Anacrusis (2) ‎– Annihilation Complete: The Early Years Anthology

Stormspell Records ‎– SSRDY23
CD, Remastered, Compilation, Limited Edition
DVD, DVD-Video, Compilation, Limited Edition


Annihilation Complete Demo 1987
CD-1 Anacrusis (2) Disemboweled / Annihilation Complete
CD-2 Anacrusis (2) Imprisoned
CD-3 Anacrusis (2) Pendulum
CD-4 Anacrusis (2) Fighting Evil
CD-5 Anacrusis (2) R.O.T.
CD-6 Anacrusis (2) Frigid Bitch
CD-7 Anacrusis (2) Vulture's Prey
CD-8 Anacrusis (2) Apocalypse
CD-9 Anacrusis (2) Injustice
Original 2-Song Demo 1986
CD-10 Anacrusis (2) Frigid Bitch
CD-11 Anacrusis (2) Pendulum
Rehearsal 1986
CD-12 Anacrusis (2) Imprisoned
Rehearsal 1987
CD-13 Anacrusis (2) Fighting Evil
CD-14 Anacrusis (2) R.O.T.
CD-15 Anacrusis (2) Injustice
Rehearsal 1988
CD-16 Anacrusis (2) Powerhouse
Turner's Hall 1986
DVD-1 Heaven's Flame Powerhouse
DVD-2 Heaven's Flame Butcher's Block
DVD-3 Heaven's Flame The Twisted Cross
DVD-4 Heaven's Flame Fighting Evil
DVD-5 Heaven's Flame Vulture's Prey
DVD-6 Heaven's Flame Apocalypse
The Sports Palace 1987
DVD-7 Anacrusis (2) Imprisoned
DVD-8 Anacrusis (2) Annihilation Complete
DVD-9 Anacrusis (2) A World To Gain
DVD-10 Anacrusis (2) The Storm
DVD-11 Anacrusis (2) Fighting Evil
DVD-12 Anacrusis (2) Frigid Bitch
St. Charles West Auditorium 1988
DVD-13 Anacrusis (2) Present Tense
DVD-14 Anacrusis (2) The Twisted Cross
DVD-15 Anacrusis (2) Imprisoned
DVD-16 Anacrusis (2) Injustice
DVD-17 Anacrusis (2) Powerhouse
DVD-18 Anacrusis (2) Fighting Evil
DVD-19 Anacrusis (2) Frigid Bitch
DVD-20 Anacrusis (2) R.O.T. / Disemboweled
Bridgeton Community Center 1988
DVD-21 Anacrusis (2) Present Tense
DVD-22 Anacrusis (2) R.O.T.
DVD-23 Anacrusis (2) Butcher's Block
DVD-24 Anacrusis (2) A World To Gain
DVD-25 Anacrusis (2) Pendulum
DVD-26 Anacrusis (2) Injustice


  • Compiled By, Remastered By, Design [Booklet], Liner NotesKenn Nardi


Limited edition CD/DVD package featuring the 9-song "Annihilation Complete" demo along with other rare recordings from the band's basement days. The DVD features early live videos of both Anacrusis and Kenn Nardi's previous band Heaven's Flame which also featured future-Anacrusis drummer Chad Smith. All material selected and remastered by vocalist/guitarist Kenn Nardi from his personal vaults. A collection of 16 early demos and over 2 hours of vintage live videos and slide-shows.

Includes a 16-page stapled booklet full of photos of the band in its pre-Suffering Hour days along with a band bio and info about the recordings included.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 021374218020



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June 24, 2019

Of all the metal bands to emerge in the `80s, Anacrusis is one that by all rights should have gone way beyond "cult" status. At the very least, their unique vision of progressive thrash metal should have made Anacrusis a hallowed name in progressive metal circles alongside Cynic, Atheist and Believer. For whatever reason, Anacrusis has remained one of metal's best kept secrets. Now, for the first time, the band's earliest recordings have been collected on CD with StormSpell's 2010 collection Annihilation Complete: The Early Years Anthology.

As the title suggests, this anthology includes the band's 1986 demo release, titled Annihilation Complete. It also includes re-recorded versions of the Annihilation Complete songs from 1987 plus a few additional rehearsal demos. The demos collected here are all fairly rough, having been recorded on less than state of the art equipment a long time ago. However, they have been remastered by guitarist/vocalist Kenn Nardi so they sound as good as possible. As for the songs themselves, these are raw, energetic metal songs that combine classic melodic elements with a good dose of speed and thrash metal aggression. You don't get a lot of the progressive technicality that the band is known for, but there's definitely something that sets these songs apart.

Annihilation Complete: The Early Years Anthology also includes a DVD featuring historic Anacrusis performances from 1987 and 1988 as well as a 1986 performance by Nardi's pre-Anacrusis band Heaven's Flame. The audio and video quality is a bit rough, but that's to be expected given the age and quality of the source material. Nardi also mastered and edited the DVD.

Like all StormSpell reissues, Annihilation Complete: The Early Years Anthology is a very attractive and well put together release. Nardi provided a lot of very useful information and rare photos in the detailed liner notes, which only add to the already high quality level of the discs and inserts.