In the 1980s and early '90s, there was often a very fine line between "hard rock" and "heavy metal." But with Annihilator
, there was never a question -- this was most definitely a metal band to the core. Comparable to Metallica
and Judas Priest
at their heaviest, Never Neverland is a blistering gem that takes no prisoners either musically or lyrically. In fact, Annihilator's
lyrics could be quite substantial, and the headbangers offer hard-hitting commentary on subjects on subjects ranging from drunken driving ("Road to Ruin") to religious fanaticism ("I Am in Command") to environmental destruction ("Stonewall"). More accessible than death/grindcore bands like Deicide
, Cannibal Corpse
and Hellwitch but certainly much heavier than the many pop/metal units flooding the market in the late '80s and early '90s, Never Neverland was one of 1990's strongest metal releases.