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.”

Randy Rampage (Ex-Annihilator, Etc.) Dead At 58

Randall Archibald, aka Randy Rampage, has passed away at the age of 58. According to the Vancouver Sun, the musician, who was best known for his work with Annihilator and D.O.A., was relaxing in a chair when he suffered an apparent heart attack. R.I.P.

The news was originally revealed via the Facebook page for the punk documentary “Bloodied But Unbowed”:

“Tonight sometime after 7PM Randy Rampage left us to reign in the heavens. A punk legend has moved on. And because he shared himself with you, please share a moment and think of Randy Desmond Archibald aka Rampage. We love you Randy.”

Annihilator also issued a short statement:

“R.I.P. Randy. Thanks for your unique and legendary voice.”

D.O.A.’s Joey “Shithead” Keithley commented as well:

“Really sad news about the passing of my friend Randy Rampage. Randy, Chuck, and I set out in 1978 to conquer the world, we didn’t quite get there but we made a lot of noise and woke a lot of people up along the way. Randy’s stage presence and humour were an integral part of DOA. Those qualities were a huge part of what made those early performances really special. By the time we recorded Hardcore 81 Randy’s bass playing had reached a peak that matched perfectly with Chuck’s uber dynamic drumming. All in all Randy played on 4 DOA albums. Something Better Change, Hardcore 81, Win the Battle and Northern Avenger. Randy spent 3 different stints in DOA 78-81, 00-02, 06-08. My condolences to his family. I miss you already and anyone who knows anything about rock & roll will miss you as well.”

Annihilator Premiere “For The Demented” Music Video

Annihilator have premiered a new video for the title track of their latest album “For The Demented.” Check it out below:

Jeff Waters told Metal Hammer the following:

“This song is for anyone who feels out of place in the world. Whether that feeling comes from other people’s comments and looks about their clothing, hair or musical choices, all the way to people with depression and even more serious mental illnesses.

Many of the world’s most important people have been out of society’s ‘norm’ and have used their challenges to their advantage to become important to someone or to society.”

Annihilator Premiere “Pieces Of You” Music Video

Annihilator have premiered a new video for their new song “Pieces Of You.” This song is from the band’s new album “For The Demented,” which will be released on November 3.

Jeff Waters commented:

“The following contains a graphic interpretation of a true crime story that includes potentially disturbing images and lyrical content. We realize this is not exactly the most pleasant subject to write about, however, in the world of being a writer and musician, sometimes these stories can spawn a song! While many of the songs from the new cd “FOR THE DEMENTED” have positive messages in them, this one does not!

This is about a criminally insane guy who murdered his “annoying” girlfriend to “silence” her voice. He then eats pieces of her, as a means of keeping her alive inside of him. Ya, crazy, but when you watch horror movies, crime shows and own a few Cannibal Corpse t-shirts, this is tame in comparison.

I like the 3 dimensions of this: seeing the lyrics roll by: hearing/feeling the music and watching the horror… almost difficult to take it all in, in one view.

Enjoy “PIECES OF YOU”, if you can!”

Annihilator Premiere “One To Kill” Lyric Video

Annihilator have premiered a lyric video for their new song “One To Kill.” This song is from the band’s new album “For The Demented,” which will be released on November 3. Jeff Waters commented:

“‘One To Kill’ is about an abusive relationship but the victim finally got out. The abuser had to face a court, was subsequently charged and paid a price. Good. Abuse of women and children is terrible but it also happens, often, to men.”