Artillery
By Inheritance


4.0
excellent

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (68 Reviews)
January 5th, 2013 | 155 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Perhaps one of technical thrash metal's defining albums, By Inheritance shows a band on top of their game, with lots of talent and creativity.

Seen by many as the band’s defining and best album, By Inheritance showcases Artillery’s abilities like never before. In this album the band demonstrates just how technical they can be, with an indescribable amount of riffing and soloing jam packed into this 47 minute monster of an album. They also demonstrate an ability to mix speed with melody, and how to present it with an artistic flair never before seen from the band.

Artillery offers a very melodic and technical brand of thrash here, with a Middle Eastern style/theme in a good majority of the songs. The Instrumentals found here are very fast and energetic, but they do change the tempo when necessary, and they do so with very little repetition. There are several great solos placed in just the right places that aren't to short or long, and each song has many compelling and catchy riffs, so you get a lot of bang for your buck here. The drumming is also notably well executed with the technicality and speed you can expect with thrash. In short, each member gets a chance to show off their talents, and they do so with a kind confidence and charisma that borders on being contagious. The Track list is also exemplary, as the album holds my attention and the overall length is just right at 47 minutes.

However, the vocals can be a point of contention, as they aren't necessarily good or bad, but rather a hit or miss over the top style that may or may not fit your taste. Also, the opening intro isn't really needed and can be seen as more of a filler track than anything substantial, although it does introduce the band’s melodic Middle Eastern style that is ever present throughout the album. Production is adequate enough I suppose, but the overall volume of the record is slightly disappointing, as it isn't loud enough at times when I really want to jam. As I’m sure you can tell though, these are mostly small grievances that really don’t hurt the overall product significantly enough to warrant any real amount of panning.

Overall this is a fantastic offering from a band that was on the top of their game when they made it. This is quite possibly one of the best thrash albums the early 90’s has to offer, and even if your not a fan of thrash, I urge you to give this album a listen, as this will disappoint only the most picky of metal fans.



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ThrashTillDeath94
January 4th 2013


595 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

For those who haven't yet heard this one, here's a couple tracks from the album

Khomaniak
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SewlhBM2PSE

By Inheritance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5nl4P4CUkI



bloc
January 4th 2013


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Easily one of my favourite thrash releases. I will 5 this soon.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

ThrashTillDeath94
January 4th 2013


595 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah this might grow on me a bit the more i listen to it.

bloc
January 4th 2013


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I remember it was the vocals that were the biggest hurdle to get over

ThrashTillDeath94
January 4th 2013


595 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah same here. But everything else about this band is amazing. And the vocals aren't to bad.

bloc
January 4th 2013


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I honestly think their more recent album When Death Comes is as enjoyable as this one.

ThrashTillDeath94
January 4th 2013


595 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm gonna have to check that out then, add it to the list.

CK
January 4th 2013


4916 Comments


Quite possibly my favorite thrash album. Rules so hard

BlackLlama
January 4th 2013


1669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just turned on the Thrash switch for tonight thanks to this review. Overkill, Artillery, Forbidden, Exhorder, Demo Hammer, Heathen... fuck yeah.

Digging: Stigmata - Do Unto Others

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
January 4th 2013


4424 Comments


Damn, I actually haven't heard this. Looks like I need to get on it though. POS'd on the sweet review, Drew.

ThrashTillDeath94
January 4th 2013


595 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks dude


south_of_heaven 11
January 4th 2013


5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ace album.

CaptainDooRight
January 4th 2013


29133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

at home eating popcorn and was like hmm what's Sputnik up to

Refreshed front page and saw Artillery and literally crapped my pants

Pos'd but now I'm mad I have to change my clothes and clean my couch

Digging: Kangding Ray - Solens Arc

sideburndude
January 5th 2013


2782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn such a good band

KILL
January 5th 2013


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

really great review dude, album def deserves it!

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

TheNotrap
January 5th 2013


8071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Great stuff.
Nice work, have a thrash pos.


Digging: Lago - Tyranny

facupm
January 5th 2013


7686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet album, good review. Khomaniaaaaac rules hard

facupm
January 5th 2013


7686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rules

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 5th 2013


19756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sweet album

Digging: Spectral Lore - III

CaptainDooRight
January 5th 2013


29133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

owns



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