Annihilator - All For You review


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Band: Annihilator
Album: All For You
Release date: May 2004

01. All For You
02. Dr. Psycho
03. Demon Dance
04. The One
05. Bled
06. Both Of Me
07. Rage Absolute
08. Holding On
09. Nightmare Factory
10. Sound Of Horror

"What a excellent cover artwork", that was my first impression of the album, and since I never heard Annihilator before, I hadn't a clue about what to expect, except something Thrashy.
I putted the cd in my stereo and pressed play, some incredible riffs starts and thenů. WHAT A FUCK!? The worst shit ever to singer starts to sing, a fucking Nu-Metal singer.
I stopped the shit, and almost cracked the cd, but I change my mind, since I really wanted to like this, because of the extraordinary cover.
I once more putted it in my stereo and pressed play, the same wonderful riffs start, and the same shitty singer (Dave Padden) starts sing, and the whole first song is destroyed.
Musically it's very good, but with a bad singer like that, it's impossible to like it.
Second track starts, after the slow intro, can hear at least something of what I wanted, Thrash Metal.

Jeff Waters, the Canadian Thrasher releases with "All for You", the 10th album under the name Annihilator, and I can't really understand what he sees in Padden, why this shitty singer to this wonderful Thrash?
He totally ruins the entire album, except some songs, that even he can't ruin, like the second track "Dr. Psycho", "Both of Me" & the Thrashiest on the album, "Rage Absolute".
Otherwise I can't understand how a legend like Waters even can think if hired a shitty singer like Padden.
Or shitty, he would fit perfect in a shitty band like Korn, Slipknot or whatever, but in the room of Thrash, he doesn't belong.

But as I said, musically the album is very good, even the lyrics are good, but it's hard to like an album if you can't stand the one that's handle the vocals, and that's the case here.
Songs like "The One" (Also the title of the EP) is a very emotional song, that's Padden is doing Ok, but still, it's to Nu-Metallish.
Also the "Demon Dance" is a good Thrash songs, that's sometimes possible to like what Padden does, but then he starts to use the shitty voice again, and the songs is totally ruined.
The same with "Nightmare Factory" a wonderful songs, but once again, Padden's disgusting Nu-Metal voice destroys the song.

After listen to the album over 10 times, my impression are the same as the first time, "The music is wonderfull but the singer sucks".
It's to bad, since this could be an album to compete with the unbelievable album Exodus released earlier this year, but I'm sorry Waters, but you have to fire the singer and try to find something that fits you music better, someone without a voice for a Nu-Metal band.

No, I'm sorry but I can't say that you should buy this album, because I can't find enough good reasons why we should spend so much money on this album, when it's tons of better ones out there today.
I know Waters is brilliant, but as long Padden is behind the mic, it's not worth the money.

Check Out: The Instrumental ender or another album.

Written by Malcolm | 22.06.2004


Staff review by
I wonder how many times Jeff Waters is going to fool around with the line up of Annihilator until he finds the one (no pun intended)... This time around he got hold of a young singer called Dave Padden - THE singer of Annihilator in Waters's own words - and of drummer Mike Mangini (Extreme, Steve Vai) to form, as always, the best band he ever played in (or so he said). The result is... well, let's put it mildly, special. I hated this album when I first heard it, and more or less hated it for a whole year afterwards. Now two and a half years have gone, Annihilator has released what is in my holy opinion something close to a masterpiece("Schizo Deluxe"), or at least their best album since Never, Neverland, so I can have a fresh look at this album.

published 07.08.2006 | Comments (1)


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20.10.2006 - 13:52
Advice Troll
Man I don't know abou you, but I found this album awesome! As you already said, the album cover is great, but the music is also terrific. Althought I'm not much into Thrash Metal, I like this era of Annihilator. For me, "All for you" is their best album. Great vocals and great music. Excellent art work. Deffinetly one of my favorites albums. But I don't understand why you dislike the singer do much??? And the first song in my opionion is one of the best in this album... I bought this album and I would buy it again and again...
Bitch! Please
22.09.2013 - 22:20
I love this album, i prefer schizo deluxe, but dr psycho,bled, both of me, rage absolute and rhe nightmare factory are masterpieces. Jeff is the chuck norris of thrash

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