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Annihilator
For the Demented
Type: CD
Company: Silver Lining
Release: 2018
Genre: Thrash
Reviewer: Troy Cole
Published: 1/26/2018
Mesmerizing guitar work and plenty of crushing riffs
Honestly, Annihilator is better with Jeff Waters singing. 'For the Demented', the Canadian thrashers new record, continues to prove that fact since taking the reins back on 'Suicide Society' (vocalist David Padden left in 2014). 'For the Demented' has a noticeable throwback feel to it with crisp modern production. Jeff's always mesmerizing guitar work is on display throughout, including plenty of crushing riffs. This time around Waters takes the time to show off his distinct voice and displays a diversity on songs like the Danko Jones styled "The Way" and “Not All There" which includes a sweet and unexpected funky breakdown. At times though, there is a strong Mustaine inflection that's most notable on the catchy "The Demon You Know". This one could have been placed on any late 90's Megadeth album.

In my opinion, this is their most solid offering in almost 20 years, apart from maybe 'Feast'. This is all thanks to tracks like the opening duo of blistering thrash songs-- "Twisted Lobotomy" and "One to Kill" followed by standout songs like the slower paced, morbid “Pieces of You" and the moody "Phantom Asylum". It has a bridge I can only describe as the perfect soundtrack to a heavy metal western.

Only one question remains--where does Annihilator go in the future now that they have looked at the past?
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: ANNIHILATOR
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
All For YouAnnihilator
2004
Eric Compton11/1/2004
AnnihilatorAnnihilator
2010
Chris Kincaid5/2/2010
FeastAnnihilator
2013
Eric Compton2/20/2014
For the DementedAnnihilator
2018
Troy Cole1/26/2018
MetalAnnihilator
2007
Vinaya Saksena10/17/2008
Schizo-DeluxeAnnihilator
2005
Eric Compton1/13/2006
Ten Years In HellAnnihilator
2006
Eric Compton2/20/2006


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: ANNIHILATOR
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Feast - Limited EditionAnnihilator
2014
Vinaya Saksena5/12/2014


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