Artillery

STYLE: ORIGIN: DenmarkFORMED: 1982LABEL: Metal Blade
  • MEMBERS:
  • Michael Bastholm Dahl – Vocals
  • Michael Stützer – Guitars
  • Morten Stützer – Guitars
  • Peter Thorslund – Bass
  • Josua Madsen – Drums
BIOGRAPHY

The band formed in June 1982 in Taastrup, a suburb to Copenhagen in Denmark, by drummer Carsten Nielsen and guitarist Jørgen Sandau while they were visiting Mercyful Fate at their rehearsal room. Later on, they agreed to name the band Artillery from the track “Heavy Artillery” from Tank’s album “Filth Hounds of Hades”. After trying several musicians, the line-up became: guitarists Jørgen Sandau and Michael Stützer, bassist Morten Stützer, drummer Carsten Nielsen and singer Per Onink. The group recorded the demos “We Are the Dead” (1983), “Shellshock” and “Deeds of Darkness” in 1984.

Artillery‘s first commercial debut came in early 1985 with the inclusion of the song “Hey Woman,” on Volume One of the Speed Metal Hell compilation series which was released on New Renaissance Records. Later that year, Carsten Lohmann left and was replaced by Flemming Rönsdorf. Later the same year, Artillery recorded a third demo, Fear of Tomorrow, signed with Neat Records, and released their first album, also titled Fear of Tomorrow. In 1986, Carsten Nielsen was contacted by Quorthon of Bathory asking him if he was interested in drumming for Bathory. Nielsen turned down the offer since he thought Artillery would become a much bigger band than Bathory. Their second album, Terror Squad, was released in 1987.

Guitarist Jørgen Sandau Putza left the band in 1989. Bassist Morten Stützer took over his position, lending the bass to recruit Peter Thorslund. Their third album, By Inheritance, was released in 1990 on both LP and CD, by Roadrunner Records. Artillery disbanded in 1991, some of the members pursuing musical projects of their own during the rest of the 1990s.

Following the 1998 release of an Artillery compilation CD, Deadly Relics by Mighty Music, featuring a mix of old demo recordings and two songs from the 1989 promotional tape, the band reformed to record a fourth album, B.A.C.K, which was released in 1999 by Die Hard Music. Then in 2000, Artillery decided to split up again.

In 2007, the band released a limited edition 4-CD boxset entitled Through the Years, which contains the band’s four studio albums and all their demo material.

On November 6, 2007, Michael Stützer confirmed on the official Artillery website that they were once again active. However, longtime Artillery singer Flemming Rönsdorf did not participate. On November 27 the same year, it was confirmed that singer Søren Adamsen would be the new frontman. This line-up recorded two albums – namely, When Death Comes from 2009 and My Blood from 2011.

On April 12, 2012, drummer Carsten Nielsen announced that he was leaving the band after a U.S.A./South America tour in May that year. On September 26 the same year, it was also announced that Søren Adamsen has left the band and was replaced by Michael Bastholm Dahl. The new Artillery lineup was working on a new album entitled Legions, which they began recording in February 2013, and was released through Metal Blade Records in on November 26, 2013. On October 7, 2013, Metal Blade released the first video single from Legions in the form of the track “Chill My Bones (Burn My Flesh)”. Legions was followed three years later by Penalty by Perception.

On July 15, 2018, Artillery announced on their Facebook page they were making a new album. This album, titled The Face of Fear, was released on November 16, 2018.

Artillery is currently writing their next album, which will tentatively be recorded and released in 2020.

DISCOGRAPHY

Penalty by Perception / 2016

  • Album Info
  • 2016
  • Metal Blade Records

1. In Defiance Of Conformity
2. Live By The Scythe
3. Penalty By Perception
4. Mercy Of Ignorance
5. Rites Of War
6. Sin Of Innocence
7. When The Magic Is Gone
8. Cosmic Brain
9. Deity Machine
10. Path Of The Atheist
11. Welcome To The Mindfactory
12. Liberty Of Defeat

 

Penalty by Perception is the eighth studio album by the Danish thrash metal band Artillery, released on March 25, 2016 on Metal Blade Records.

