ANNIHILATOR - Never, Neverland 12" Vinyl LP Album

- A Thrashing Journey through Canadian Heavy Metal

Annihilator's "Never, Neverland" (1990) marked a pivotal moment in Canadian thrash metal. With Coburn Pharr as lead singer, the album showcased raw energy and lyrical depth, exploring psychological themes. Tracks like "The Fun Palace" and "I Am in Command" highlighted the band's technical prowess. A seminal work, it left an enduring impact on the genre, contributing to the evolution of Canadian heavy metal.

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"Never, Neverland" Album Description:

In the world of Canadian heavy metal, few albums stand as potent and influential as Annihilator's "Never, Neverland." Released in 1990, this second full-length offering catapulted the thrash metal band into the spotlight, marking a pivotal moment in their musical evolution.

The brainchild of guitarist Jeff Waters and vocalist John Bates, Annihilator emerged onto the scene in 1984, quickly establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the realms of speed and thrash metal. However, it was with "Never, Neverland" that the band truly etched their name into the world of heavy metal history.

Recorded and unleashed upon the world in 1990, "Never, Neverland" bore witness to a significant change in Annihilator's lineup. Coburn Pharr took the helm as the lead singer, injecting a fresh dynamic into the band's sonic tapestry. This alteration in personnel proved to be a defining moment for Annihilator, contributing to the unique character of the album.

From the opening chords to the relentless percussion, "Never, Neverland" encapsulates the raw energy and unbridled aggression synonymous with thrash metal. Tracks like "The Fun Palace" and "I Am in Command" showcase the band's technical prowess, with Jeff Waters' guitar work standing out as a driving force behind the album's sonic intensity.

The lyrical themes explored in "Never, Neverland" delve into a dark and introspective realm. Songs like "Phantasmagoria" and "Kraf Dinner" present a lyrical depth that complements the thunderous instrumentation, adding a layer of complexity to the album. The exploration of psychological and societal themes aligns with the broader tradition of heavy metal as a genre that often delves into the complexities of the human experience.

Beyond its musical and lyrical merits, "Never, Neverland" holds a significant place in the pantheon of influential Canadian heavy metal albums. It served as a beacon for aspiring metal musicians, contributing to the growth and evolution of the genre in the Canadian musical landscape.

Music Genre:

Speed / Thrash Metal

Label & Catalognr:

RoadrunneR Records – RR 9374-1

Media Format:

Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1990 Europe

Collector Specific Notes ANNIHILATOR - Never, Neverland


Liner Notes by Jeff Waters:


Jeff Waters describes the songs on this album:

THE FUN PALACE Carrying on Annihilator's fine tradition of covering weird. psychoiciecal illnesses, "Palace" is narrated by the emotion of guilt. It details the psychic voyage taken by one who has committed a heinous crime and gotten away with it Many years later the nightmares become so intense that the only way for the murderer to stop them is to confess.

ROAD TO RUIN I guess you could call this Annihilator's version of "Detroit Rock City" meets "Highway Star" meets drinking and driving! Thousands of people are killed each year by those who think that, after a few drinks, they're sober enough to drive the few short miles to home. This particular individual was one of those.

SIXES AND SEVENS This title comes from the British phrase "At Sixes and Sevens." meaning "at a point of disorder or confusion." I think a lot of people will be able to relate to these lyrics, which describe a period in my life where everything was in confusion, without direction, and giving up was the easy way out The moral of the story. Everything works out in the end if you really want it to!

STONEWALL When I moved out to Vancouver (Canada!) in 1987, I took a walk down to a nearby river. It looked calm and peaceful, yet, alive. A closer look (and smell) changed my peaceful mood into a feeling of disgust and disappointment: The water was full of raw sewage and chemicals, which I later found were spewing out from a plant upstream, as well as a garbage dump located, ever so brilliantly, fifty feet from the shoreline. This was the first time I've ever really thought about the permanent environmental damage being done and, although I'm not about to hold up protest slogans and join Greenpeace, "Stonewall" is my way of bringing the subject up for thought.

NEVER, NEVERLAND No, not "Alison Hell" Part 2! Yes, another gloomy subject! Yet, another true story! This is about an unfortunate young girl who was locked in a room for half a decade just for looking at a boy in a grocery store! Her guardian, also her grandmother, felt that the only way she could protect her granddaughter from the "evils and temptations" in the world was to confine her to her room "til eternity." There is, however, a rather happy end to all this when, during the middle of the song, the police/social workers storm the house and free the girl from her mental/physical captivity. She is now on the bright road to recovery whilst Nanny finds her new home in the sanitarium. P.S. Clare is a doll!

IMPERILED EYES Although a cliche subject in metal, fear of annihilation is something we've all experienced at one time or another. In this case, we try to decipher, lyrically and musically, a set of reoccurring nightmares I used to frequently have.

