Artillery
My Blood


4.0
excellent

Review

by Gigglesdemon USER (31 Reviews)
March 23rd, 2011 | 18 replies | 8,510 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Artillery continues on the road they set forth on since their reunion, and they release one of their most ambitious albums yet.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Artillery is a name many thrash fans should know. Hailing from Denmark, they released three great technical thrash albums before splitting up. They reunited briefly and put out the horrendous B.A.C.K. album. They reunited later with new vocalist Søren Nico Adamsen and released the album When Death Comes. My Blood continues on the path that Artillery set forward on the previous album, and it continues to succeed on the same levels.

Now first things first. Many criticized When Death Comes for Søren’s vocals. Many vastly preferred Fleming Rönsdorf’s vocal style. While I will agree that Fleming is probably my preferred vocalist, don’t brush off Søren simply because he’s NOT Fleming. Søren is a great vocalist in his own right, reaching great highs and some excellent death growls. There’s never a particularly bad moment in the vocals, but the songs Mi Sangre (The Blood Song) and Death Is An Illusion are two standout tracks when it comes to Søren’s delivery.

Unfortunately, the things that Søren sings this time around aren’t so good. The lyrics on this album are probably the worst in Artillery history. While there are still more good lyrics than bad, there are still some cringe-worthy moments scattered throughout the album. The song Monster is the worst offender when it comes to poor lyrics, yet I can’t help singing along on the infectiously catchy chorus or pumping my fist with the verses. The members of Artillery have mastered the art of creating a mood of aggression, but temper it with a dose of melody to create the best of both worlds. A major contributor to that is the skill of the brothers Stützer.

Michael and Morten Stützer definitely know their way around a guitar. They manage to create tons of memorable riffs and solos, and all of them are fantastic. Even the tamest song on the album, the mid-paced Ain’t Giving In has a perfected air of aggression around it, put in place by their fantastic guitar work. They have also included more Middle Eastern influence in their songs, particularly the song Mi Sangre. However, instead of being limited to one or two songs like in the past, here there is a little bit of the influence in all of the songs. Not one particular song outshines the others on guitar, because all of them are so great.

The bass playing of Peter Thorslund is surprisingly robust for a thrash metal album, particularly modern thrash metal. You can constantly hear it, and it provides a good dark undertone for all the songs. While not particularly technical or outstanding, it is pretty solid.

Cartsen Nielsen’s drumming, however, is another story. It is consistently great, technical, and fast. In other words, it’s pretty awesome. I can think of no other drummer in the thrash metal genre that has astounded me so. He’s not as fast paced as say, Dave Lombardo of Slayer fame, but he’s pretty damn good.

Overall, this album surprised me a bit. The expanded Middle East influence was a pleasant surprise, and the 7 and a half minute opener Mi Sangre took me aback as well. While those are two great surprises, the surprise of the poor lyrics at some point, was not as much of a good surprise. Overall though, the blemish of some lyrical missteps is a small price to pay when you compare it to the package you’re getting from the album. Worth any thrash metal fan’s time.

Pros:
-Astounding Guitar Work
-Fast, Technical Drumming
-Solid Vocals

Mehs:
-Unspectacular Bass

Cons:
-Some truly awful lyrical moments

Recommended Tracks:
Mi Sangre (The Blood Song)
Death Is An Illusion
Thrasher
The Great


Note: The special edition version contains two re-recorded tracks from Artillery’s debut album Fear of Tomorrow. While interesting, the originals are superior, and not really worth the extra money to get the tracks. Only get these if you are a big Artillery fan or prefer Søren’s vocals over Fleming’s.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Gigglesdemon
March 23rd 2011



187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really like these guys, and glad I got this album on pre-order. As always, CC welcome!

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 23rd 2011



6931 Comments


Well written, have a pos.

vanderb0b
March 23rd 2011



3473 Comments


Didn't know that this was out already, will have listen to it.

Gigglesdemon
March 23rd 2011



187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, came out March 21. Just realized the release date is wrong, will have to change that.

KILL
March 23rd 2011



70539 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

fuck yea good ass album

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2011



16134 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty solid. Think I liked the last one a bit better though.

Gigglesdemon
March 23rd 2011



187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So did I, but this is a solid thrash album.

south_of_heaven 11
March 23rd 2011



5433 Comments


fuck didnt even know this was out yet.

Must obtain.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2011



5906 Comments


As i am a tech-thrash afficionado and a fan of the band, i will check this out.

i will read the review later.

Digging: The Golden Grass - The Golden Grass

Rebel90
May 22nd 2011



14 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good album..

I really dig the first song: Mi Sangre (The Blood Song)


MetalMartin
August 8th 2011



64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You like Slayer. You like Kreator. You like Evile. You like Destruction. You like Testament? This is for you. This is
excellent trash metal. The guitar work is awesome. It's pure aggression. It's sharp, it's precise, it's technical, it's fast.
The riffs are pure pleasure to listen to. Drum works kick ass. Yeah, that's true, bass is okay but it's there and does its job
too. It gives power!
Vocals are just the way I like it. Reminds me sometimes of B. Dickinson.
Final summation: Make sure to check this out.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2011



6931 Comments


Sounds like you're selling something.

MetalMartin
August 8th 2011



64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm just sharing my enthusiasm, that's all. No other interest.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2011



6931 Comments


Fair enough, as long as you enjoy it.

eleventhsun
August 29th 2011



1475 Comments


Album cover has a Death feel to it.

KILL
February 19th 2012



70539 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thrasher all day

1992
January 21st 2014



160 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

probably my favorite song off this

LaughingSkull
May 23rd 2014



216 Comments


Warrior Blood is the best song on here.

Album is really mediocre though.



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