Annihilator Share Lyric Video For “Couple Suicide” Featuring Angela Gossow And Danko Jones

Annihilator have shared a lyric video for a new version of their song “Couple Suicide.” The updated take on the track features new contributions from Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer) and Stu Block (ex-Iced Earth), as well as its original guests Angela Gossow (ex-Arch Enemy) and Danko Jones. The new version of “Couple Suicide” will appear on the band’s reworked version of “Metal.” As previously reported, that effort is called “Metal II” and it will be available tomorrow (February 18). Jeff Waters commented:

“I’m a big fan of Danko and Angela. Danko and I have written songs over the years. He is a badass rocker meets punk rocker with a bit of pop and metal in there, plus he’s a nice guy. He and I discussed doing a project/record together someday. Angela was the vocal queen of her genre and I loved her in Arch Enemy. It’s such a conflicting, ‘opposite end of the spectrum’ vocal pairing, that it has to be cool! And it is!”

Jeff Waters To Step Down As Annihilator’s Vocalist, Stu Block Recruited For Future Live Shows

Jeff Waters has decided to step down as Annihilator’s vocalist to focus on guitar duties. With this news, the band have also revealed that Stu Block (Into Eternity, ex-Iced Earth) will be joining them during upcoming live shows.

Waters told Blabbermouth the following when asked if his battle with COVID-19 impacted his vocals:

“It might make them better. The way I sing, it might make them better. Finally, I can do a raspy voice without having to try. No, actually, what I’ve done, again, with this big sort of life-changing thing in my little world, when I talked to Stu Block and Dave Lombardo about doing this — it’s not a new record [‘Metal II’], but I consider it ‘re-envisioning.’ It’s not meant to be some competitive thing. The drummer on the original, Mike Mangini, is probably one of the best drummers in the world. Dave Padden, our singer and guitar player, was great. It wasn’t about that. It was ‘Let’s release a second version.’ Not stomp on the past. It was something fun to do to create attention for the label that they are releasing the catalog. It’s working so far. People are like, ‘Wow! A new album.’ I’m like, ‘Well, sort of.’ So I decided I’m not singing anymore. I’m a guitar player. I took over singing on my fourth record, ‘King Of The Kill’.”

He continued when asked if Block will have more involvement in the band:

“Bingo. I asked him if he would do the reunion thing — because it’s been 31 or 32 years or something for our first three Roadrunner albums. To North America, those are the only ones anyone has ever heard, especially the first two. We actually have another 14 albums.”

Waters also hinted at the possibility of a North American tour featuring past members of the group:

“If Coburn [Pharr] is healthy enough, he’s into it. I told Stu I don’t want to sing anymore. It’s too taxing. It takes too much of a toll. I’m not a great singer. It’s really tough to play and sing. I don’t have that natural, awesome singing voice. Like, for example: [METALLICA’s James] Hetfield and [MEGADETH’s Dave] Mustaine are amazing. Hetfield for his tones, but Mustaine, as I found out singing — I’ve done about seven records with my band as a singer, so probably about 20 tours, including festivals — Hetfield was my guy, but Mustaine also became my guy, so to speak, he can write these rhythm guitar riffs and what James does is he’ll do a simple riff and sing on it. When he’s done singing, here’s the real, killer James Hetfield, then he goes back to singing. That came out of JUDAS PRIEST. That’s probably where he got it. [Glenn] Tipton was a genius. If you listen to [Rob] Halford on any of those classic PRIEST songs, they’re playing one note on the guitar. When Halford stops, here’s the riff. That’s Hetfield. Dave Mustaine threw out all that garbage. He’s playing all this crazy-timed stuff and able to sing over it. It’s incredible.

