Band Line Up 2015
Playing: Saturday, 8th August 2015
Stage: Sophie Lancaster Stage
Band Photo Gallery
heavyweight, Anihilated are one of the very first thrash bands in the rich metal history of the U.K.
Formed in 1981 Anihilated quickly gained a reputation as one of the hardest working live bands on
the circuit sharing the stage with their peers in such bands as Onslaught, Virus, Death Angel,
Sabbat and Xentrix and also giving a leg up to the younger bands following them (a fresh faced
Napalm Death were one particular support band that springs to mind).
Always a live band, Anihilated spent more time on the road than most and let their shows do the
talking, waiting until 1984 to record the now highly sought after ‘Speedwell Sessions’ closely
followed by the renowned 'Path To Destruction' EP. Raw, energetic, an exploration into the realms
of metal punk, it grabbed attention and the EP completely sold out, even knocking Madonna off the
number one spot in the East of England record charts.
Bucking the trend of other bands in the scene Anihilated stayed firmly with their punk roots lyrically
opting to tell the tales of injustice and horror from the real world rather than the satanic clichés
adopted by many metal bands of the time.
As their popularity grew they went on to feature heavily in fanzines and magazines worldwide and
became a cult band of sorts.
The debut full length, 1988's 'Created In Hate', was described in Metal Forces Magazine as "the
most important UK Thrash Metal release to date’. It was raw compared to more polished bands of
the time but it had something that captured the imagination. The band spent the next year out on
the road before returning to the studio to record 'The Ultimate Desecration". Later described by
Marquee Records, to be "one of the finest UK Thrash Metal releases ever”
In a story all too familiar the band were caught up in the early 90’s industry turmoil as major labels
bought the independents and then tried to figure out what to do with the newly acquired roster they didn’t understand. Anihilated disbanded at this point and the story could have easily ended there.
With the advent of the internet and the worldwide access to easy media the next few years seemed
to reinforce the cult status of the band with countless re-releases of their back catalogue in Japan,
China and Brazil. The renewed interest led to the band getting back together and picking up
exactly where they left off.
2010’s 'Scorched Earth Policy' was hailed as "THE come back album of the year" and received
superb reviews. Anihilated went on to play festivals on the European mainland and a number of
carefully selected UK shows. They were filmed for a new documentary about UK thrash and
featured in highly acclaimed British music author, Ian Glasper's book "Trapped in a Scene" about
the history of British Hardcore.
With no sign of stopping Anihilated followed ‘Scorched Earth Policy’ with 2013’s ‘iDeviant’ gaining
more momentum, more acclaim and more fans along the way although losing their long time
guitarist Mark Beuchet.
Wasting no time in completing the lineup original members Bod (drums) and Si (bass and lead
vocal) along with long time guitarist Todd (lead) recruited Danny B (guitar) of South American metal
titans Criminal and cult death metal pioneers Pentagram Chile.
They immediately got back to doing what they do best headlining Beermageddon Festival and
performing at the now legendary Hammerfest in the U.K.
As 2015 rolled in Anihilated entered the studio and recorded their latest album ANTI SOCIAL
ENGINEERING. Released this April it has so far seen a great response from fans and critics alike
and is as pure a statement of who Anihilated are as anything from their 30 plus year career.
Also in 2015 the band has already confirmed festival appearances in England Scotland and Spain
and a European/UK headline tour in May.
If you want to see the very best in original early 80’s thrash, as unrelenting and pummelling today
as it was in 1981 then look no further than Anihilated. This thrash juggernaut is showing no sign of
stopping for anyone.
"Anihilated are thrilled to be performing at the hallowed Bloodstock Festival in 2015. We will be bringing a full on thrash assault to your eardrums so you better be ready. We know we are!"
Band Line Up 2015
- ARMOURED SAINT
- RAGING SPEEDHORN
- NUCLEAR ASSAULT
- SAVAGE MESSIAH
- WITHIN TEMPTATION
- DEATH DTA
- REIGN OF FURY
- RED RUM
- HANG THE BASTARD
- PRITCHARD AND DAINTON
- NE OBLIVISCARIS
- MESSIAHS KISS
- FIRE RED EMPRESS
- AGELESS OBLIVION
- FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE
- PLANET OF ZEUS
- FORGOTTEN REMAINS
- PISS VIPER
- KING LEVIATHAN
- BLACKENED RITUAL
- COUNTLESS SKIES
- WE ARE THE CATALYST
- FROM EDEN TO EXILE
- CODEX ALIMENTARIUS
- AKARUSIN YAMI