Heavy Metal Month Listening Challenge 31/31

Day 31 – A song about insanity. 

Annihilator – Alison Hell 

And now, the end is near; 

And so I face the final curtain.

My friend, I’ll say it clear, 

I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain.

Regrets, I’ve had a few; 

But then again, too few to mention.

I did what I had to do

And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course; 

Each careful step along the byway, 

And more, much more than this, 

I did it my way.

I’ve had fun with these 31 tracks and I think Ol’ Blue Eyes sums up the last month where I’ve managed to post something everyday for a whole month (and some). It’s the first time that’s happened, and originally the plan for this blog. Maybe I’ll incorporate more short blocks of text in the future. 

Nineteen bands have been from the United States, four from England, three Germans and one each from Switzerland, Canada, Denmark and Finland, and only one band repeated. Maybe a bit lopsided towards the thrash metal genre and the 1980’s, but it’s the ones I like most. I could have easily done all 28 with Metallica tracks, with some slight interpretations of the original questions. There were so many bands I wanted to do and I could do all 31 questions multiple times without repeating tracks or bands – apart from the specific artist questions. 

Thanks for reading everyday for a month. 


Alison Hell

 Another day done and another day closer to the mayhem that is Christmas subsiding. Today’s in car second track shuffle song is supplied by Canada’s biggest selling heavy metal band Annihilator. 

They could easily be called the Jeff Waters Band or something similar, as nearly 40 band members have been through the doors at Watersound Studios since the bands creation in 1984. Waters himself has played all instruments apart from the drums over the 31 years.  

The first three albums are thrash metal jewels, but for me this Randy Rampage fronted version is my favourite of the lot. Rampage is one of the original members of Canadian hardcore punks D.O.A. and has recorded two albums with Annihilator (Alice In Hell and Criteria For A Black Widow in 1999) but left soon after each was released.  Rampage has quite a distinctive voice and has a style people either love or hate, there appears to be no middle ground with the guy. 

Annihilator are another band I missed out on in their heyday, again through travel problems, and again a band I haven’t seen nearly enough in the intervening years. 

My first time seeing them was 2007 in Wolverhampton when they were supporting Trivium, and they blew them off the stage I have to add. Annihilator’s sound was superb and crystal clear. Trivium came on turned everything to 11 and it sounded uncomfortably distorted. 

2010 should have been my first headline show, but their Birmingham show was cancelled for some reason late in the day. Normally I would have gone to Manchester, but a friend from Walsall was going so we were all due to go together. 

Taken from the album Alice In Hell, released on the same day as my dads birthday in 1989.