Personnel: Coburn Pharr (vocals); Jeff Waters, David Scott Davis (guitar); Ray Hartman, Ray Hartmann (drums).
Audio Mixer: Glen Robinson.
Audio Remasterer: Chris Gehringer.
Liner Note Author: Jeff Waters.
Recording information: Vancouver Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (02/1990-04/1990).
Photographers: Victor Dezso; Mark Van Der Wielen.
Arranger: Jeff Waters.
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. ~ Alex Henderson