Annihilator
Never, Neverland


5.0
classic

Review

by KILL USER (57 Reviews)
April 10th, 2009 | 210 replies | 21,657 views


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Essential Thrash Metal Masterpiece

14 of 17 thought this review was well written

Never, Neverland is considered by many as Annihilators best album, I am one of those many. I first started getting into Annihilator when my friend recommended the album Metal which i found to be very dull and uninspired. After long lengths of listening to Megadeth on repeat I chose to revisit Annihilator once more, but instead of listening to Metal again I purchased this beast. First thing that grabbed my attention was the production, clean as a whistle and enough punch to make me head bang for a long time. What also got my attention was Jeff Waters guitar playing and how technical it was throughout the whole album which is great for me as a guitar player for listening and learning as I like a challenge.

The guitar seems to be in the spotlight throughout the whole album, hardly ever will you find a dull moment. The opener The Fun Palace really shows the bands talent, featuring fantastic riffs and solos by Jeff. Probably the biggest showcase of Jeff's guitar playing is the title track Never, Neverland with insane riffs and dive bombs. My personal favorite riff from the album is on The Fun Palace 40 seconds in.

The album makes good use of the bass guitar. The bass player Wayne Darley is usually following the guitar but on songs such as Never, Neverland and The Fun Palace he is set free to do his own thing which sounds brilliant. the bass has a metallic sound and reminds me of Megadeth's bassist Dave Ellefsons sound

The vocalist Coburn Pharr fits in brilliantly with the album and compliments the guitar throughout. His voice is especially good on Never, Neverland and Imperiled Eyes. His voice is the typical thrash metal style but his screams make him stand out among the crowd. The lyrics are rather strange, i think they are mostly about going insane but i'm not to sure. In the song Kraf Dinner the lyrics are about macaroni and cheese which is quite hilarious.

The production is one of the biggest plus's of the album, compared to albums like Rust In Peace and Seasons In The Abyss which were released around the same time Never, Neverland excels in both punch and quality from the ride cymbal to the bass guitar, it's A1.

I highly recommend this album to anyone who likes thrash or technical metal. The instrumentation is flawless and the vocals set the bar even higher. Don't base your opinion on Annihilator solely off the album Metal like I did, This album is leaps and bounds over that and in my humble opinion is a masterpiece. I also recommend their first album Alice In Hell. I'm off to buy the rest of Annihilators Discography, peace.

Pros:
Technical and precise guitar playing
Great vocals
No filler

Cons:
Feels a little short


Recommended Songs:
The Fun Palace
Never, Neverland
Stonewall
Road to Ruin


"'Kraf Dinner is full of love and butter!!"



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Comments:Add a Comment 
mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2009



17920 Comments


no bolding

SKUDstorm
April 10th 2009



136 Comments


things just dont seem the same without chans old avatar

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2009



17197 Comments


i know. seriously, what the FUCK!?

karina
April 11th 2009



165 Comments


i think u guys should contemplate this occurrence offline
maybe forever it's up 2 u

KILL
April 11th 2009



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bolding is out?

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Essence
April 11th 2009



3578 Comments


yes it is, sad to say.


wow it looks like a mime raped my sentence

This Message Edited On 04.11.09

Douchebag
April 11th 2009



3624 Comments


I like the bold...

Lunarfall
April 11th 2009



3179 Comments


bolding is not elite

KILL
April 11th 2009



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

guys could u tell me how the review is oh and chan please use ur old avatar

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2009



8318 Comments


review is good. Next time, maybe put a little more detail in it, add descriptions and shiz but this is ok. Also for the intro, you could introduce the band more overally, not how you got into the album/band.

Anyway, this is a nice first effort here KILL, will pos. I shall now go and listen to some Norther

KILL
April 11th 2009



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks! and yea listen to Mirror of Madness if you haven't

Phantom
April 11th 2009



8930 Comments


Good work for a first, I prefer Alice In Hell though.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2009



8318 Comments


I have listened to all Norther albums exept Till death Unites Us. Btw KILL, Dreams of endless war is a better albums as a whole, so if you haven't listened to it you should right now. MOM has some of Norther's best song's to date, but Dreams Of Endless War is a more consistent album overall.

KILL
April 11th 2009



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea Dreams Of Endless War is a great album but i still prefer Mirror of Madness :P also to PhantomLimb Alice In Hell is awesome but i find my self liking this more

jingledeath
April 11th 2009



7104 Comments


good first KILL

Rugter32
April 11th 2009



754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

KILL, great first review. I still need to check them out (Annihilator, I mean). Sounds cool from what I read in this review.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 11th 2009



7314 Comments


Good first review. I've never heard these guys, but this sounds good so I might check it out sometime.

itchyandscratchy
April 11th 2009



314 Comments


lol

Jackus
April 11th 2009



36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I havnt heard a single song by them but I can say this..
Nice review superb job

Wizard
April 11th 2009



19217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would use italics instead of bolding for album titles. Also, I would change this review up a bit to make it not sound so personalized. Good for a first review though.

I prefer Alice in Hell to this!This Message Edited On 04.11.09

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