ARTILLERY
Thrash Metal • Denmark

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Artillery is a Danish thrash metal band. They participated in the early development of the genre, and their highly energetic, riff-centric and often fast-paced music is similar in style to that of Slayer and Megadeth from the same era.

The band formed in 1982 in Taastrup, a suburb to Copenhagen. The members were guitarists Jørgen Sandau and Michael Stützer, bassist Morten Stützer, drummer Carsten Nielsen and singer Carsten Lohmann. The group recorded the demos Shellshock and Deeds of Darkness in 1984.

Artillery's first commercial debut came in early 1985 with the inclusion of the song "Hey Woman," on Volume One of the "Speed Metal Hell" compilation series which was released on New Renaissance Records. Later that year, Carsten Lohmann left and was replaced by Flemming Rönsdorf. Later the same year, Artillery recorded a third demo, Fear of Tomorrow, signed with Neat Records, and released their first album, also titled Fear
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ARTILLERY albums / top albums

.. Album Cover 3.65 | 9 ratings
Fear of Tomorrow
Thrash Metal 1985
.. Album Cover 3.88 | 11 ratings
Terror Squad
Thrash Metal 1987
.. Album Cover 4.55 | 31 ratings
By Inheritance
Thrash Metal 1990
.. Album Cover 3.97 | 7 ratings
B.A.C.K.
Thrash Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 4.59 | 13 ratings
When Death Comes
Thrash Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 4.12 | 12 ratings
My Blood
Thrash Metal 2011
.. Album Cover 4.07 | 9 ratings
Legions
Thrash Metal 2013
.. Album Cover 4.08 | 9 ratings
Penalty By Perception
Thrash Metal 2016

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ARTILLERY live albums

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One Foot in the Grave, the Other One in the Trash
Thrash Metal 2009

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We Are the Dead
Thrash Metal 1982
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shellshock
Thrash Metal 1984
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Deeds of Darkness
Thrash Metal 1984
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fear of Tomorrow
Thrash Metal 1985
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Terror Squad (Rehearsal demo)
Thrash Metal 1986
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Khomaniac
Thrash Metal 1989
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Don't Believe/Khomaniac
Thrash Metal 1990
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mind Factory
Thrash Metal 1991

ARTILLERY boxset & compilations

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Terror Squad/Fear of Tomorrow
Thrash Metal 1987
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Deadly Relics
Thrash Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Through the Years
Thrash Metal 2007

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Jester
Thrash Metal 1999

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5.00 | 1 ratings
One Foot in the Grave the Other in the Trash
Thrash Metal 2008

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ARTILLERY Penalty By Perception

Album · 2016 · Thrash Metal
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I went into Penalty by Perception (2016), the eighth full-length album by Danish thrash metal act Artillery, without any real expectations about it. They weren't a band I'd heard too much by before, just By Inheritance (1990), which I think is a great album and their previous offering Legions (2013), which at the time I found enjoyable if somewhat unremarkable. Eleven tracks and about 54 minutes later I came out with a revised opinion about Artillery: this was a band I needed to listen to a lot more, the band having just delivered one of the most powerful thrash metal albums I've heard in a long time.

Coupling fast aggressive thrash riffing with a melodic sensibility and catchy style of songwriting that very nearly turns it into a power metal album, Penalty by Perception is an instant deliverer, bringing not a single weaker track to the table. They'll hook you in with In Defiance of Conformity and won't let go until the album closes with Welcome to the Mindfactory. Vocalist Michael Bastholm Dahl, introduced on Legions to replace Søren Adamsen, is one hell of a singer for this type of music. I like that he really does sing rather than resort to the shouty vocal styles prevalent in other thrash metal bands. I think that's what makes this one kick all the more arse. This is thrash metal done with class and maturity.

The band deliver killer track after killer track and then throw in what must be the most unexpected track on the record, When the Magic Is Gone, which is an acoustic led ballad. I don't often enjoy ballads even on power metal albums so in a thrash context they're not something I'd usually want to hear, except that this one is really tastefully done. A great way to break up the record before Artillery get back to business as usual with Cosmic Brain. Most of these songs are just that – business as usual – but man do Artillery have a winning formula on Penalty by Perception. Style wise it isn't actually all that different to Legions, just done better in every possible way, more polished in the production department and stronger songwriting across the board. I know that old school fans will likely disagree but I even prefer Penalty by Perception to By Inheritance.

I'm confident that this has to be one of the best thrash metal albums of 2016 – there's a few upcoming releases I have high hopes for and with Penalty by Perception Artillery have just made sure that they all have their work cut out for them. This is the one to beat.

