Artillery
When Death Comes


4.5
superb

Review

by Dan Stafford USER (5 Reviews)
September 4th, 2009 | 26 replies | 8,912 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Artillery are back, and they're better than ever

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Artillery:
Søren Nico Adamsen – Vocals
Michael Stützer – Guitars
Morten Stützer – Guitars
Peter Thorslund – Bass
Carsten Nielsen – Drums

Formed in 1982, Artillery were one of the

Artillery, hailing from Denmark, were always one of those bands that would never quite break mainstream success. Formed in 1982, they released a string of critically acclaimed albums in thrash's heyday, but broke up after release of their fourth album, By Inheritance, in 1990. While the aforementioned album’s lineup reformed at the end of that decade, it was a fairly fruitless affair; spawning only the B.A.C.K album and a supporting tour after which the band promptly went their similar ways. Thankfully, their 2007 reunion came rubber stamped with a message to the world.

Artillery are back.

For want of a better phrase, When Death Comes is an exercise in controlled aggression. The band’s trademark sound combines intelligent, technical guitar work with the furious mentality that has always been an integral part of the genre; staying true to their 80’s heritage while sounding surprisingly fresh and modern. The Stutzer brother’s technical approach to thrash is what sets them apart from the rest of the field, despite not having made an Artillery album for the past decade. Their style is considered and engaging, yet forceful, but it is always delivered in a highly proficient manner. It is also highly consistent: between the title track opener’s harmonised intro to the frantic rumble of the aptly titled closer, The End there are hundreds of crushing, yet strangely melodic thrash riffs, accompanied by a myriad of complex leads and solos. The guitar work manages to stay interesting throughout the whole of the disc, making each song is very distinct from every other. This is most notable in Delusions of Grandeur, which contains a slower, acoustic passage and Uniform’s considerably Middle Eastern bass intro, doubling up as an impressive nod to the theme of the By Inheritance album. Nevertheless for the remainder of the album the bass guitar is generally buried in the mix, which is a shame when the quality of the aforementioned bass intro, and that of the riffing, is taken into consideration.

While the bass may not be as audible as it arguably should be, Nielsen’s performance behind the kit shows off a solid rhythm section. His drumming is perfectly complementary to the guitar work, never trying to overpower it with speed or technicality. Perhaps disappointingly, he is fairly restrained in his playing, for example the intro fill to Sandbox Philosophy, but on a closer listen he is equally as proficient as the other members of the band, keeping differing time signatures and wildly differing speeds as well as a mastery of the kick drum, which accentuates the guitarwork well. Similarly, the vocals of new member Søren Nico Adamsen add a third dimension to the music, containing thrash fury, considerable ablilty and hooks aplenty.

This is a great achievement, considering the skill and reputation of Flemming Rönsdorf, Artillery’s original singer. Nevertheless, he fills his shoes well, and does not differ much sonically from Rönsdorf’s approach, best described as a mating of Bruce Dickenson’s classic “air raid siren” and Dave Mustaine’s snarling delivery. His vocals contain some of the album’s catchiest hooks, such in Rise Above It All, and Not A Nightmare, and they are delivered with considerable power and precision.

Overall, this is an incredible return to form for a band that have been hidden in the underground for the best part of twenty years. There is no major fault with any part of the album musically, and it’s sound is fairly original given the age of both the band, the genre and their hiatuses. The production is crystal clear, rectifying one of the major issues with By Inheritance. This album will surely gander Artillery the success and respect they deserve from followers of thrash, through sheer quality of musicianship and ingenuity rather than through compromise and, hopefully, there will not be another decade wait for the follow up.


Recommended Songs:
Rise Above It All
When Death Comes
Uniform


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Greggers
September 4th 2009



2375 Comments


Good review, highly detailed, nice work.

illmitch
September 4th 2009



5429 Comments


yeah, very quality review

The new millenium has been good to thrash metal.


i really disagree

Greggers
September 4th 2009



2375 Comments


I don't know, Megadeth, Slayer, Testament, Kreator, Metallica have all made great comebacks

xecutioner
September 4th 2009



73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well the latter years of this decade have been fantastic for thrash, as greg says, all of these classic bands have made huge comebacks, and loads of new bands like evile, municipal waste and skeletonwich are making it big

Ponton
Emeritus
September 4th 2009



5784 Comments


Great review, I've never really heard of this band.

illmitch
September 4th 2009



5429 Comments


i dont really like any of the new thrash bands besides municipal, destroyer 666, and toxic holocaust, and i dont like any of the comebacks

idk maybe its just me

Greggers
September 4th 2009



2375 Comments


Yeah it probably is just you

KYZAR
September 4th 2009



513 Comments


this looks sick

Dethtrasher
September 4th 2009



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Wtf 5 stars!? I need this, good work on the review.

xecutioner
September 4th 2009



73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

its worth five stars mate, pick it up

lobby
September 4th 2009



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I have this cd, but haven't listened yet. Heard it was really sick...will rate soon

Nerevar91
September 5th 2009



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude i just checked this out, and i am hooked.
this cd is quite good.

lobby
September 5th 2009



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

quite good =/= 4.5

but anyway....will listen to this this week

lobby
September 8th 2009



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Very good thrash, but not a 5...

south_of_heaven 11
September 30th 2009



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome album still.

lobby
October 1st 2009



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah, awesome indeed

ameypv
October 9th 2009



807 Comments


gonna check this shit out..great review,though i think 5/5 is a bit too much

Dethtrasher
November 8th 2009



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Seriously, Artillery without Flemming Rönsdorf is pretty much ultra-fail. I have a very hard time to enjoy this album, I don't like their new vocalist at all. The old crew still know how to thrash but the vocalist makes everything sound so power metal-ish.

lobby
November 10th 2009



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah, it is definitely light thrash and catchy, but that's okay too...

Dethtrasher
November 10th 2009



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Damned Religion is a pretty sick track though, my favourite atm.



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