KRAF DINNER A popular North American delicacy, this macaroni and cheese dinner is probably the heavy metal musician's best friend! By "living" off this stuff, I saved enough money to pay the rent on a rehearsal space and buy cigarettes each day! Boy, what a happy teenager I was!! "Kraf Dinner is full of love and butter!!!"

PHANTASMAGORIA Phantasmagoria is a form of psychological disorder where the victim has visions of ghosts in his/her mind. These apparitions multiply, eventually driving the victim nuts! Weird, eh? All our friends who remember the Phantasmagoria 1986 demo should find this quite happening and very heavy. Cheers!

REDUCED TO ASH Briefly; an imaginary view of our planet after a thermo-nuclear splattering. We hope not.

I AM IN COMMAND This is not an anti-religious, anti-Christian nor anti-anything song. It is about those (hopefully) few televangelists who prey and profit on the weak, poor and directionless. "Command" is narrated by one who is under their "spell" and one who has just freed himself from one of these cult-like farces. I guess those having problems should be cautious about who they turn to these days. THRASH!


ANNIHILATOR - Never, Neverland Production & Recording Information

Album Packaging

This album includes the original custom inner sleeve ( OIS ) with on one side notes by Jeff Waters and on the other side the lyrics of all the songs on this album


Jeff Waters - Producer

Glen Robinson - Producer

Monte Conner - Executive Producer

 Monte Conner is a former Senior Vice President of A&R for Roadrunner Records. He started at Roadrunner in December 1987. He has worked with numerous bands including Annihilator, Defiance, Slipknot, Trivium and King Diamond.

Sound & Recording Engineers:

Glen Robinson - Sound Engineer

Steve "Rock" Royea - Second Sound Engineer

Recording Location:

Recorded at Vancouver Studios, Vancouver during February - April 1990

Mixed at Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec - April 1990

George Marino - Mastering Engineer

George Marino: legendary mastering engineer behind iconic albums by Metallica, AC/DC, and more. Explore his life and groundbreaking career in music.

Mastered at Sterling Sound , New York NY.

Album Cover Design & Artwork:

Len Rooney Creative - Front Cover Artwork

Jeff Waters and Len Rooney - Front Cover Concept

Nick Gilman - Back Cover Artwork


Victor Deszo - Band Photo

Mark Van Der Wielen - Jeff Waters Live Photo

Musicians on: ANNIHILATOR - Never, Neverland

Band-members, Musicians:

Coburn Pharr - Lead Vocals

Coburn Pharr played a pivotal role as the lead vocalist for Annihilator during a significant period in the band's history. Born in the United States, Pharr joined Annihilator in the late 1980s and became the lead singer for the band's second official full-length album, "Never, Neverland," which was released in 1990.

"Never, Neverland" marked a notable transition for Annihilator, as it was the first album featuring Coburn Pharr as the lead vocalist. His powerful and dynamic vocal delivery added a new dimension to the band's sound, contributing to the album's overall impact.

While Pharr's tenure with Annihilator was relatively brief, lasting for the duration of the "Never, Neverland" album, his contributions left a lasting impression on the band's discography. The album showcased his ability to complement the band's thrash metal style with a commanding vocal presence.

Coburn Pharr's time with Annihilator may have been short-lived, but his role as the lead vocalist on "Never, Neverland" remains a significant chapter in the band's history, contributing to the album's status as a seminal work in Canadian thrash metal.

Dave Scott Davis - Guitar

Jeff Waters - Guitar

Jeff Waters, the virtuoso guitarist and producer behind Annihilator, is a pivotal figure in the realm of Canadian thrash metal. Born in 1966, in Ottawa, Canada, Waters co-founded Annihilator in 1984 and has been the driving force behind the band's success. Waters is renowned for his exceptional guitar skills, characterized by intricate riffs, blistering solos, and technical prowess. His distinctive playing style has solidified his status as one of the prominent guitarists in the metal genre. Waters' contributions extend beyond his role as a guitarist; he is also the primary songwriter for Annihilator, shaping the band's musical direction. In addition to his prowess as a musician, Jeff Waters has played a significant role as a producer. He has been involved in producing many of Annihilator's albums, showcasing his versatility in both the creative and technical aspects of the music production process.

Wayne Darley - Bass Guitar


Track-listing of: ANNIHILATOR - Never, Neverland

Tracklisting Side One:
  1. The Fun Palace 5:50
  2. Road To Ruin 3:40
  3. Sixes And Sevens 5:19
  4. Stonewall 4:50
  5. Never, Neverland 5:30
Tracklisting Side Two:
  1. Imperiled Eyes 5:27
  2. Kraf Dinner 2:40
  3. Phantasmagoria 3:57
  4. Reduced To Ash 3:08
  5. I Am In Command 3:38

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