|Review: Annihilator - Metal|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 1, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Well this is terrible. I know people will look at the rating and say "Awww, it's not that bad" but it is, and a general level of poppy listenability only makes this more offensive than it would otherwise be. I was a fan of Annihilator from the beginning, from my first bootleg tape dub of their Phantasmagoria demo. But let's be honest, after the admitted awesomeness of Alice In Hell this band never produced anything really good again, and they have been coasting on their reputation ever since.
Every time a new Annihilator album comes out, they make a big deal about this being a 'return to the roots', but it never, ever is. Even the statement is suspect: is Jeff admitting that everything he's done since Set The World On Fire is disposable crap? Because that's not really news. The terrible truth about Metal is that it's lacking the Nu- before the album title. The guitars on here are a disgrace, being oddly muted and badly mixed into a smooth, commercial gloss as featureless as it is annoying. Vocalist Dave Padden is really embarrassingly terrible, and his tuneless mallcore whining is like listening to Phil Anselmo being impersonated by somebody's little brother on a YouTube video - utterly without merit of any kind.
Despite the semi-desperate parade of guest-stars to try and give this album even a shred of credibility, this is a disc of ten songs that sound more or less exactly the same, and they are all pop-groove-nu-metal crap. The only even remotely interesting moments are the occasions when Waters rips out a good solo, as on the otherwise unlistenable "Operation Annihilation". But he obviously has no interest in metal as a genre at all, only in feeding his already overinflated ego. People keep buying Annihilator albums year after year in the hopes that someday, somehow, Jeff Waters will wake the fuck up and start thrashing again. It's never going to happen, and I recommend we put Annihilator in a cement case with Megadeth and Queensryche and sink them in the Marianas Trench - we'd all be much happier.
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