Artillery When Death Comes

Artillery When Death Comes
Denmark's Artillery have always been an anomaly in the world of thrash metal. While never able to maintain a stable output — When Death Comes is their first new album since 1999 — their intense musicianship works incredibly well with the soaring power metal vocals, creating a unique fusion of thick, abrasive guitars and compelling chug riffs offset by Bruce Dickinson-esque wailing. Fitting perfectly into that recipe, When Death Comes is the European version of Bay Area thrash, uniting the galloping pace of late '80s Exodus with the vocal intricacies of Death Angel. At points, the band's adherence to such melodic tendencies can wear thin but in the overall context of When Death Comes there are plenty of great low-end plods, explosive solos and double-time beats to evoke sincere head bangs. A welcome return and spirited entry into Artillery's modest catalogue, When Death Comes finds the middle ground between the old guard's stance and newer tendencies towards harmonious overtones. (Metal Mind)