ARTILLERY — When Death Comes (review)

ARTILLERY — When Death Comes album cover Album · 2009 · Thrash Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
Warthur
In retrospect, Artillery's 1999 comeback album B.A.C.K. turned out to be overoptimistic in its titling, for no sooner had the band come back than they broke up again. (In fact, that ill-fated rebirth had fizzed out before B.A.C.K. was even released!) Another decade of dormancy later and When Death Comes kicked off the present, more long-lasting revival of the band, and although it does have some personnel changes - Flemming Rönsdorf is replaced on vocals by Søren Nico Adamsen, and the By Inheritance-era rhythm section of Carsten Nielsen on drums and Peter Thorslund on bass are back in their posts after missing the previous reunion.

The reconfigured lineup and decade of recuperation seem to have made all the difference, because on here Artillery sound like a band decades younger, turning out an accessible and engaging style of thrash metal which feels a bit more straight-ahead than the experiments of By Inheritance but which hits the spot if you want something to put on rotation with classic-era Metallica and Slayer. Just listen to Sandbox Philosophy and see if it doesn't get your blood pumping. Over time I find it shrinks on me just as the more nuanced By Inheritance grows on me, but Artillery fans will not be disappointed with this.
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siLLy puPPy wrote:
more than 2 years ago
LOOOOOVE this album. Might be 5 stars for me. Just brilliant

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