Annihilator Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Welcome to a lesson covering the style of Jeff Water’s band Annihilator, one of the most unique Thrash Metal band ever, very respected by metal fans.

    "Annihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist and bassist Jeff Waters. They are the highest selling heavy metal group in Canadian history, having sold 2 million albums worldwide,[1] although most of their sales have been generated outside of the band's home country. Their first two studio albums, Alice in Hell and Never, Neverland, are considered masterpieces of Canadian heavy metal." - Wikipedia.

    Music Style:
    Annihilator is a Thrash Metal band with influences by Classic Metal and also Progressive rock. Their style has been defined by tight riffs and very catchy songs that has given fresh air to the Thrash Metal scene in the 80/90’s. In this lesson I took the style of their most powerful and popular songs like Alice in hell, Set the world on fire and others…

    Tonalities & Scales:
    As we have talked in my other Thrash Metal lessons (for example the Teutonic Thrash Metal series), the most used scales and tonalities are minor Aeolian, Phrygian, Phrygian Major, and sometimes Harmonic minor. That’s how they get the dark, sad and aggressive feeling. This lesson starts in A minor and has some parts in E minor. Check out the different parts where I detail where the tune modulates and the scales used for each riff.

    This lesson requires a good control of metal rhythm. We will use only down strokes, alternate picking, palm muting, hammering and vibrato. Jeff Water is very known because of his killer right hand so be sure that this lesson will be very useful to train your rhythmic abilities.

    The sound of this tune is once again pure metal! I used my Pod HD500 to build a guitar sound that sounds 100% modern Thrash Metal. I used the ENGL Fireball emulation with a 4x12 ENGL cabinet.

    Click HERE to download the Pod HD500 Patch.

    Tuning: Standard 440

    Tempo: 105 BPM

    Ok friends, let's start headbanging and rocking our guitars!

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