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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.