In a recent interview with Finish Heavy Metal Fans, thrash metal legend Jeff Waters revealed the number one secret of Annihilator’s longevity. He said:

“I think a lot of people that was the reason we never got bigger, but I think that’s the reason why we’re still here because a lot of bands, as you know, most bands that were around in the ’80s playing this kind of music are not here today. If they were, they are reuniting after 20 years, that kind of thing.

I think that’s why we’re here is because fans know if they don’t like this CD or this singer, they’ll still check the next one out because they want to see what Watersis going to do next time. I think that’s it.

I think a lot of people understand I really love doing what I’m doing. Once you’re honest and fans realize ‘Well, maybe I don’t like this album or this singer or this style of metal’ that we do, they like some of it.

I don’t think there’s people that hate all of the music, all of the music, all of the singers, I think it’s always a war. ‘I like this singer or I like that album’ and people will argue over that on the Internet all the time. I think that’s why we’re still around. You never know what’s going to happen.”

You can watch the entire interview below.