ARTILLERY Fear of Tomorrow

Album · 1985 · Thrash Metal
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"Fear of Tomorrow" is the debut full-length studio album by Danish thrash metal act Artillery. The album was released through Neat Records in August 1985. The band had existed for a couple of years and released a couple of demos before releasing "Fear of Tomorrow". Not many Danish thrash metal acts from the eighties made a name for themselves internationally, but Artillery are the exception to the rule.

Listening to "Fear of Tomorrow" it´s obvious why that is. This is high powered, raw, and technically well played thrash metal and considering that it´s a debut album and that it was released in 1985, I´d say the quality of the material is pretty high. The sound production is raw and not always that well sounding, but the sound suits the music. The band are well playing, delivering tight organic drumming, sharp riffing, and blistering solos, and to top it off Flemming Rønsdorf´s raw and rusty vocal delivery. He uses his higher pitched rusty vocals less on this album compared to later releases and sounds more rough here. A greatly skilled and powerful vocalist, who provides Artillery with a relatively original sound. I say relatively because the music is not as distinct sounding as the music of some of the leading contemporary acts like Metallica or Slayer, and does borrow elements from those acts. But hell...who didn´t do that in those early days of thrash metal.

"Fear of Tomorrow" is an old school thrash metal release, that while it may be adrenaline pumped and raw, is also relatively sophisticated for the time and therefore as a result maybe slightly more interesting than your run of the mill old school thrash metal release. Let´s face it! In those days thrash metal acts came by the dozen, and few of them were keepers (just as the case was in the nineties with death and black metal acts). "Fear of Tomorrow" is what I´d characterize as a keeper even though it´s not in the premier league of eighties thrash metal. A league Artillery would aspire to on later releases (in particular on "By Inheritance (1990)"). A 3.5 star (70%) rating is well deserved.

ARTILLERY Legions

Album · 2013 · Thrash Metal
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"Legions" is the 7th full-length studio album by Danish thrash metal veterans Artillery. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in November 2013. Quite a few things have happened since the release of "My Blood (2011)". First off Artillery have changed record label from Metal Mind Productions to Metal Blade Records. Secondly the lineup have seen a couple of significant changes as original drummer Carsten Nielsen has been replaced by Josua Madsen and lead vocalist Søren Adamsen has been replaced by Michael Bastholm Dahl.

It´s not the first time Artillery have changed lead vocalist or drummer for that matter, but both Carsten Nielsen and Søren Adamsen have been quite prolific since the reformation of Artillery, so it´s interesting to note how well their replacements take up the ball. Josua Madsen does a fine job on the drums while new lead vocalist Michael Bastholm Dahl puts his mark on the band´s sound right from the get go. His voice is a bit more unusual than Søren Adamsen´s ditto and his singing style is a bit less thrashy, but still suits the music well. I guess it´s just another testimony to the fact that it´s always been the intense and raw thrashy riffing by the Stützer brothers that have defined Artillery´s sound. They play riffs on this album (like they do on every other album release by the band), that´ll force you to headbang like a madman. That´s how great they are.

Besides the great thrashy tracks, Artillery also play a couple of power ballad type tracks and because of Michael Bastholm Dahl´s vocal style they touch US power metal territory on those tracks. Michael Bastholm Dahl is actually the most "singing" type vocalist the band have yet worked with and I guess those who enjoy more thrash metal sounding staccato vocals will take a bit of time getting used to his singing style although it´s not miles away from his two predecessors. "Legions" is upon conclusion another solid release by Artillery and thrash metal fans with an interest in US power metal should definitely give this one a try. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

ARTILLERY Legions

Album · 2013 · Thrash Metal
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Since their comeback in the form of "When Death Comes", Artillery were on a roll, delivering first class thrash metal. A key factor seemed to be the voice of the new vocalist Søren Adamsen and his aggressive, but melodic, approach to thrash metal lyrics. So when Søren Adamsen AND drummer and founding member Carsten Nielsen left the band in 2012, some people were naturally concerned that their departures would have a negative impact on the future of Artillery. Their replacements were vocalist Michael Bastholm and drummer Josua Madsen and their full-length debut as Artillery members was 2013s "Legions".

I do not want to belittle the efforts of the members they replaced. Søren Adamsen's aggressive voice suited the aggressive style of Artillery very well and added a dose of energy to the overall picture. Likewise, Carsten Nielsen's punky drumming style was a source of raw aggression. But, the two new members do a phenomenal job. Josua Madsen's drumming is more refined and has more attention to detail but retains the aggressive edge, and Michael Bastholm's soearing and powerful vocals blend nively in with the Artillery sound and add a slightly epic dimension.

