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Artillery
Legions
January 2014
Released: 2013, Metal Blade
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos

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.
Track Listing

1. Chill My Bones (Burn My Flesh)
2. God Feather
3. Legions
4. Wardrum Heartbeat
5. Global Flatline
6. Dies Irae
7. Anno Requiem
8. Enslaved to the Nether
9. Doctor Evil
10. Ethos of Wrath

Lineup

Michael Bastholm Dahl – vocals
Michael Stützer – guitar
Morten Stützer – guitar
Peter Thorslund – bass
Josua Madsen – drums

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Artillery
Legions
January 2014
Released: 2013, Blade Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Danish Power Thrash/Speed Metal band Artillery return with their 7th full length album release in the form of Legions, an all out headbanging, face ripping, finger shredding assault on the senses from start to finish. From the album opener Chill My Bones (Burn My Flesh) onwards, this is an album that will definitely get your adrenaline and energy going. The riffs come fast and heavy, the vocals are high, soaring and powerful and all the elements of a kick ass melodic thrash metal album are all here.



Production wise the album sounds really great and sounds very similar in places to bands like Firewind or Stratorvarius but with the added speed and heaviness of Thrash mixed into the song writing that gives Artillery their own unique edge over other bands.



Think Firewind meets Evile with some really great song writing and vocal melodies mixed in and you’ll be getting close to the great sound that this band has. For a band that’s been going so long as well (their first full length album was released back in 1985), I guess it’s always going to be a challenge between either keeping within the same style and keeping the music fresh and new, or progressing the music elsewhere and into different places.



Given that I haven’t had any previous experience of the band or heard their releases before this one, I guess I can’t really comment too much on that subject but what I can say is that Legions is an album that whilst it may not win any major awards for being a stand out, incredibly influential and unique album to change the landscape of Metal (it’s pretty much your bog standard heavy power/speed metal as you’d like it), it’s something that I think every Metal fan can enjoy and the quality of the music and production of the album is inarguably great.



If you like your metal to be straight forward, no nonsense, all out heavy, fast and able to scream the highest notes possible with your horns raised high and headbanging then this my friend is the album for you!



Review by Joffie Lovett
Track Listing

1. Chill My Bones (Burn My Flesh)
2. God Feather
3. Legions
4. Wardrum Heartbeat
5. Global Flatline
6. Dies Irae
7. Anno Requiem
8. Enslaved to the Nether
9. Doctor Evil
10. Ethos of Wrath

Lineup

Morten Stützer - Bass, Guitars (lead)
Michael Stützer - Guitars (lead)
Peter Thorslund - Bass
Josua Madsen - Drums
Michael Bastholm Dahl - Vocals

Other reviews

» By Inheritance
by The Punishment Due

» One Foot In The Grave, The Other One In The Trash
by Aaron Yurkiewicz

» When Death Comes
by Aaron Yurkiewicz

» My Blood
by Aaron Yurkiewicz

» Legions
by Helias Papadopoulos

» Legions
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


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