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On disc: Artillery

- B.A.C.K. - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars


(Diehard Music - 1999)

The Danish trash dynamite is back! In 1982 when the band was founded they were pioneers in this genre! In their early days they hang out in Copenhagen and while Metallica recorded Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets they became friends. Albums like Terror Squad and By Inheritance are must for every trash metal fan. They toured with Destruction and Slayer! And they toured in 1989 in the Soviet Union, but soon the authorities recognized that this band is too aggressive and too decadent, a menace for the Russian society! So they had to leave the U.S.S.R., the tour had been cancelt. The authorities brought them to the Trans-Siberian railroad and during their 5 days long ride back home the band wrote 7:00 From Tashkent and Don't Believe. Artillery broke up in 1991. They were disappointed, coz again the record company didn't spend money on promotion or touring and the sales been decreasing. Singer Flemming Rønsdorf soon started singing in a Beatles cover band to pay his bills. the Stützer brothers got involved in a project called Missing Link. Beside that Michael started his own radio show Terror Squad. In 1998 the small Danish underground label Mighty Music wanted to release a collection of old demo songs and talked the band over to play a reunion show to support the release of Deadly Relics. The sold-out show in Copenhagen showed that Artillery is still fresh and powerful. The Diehard crew who were their to enjoy a night with the Danish trash legend was totally blown away! So the Dieharders asked the band if they want to record a reunion album and that's the result! In the beginning singer Flemming was skeptical, but soon he felt home in the studio and with his mates. For Michael and Morton it was a little easier, coz they got letter from fans which ask for a reunion and so they were soon convinced to start Artillery again. This is the legendary Artillery sound and Andy Sneap who mixed the album gave them a fresh, up-to-date sound. Good to have the Danish trashers back!

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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