Annihilator are definitely one of the most qualitative bands in heavy metal. And of course the mainman of the band Jeff Waters is well known for his capabilitites with the guitar. Jeff talks about his new album, his band and gives advises to all guitar players out there..
of all I must say that your new album is very good and very heavy! Tell
us the latest news from the band. Are you going to make a tour to
promote your new album? Which countries are you going to visit? (I hope
that you will come to Greece too).
dude; no problem and much appreciated! Thanks!
I guess that you had something like "synthetic-orgasm"! New
album after almost a year.Do you feel better with yourself and ready to
gain back all those "wasted" years?
3.Do you think that the current line up of Annihilator is the best that you could have and finally there would be no changing of members in the future?
of the best; definitely my favorite Annihilator vocalist! One thing I
take pride in is knowing that I play and have played with some of the
best musicians in metal over the years. One thing that a lot of our fans
respect me for is making sure that, despite changes to the line-ups, I
always deliver a top-of-the-line live band for them. As for member
changes in the future, who knows! We sure have a killer bunch of troops
for this battle!
you tell us some things about the lyrics of the album? What's the
concept behind the title "Waking the Fury"?
some are about important things, some are not and some in between! Like
life. The title is taken from the first few words of the song Striker.
The "fury" would mean the aggression that appears in full
force on this new cd. Pure speed and aggression but without sacrificing
the melody that I love from the 80's real heavy metal bands like maiden/priest/acdc/
5.Are Annihilator going to take the same thrashy direction in the future as they have right now?
idea; the only time I have ever planned or tried to consciously go in a
direction was on Set the World on Fire.I love that cd but I was getting
a lot of pressure to write more "sellable" so I wrote some
ballads and lightened things up for that one. I love the cd but I wont
ever write a cd
you feel some kind of a pressure with every new album that you release?
Maybe the funs of the band expect after all those years from you to
release the second "Alice In Hell".
most of the fans who wanted this left the Annihilator fan club many
years ago. We have built and maintain a large, almost underground"
following because of the progression; not the endless search to find
something in the past. I can never write an Alison Hell again but, back
5 advises to all those who are playing guitar and they admire you. How
can they improve their way of playing?
a)Listen to lots of styles of music; not just one.
would ask her why she just didnít use our credit card! Then I would
sell her other ring to get my cd's back! HAHA!
9.Coming to the end, please tell us what it is that occurs to you with regard to the following classics:
a) Judas Priest- Painkiller: KILLER. Halford at his most aggressive. Tipton learning new tricks. Travis kicking double bass ass! The cd that was created to get us on tour with them in 1991 !HA! b) Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime: Never got into it; many of my friends did and it was a huge cd but I could never get into it.
wish you the best for your new album. The last words of this interview
belong to you.
so much; very grateful to have the opportunity to talk to all of you!
by Thanos (Mc)