“I’m not in that league. I think I’m a good guitar and bass player — I do all the bass on the albums. I think I’m pretty good at guitar and bass and some other things, but guys like that are just the top. Fans know it because of the songs, but I think musicians who take this seriously for a career look at these guys and go, ‘They’re so much bigger and better than what you see on the news sites posting and showing people making a mistake on YouTube.’ They’re beyond genius. I was like, ‘Let me stay on guitar like I used to do. Do you want to come and sing with us anytime we do shows, like the anniversary tours?’ [Stu] said, ‘Absolutely for the anniversary tour. It would be a blast.’ Plus, he’s a good backup if one or the other singers wasn’t feeling well or can’t make it.”

Annihilator Share Cover Of Van Halen’s “Romeo Delight” Featuring Stu Block (Ex-Iced Earth) And Dave Lombardo (Ex-Slayer)

Annihilator have premiered a new video for their cover of Van Halen’s “Romeo Delight.” The track, which features Stu Block (ex-Iced Earth) and Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer), will appear on the band’s reworked version of “Metal.” As previously reported, that effort is called “Metal II” and it will be available on February 18.

Annihilator‘s Jeff Waters commented:

“There was something about ‘Women And Children First‘. It was massively brutal attitude meeting aggression — meets a DLR-fronted party. You have to remember when this came out. ‘Romeo Delight‘ is the most ‘heavy’ song from VH, in my (and Kerry King‘s!) opinion. The photos on the cover/back cover of WACF were impactful.

It was a green cover and it was a photo of the band posing for a record cover shot and instead of blowing that photo up to the full size of the LP, they cropped it so it was a third the size of the record and everything around it was green. I would stare at the front and back pics for hours! Eddie was like a second father in a way. Millions [of others] probably feel that way too and only fans of his from back then could understand this.

His playing, writing, performance, and smile were second to none. EVER. He was a superb writer, lead guitar innovator, genius rhythm player, and was able to build a gear empire. He took chances. Did his own thing. It worked. Millions and more will mourn him, as long as the future world likes music. But we also will be celebrating forever, as musicians will continue to hand down the ‘EVH-Influenced-Musical-Genes’ to future generations!”

Annihilator Share New Version Of “Downright Dominate” Featuring Dave Lombardo (Ex-Slayer) & Stu Block (Ex-Iced Earth)

Annihilator have shared a new version of their song “Downright Dominate.” The updated take on the track features new contributions from Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer) and Stu Block (ex-Iced Earth), as well as its original guest, the late Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom). The new version of “Downright Dominate” will appear on the band’s reworked version of “Metal.” As previously reported, that effort is called “Metal II” and it will be available on February 18. Jeff Waters commented:

“One of greatest engineers/mixers on the planet, Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Van Halen), was my first choice to mix this one. It was a challenge as Mike was not brought in to make a record; he was simply there to mix a big mess of tracks that were recorded in 2006 and 2021 and with over 14 players on it. After this difficult mix, I promised Mike that I would do another record with him, from the ground up! Although Alexi Laiho‘s shredding in ‘Downright Dominate‘ and the Van Halen song ‘Romeo Delight‘ were recorded a while back, adding Stu and Dave to these songs gave us all the feeling that Metal II is also a fitting tribute to our two fallen guitar heroes. Ed and Alexi, R.I.P.”

Annihilator Recruit Dave Lombardo (Ex-Slayer) And Stu Block (Ex-Iced Earth) For “Metal II”

Annihilator will be releasing a reworked version of their 2007 album, “Metal,” on February 18. The effort, which has be retitled “Metal II,” will feature new contributions from ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and ex-Iced Earth singer Stu Block. They will join the star-studded guest lineup that appeared on the original record.

