Annihilator
For the Demented


3.5
great

Review

by PsychicChris USER (278 Reviews)
November 16th, 2017 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What kind of sick freak eats human flesh with MAYONNAISE?!

If there’s one thing to admire about guitarist extraordinaire Jeff Waters, it’s his honesty. The Annihilator bandleader has always been open about the quality of his albums, sometimes just months after a release, and is quick to admit when a particular direction didn’t turn out the way it should have. The repeatedly expressed intent to capture the vibe of their early albums feels less like their peers’ similarly worded pandering and more like Waters and co just wanting to make the best album they possibly can. For the Demented is a pretty rocky release, but the effort that Waters and co put into it hasn’t been this tangible in at least a decade.

Annihilator has never been shy about showing off their technical skills on even the most straightforward material, but the songwriting hasn’t had this much emphasis on instrumentation since the 90s. It certainly helps that this may be the first “actual” lineup to be on an album since I was in kindergarten, but the songs themselves feature a lot of extended instrumental passages and structural tweaks that weren’t as commonly featured on Suicide Society or the Padden-era material. It may border on long-winded at times but it really keeps songs like “Twisted Lobotomy” and “Phantom Asylum” from being the fillers they might have been otherwise.

There’s also a dark undercurrent that’s not been felt since at least Criteria for a Black Widow. The production still has Waters’ signature polish but the riffs and structures try out some different keys and chord progressions that result in a more ominous feel compared to the band’s other recent efforts. The more violent lyrics also contribute to the atmosphere, most notably on the cannibal love ballad “Pieces of You,” though they still largely lack the eccentric character and more specific subject matter of the Alice in Hell days.

But no amount of involved instrumentation or spooky atmosphere can detract from Annihilator’s everlasting cheesiness. The band’s cheeky, eclectic approach to thrash will always be the thing that people love or hate them for (or more realistically, just think is kind of awkward) but it can still result in rather inconsistent tracks. “Pieces of You” is catchy and just self-aware enough to avoid throwaway status, but the title track’s vaguely alternative tinge and the punkiness of “The Way” aren’t quite as lucky. Fortunately, “One to Kill” and “Altering the Altar” do provide some solid thrash and “Demon You Know” makes for a decent “Knight Jumps Queen” update.

For the Demented isn’t a glorious comeback but it does fulfill the promise of sounding like an “actual” Annihilator album compared to the much more flawed Suicide Society. Any complaints that one can make are nothing new (Sorry guys, no one else will ever be Annihilator’s main lyricist; Jeff won’t answer my calls) and there’s enough of their signature elements to keep diehard fans happy. It’s more of a Refresh the Demon than a Never, Neverland but at least it’s no Remains…

Highlights:
“Twisted Lobotomy”
“One to Kill”
“Demon You Know”
“Phantom Asylum”
“Altering the Altar”

Originally published at http://indymetalvault.com



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bloc
November 16th 2017


54682 Comments


Might skip this one tbh. Been listening to all their releases including the new one and now I'm thinking what's the point.

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2017


24325 Comments


This is the new one yo ;]

Good review Psychic



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bloc
November 16th 2017


54682 Comments


Whoops I means the "newest" ones

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 16th 2017


14996 Comments


I haven't heard this guys since Never Never Land. Good review man, you are on a roll.

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Scoob
November 16th 2017


4358 Comments


I'm pretty demented so

Davil667
November 17th 2017


3647 Comments


Nice little review, have a pos dude. Will def check this out as apart from their older stuff I'm really digging Feast and the s/t. And even All For You in parts.

Seeing those guys next week along with Death Angel and Testament. Will be a m/m/m/m/m/ evening.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2017


14996 Comments


That is a dope line up!

TheNotrap
November 17th 2017


9834 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The title track leaves much to be desired.

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2017


24325 Comments


"Whoops I means the "newest" ones"

yeah I'm just busting your bloc balls


Dedes
November 17th 2017


6316 Comments


I fucking lol'd at that summary Never checked too much Annihilator tbh, will I still like them if I don't really enjoy Thrash or nah?

butcherboy
November 17th 2017


9464 Comments


pos..

love that albums with art like this still see the light of day..

tempest--
November 17th 2017


20632 Comments


prob not dede but Alice in Hell and Never, Neverland are masterpieces

Atari
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2017


24325 Comments


based on just the first track the instrumentation is solid but the vox are pretty weak/generic here

grats on the feature

PsychicChris
November 17th 2017


317 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whoa, I got featured again. It's always nice when that happens.



I definitely wouldn't recommend this album if you're not already into thrash. I'd say something like Never Neverland is a much better entry point as far as Annihilator goes.

ChaoticVortex
November 17th 2017


752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This a mixed bag for me. The lowpoints (like The Way) are absolute cringe but the good manages to overweigh the bad, given how Waters can still write songs like Phantom Asylum and Altering the Altar. Nothing groundbreaking but nothing too painful as well.

beefshoes
November 17th 2017


7199 Comments


I love that album art q:

BigPleb
November 17th 2017


57375 Comments


Pieces of You has some of the worst lyrics ever.

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beefshoes
November 17th 2017


7199 Comments


Well, that was disappointing. Then again, I had never heard a post Neverland album before, so I had no idea what to expect.

mifzal
November 18th 2017


3220 Comments


probably the gayest album cover they ever shat out

south_of_heaven 11
November 18th 2017


5515 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yawn



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