“It was time to analyze what a lot of fans over the years have kept telling me,” says ANNIHILATOR guitarist and main songwriter Jeff Waters. “It was time to sit down and figure out ‘why’ ANNIHILATOR’s early ‘thrash-meets-melodic’ caught the ears of so many and to try to sweep the ‘fan’ part of my writing/playing/singing out the door and welcome back the mostly original Waters writing that was to be the first four ANNIHILATOR albums.”
Waters didn’t venture back alone while looking back through ANNIHILATOR’s history. “I was well aware that trying to recapture the past usually fails, or at least won’t come close,” he says. “So, I decided to bring in fresh ears, both musically and physically with Rich Hinks, my bassist for the last few years. And doing most all of the records by myself, including writing and playing most all on my own, as well as mixing, mastering, engineering, etc… well, it can become routine and can often hinder you from being objective and more creative.
“Rich came in and co-wrote the music with me, as well as co-produced the beginning stages of the record. His background of classic thrash metal meets a newer ‘math’ metal style was the perfect combination for me to simply ask, ‘What do you think of this?’ He would most-often reply with ‘not the ANNIHILATOR style I like,’ so we would keep going until we both felt that core ANNIHILATOR riffing and writing style presented itself.”
Jeff continues: “Bottom line, ‘For The Demented’ captures some feel from ANNIHILATOR’s 1985-87 demos mixed with the first four ANNIHILATOR records. Back to the thrash-meets-melody but with some pure Waters guitar riffing, upgraded lead guitar shredding and vocals back to the demo days meets the ‘King of The Kill’ record. Lyrically, I placed a theme on the record: the human mind and all of its glory, complexity, diversity, weaknesses and insanity! Pretty much the craziness of the music is matched by the lyrics.
“I think metal fans are going to hear much of what they have been waiting for from ANNIHILATOR,” adds Waters.
“For The Demented” track listing:
01. Twisted Lobotomy
02. One To Kill
03. For The Demented
04. Pieces of You
05. The Demon You Know
06. Phantom Asylum
07. Altering The Alter
08. The Way
10. Not All There
Jeff Waters (vocals, guitar)
Fabio Alessandrini (drums)
Rich Hinks (bass)
Aaron Homma (guitar)
The official video for “Twisted Lobotomy” can be seen below;
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