ARTIZAN
Traditional heavy metal • United States

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Artizan [artez'n]: skilled craftsman; creator

Artizan is a five piece melodic metal band from Jacksonville, Florida.

Founded by drummer Ty Tammeus in 2008, Artizan crafts powerful, melodic metal. Dynamic song structure, dominant rhythms and melodic hooks are key ingredients to the Artizan formula.

Singer Tom Braden's vocals have been described by Metal Maniacs magazine as "pure and towering." His distinctive tone, strength and range are fundamental elements that personify the Artizan sound. Hit Parader describes Tom as "a combination of Geoff Tate and John Arch."

Ty Tammeus is famous for his intense drumming. He applies a creative energy and is the driving impetus of Artizan. Ty has garnered favorable reviews in numerous publications including Modern Drummer and Metal Maniacs.

The guitar duo Shamus MConney (rhythm) and Steffen Robitzsch (lead/rhythm), who joined in 2011, replacing, Hermanus J. Rombouts, compliment one another with stomping rhythms and transcending harmonies. Churning riffs, melodic phrases and searing solos are
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Curse of the Artizan
Traditional heavy metal 2011
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Ancestral Energy
Traditional heavy metal 2013

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Traditional heavy metal 2009

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ARTIZAN Ancestral Energy

Album · 2013 · Traditional heavy metal
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Genre: melodic heavy metal

"Ancestral Energy" is the sophomore effort by the American heavy metal act Artizan, and a follow-up to the 2011-debut "Curse of the Artizan". Their debut impressed the critics with its melodic approach and slightly progressive twist, combining accessibility and sophistication. They obviously had something to live up to.

Did they succeed? Yes, they certainly did. "Ancestral Energy" is characterized by the same sense of melody and accessibility as the debut, but it strikes me as being less progressive. While the debut might be compared to Queensrÿche at their best, "Ancestral Energy" reminds me more of Maiden's "Brave New World". The songs on "Ancestral Energy" are fairly long and sophsticated, consisting of several passages. The album as a whole is characterized by solid riffage and enhtralling melodies and is generally a joy to listen to. The Artizan-guys are definitely extremely silled songsmiths.

The musicianship is top notch across the board. I don't want to belittle the efforts of the other performing members of the band, but I am in particular impressed with vocalist Tom Braden and drummer Ty Tammeus. Braden's voice has the same clarity as on the debut, but a slightly rwer edge. He really delivers the goods. Tammeus' drumming is both solid and organic at the same time, full of small details - much like Scott Rockenfied's style.

Fans of melodic and sophisticated metal with lots of hooks and lots of elements from both traditional metal and the more melodic branch of power metal should check out this album.

ARTIZAN Ancestral Energy

Album · 2013 · Traditional heavy metal
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This is the second album from this Florida based outfit, but it is the first time I have come across them, and yet again I am discovering a band that I wish I had known from the beginning as this is quite an album. If you enjoy melodic power metal with hints of symphonic then this is the one for you. The drums are a little higher in the mix than one might normally expect from music of this genre, but given that drummer Ty formed the group back in 2008 he can be forgiven as the end result is something that is polished and clean. It hasn’t had all of the rough edges smoothed over though, and there is never a fear of this dropping into AOR as there is just too much energy and passion for that. Ty Tammeus used to be in Leviathan and he has brought in his bandmate from those those days, Tom Braden, to provide the vocals while the line-up is completed by Shamus McConney (guitars) and Jon Jennings (bass).

While Iron Maiden and Helloween are musical references, so is Symphony X and Rhapsody, in an album that is a delight from start to end. The final song is the title cut, and it stretches out to more than ten minutes with Matt Barlow (ex-Iced Earth) making an appearance. It starts off slow and atmospheric but gradually builds into something that is both dramatic and impressive with plenty of riffs to go with the emotion. Well worth investigating www.puresteel-records.com

ARTIZAN Curse of the Artizan

Album · 2011 · Traditional heavy metal
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Genre: traditional metal

At first listen "Curse of the Artizan" might sound like good old traditional heavy metal with galloping guitars, guitar harmonies, bobbing drums and base, and Geddy Lee-inspired vocals. And in a way, it is. And it is pretty good, too.

Most, of the tracks are straight ahead, but with inbuilt mildly progressive elements, such as rhythmically slightly off bridges, a couple of odd time signatures, long acoustic intros in a couple of tracks and so on. In a way, Artizan, at their most progressive, remind me a bit of acts like Maiden, Priest, early Fates Warning and early Queensrÿche jumbled together - and that ain't a bad thing.

Artizan are obviously good musicians, and the album is characterized by professionalism all the way through. Performing lead guitarists Tony Smotherman and Hermanus Rombouts deserve to be mentioned because of their impressive and catchy classic metal style solos, which add a dimension of epicness to the album.

Also, vocalist Tom Braden makes an important contribution with his voice (which sounds like a less acrobatic combination of Geddy Lee and Claudio Sanchez) and the way he delivers the catchy chorus lines (check out "Rise", "Man in Black" and "Fading Story"). It may take a couple of listens to get used to his voice, but, when it clicks, you can't really imagine this album with any other frontman.

"Curse of the Artizan" is a catchy traditional metal album with emphasis on melody, and should appeal to fans of Maiden, Priest, early Fates Warning and the like.

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