Released: 2013, Metal Blade
Reviewer: Ilias Pap (Greece)
Mr. Dahl, who holds the vocalist position for the Danish thrashers, Artillery, is the seventh official vocalist for the band. So, unsurprisingly the Danish heavy artillery announced the new singer, who launches his heavy metal pipes and he may remind some of Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna, especially when the group's thrash riffing becomes particularly '80s-esque. Therefore, this voice can be described simply as a clean-throated thrash rock from Denmark.
The speed/thrash metal crew is ready to take on the world for one more time with their shape-shifting new record, ‘Legions’. The album’s name might be as subtle as a dominating army in the war field. I jumped on the Artillery war wagon after 1999’s ‘B.A.C.K.’ and never jumped off even if they released some tepid records such as ‘My Blood’, but these guys did quite an about face and show they have some shells left in them old cannons. This has some of the best stuff the band has written since the 80s and they seem to have stumbled on a successful fusion of their old sound and newer, more melodic influences. If you like your thrash with a bit more of a catchy, edge, this is well worth checking out. Hell, even old fans will find something to like here.
The tracks are very riff-centric and often mid-paced, however the Stützer-brothers, still behind the songwriting, don’t let up the enormous amount of pressure they put on you. Their riffs are crushingly heavy; the details are distinct and easy to catch but not mainstream, and the guitars/drums-teamwork is strikingly precise.
The production of the album is tight and heavy and aptly darker than in previous ones; so, this makes the album like an introspectively conscious emotional dusk maelstrom; the crispness and depth of the recording helps all the music feel vital and relevant. There are not two or three highlights here as the entire album is a digest of blasting and fierce speed/thrash with heavy metal pipes by the new vocalist.
This well-crafted, hard-hitting bomb participates in an outstanding riff-fest that every single heavy/ thrash fan should get into. This is not just a worthy album to explore; Do not hesitate to listen to the ballad-ish ‘Enslaved To The Nether’ with its incredible leads. This is a must-have record that many bands of this area of music expertise would envy. The riffs and solos (‘Anno Requiem’, ‘Doctor Evil’) and in parts the right use of keyboards (‘Wardrum Heartbeat’, ‘Ethos of Wrath’) could be a new recipe for hyperactive sonic winning at the guitar battle.