Musically, "Legions" continue were "My Blood" left off, and thus comes as a natural extension of "When Death Comes" as well. "Legions" explore further the epic feel of the predecessor - and this is where Michael Bastholm's voice fits in so perfectly. The Eastern influence that has characterized Artillery's music since "By Inheritance" is still present, as are the bands old school thrash metal roots. In other wordsm this album is as Artillery as it gets, which is really a testimony to the Stützer brothers' talent for consistent songwriting.

The opening track 'Chill My Bones (Burn My Flesh)' starts out with a tribal-cum-Eastern-come-epic intro, before it morphs into a solid midtempo thrasher that rivals the likes of Exodus and Xentrix. The soaring chorus is both awe-inspiring and appropriately bone-chilling. The title track is rich in Eastern scales and thrashy aggression as well as technical finesse and nicely placed tempo changes. 'Wardrum Heartbeat' is characterized by the same blend of aggression and technical sophistication and features some solid midtempo passages. Vocals-wise, Bastholm delivers some pretty impressive vocal melodies, and I also like how the band experiments with the riot choir effect. 'Global Flatline' is a heavy and melancholic affair, and the aggressive 'Ethos of Wrath' has a slight power-thrash feel to it. Indeed, it is difficult to pick stand-out tracks from this album because they are all so strong.

"Legions" is very well produced, and the songwriting is strong. The musicianshp is top notch across the board. I am particularly impressed with the new vocalist. His soaring vocals and impressive vocal melodies really add a new dimension to Artillery's sound that takes it to another level of awesomeness. I like how the musical aspect of the album is undeniably Artillery, and how it can be complemented by a new vocalist. As mentioned, I do not want to belittle the work of Søren Adamsen (nor that of Flemming Rönsdorf), but it is undeniable that Artillery have really found an incredible vocalist in Bastholm.

In all, this album is definitely up there with "When Death Comes", "My Blood", and "By Inheritance" - I dare say that it is perhaps their best album since "By Inheritance", and that's really something, because "When Death Comes" and "My Blood" are extremely good thrash metal albums. "Legions" is, for my money, an instant thrash metal classic and easily rivals bands like Anthrax, Heathen, Flotsam & Jetsam and other thrash metal bands who also combine aggression with melody. "Legions" offers high quality thrash metal. Period.

ARTILLERY By Inheritance

Album · 1990 · Thrash Metal
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Combining a technically proficient thrash metal musical foundation with vocal delivery and a few riffs harking back to the golden age of the NWOBHM, it's mildly surprising to me that Artillery's By Inheritance doesn't have a higher profile, since it seems to me like an album with appeal for both thrash fans and followers of earlier metal styles. With Flemming Rønsdorf's vocals drawing on the styles of the likes of Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske, and perhaps a dab of Rob Halford, and the brothers Stützer providing a twin lead guitar approach reminiscent of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden whilst cooking up riffs worthy of Megadeth and Metallica, there's plenty for all metal fans to love here.

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ARTILLERY One Foot in the Grave the Other in the Trash

Movie · 2008 · Thrash Metal
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One foot in the grave, the other in the thrash...

Genre: thrash metal

This video captures Artillery's concert in Spodek, Katowice, in Poland on March 8th in 2008, and that in itself is something I really appreciated. In 'ye olden days', the venue of a show that was released on video or DVD would have to be some big legendary arena like Wembley or a place like that. But this DVD show that metal is really a global phenomenon and that concerts at internationally relatively obscure place like Spodek, Katowice, in Poland can be just as intense and magnificent as those that are held in big arenas.

The concert itself is great, and the production is sufficiently unpolished, and it's great to see a bunch of middle-aged and greying and mostly balding guys (ignoring Nico, of course) going on stage and kicking ass in an all out thrash metal frontal attack. Fans will surely appreciat eclassics like "Deeds of Darkness", "By Inheritance", "Khomaniac" and "Terror Squad".

So, the concert is what it is: an intense frontal thrash metal attack, and a show I wish I could have attended, but the real treasure on this album, which is what makes me give it five stars, are the interviews with the Stützer brothers and original drummer "Carsten Nielsen" in which they go through interesting events in the history of the band, such as split-ups, working with Flemming Rasmussen, drinking with Slayer, getting kicked out of Russia, recording with Invocator's and The Haunted's Per M. Jensen, the creation of side project missing link, problems with Neat Records and Venom, and, of course, the inception of the band and their choice of band moniker.

I'd recommend this DVD to fans of the band, but also fans of thrash metal in general, because there are certain to enjoy all of this DVD.

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