“Metal II” Track Listing:

01. “Chasing The High” [feat. Willie Adler (Lamb Of God)]
02. “Downright Dominate” [feat. Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom)]
03. “Army Of One” [feat. Steve “Lips” Kudlow (Anvil)]
04. “Couple Suicide” [feat. Angela Gossow (ex-Arch Enemy) and Danko Jones]
05. “Heavy Metal Maniac” [feat. Dan Beehler (Exciter) and Allan Johnson)
06. “Haunted” [feat. Jesper Strömblad (ex-In Flames)]
07. “Romeo Delight”
08. “Detonation” [feat. Jacob Lynam]
09. “Clown Parade” [feat. Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy)]
10. “Smothered” [feat. Anders Björler (ex-The Haunted)]
11. “Kicked” [feat. Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)]

Guitarist Jeff Waters had the following to say about reworking the album with Lombardo and Block:

“Dave was in my favorite band ever (Slayer) and continues to evolve and play in many diverse bands, like Misfits, Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Cross, Mr. Bungle and many other projects. It was an honor to be on the same record as Lombardo. And he uses the ‘Reign In Blood’ ride cymbal!! Yes! The ACTUAL ride cymbal we hear on that classic record.

Stu has been the vocalist that I have (publicly) wanted to be Annihilator’s singer, ever since I heard him in the Canadian band Into Eternity, but I never got the opportunity to get him! He is the next generation of amazing vocalists that is grabbing the microphone from such icons as [Bruce] Dickinson and [Rob] Halford. And our paths SHOULD have crossed a long time ago, but we are here now!

So I got a hold of them both and they both loved the tunes and both said ‘FUCK YES’! And I said to Stu, ‘You’ve got three takes’, so there’s blemishes and warts and fuck-ups everywhere. And I said the same to Dave, ‘get it done’. And watching pros do this is mind-blowing because you don’t have the best sounds, but you have the best players.”

“Metal II” will be released ahead of an extensive reissue campaign covering 18 records and long-lost rarities.

Annihilator’s Jeff Waters Wants To Reunite With Coburn Pharr For A “Never, Neverland” 30th Anniversary Tour

Annihilator’s Jeff Waters has revealed that he was planning to reunite with Coburn Pharr for a “Never, Neverland” 30th anniversary tour this year, but his plans were derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. Despite this, he said he is still hoping to revisit the idea in 2021.

Waters commented:

“Hope everyone staying as safe as possible.
So… I had hinted to all, on our Oct-Dec 2019 Headline Europe Tour, that we would come back in 2020 and celebrate 30 years since the release of our best record (in my opinion, most fans thoughts and the sales back that up, too!):
NEVER, NEVERLAND.

However, as we all know, that is now not a priority and could not happen this year.

I had (my favorite Annihilator) singer, Coburn Pharr, over to the house and studio, last summer. We talked about doing a show or more to play that record and have a lot of fun! Festivals, Agents and Musicians, that we all know, were excited to see this happen and join in to show their love for that record and influence on their careers (think folks that cite Never, Neverland as an influence like: Opeth, Trivium, COB, Slipknot members, tons of others) and I know fans of that era would love it. Coburn and I also discussed doing a short tribute to (RIP) Randy Rampage at the end of the set. Alice In Hell vocalist, Rampage, passed away a few years back.

I had thought about/tried to bring the 3 other members back on board… Ray passed on it, another cannot legally travel and another has been out of the touring game for decades… I was also worried about the health of at least 1 of them, getting back into this, after decades away from it.

Although Coburn, Ray and I were the one’s on the record, and I’d written most of this record years earlier, the 5 piece band was definately the best live version of the band… even though others rocked and our currnet lineup kills!

SO… if this works out, let’s postpone this idea to 2021, pretend it is 30 years since the release & we would LOVE to bring Coburn back to sing the whole record live and do a cool tribute to Rampage.

I would use our current lineup with Fabio, Rich and Aaron and myself and Coburn would make it be done right!

Spread the word. Festivals & Promoters, get a hold of us through our official website! We know this is gonna be a blast, if it works out!!

DO YOU WANNA SEE THIS? WE DO!”

Annihilator Premiere “Dressed Up For Evil” Lyric Video

Annihilator have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Dressed Up For Evil.” This track is from the band’s new album “Ballistic, Sadistic,” which will be released on January 24.

