Written by Alex Stojanovic
Armed To The Teeth
I Am Warfare
Out With The Garbage
Dressed Up For Evil
One Wrong Move
The End Of The Lie
Release Date: January 24, 2020
Label: Silver Lining Music
Jeff Waters - Guitars, bass & lead vocals / Aaron Homma - Rhythm guitars & backing vocals (not on album)
Rich Hinks - Bass (not on album) / Fabio Alessandrini - Drums
The album opens with a vicious smack to the face with "Armed To The Teeth", a song about retaliation that many people will relate to. One thing I noticed with this album is that Jeff has gotten so much better vocally. It sounds like he's channeling a little of his inner Chuck Billy. Of course, like always with Annihilator, you're going to get a good mix of speed and groove. There might not be any full melodic songs on this album, but melodic elements surely make their presence known, like in the chorus of "Psycho Ward" and the harmonized guitar section in "Lip Service". Even though there's a good dynamic in the heaviness, I think one melodic song would've done nicely, but that's just me.
Jeff is also known for incorporating some joke songs on albums from time to time, or at least songs with some pretty silly lyrics. However, he seemed to leave that behind for this album, which I think was a smart move. On the last album, he had the song "Pieces Of You", which I later read was a ficticious story that was pretty gnarly, but I found the lyrics to be a pure cringe-fest. Ballistic, Sadistic certainly lives up to its name. Jeff and the boys are not screwing around. See them live when you can!
Highs: "Armed To The Teeth", "Psycho Ward" and "Riot"
Lows: The inclusion of one melodic song would've been nice.
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