Canadian thrash metal titans ANNIHILATOR have announced a new special collection record!
The album, titled Triple Threat, serves to give fans a new insight into the band’s classic material through a three disc set. The first disc showcases the band performing their classic tracks acoustically, with band leader/guitarist/songwriter and vocalist Jeff Waters bringing together band members Aaron Homma and Rich Hinks, Vancouver BC drummer Marc LaFrance plus Ottawa session player Pat Robillard. The tracks were recorded and mixed by Waters. The set was recorded live, off the floor and in single takes at Watersound Studios in Dunrobin, Canada earlier this year.
Speaking about the experience Jeff Waters says, “This was one of the coolest things I have done in my long career. Having 5 people in a room, from all different backgrounds and talents, coming together to play songs from the past and to try to sound like we are one but totally live and with feel. This was one of the biggest challenges that ANNIHILATOR has faced, musically, but what impressed me the most was how you can hear all the individual styles each player has and how we were able to glue the playing and feel together. Done all in one take and with all the musical blemishes and imperfections that I would never normally let slide! This set covers some of the melodic songs, one even from 1984 (when a few of these guys were not even born!) and I just had to do this once in my life… to challenge myself and maybe show some others that it’s not always just about the metal and the thrash! Rock n’ Roll & and ballads are found everywhere in Heavy Metal. ANNIHILATOR are made up of a helluva lot of styles, mixed into one. That’s exactly what kind of musicians I put together for this set… a mixed bag of Rockers & Metalheads and they made our legacy proud! Enjoy… we sure love this one.”
The second disc features the band’s live performance at this year’s Bang Your Head Festival in Germany whilst the third disc features a mini-documentary. The makeup of the record is as follows:
• Chapter I – Annihilator Un-Plugged: The Watersound Studios Sessions (62 mins)
• Chapter II – Annihilator Live at the BANG YOUR HEAD Festival (45 mins)
• Chapter III – ANNIHILATOR: Summer Mini-Documentary 2016 (45 mins)
• Plus Bonus Video Chapters: “Jeff’s Commentary On The Acoustic Songs” and “Jeff Answers Fan
Triple Threat is set for release on January 27th via UDR Music.
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