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Artillery: My Blood

OK, I think I need to just accept the fact that so many of the veteran thrash acts from the 80's and early 90's are experiencing some sort of a renaissance these days, as one after another have been releasing killer material the last few years that rivals or surpasses anthing they have done previously. Denmark's Artillery surprised the world with 2009's When Death Comes, and now two years later are back with the equally powerful My Blood, their sixth studio release overall.

When a CD kicks off with a track as blistering as "Mi Sangre (The Blood Song)", you know you are in for a good ride. This 7+ minute gem delivers all that is great about classic thrash metal; massive riffs, relentless rhythms, aggressive vocals, and plenty of attitude. Soren Adamsen is fitting right in on the lead vocals, spewing plenty of angst on the raging "Monster", a complex burner with plenty of intricate riffs and solos from Michael & Morten Stutzer. The brothers lay down some tasty Egyptian styled guitar riffs on the crushing "Dark Days", and the band dive into Exodus/Heathen territory on the blazing thrash of "Death Is an Illusion". A great changeup here is the atmospheric, melodic rocker "Ain't Giving In", which sounds like something you'd find on a power metal album, but very well done with Adamsen's vocals taking on cleaner, higher pitched register. There's even some progressive thrash on "Warrior Blood", complete with acoustic guitar at the intro and plenty of complex riffs throughout. Those acoustic guitars return on the fine "End of Eternity", another textured song that mixes thrash with power & progressive metal styles quite nicely.

Production on My Blood is crisp and powerful, and honestly there's not a bad track on the CD, just plenty of kick ass metal songs that deliver on all fronts. Now with 2 killer releases in a row after a long hiatus, it's about time that Artillery start to get mentioned in the same conversations as Exodus, Overkill, Megadeth, Heathen, Kreator, Destruction, Testament, and all the other thrash bands from the classic period who have returned with a vengeance over the last ten years. Highly recommended!


Track Listing
01. Mi Sangre (The Blood Song)
02. Monster
03. Dark Days
04. Death Is An Illusion
05. Ain't Giving In
06. Prelude To Madness
07. Thrasher
08. Warrior Blood
09. Concealed In The Dark
10. End Of Eternity
11. The Great

Added: June 16th 2011
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Score:
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Artillery: My Blood
Posted by Jeff B, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-06-16 14:37:01
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Denmark's finest thrash metal export is back with My Blood, another killer slab of thrash metal from these underrated veterans. Artillery was formed back in 1982, and this album is definitive proof that they're still a force to be reckoned with almost thirty years later. My Blood is an album with unforgettable riffs, terrific musicianship, excellent lyrics, and an original sound that doesn't spend too much time re-creating earlier Artillery releases. I'm sure that My Blood will be considered one of the best thrash releases that 2011 has to offer. This isn't one to miss!

The music here is a mix of old school thrash metal, NWoBHM-influenced traditional heavy metal, and more modern-sounding thrash metal. Artillery hasn't remained a stagnant band, and this album shows them experimenting with Eastern influences (just listen to "Mi Sangre (The Blood Song)"!) and more technical/progressive thrash sounds. This album is filled with absolutely killer thrash riffs delivered by some of the best musicians in the business - the fretwork from the Stützer brothers is truly remarkable; expect plenty of killer solos here! There's also room for a few softer, commercial-sounding songs as well. I'm especially looking in the direction of "Ain't Giving In", an excellent track with some fantastic lyrics as well. Production-wise, My Blood is also tremendous. The album sounds crisp, clean, and extremely powerful!

Whether or not you're a longtime fan of Artillery, I have no doubt that any thrash fan will be won over by My Blood. This is a terrific achievement for these Danish veterans - I haven't heard so many killer riffs on one album in a long time! This highly recommended album gets 4 shiny stars from me. It may not be the best possible introduction into the world of Artillery, but My Blood is still a fantastic listen for all fans of good ole heavy metal!



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