Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Annihilation Time 

Annihilation Time III: Tales of the Ancient Age (Tee Pee)

Wednesday, Sep 10 2008

The collision of '70s hard-rock riffs and '80s hardcore aggression has long been a volatile combination, successfully mined by the likes of Zeke, Nashville Pussy, and the late-lamented REO Speedealer. Though Oakland-based quintet Annihilation Time doesn't careen through songs at the same maniacal tempos as those bands, its explosive third album delivers more blinding guitar fury and dirtbag rawk anthems than any recording in recent memory. After 30 seconds of what sounds like ominous, atonal violin scraping, opener "Splashback" kicks into what serves as the template for most of this blazing effort. Guitarists Graham Clise and Wes Warden unleash intricate, twin six-string mayhem over the locomotive rhythm of bassist Chris Grande and drummer Noel Sullivan while singer Jimmy Rose howls over the neck-snapping racket. This album focuses mostly on crass celebrations of overindulgence ("Germ Freak (I Ain't No)" and "Just Guzzlin'") and middle-finger ditties aimed at straight society ("About to Snap," "Get a Job"). But the band also shows some depth with "Flight Into Forever," a punk ode to a deceased friend that rocks ferociously and pays poignant tribute with its stunning Skynyrd-meets-Maiden harmonized guitar break. Twisting together elements of Motörhead, Thin Lizzy, and D.R.I. into a raw, pile-driving sound, Annihilation Time pulls off a remarkable distillation of all that is heavy.

About The Author

Dave Pehling


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"