Annihilator
Feast


3.5
great

Review

by MegaMetalHeadBro USER (8 Reviews)
August 26th, 2013 | 48 replies


Release Date: 08/26/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great assault on the ears fueled by some awesome guitar riffs and one of the best vocal performances in modern thrash

Annihilator are a band that has been on auto-pilot since the release of their widely acclaimed and highly influential sophomore album in the sense that they have scarcely evolved their sound. They remain the force of technical thrash metal with a "thinking man's" approach to the guitar work that they were in the early stages of their career, only with a slightly more commercial bent to their music. Despite this, however, the quality of the band's work has vastly differed even though there has been very little evolution, and both the peaks and troughs of their career is represented on 2013's installment in their story entitled Feast.

This album is very much of a polarizing experience given its vastly differing quality throughout and some perplexing instrumental moments. Whilst the guitar work is as solid and sound as it always has been courtesy of Jeff Waters, it is certainly nothing that will (pardon the pun) set the world on fire. The solos still contain as much melodic but schizophrenic shredding as they always have and have the same bite to them, and the riffs keep shifting tempo throughout but on certain songs, such as the speed-based opener, they just don't have the same energy behind them. The drumming is the laziest yet seen on an Annihilator record and is the real nail in this album's metaphorical coffin. It seldom seems to deviate from either the drummer's laughable attempt at a quicker beat or the dull, uninteresting mid-paced beat. It is sad to see this from the band that put out tracks like Road To Ruin.

Thankfully, the vocals on this release are more than enough to make up for the lack of any highlights in the drumming. Returning from their last outing is David James Padden, who shows he has some great chops on him all the way through this album. He dips between manic high pitched shrieks and great lower vocals to give one of the most interesting vocal performances in Annihilator's history. The bass here also never threatens to sound remotely pedestrian, and the bass lines weave in and out of Jeff's fluctuating guitar tempos perfectly. Also interesting is how the band manages to maintain their enjoyment factor across extended epics such as One Falls Two Rise. This song is eight and a half minutes long and never dips in quality throughout, from the lovely acoustic opening and emotionally charged vocal performance to the thrilling heights it hits during the heavier sections. This song brings back fond memories of the title track from their sophomore release.

Annihilator's latest release is somewhat of a mixed bag, but the majority of it is very much Annihilator doing what they do best - thrashing as hard as any other band can. The brilliant vocal performance mingles with the frantic and highly technical guitar display to make for a thrilling release. One thing that can not be said is that 2013 is devoid of good thrash releases with Voivod's latest effort and Feast from Annihilator standing proudly side by side.



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apert
August 25th 2013


3032 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the ballad is so poor

ThatDude
August 25th 2013


16 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Padden sounds amazing on this album. Fuck the haters.

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bloc
August 25th 2013


34872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The ballad is pretty corny, but otherwise this is damn solid

LocksmithGerald
August 25th 2013


46 Comments


FEAST ON MY IRON ROD BABY

Greeny86
August 25th 2013


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Great album. Wrapped and perfect angel eyes are pretty poor though. Dave Padden is the highlight of this album, his vocals are a perfect fit for the music

Ovrot
August 26th 2013


10495 Comments


does it burn like a buzzsaw blade?

feargm
August 26th 2013


321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Perfect Angel Eyes is boring, vocals are good though.

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manosg
August 26th 2013


6139 Comments


Damn, good news if it's that good.

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feargm
August 26th 2013


321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's solid.

Milpool
August 26th 2013


162 Comments


featured Skele review omg!

Milpool
August 26th 2013


162 Comments


"[Annihilator have] been on auto-pilot since the release of their widely acclaimed and highly influential sophomore album in the sense that they have scarcely evolved their sound."

dude have you even heard Remains

feargm
August 26th 2013


321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Remains is lol bad.

Madbutcher3
August 26th 2013


1146 Comments


Far better than their last couple of albums, still not that great from what I've heard but decent enough riffs for the most part and Padden is much improved.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 26th 2013


6148 Comments


Good review, pos.

Annihilator are a band that has been on auto-pilot

Not quite, I mean the first two albums were speed/thrash metal, Set The World On Fire was substantially more subdued and melodic, King Of The Kill and Refresh The Demon were somewhere in between the previous three releases and Remains is totally different from anything else this band has ever done. If you say this for their post-2000 releases, then I will agree with you.


Voivod's latest effort and Feast from Annihilator standing proudly side by side.

Personally, I wouldn't consider Target Earth as thrash, Voivod were/are always about crossover between genres.

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Milpool
August 26th 2013


162 Comments


Yeah, Voivod haven't really been all that thrashy since Dimension Hatross.

ThrashTillDeath94
August 26th 2013


595 Comments


Decent review, gotta check

KILL
August 26th 2013


71856 Comments


lol padden sucks

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Wizard
August 26th 2013


19443 Comments


Good review and now you've got me dl'ing their whole discography ; ).

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Milpool
August 26th 2013


162 Comments


You only really need the first two, Wiz.

BlackLlama
August 26th 2013


1672 Comments


Not digging the vocals or the drums on this.



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