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    This collection of southern boys are not the most original band in the world. They’ll never be accused of being the most musically gifted fellas in the world. Certainly, no one will ever listen to them and think, “wow, that’s really cutting edge music”. To the contrary though, release in and release out, the same thought comes to mind

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FEAST

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I'd like to take a moment to thank the promoters and record companies worldwide. Thank you promoters for doing so absolutely little to expose Annihilator to America and so many other territories of the world. Thank you to all the record companies that just didn't think they could compete with the rest of the thrash bands in the world. Thanks so much for depriving most of the world from realizing the greatness of this band; a band so incredibly consistent and great that, had they been given a true push, probably would now be referred in the same breath as the Big 4. Annihilator was and is so good that they found their hardcore following in spite of the industry. As the music industry implodes, I can only smile and laugh as a fan of Annihilator. Ultimately, it is getting just what it deserves for the way it treated this band.

Yet again, Annihilator has recorded a damn near perfect album that only those of us hardcore followers of the band will experience. Fine with me...I'm not missing out! FEAST is an album that smokes in some points, and yet tries some different things for the band which work on the grandest scale. Starting with the oddball stuff, songs like the remarkably modern sounding ballad "Perfect Angel Eyes" is a rare balladic gem in a catalog that just seethes over the years.

Don't be fooled though. FEAST is one of the most intense thrash efforts in this band's history. From the beginning, it's clear that guitar superhero Jeff Waters is still one of the top 5 thrash players of all time. "Deadlock" and "No Way Out" just rage through the speakers, with Waters thrashing harder and faster than he ever has before. His guitar is blazing throughout, which makes it all the more fun to listen to vocalist Dave Padden snarl over. They put it together with the rest of the band (bassist Alberto Campuzano and drummer Mike Harshaw) on songs like the disc's most powerful track "Demon Code".

PITRIFF RATING - 93/100 - Annihilator is one of those bands that never got their due, never will, and that's just fine with the hardcores. In short, those that get this band would rather see them in a club of true metalheads instead of all the posers that know the name of some of the bigger thrash acts because they bought the shirt at Hot Topic. FEAST is brilliant. It's as good as anything in their catalog, and better than a good deal of it to be quite honest. Jeff Waters is still a Guitar God.

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