on 26 November 2009
You need to own this album.
By Inheritence is a bench mark. Fast paced drumming, epic ballads, blistering solos, high pitched, well executed and original vocals and intelligent song topics. It has all of the features that define the genre, without the mindless fast paced chugging that drag it down. The riffs are crisp and sharp with some really catchy lead guitar work that is so reminiscent of the best American thrash, except these guys are from Denmark. Somehow they've steered clear from the simple grinding noises that make up the majority of European/German thrash. This has to be one of the biggest surprises the genre has to offer, an album like this is the sort of thing you'd be expecting from Megadeth or early Metallica, except it isn't. Artillery have stamped their own uniqueness into the bedrock, creating something fresh and distinctly original which still retains all the best bits thrash has to offer.
7:00 from Tashkent and Khomaniac open up the album fantastically, giving a good general feel of the album with Beneath the Clay hot on it's heels with possibly one of the greatest song intro's of all time. The title track boasts some of the catchiest song writing this side of forever held within it's chorus and verses whilst Don't Believe is a ballad from heaven. Life in Bondage is possibly the weaker track on the album, but it still isn't one you'd skip on shuffle, it's epic build up holds out to a great climax. Equal at first is another solid slab of thrash with some more catchy song writing, followed by a surprisingly good rendition of Nazareth's Razamanaz.
Finally we come to the album's crowning glory and one of the best thrash songs ever written. The album closer, Back In The Trash. It's hard to describe how good this song really is, The lyrics are brilliant and really hit home, the guitar work is fantastical and the chorus and guitar solos drop your already hanging jaw below the equator.
You may never have heard of Artillery before you purchase this album, but by God, you won't forget them afterwards.