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Review: Artillery - When Death Comes
When Death Comes

Label: Metal Mind Productions
Year released: 2009
Duration: 53:14
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: September 14, 2009
Reviewed by: PowerMetal59
Readers Rating
When Death Comes

Rated 4.45/5 (89.05%) (42 Votes)

Holy Fuck! Somebody get me a neck brace, I feel like I just emerged from a street fight and the guy I was hooking with just handed me my ass! When Death Comes commemorates the band's first sign of life following a ten year hiatus from recording. Suffice it to say the Danes made adequate use of their time by springing onto to their fans and the rest of the metal community an album that is a total and complete modern day testament to thrashy Heavy Metal. However, what separates Artillery from the rest of the field is their classy approach of producing melodic, technical, hook-laden and yes, heavy Speed/Power Metal, while never settling for the standard fair of repetitive pedal to the metal, fly by the seat of your pants, anger-filled, speed for the sake of speed extreme approach.

Pundits, particularly those old school types, who have devoted their lives to the Bay Area Thrash Metal scene may not find this to their liking. Be that as it may, this is still a great release, spearheaded by the fierce technical guitar wizardry of brothers Michael and Morten Stutzer, producing a sound that remains true to their 80's heritage, while at the same time sounding modern and fresh. The riffs throughout the album invoke a raging fury, while the solos are complex in their highly efficient delivery. But clearly the riffs are what stand out the most. This is not meant to demean the remaining band members, hell no not at all – bassist Peter Thorslund and drummer Carsten Nielsen make for a rock-solid rhythm section and the powerful vocals of newest member Soren Nico Adamsen, who replaced long time front man Flemming Ronsdorf, are eerily remindful of Russ Anderson from 80's Bay Area thrashers Forbidden.

In all, this is a riff-tastic affair that should appeal to those who enjoy intelligent, powerful, Thrash-infused Heavy Metal, an extremely worthy comeback for these prolific Danish thrashers!

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