hell
2/20/2006 - Review by: Eric Compton
A must see for anyone remotely interested in this Canadian machine
Annihilator - Ten Years In Hell - 2006 - SPV
"Ten Years In Hell" is exactly that, this video package documenting ONLY the band's first ten years. Think of this in the same style as the recent Iron Maiden DVD "The Early Years", as with this we only get footage up until 1999's "Criteria For A Black Widow". Those of you looking for Dave Padden and Joe Comeau coverage will need to wait until 2016, or there and abouts. With the telling of this extraordinary trip comes rare live footage and various television appearances, all neatly wrapped up in some great graphics and a very organized format that follows the correct chronological order, a must when trying to wrap up this many albums in one sitting.
Disc number uno begins with Jeff Waters longtime friend John Bates (Bates Motel) talking on camera about the beginnings of Annihilator and the early creative visions of the band's creator. From there it is a stream of extremely informative and entertaining bits, from record release parties, rare television interviews, live footage, studio sessions, and plenty of commentary from ex-Annihilator musicians. It is really interesting to see Waters in these early interviews, appearing on some off the wall TV shows and some wild Japanese chat sessions. Along the way we also get promo videos for "Stonewall", "Alison Hell", "21", "Syn. Kill 1", "Set The World On Fire", "King Of The Kill", and "Only Be Lonely".
Disc two weighs in with simply Jeff Waters telling the entire history of the band. His commentary is just amazing, a truly inspiring experience when seen through his eyes. This commentary runs close to two hours and has additional comments from folks like Mike Mangini, Neil Goldberg, Russell Bergquist, and Coburn Pharr, all checking in to lend you info on their whereabouts. When it is all said and done, well this is one tremendous package that really is a must see for anyone remotely interested in this Canadian machine.
Note - Interesting to see drummer Randy Black's face edited out of the "King Of The Kill" performances.
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