JEFF WATERS (ANNIHILATOR): “I Pretty Much Retired The Recording Part of ANNIHILATOR”

Jeff Waters of Annihilator
Photo: Kai Swillus

Thanks For The Memories

earMusic and Annihilator recently announced a multi-year initiative to rerelease the majority of the band’s back catalog. The reissued albums will come in special configurations complete with bonus tracks and rare, never before heard music. To kick off the campaign, Annihilator revisited their 2007 all-star release Metal. Waters put a fresh coat of paint on it by adding the mighty vocals of Stu Block (Into Eternity) and the always devastating drum work of Dave Lombardo (Testament, ex-Slayer).

The updated version is titled appropriately Metal II. I had the chance to speak with Annihilator guitarist and founder Jeff Waters shortly after the album’s release. Jeff is never short for words and this interview is no different. It is full of revelations that you don’t want to miss.

Highlights Include

  • ANNIHILATOR - Metal II coverTouring with Pantera
  • Why Annihilator never settled on a “sound”
  • Upcoming anniversary & farewell tours
  • Discussion of Metal II release
  • How Stu Block and Dave Lombardo put their stamp on it
  • How lockdowns led to Annihilator’s album reissue campaign
  • Jeff’s struggles with Covid-19
  • Selling off the Annihilator catalog to preserve its legacy
  • Why he couldn’t get the rights to early albums
  • How he made more money after Annihilator was dropped by their major label
  • How 2023 will bring about a new band for Waters that will sound nothing like Annihilator
  • … and much, much more!


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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