Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR are currently on the road in Europe with TRIVIUM, GOJIRA and SANCTITY. The group's guitarist Jeff Waters has checked in with the following update:
"Great crowds and a lot of metal. The TRIVIUM guys have been extremely cool to us and the other bands... Nice guys and they really like good metal music. Very pro band live, too. GOJIRA are one of the tightest-playing bands around and SANCTITY are really bringing on the TESTAMENT/thrash vibe to the tour. Corey (Beaulieu, TRIVIUM guitarist) has been coming up onstage with us every nite to jam 'King of The Kill' and we seem to have everyone singing this 'Alison Hell' tune! Hehe! Pretty cool for us to be playing in front of the U.K. crowds... Most are in their teens and most have not heard of ANNIHILATOR. Of course we have our old faithful ANNIHILATOR following who are really kickin a*s out there, but it is quite something to see the younger kids try to figure out what we are playing!
"I fractured my ankle yesterday; broke a chunk of bone clean off. Doctors said to go home/tour done for me but you know that won't stop me. Did the show last nite in Wolverhampton, hobbling around with a Chuck Berry/Angus-wannabe vibe, but made it through! A week earlier, a few of the TRIVIUM dudes and the SANCTITY singer hit the same venue on our day off to see W.A.S.P. What a killer show and more importantly, their new CD is being blasted daily on every tour bus and every dressing room! It is a killer CD.
"Back to ANNIHILATOR. Took a few gigs for us all to lock in with each other, playing-wise, but we are in the groove now and having a blast. As we are a guest on the tour, our set time is obviously pretty brief but that just gives us more energy to play our brand of metal. Looking forward to touring the rest of Europe in a few days... a few nites left at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and then back to our metal stomping grounds in the rest of Europe!
"New CD is kickin butt... some of the guests on the CD are fling in or some of the shows to jam a tune with us. I think Alexi (Laiho) is coming out for a shred-fest as well as Jesper (Strömblad) and others... Just heard from tour our tour agent in Europe/U.K. that we will be doing Aussie/Korea/Japan and that there have been talks with four killer bands who want to bring us out as support... sounds like that is what we will spend 2007 doing, supporting 'bigger' bands, hitting new markets/fan-bases and then coming back in 2008 with our own tours. Sounds good to me. I am very grateful to still have such a great following of ANNIHILATOR .. you all ROCK."
ANNIHILATOR's current touring lineup consists of:
Dave Padden - Vocals, Guitar
Alex Landenburg - Drums
Jeff Waters - Guitar, Vocals
Brian Daemon - Bass
ANNIHILATOR's new album, "Metal", was released April 11 in Japan (King Records), April 12 in Australia/New Zealand (World Riot Distributors), April 13 in Germany (SPV Records) and April 16 in the rest of Europe (SPV Records).
"Metal"'s ten new tracks were recorded by Jeff Waters (guitar, bass and lead vocals on one song), drum legend Mike Mangini and Dave Padden (longtime vocalist and touring guitarist/vocalist). "Metal" features sensational performances by some of metal's finest players and ANNIHILATOR's good friends, like Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM), Danko Jones, Michael Amott and Angela Gossow (ARCH ENEMY), Corey Beaulieu (TRIVIUM), William Adler (LAMB OF GOD), Jeff Loomis, Jesper Strömblad (IN FLAMES), Steve "Lips" Kudlow, Anders Björler (THE HAUNTED), Jacob Lynam (LYNAM) and more.