METAL II, which arrives February 18, kicks off this long-term campaign, which will include special configurations, additional bonus material, exclusive and previously unheard new tunes from the band.
“There was something about Women And Children First,” muses Annihilator’s Jeff Waters. “It was massively brutal attitude meeting aggression — meets a DLR-fronted party. You have to remember when this came out. ‘Romeo Delight’ is the most ‘heavy’ song from VH, in my (and Kerry King’s!) opinion. The photos on the cover/back cover of WACF were impactful. It was a green cover and it was a photo of the band posing for a record cover shot and instead of blowing that photo up to the full size of the LP, they cropped it so it was a third the size of the record and everything around it was green. I would stare at the front and back pics for hours! Eddie was like a second father in a way. Millions [of others] probably feel that way too and only fans of his from back then could understand this.”
He continue, “His playing, writing, performance, and smile were second to none. EVER. He was a superb writer, lead guitar innovator, genius rhythm player, and was able to build a gear empire. He took chances. Did his own thing. It worked. Millions and more will mourn him, as long as the future world likes music. But we also will be celebrating forever, as musicians will continue to hand down the ‘EVH-Influenced-Musical-Genes’ to future generations!”
METAL II has been given an incredible overhaul with the one and only Dave Lombardo (Dead Cross, ex-Slayer) killing on the drums and lead vocals “re- invented” by the great Stu Block (Into Eternity).
Metal II is out February 18, 2022. Pre-order it here. It is dedicated to the memory of Eddie Van Halen and Alexi Laiho.
The pre-sale is also connected to a big competition where fans can win an originally signed ANNIHILATION II – EPIPHONE FLYING V guitar, in addition to a virtual meet and greet with Waters himself.
METAL II TRACK LISTING:
“Chasing The High” (Featuring William Adler)
“Downright Dominate” (Featuring Alexi Laiho)
“Army Of One” (Featuring Steve “Lips” Kudlow)
“Couple Suicide” (Featuring Danko Jones + Angela Gossow)
“Heavy Metal Maniac” (Featuring Dan Beehler + Allan Johnson)
“Haunted” (Featuring Jesper Strömblad)
“Detonation” (Featuring Jacob Lynam)
“Clown Parade” (Featuring Jeff Loomis)
“Smothered” (Featuring Anders Björler)
“Kicked” (Featuring Corey Beaulieu)