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ANNIHILATOR - For the Demented
(Silver Lining Music, 3 Nov 2017)
By Wojtek Gabriel, posted 5 Jun 2018
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Having worked on his project (we have to call Annihilator a project, right?) for well over 30 years, Jeff Waters has taken countless turns and even though classified as thrash, his stuff has never been your usual thrash by the numbers. Known for his tongue-in-cheek approach to music he’s always had some weird influences showing through in his material. So, why after so many years has he decided to go back to the roots? Honestly, I don’t care... Why? Because “For the Demented” is the best Annihilator album since the late- ‘80s/early-‘90s era. The album kicks off with two fast and furious tunes “Twisted Lobotomy” and “One to Kill”, slowing a little bit in the title track and those first three numbers alone are a reason enough to buy it. Why? Because of riffs, riffs, so many good riffs, the usual non-cheesy catchiness and master Waters’s technical proficiency (without showing off like some of the other great axeman do). No filler material detected, although there’s the usual weirdness here and there, to mention “Pieces of You”, a love-song about cannibalism with its strange time signatures or the short instrumental piece “Dark”. In general, it looks like Jeff was more inspired by his own early stuff rather than the bands he’s been admiring and then, letting the bass player Rich Hinks co-write some of the material wasn’t a bad idea. As much as I love a lot of the Dave Padden era material, “For the Demented” (sung by Jeff himself) has the vibe of the first 4 albums with 2017 production and I don’t think any Annihilator fan could wish for more.
Rating: 8.5

Written by Wojtek Gabriel

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Tags: Annihilator, For the Demented, thrash metal, Jeff Waters
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