Every press release about Annihilation Time describes them as a hardcore band, but the fact that their songs feature heavy but relatively clean-sounding guitars, contain the odd solo or two, and add vocals that are actually sung instead of barked (well almost, anyway) suggest that perhaps they're more of a hard rock band facing an identity crisis. Whatever! Their eponymous debut, while slashing through its eight songs with hardcore efficiency and barely twenty minutes, actually recalls the hyperactive metallic-punk of bands like the Hellacopters and Backyard Babies -- not Black Flag or Agnostic Front. Which is all well and good since, at the end of the day, the So-Cal quintet shows a decent set of songwriting chops to go with their sharp delivery. To wit, "Down the Street" and "Feel It Inside" are solid, not magical, but occasional near-gems emerge in high-energy headbangers like "Annihilate," "1962" and "Sand Lot." A little more stylistic diversity would be nice, too, but there's no doubt that solving their aforementioned identity issues is probably tantamount to Annihilation Time's future achievements. Good luck!
AllMusic Review by Eduardo Rivadavia