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This punishment is here to stay. - 25%

Diamhea, March 8th, 2018

If one were to pinpoint the exact point where Annihilator unequivocally shat the bed, it'd have to be All for You, perhaps the most putrid example of an old(ish) thrash guard alumni going completely mallcore. The then-recent acquisition of Dave Padden already hamstrung the band in comparison to the Comeau era, and the full-length in question delivered nothing but farce - a complete joke of a record and one of the worst "efforts" I've ever had to sit through. It made the worst of the '90s swell with newly-perceived muscle in comparison.

I'm singling out this admittedly decent (in regards of quantity offered) EP, The One to isolate a particular track: "Weapon X." Defenders of this era of Annihilator always claim this is a forgotten classic, and while it would have stood out on All for You and is clearly the highlight here, it isn't anything mindblowing. Schizo Deluxe had tracks like "Maximum Satan" and "Warbird" which were superior anyway. Seriously, fuck All for You, and it's such a bullshit move to cram the rest of the tracklisting with these godawful Matchbox 20 ballad-esque numbers. The lyrics are as bad as they have ever been, and Padden hadn't worked the vocal kinks out yet.

As bad as "The One" is, at least it is a proper ballad, somewhat fluid and emotive despite the godawful lyrics. "All for You" is worse by at least one order of magnitude due to its jarring contrast. It begins sounding like typical Annihilator, and then that whiny ass chorus comes on and... it sounds like a fucking joke. Feigned aggression laced with pussified whining - yeah we really asked for that. These "single edits" prove that Waters was trying to sell out and get some radio airplay. Thankfully, it fell on its face. That said, the enhanced element of the CD offers some live tracks as well, so as stated, it isn't a bad pickup if you are one of the dozen or so lunatics who like this sound. Never again.

1 song wonder EP. - 8%

ultramotion, August 8th, 2004

This EP is completely worthless, save for 1 song, which is 'Weapon X' of
course. It starts off with a nifty midpaced intro and then bursts out with one hell of a thrash riff. The song construction is pretty basic, but nevertheless it still PWNS. Now if the rest of 'All For Nothing' album sounded like this song, with variety in song structures and a great vocalist in the mix, then it could've been a winner.

Initially, 'Weapon X' was supposed to be included on 'All For You', but
Annihilator's record company probably thought it was too good for an album and decided to go for a cashgrab instead, by putting it on this EP with a bunch of worthless songs - a short version of the worthless ballad 'The One' and 2 versions of a dreadful title track (an album version and a short version). Just as if the title track wasn't awful enough, you also have to endure a slighter short version of it. Urghhhhh.....

Finally, there is a multimedia section on this album which has 3 old-school Annihilator songs (Never, Neverland, Refresh The Demon and Alison Hell) that were performed on an Earthshaker Festival 2003 with current vocalist. Now let me tell you something, go for Double Live Annihilation instead!!!!! It also has these songs, but with a great singer (Joe Comeau) on vocals, who doesn't butcher these songs with awful angsty metalcore vocals.

Also avoidable just like 'All For Nothing' album!!!

A CD Single that acts as a CD? Go on... - 80%

CallerOfTheCthulhu, July 11th, 2004

It is very hard to come across a good CD single anymore. Most of them are now EPs and flat out suck. The bonus tracks are horrible and the multimedia content is laughable.

The One proves that good CD Singles can still be made. Comprised of four audio tracks (and three visual tracks spliced together as one from the Earthshaker Festival in 2003), the album definately makes for a good listen.

While the single 'The One' and 'All For You' (which appears on this twice, mind you) retain that mainstream feel, the true saving grace of the CD comes from the orgasmic track 'Weapon X', quite possibly one of the best "Annihilator" tracks to ever be released.

This may sound like any ordinary, every day, run of the mill CD single. But it's not. Included is a three song video performance from the Earthshaker 2003 Festival with their new frontman in place covering three classics, 'Never, Neverland', 'Refresh The Demon', and 'Alison Hell'. These three songs prove that this man is actually a killer vocalist and can do a hell of a lot better then what is shown here...with the exception of 'Weapon X' of course.

And for those who still don't think this is enough, there are computer uses too, included a screensaver and wallpapers! So, there's something for everyone on this release, whether you are a die hard fan, newbie, or computer geek who is a fan, you will find something on this EP to entertain and amuse you for a little while.