I’ve been a fan of Annihilator since ‘89 and it’s rare that Jeff Waters disappoints. While this isn’t the one-two punch of back-to-back opuses Carnival Diablos and Waking The Fury, Metal kicks with a fury that is almost non-existant in today’s metallic world. Waters has assembled a virtual who’s who of heavy metal guest artists for this release, and from that point on, it’s heads-down, pedal-to-the-metal THRASH, bay-bee! You either come along for the ride, or get steamrollered over, it’s that simple, punk!
I could use a whole bunch of superlatives to describe the songs herein, and wax poetic over the thrill of hearing such rippin’ solos by Jeff’s guests, but I sorta doubt you wanna read all that. Suffice to say, this is one solid album from start to finish. If I HAD to give Metal less than stellar marks, I’d have to point out the glaring Black Sabbath opening riff rip-off of “Detonation” (not to worry, Jeff veers away from that soon enough so that he can’t be unfairly accused of stealing) and the rock, rather than metallic thrash, of “Couple Suicide”; it really does take some getting used to hearing that song. But honestly, that’s about the only blunders on an otherwise nigh-to-perfect disc. And if that’s all there is, then that’s pretty d**n good to me! Go ahead, pick up this album, and be glad you did!