Jeff Waters commented:

“Evil in the guise of a man; that’s how I would describe the theme in this one. People who have no good in them. Destroying all in their way with abuse, lies, and negativity. Generally, just being a nasty human being and ruining lives in the name of money; thinking that it makes them special. It just makes them evil and a waste of life. Musically speaking, this one is as old-school Annihilator metal as it gets. It’s obvious that the vibe in this tune reminds us of the early days of the band; even extending back to the demo days from ’84-’88. A highlight for me in this song is the legendary voice of Raven’s John Gallagher on backing vocals with Durham’s Kat Shevil Gillham (Winds Of Genocide). An honor to have John on this record and his voice helps make this song a killer. Oh, and lots of shred guitar, as some have been demanding for a while! We hope you like this one… we do!”

Annihilator Premiere “Armed To The Teeth” Music Video

Annihilator have premiered a new video for their new song “Armed To The Teeth.” This track is from the band’s new album “Ballistic, Sadistic,” which will be released on January 24.

Jeff Waters commented:

“‘Armed To The Teeth’ is simply about how one should never judge a book by its cover. If you poke a bear with a stick, abuse or bully someone, or treat a living creature with disrespect, be prepared that it might turn around and retaliate, far beyond what you ever thought possible. The retaliation could be ballistic and sadistic. Whether it’s about a music industry jerk bullying an artist or about a kid being bullied on the way home from school, karma will catch up to you and bite you in the face. Someday.

Although this is a very heavy and aggressive song, we chose to represent the subject by clips of a teen getting bullied; a serious, common, and relevant subject to touch on… and we thought it more appealing than showing this 53-year-old musician taking shit from someone in the music biz! Enjoy the metal.”

Annihilator Premiere “Psycho Ward” Music Video

Annihilator have premiered a new video for their new song “Psycho Ward.” This track is from the band’s new album “Ballistic, Sadistic,” which will be released on January 24. Jeff Waters commented:

“‘Psycho Ward’ takes us back to the musical vibe of ‘Never, Neverland”s ‘Stonewall’ but with a drastically different lyrical theme: domestic violence and abuse. I’ve written quite a few songs on this subject since the ’90s. But this song is the perfect combination of ‘old-school’ metal meeting the right lyrical and vocal delivery to get the point across. Enjoy, ‘old-school’ metal fans. Welcome, the new!”

Annihilator To Release New Album “Ballistic, Sadistic” In January, Premiere New Song “I Am Warfare”

Annihilator have announced that their new album “Ballistic, Sadistic” will be released on January 24. You can find a lyric video for the first single “I Am Warfare” below:

Jeff Waters said the following about the new record:

“Almost every artist initially loves the songs they create. They are like your babies. In my case, it is difficult to be the main writer/producer and stay fresh, come up with new ideas or make old ones better and I am well aware of that. Since ‘we’ love what we do, we can be blinded to just how good or bad a song or record really is. Time will tell. Press, fans, band members, label, etc., they ALL will tell you what they think and, in their own ways, they are usually right. In this case, I throw that nonsense in the garbage and can tell you that we have made a record that is angry, technical, back to the first three records vibes and it is going to be difficult to continue writing another record after releasing this one. Best record I’ve made since 2005’s ‘Schizo Deluxe’ and I think many will argue that this new one is in the top three. From the ‘Stonewall’-esque track ‘Psycho Ward’ to the haunting ‘I Am Warfare’, the pissed-off ‘The Attitude’ to the aggression and old-school technicality of ‘Out With The Garbage’, the record is like this: take the ‘Alice’, ‘Neverland’ and ‘Set The World On Fire’ records, make them angry, combine the old-school production with modern high-tech studio gear, then add the best guitar work I didn’t know I still had in me, and you’ve got the best we could possibly offer. I honestly cannot wait for everyone to hear this.”