Remastered re-release of the debut full-length album by the legendary Canadian Technical Thrash Metal band.
Annihilator's brand of technical, thinking man's Thrash Metal garnered many fans with this fine debut, arguably the best release of the band's career. A brief acoustic guitar piece called "Crystal Ann" introduces the excellent title track: a psychological murder thriller supposedly based on a disturbed young girl's true story.
Leader Jeff Waters takes himself a little too seriously at times (see the Edgar Allan Poe-influenced "Ligeia" and his ridiculously erudite commentary on each song's lyrics), but he is equally prone to refreshing flashes of humor on "Word Salad" and "Schizos Are Never Alone". The spectacularly named Randy Rampage proves himself to be a versatile vocalist on "Wicked Mystic" and "Burns Like a Buzzsaw Blade". The careening closer "Human Insecticide" is magnificent for its sheer speed.
The album is full of technical riffs and solos from guitarist and songwriter Jeff Waters that are sure to please any fan of Thrash Metal. "Alice In Hell" features very few dull moments, as each of the songs are very powerful in their own way, and would not look out of place on a record from any of the big four of Thrash. Somehow the band did not gain the same popularity as some of the other Thrash acts, especially in North America, which is unfortunate, as the band put out some very quality material. "Alice In Hell" ranks near the top of the band's discography, and is definitely an essential Thrash album!!
Re-edition features three bonus tracks!
Roadrunner Records/Cargo Records, 1989/1998 (RR 8723-2). Made in Germany.
1. Crystal Ann 1:41
2. Alison Hell 5:01
3. W.T.Y.D. 3:56
4. Wicked Mystic 3:38
5. Burns Like A Buzzsaw Blade 3:34
6. Word Salad 5:49
7. Schizos (Are Never Alone) Parts I & II 4:32
8. Ligeia 4:47
9. Human Insecticide 4:51
10. Powerdrain (Demo) 2:49
11. Schizos (Are Never Alone) Parts I & II (Demo) 4:18
12. Ligeia (Demo) 4:56
Total playing time: 49:52