It was recorded throughout 2015 in Medley Studios, Copenhagen. The track “Welcome to the Mind Factory” is originally from the 1992 demo of the same name.

Legions / 2013

  • Album Info
  • 2013
  • Metal Blade Records

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

 

Legions is the seventh studio album by the Danish thrash metal band Artillery, released on November 26, 2013 on Metal Blade Records.

It is the first Artillery album to feature vocalist Michael Bastholm Dahl and drummer Josua Madsen.

My Blood / 2011

  • Album Info
  • 2011
  • Metal Mind Productions

1. Mi Sangre (The Blood Song)
2. Monster
3. Dark Days
4. Death Is An Illusion
5. Ain’t Giving In
6. Prelude To Madness
7. Thrasher
8. Warrior Blood
9. Concealed In The Dark
10. End Of Eternity
11. The Great

 

My Blood is the sixth studio album by Danish technical thrash metal band Artillery. It was released in 2011 on Metal Mind Productions.

This is the last Artillery album recorded with drummer Carsten Nielsen, who announced his departure from the band in April 2012.

When Death Comes / 2009

  • Album Info
  • 2009
  • Metal Mind Productions

1. When Death Comes
2. Upon My Cross I Crawl
3. 10.000 Devils
4. Rise Above It All
5. Sandbox Philosophy
6. Delusions Of Grandeur
7. Not A Nightmare
8. Damned Religion
9. Uniform
10. The End
11. Refuse To Live – Part 2
12. Warhead

 

When Death Comes is the fifth studio album by the Danish technical thrash metal band Artillery. It was released in 2009 on Metal Mind Productions.

It is their first recording since their second breakup from 2000 to 2007, and their first full-length studio album since B.A.C.K., which was released ten years earlier.

B.A.C.K. / 1999

  • Album Info
  • 1999
  • Die Hard Music Worldwide

1. Cybermind
2. How Do You Feel
3. Out Of The Thrash
4. Final Show
5. WWW
6. Violent Breed
7. Theatrical Exposure
8. B.A.C.K.
9. The Cure
10. Paparazzi

 

B.A.C.K. is the fourth studio album by the Danish thrash metal band Artillery. It was released in 1999 on Die Hard music, and their first full-length studio album since By Inheritance, which came out nine years earlier.

After the release of this album, Artillery would break up again, but reformed for a second time in 2007.

By Inheritance / 1990

  • Album Info
  • 1990
  • Roadrunner Records

1. 7:00 From Tashkent
2. Khomaniak
3. Beneath The Clay (R.I.P.)
4. By Inheritance
5. Bombfood
6. Don’t Believe
7. Life In Bondage
8. Equal At First
9. Razamanaz
10. Back In The Trash

 

By Inheritance is the third studio album by the Danish thrash metal band Artillery. It was released in 1990 by Roadrunner Records.

It was Artillery’s last album before they disbanded in 1991 and the release of their next album, B.A.C.K., in 1999.

Terror Squad / 1987

  • Album Info
  • 1987
  • Neat Records

1. The Challenge
2. In The Trash
3. Terror Squad
4. Therapy
5. At War With Science
6. Let There Be Sin
7. Hunger And Greed
8. Decapitation Of Deviants

 

Terror Squad is the second album by Danish thrash metal band Artillery. It was originally released in 1987 by Neat Records.

Fear of Tomorrow / 1985

  • Album Info
  • 1985
  • Neat Records

1. Time Has Come
2. The Almighty
3. Show Your Hate
4. King Thy Name Is Slayer
5. Out Of The Sky
6. Into The Universe
7. The Eternal War
8. Fear Of Tomorrow
9. Deeds Of Darkness

 

Fear of Tomorrow is the debut album by Danish technical thrash metal band Artillery. It was released in 1985 by Neat Records.

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