Speaking in an interview with Rustyn Rose of Metalholic, Annihilator frontman Jeff Waters explaned his thoughts on their upcoming album called “For The Demented”. He also mentioned about Metallica’s “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”. He said (transcriped by Blabbermouth):
“Just doing this for quite some time, you see what happens with other bands over time in different styles of music and your own style or genre. You know that if you really try to go back and go to a certain album or certain thing, occasionally, it works out good. I mean, it’s worked out great for METALLICA. ‘Death Magnetic’ kinda went back. To me, that was a good record. Their new record [‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’], of course, is great, but most bands it doesn’t work.
So, I said, ‘Okay, I’m not going to be able to go back and recreate stuff that I was doing twenty-five, thirty years ago. However, what was it about the demo days we did for a few years before our first album up until the fourth album which were the ‘big ones’ for us overseas?’ You just figured out really quickly, is that as I get older and got writing more different styles and having fun artistically, you realize, especially on our last album we did in 2015 [‘Suicide Society’], I really didn’t put much of a filter on there to sort of filter out the clear influences and likes of the artists and guitar players that I love in this kind of music. I’m number one, a fan, number two, I’m a musician here. [Laughs]
The last album, I would sit there by myself in the studio as always and write riffs and I wouldn’t criticize the heck out of it and go ‘Hey, that’s a cool riff, but that is clearly SLAYER or clearly that is Dave Mustaine vocal type of stuff or whatever.’ On this one, I said ‘I’m going to go back to trying to sound more like what fans of ours liked about the first eight years of our career.’
Even though the albums are all different and there was different singers on them and different heavy metal styles, just the idea of getting back to what other people would say ‘That sounds like Waters or ANNIHILATOR’ rather than ‘Hey that sounds a little like MEGADETH-y or SLAYER-ish.’ ‘Who is that?’ ‘Oh, it’s ANNIHILATOR,’ if that makes any sense.”
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