Presented by: Metal Hammer, Musix, Metaltix, metal.de
“A Tour For The Demented 2019”
+ special Guest ARCHER NATION
19:00 Einlass, 20:00 Beginn
Since 1989, Canada’s ANNIHILATOR have not stopped putting out records and touring the world. Despite the ever-changing climate of the Metal World (and releasing a series of “different” Metal records with various lineups along the way), Jeff Waters and company have consistently delivered strong albums since the band’s debut “Alice In Hell”. Then there was 1990’s best-selling “Never, Neverland”, 1995’s “King of The Kill”, “Schizo Deluxe” in 2005 and many other critically-acclaimed releases up until 2015’s “Suicide Society.” The ‘under-the-radar’ influence of this band, and writer/guitarist/vocalist Jeff Waters, has been felt throughout the entire realm of the metal world by a ton of well-known musicians and bands; that influence even stretching into the hard rock and instrumentalist genre.
ANNIHILATOR’s main man Jeff Waters, in his usual humble manner, offers this in response: “ANNIHILATOR’s music has been influenced by a good hundred of my favorite bands and musicians; you can hear their contributions to what I have been doing all throughout ANNIHILATOR’s catalogue. It’s a bonus and an honor when bands and musicians I love mention that I had something to do with their playing or songs!”
Which all leads to the fact that ANNIHILATOR’S 16th studio release, “For The Demented”, is certainly their most complete and definitive statement yet.
“It was time to analyze what a lot of fans over the years have kept telling me,” says Waters. “It was time to sit down and figure out “why” ANNIHILATOR’s early “thrash-meets-melodic” caught the ears of so many AND to try to sweep the “fan” part of my writing/playing/singing out the door and welcome back the mostly-original Waters writing that was to be the first four ANNIHILATOR albums.”
Waters didn’t venture back alone, while looking back through ANNIHILATOR’S history. “I was well aware that trying to re-capture the past usually fails, or at least won’t come close. So I decided to bring in fresh ears, both musically and physically with Rich Hinks, my bassist for the last few years. And doing most all of the records by myself, including writing and playing most all on my own, as well as mixing, mastering, engineering, etc…, well it can become routine and can often hinder you from being objective and more creative.
Rich came in and co-wrote the music with me, as well as co-produced the beginning stages of the record. His background of classic thrash metal meets a newer “math” metal style was the perfect combination for me to simply ask, “What do you think of this?” He would most-often reply with “not the ANNIHILATOR style I like”, so we would keep going until we both felt that core ANNIHILATOR riffing and writing style presented itself.
“Bottom line, “For The Demented” captures some feel from ANNIHILATOR’s 1985-87 demos mixed with the first 4 ANNIHILATOR records. Back to the thrash meets melody but with some pure Waters guitar riffing, up-graded lead guitar shredding and vocals back to the demo-days meets the “King of The Kill” record.
Lyrically, I placed a theme on the record: the human mind and all of its glory, complexity, diversity, weaknesses and insanity! Pretty much the craziness of the music is matched by the lyrics.”
“I think Metal Fans are going to hear much of what they have been waiting for from ANNIHILATOR.”
SPEJBLS HELPRS a tribute to AC/DC
Am 28.11.2014 erschien „Rock or bust“ und die Dinosaurier des Hardrock waren gerade vor Hunderttausenden Fans unterwegs. Ein Grund mehr für die tschechische AC/DC Coverband Spejbls Helprs ebenfalls die Konzertsäle zu entern. Und nun tritt auch noch Brian Johnson ab, was für ein Drama. Aber Fan um Fan von AC/DC läßt sich seit dem ersten Auftritt in Deutschland im Jahr 2000 von den fünf Jungs aus Pribram begeistern. Für manchen Veranstalter sind Spejbls Helprs schon zur Droge geworden, zumal des öfteren bis zu 1.000 Fans zu den Konzerten pilgern. Ging es am Anfang nur um eine möglichst originaltreue Klangkopie, machen mittlerweile auch Showelemente, wie Dollarregen (echte Spejbl & Hurvinek Dollars), Gitarrensoli durchs Fanpublikum und „Angusposen“ (den Arsch seht ihr beim Original übrigens nicht mehr…) einen Teil des Erfolges aus. Einige Titel nahmen die Jungs auch in einem guten Prager Ton-Studio auf. Die Ergebnisse stehen selbstverständlich als Promo zur Verfügung.
Unter den Dutzenden „besten AC/DC Coverbands der Welt“ gibt es wohl kaum eine, die den Spagat zwischen „High voltage“(1976) und „Rock or bust“(2014) so mühelos bewältigt und die glaubhafter, als Sänger Petr Prusa Songs mit Bon Scott, wie mit Brian Johnson intoniert.
Insgesamt befinden sich weit über 50 Titel im Repertoire und wer das superrare Stück „Lovesong“ aus AC/DCs Kindertagen 1974 hören will, muß nur laut und lang genug nach Zugabe schreien.
19:00 Einlass, 20:00 Beginn