Due out on November 26, 2013
Metal Blade Recording Artists
Album Name: “Legions”
Release date: November 26, 2013
DASH here for ya. I’m always grateful to review new and brutal metal here at Broken Neck Radio. This one’s a treat.
Artillery hail from Denmark (I wonder if they’re friends with Lars?), and they’ve been thrashing since 1982! They had an early following even before their first album came out in the 80’s. Unfortunately, due to inconsistent support from record labels, they never quite made it off the ground as they should have. Fast-forward to 2008 when the core members of Artillery got back together and recruited a new vocalist. They signed with Metal Blade, and here comes “Legions”. Now, to the music…
“Chill my Bones (Burn my Flesh)”, the first song on this album starts out with some crazy gypsy-sounding fiddle, then the metal hits hard. It’s a very straight-forward metal song. Heavy guitar riffs, fast-paced drums, and soaring vocals.
“God Feather”, just slams from the beginning, no build-up, just BAM, metal. Intricate guitar riffs pepper the song without being overpowering or overdone.
“Legions” starts out reminding me a bit of “Jump in the Fire”, but that quickly changes and is technically very good. Many change-ups in the rhythm, and awesome ride.
“Global Flatline” starts out slow, heavy and quite melodic. Vocals on this song are crystal clear, and the lyrics are profound—warning of the decline of civilization and the destruction of our earth.
“Ethos of Wrath” is pure 80’s thrash, banging my head to this one!
I was pleasantly surprised by this album. “Legions” is imaginative, with a few genres thrown in, but at the core it sounds like American Thrash. It’s a throwback for sure, but done in a way that’s current, but still pure metal. For me, the songs sound straight out of the (heavy part) OF THE 80’s. Artillery sounds like a young metal band heavily influenced by the Big 4, even a bit of Scorpions thrown in? I’m loving the retro sound (but if you know my taste, you know that’s my sweet spot). I usually don’t like to make comparisons, but “Legions” to me, is quite reminiscent of early Anthrax. I’m so glad that Artillery is still making fucking metal, and that they haven’t changed their style. I can’t wait until I can see Artillery in concert. If you love metal, real metal, where it all started, you’ll love “Legions”.
DASH, out, and thank you so much as always for reading the reviews \m/