Annihilator
Carnival Diablos


4.0
excellent

Review

by Superreallycool USER (10 Reviews)
August 10th, 2015 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Annihilator's last great album

Annihilator never stopped writing bad songs musically. This is what makes Annihilator odd, they live and die by their vocalist. This album is totally forgotten and overlooked by all but Annihilator dedicated, and who can blame them for not noticing this album? They went from great to good to average to bad and there didn't seem to be any sign of the band getting better any time soon. But guitarist and mainstay Jeff Waters discovered a great vocalist in former Liege Lord guitarist Joe Comeau, whose gruff voice seems perfect for modern thrash like Annihilator, and they released their best album outside of the classic first two.

Annihilator is known for their technical and intelligent take on thrash metal, and here they don't drift far from the expected sound, at least at the beginning. It starts fairly generic, but the further into the album the better it becomes and each of the songs incorporate more and more styles of rock. The style diversity is assisted by Comeau and Waters' ability to actually play different styles well and write in those styles well too. The styles I'm talking about range from groove-based hard rock, to older straight metal, and all the way to occasionally hitting some true prog metal moments.

Comeau is a great vocalist, no way around it. At times, he can sound like Bon Scott and Brian Johnson (sorry, I've been listening to a lot of AC/DC recently so these were the first to come to mind). They can go from dark growls to soaring smooth highs. The band has tried to be more versatile in the past, but until now they never had a singer able to match the band. Speaking of band members, guitarist Jeff Waters is who really propels this album. There are many great instrumental moments and solos, all made interesting because of his guitar playing. His riffs are intense, but never sound like he's trying too hard.

This is the third best Annihilator album. It has above average song-writing, with stellar performances, great instrumentals, and an awesome production to boot. I don't know a single metalhead, regardless of their preferred sub-genre, who listened to this album and came away from it with a bad aftertaste. There's something for everyone here, and it is an awesome return to form for the band.



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SharkTooth
August 9th 2015


9682 Comments


hey man, just wanted you to know that the site reccommeneds you write only 1 review a day, since there are other reviews on the front page and writing a bunch in a day bumps them off and the reviews don't get much attention as a result

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Superreallycool
August 9th 2015


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh alright, thanks for telling me man



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SharkTooth
August 9th 2015


9682 Comments


no problem

tempest--
August 10th 2015


16413 Comments


Any and every Annihilator album could be the third best, but no one will care. This band is their first two records.

ThrashTillDeath94
August 10th 2015


733 Comments


Disagree. King of the Kill was good too.


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tempest--
August 10th 2015


16413 Comments


well they have plenty of albums worth a listen, hell even the worst Annihilator albums still have good moments because Jeff is a guitar wizard, but dude, barely anyone checks past Never Neverland and hell, most dudes dont even check that!

ThrashTillDeath94
August 10th 2015


733 Comments


@Tempest

yeah I see what your saying. A lot of second tier thrash bands don't get much attention. To be fair, after King of the Kill the band does take a sharp decline in the quality of albums. After hearing Remains, I gave up.

miketunneyiscool123
August 13th 2015


2233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Tempest I disagree hard. This album and Waking are the last great albums they made.

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