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Artillery – Penalty By Perception Review

Released by: Metal Blade Records

Release Date: Out Now!!!

Genre: Trash Metal



Line Up:

Michael Bastholm Dahl – vocals
Michael Stützer – guitar
Morten Stützer – guitar
Peter Thorslund – bass
Josua Madsen – drums



01. In Defiance Of Conformity
02. Live By The Scythe
03. Penalty By Perception
04. Mercy Of Ignorance
05. Rites Of War
06. Sin Of Innocence
07. When The Magic Is Gone
08. Cosmic Brain
09. Deity Machine
10. Path Of The Atheist
11. Welcome To The Mind Factory
12. Liberty Of Defeat (bonus track)


The name Artillery is synonymous with the early days of Thrash Metal. Though never achieving the heights of a Metallica or Megadeth, the band honed their craft on a smaller scale and created some of the most loved and respected metal in the underground. Through multiple line-up changes and a couple different break ups, Artillery has been back in action since around 2007 and are still just as vital and vibrant as ever. Perhaps even more so.

Their newest album, Penalty By Perception, is chock full of everything the band is known for: fact paced songs, intricate riffs and leads, hyper-frenetic drums, and brilliant vocals. Never having strayed too much into a more aggressive vocal style, Artillery always had more in common with bands like Forbidden and Anthrax in that they typically had an actual vocalist as opposed to most thrash bands (then and now) that relied more on a rawer, more edgier voice. For me, that vocal difference was key to setting them apart. In particular now with vocalist Michael Dahl, the band are able to do even more. Dahl’s voice soars over songs like “Mercy of Ignorance,” “In Defiance of Conformity,” and “Cosmic Brain,” and even manage to make a song like “When the Magic Is Gone” truly allow the band to demonstrate the depths of their talents.

Penalty of Perception melds the classic sound and style of their legendary back catalog while at the same time updating their sound and showing that even the old guard still has some tricks up their sleeves to transform the world of thrash metal yet again. Artillery truly are one of the hidden gems of the metal world and hopefully this album will get them even more exposure, because there aren’t that many bands around from back in the day still able to not only live up to their legacy, but improve upon it.


Written by: Chris Martin

 Ratings:  Chris   9/10

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