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JEFF WATERS Says Touring Will Be ANNIHILATOR's Focus: 'With 17 Records And 175 Songs, I Think I've Done My Time'

By David E. Gehlke Having relocated to the United Kingdom from his native Ottawa, Canada in 2018, ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters effectively went to where all the action is for his band. ANNIHILATOR has been a European tour and festival mainstay sin...
April 20, 2022
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DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI On Reunion With MIKE PORTNOY: It's Really Cool To Be Able To Play Music With My Friend Again

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci will release his second solo album, "Terminal Velocity", on August 28 via Sound Mind Music/The Orchard. The follow-up to 2005's "Suspended Animation" features guest musicians Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREA...
August 19, 2020
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DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI Doesn't Want Fans To Get 'Wrong Idea' That MIKE PORTNOY Is Rejoining Band

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci will release his second solo album, "Terminal Velocity", on August 28 via Sound Mind Music/The Orchard. The follow-up to 2005's "Suspended Animation" features guest musicians Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREA...
August 8, 2020
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ALCATRAZZ: Music Video For 'Born Innocent' Title Track

The official music video for "Born Innocent", the title track of the new album from the hard-hitting, melodic heavy metal band ALCATRAZZ, can be seen below. The LP was released on July 31 via Silver Lining Music. Alongside the unique vocal prowess an...
August 2, 2020
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Born Innocent

ALCATRAZZ has returned after years of silence. Sure, they've reared their ugly heads occasionally for live performances, but it's been over 30 years since the renowned act released their last album. For many, they're a footnote in metal history for b...
July 27, 2020
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Weapons of Tomorrow

This has already been a superb year for thrash. New albums from heavyweights like TESTAMENT, SEPULTURA and ANNIHILATOR and furious new wavers like HAVOK, SHRAPNEL, HOLYCIDE and SCHIZOPHRENIA have all confirmed that this peculiarly resilient subgenre...
April 21, 2020
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JEFF WATERS Says New ANNIHILATOR Studio Album 'Ballistic, Sadistic' 'Brings Up Memories' Of 'Never, Neverland'

Dead Rhetoric's Matt Coe recently conducted an interview with mainman Jeff Waters of Canadian thrash metal veterans ANNIHILATOR. A few excerpts from the chat follow below. Dead Rhetoric: It feels like you are very inspired and these are exciting time...
February 16, 2020
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MIKE PORTNOY Discusses His Frustrations With Social Media: 'I've Learned To Have To Try To Watch What I Say'

In a recent interview with World Prog-Nation, former DREAM THEATER and current SONS OF APOLLO drummer Mike Portnoy spoke about how his desire to interact with his fans on social media has at times backfired, with him finding himself at the receiving...
February 15, 2020
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MIKE PORTNOY Defends Paid Meet-And-Greets: 'It's A Matter Of The Artists Actually Finding A Way To Make A Living'

In a recent interview with Metal Godz Radio, former DREAM THEATER and current SONS OF APOLLO drummer Mike Portnoy spoke about the importance of having a large-enough fanbase to where artists are able to give their music away for free or at little cos...
February 13, 2020
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Ballistic, Sadistic

Let's face it, ANNIHILATOR is Jeff Waters. The mainman, founding member, guitarist and vocalist of the Western Canadian thrashers has had a revolving door of members, and he has trudged through trends as well as the trials and tribulations that any l...
February 10, 2020
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MIKE PORTNOY On Possibility Of Making Music With JOHN PETRUCCI Again: 'We Would Both Love It'

Mike Portnoy says that he would "love" to make music with John Petrucci again. The drummer commented on the possibility of working with his former bandmate in DREAM THEATER just a couple of weeks after Portnoy took to his social media to upload two p...
January 1, 2020
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ANNIHILATOR's JEFF WATERS Says He's Finally Become A 'Singer'

In a recent interview with Tony Webster of "The Metal Command" radio show, mainman Jeff Waters of Canadian thrash metal veterans ANNIHILATOR discussed his second tour of duty as the band's vocalist. ANNIHILATOR — which Waters has long branded as esse...
January 1, 2020
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MIKE PORTNOY And JOHN PETRUCCI Reunite For 2019 'Holiday Gathering'

Mike Portnoy reunited with John Petrucci earlier this week for what the former DREAM THEATER drummer called "the annual #PortnoyPetrucci Holiday Gathering". On Wednesday, Portnoy took to his social media to upload two photos of him and the DREAM THEA...
December 19, 2019
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ANNIHILATOR Releases 'Armed To The Teeth' Music Video

"Armed To The Teeth", the new video from Canadian thrash metal veterans ANNIHILATOR, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Ballistic, Sadistic", due on January 24, 2020 via Silver Lining Music. Founding guitarist, voc...
December 13, 2019
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ANNIHILATOR Releases 'Psycho Ward' Music Video

"Psycho Ward", the new video from Canadian thrash metal veterans ANNIHILATOR, can be seen below. The thought-provoking track centered on domestic violence is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Ballistic, Sadistic", due on January 24, 2020 via Sil...
November 27, 2019