As you well know, the eighties gave birth to thrash metal. Most of the thrash bands we now consider to be “classic” bands are from the eighties. Arguably, the last truly “classic” thrash band to arrive before the sun set on The Magically Delicious Decade of Metal (and yes, I just made that up) was Annihilator– a band led by Canadian guitarist Jeff Waters. Annihilator’s debut Alice In Hell appeared on Roadrunner Records in 1989.
Jeff Waters, it’s fair to say was a RIFF MACHINE! Known for his incredibly precise playing, Waters put on a technical clinic here, sure to impress anyone with a working pair of ear holes. Water’s choice for a vocalist was the wonderfully psychotic (and possibly drunk) Randy Rampage. A great choice (IMO) because Randy’s rabid, off-the-chain vocals were a great counterpoint to Water’s highly disciplined, militant guitar style. Tremendous cuts include the maniacal Alison Hell and the phenomenal Word Salad. My personal favorite track (and one of my ten favorite thrash tunes EVER) is the album’s crushing finale Human Insecticide! Waters’ riffage is just insane here, as is the bass playing (also by Waters I believe), and ol’ Randy Rampage sounds ridiculously deranged on this face melting thrashterpiece! (Check it out here!) I also should mention another cool song called Burns Like A Buzzsaw Blade because, coincidentally, that is what I say every time I urinate. (I’m sure I’ll be fine.) My score: A-