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Canadian thrash/ heavy metal band Annihilator have had more than 30 different members since forming in 1984 but now only one man from the original line-up remains.

That guy is Jeff Waters who could almost be considered a one man band as on Annihilator's forthcoming 15th studio album, Suicide Society, he handles all songwriting duties, plays all guitar and bass and is lead vocalist, as well as engineering, producing, mixing and mastering the record.

Annihilator, Suicide Society, Jeff Waters, O2 Academy Birmingham
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But he won't be alone on stage when the band visits the UK for a short tour, starting at Birmingham's O2 Academy on September 30.

He'll be joined by drummer Mike Harshaw, bassist Cam Dixon, who was previously a member in 1994 and 1995, and guitarist Aaron Homma.

Formed in Ottawa by Jeff Waters and singer John Bates, Annihilator has had a bewildering number of vocalists, drummers and rhythm guitarists over the past 31 years. Waters has taken over as lead vocalist twice before, in 1985/6 and 1994/7 when he released the critically acclaimed albums King of the Kill (1994), Refresh the Demon (1996) and Remains (1997).

Annihilator, Suicide Society, Jeff Waters, O2 Academy Birmingham

Dave Padden fronted the band between 2003 and 2014.

Jeff explains: "Dave and I have, essentially, been Annihilator since 2003 but he resigned last December, citing having had enough of touring, being away from home and other commitments. I thank him for his 11 years with Annihilator.

''That said, Annihilator and I are known for never giving up and, occasionally, coming up with something even better than its former offerings. This is undeniably the case with Suicide Society!

"Metal fans will likely sport evil, satisfied grins on their faces, when they hear this record but in the words of Joe Perry: 'Let the Music Do the Talking!'.''

Annihilator, Suicide Society, Jeff Waters, O2 Academy Birmingham

Annihilator's British and Irish Europe in the Blood 2015 tour dates:

Sept 30: O2 Academy, Birmingham;
Oct 1: Button Factory, Dublin;
Oct 2: O2 ABC2, Glasgow;
Oct 3: O2 Academy, Sheffield;
Oct 4: O2 Academy Islington, London.
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Why? Metal veterans serve up Thrash delight
When: September 30, 2015
Phone: 0121 622 8250
Where: O2 Academy, Birmingham
Cost: 18 plus fees
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