Artillery’s debut album Set Out in US 9/2

Metal Mind Productions present re-release of Artillery’s debut album “Fear Of Tomorrow” in a new digipak edition limited to 2000 copies. Back in the 80’s they were one of the biggest European thrash sensations on the scene characterized by intense, energetic riffing and unique vocals of Flemming Ronsdorf, somewhat reminiscent of Slayer and Megadeth from the same era. Their debut LP and the follow-up “Terror Squad” have gained a legendary status, becoming some of the most thrilling thrash releases of the late 80’s. The band wrote killer riffs and their guitar tones on the debut album were heavily distorted much like their German thrash counterparts. “Time Has Come”, the number opening the album, is a perfect example of a great thrash song. It’s fast and furious but changes several times. For years this album was nearly impossible to find, other than on the double album release with their second album “Terror Squad”. However, that pressing omitted “King Thy Name Is Slayer” and the title track.
 
New digipak edition includes 7 bonus tracks. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc. The re-issue will be available on 21st July 2008 in Europe and 2nd September 2008 in USA (via MVD).
 
Artillery
“Fear Of Tomorrow” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1045 DG
Barcode: 5907785030114
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numerated copies)
Genre: thrash metal
Release date: 21.07.2008 Europe / 02.09.2008 USA
 
Tracklist:
 
1. Time Has Come
2. The Almighty
3. Show Your Hate
4. King Their Name Is Slayer
5. Out of the Sky
6. Into the Universe
7. The Eternal War
8. Fear of Tommorow
9. Deeds of Darkness
 
Bonus tracks:
10. Out of the Sky
11. Deeds of Darkness
12. Fear of Tommorow
13. Hey Woman (with Carsten Lohmann)
14. Time Has Come
15. Mind of No Return
16. Bitch
 
Bio
Back in the 80’s they were one of the biggest European thrash sensations on the scene characterized by intense, energetic riffing and unique vocals of Flemming Ronsdorf, somewhat reminiscent of Slayer and Megadeth from the same era. The band was formed in 1982 in Taastrup, in the suburbs of Copenhagen, Denmark. The band members were: guitarists Jorgen Sandau and Michael Stützer, bassist Morten Stützer, drummer Carsten Nielsen and singer Carsten Lohmann. The band won a worldwide acclaim even before their first album, thanks to some well-distributed demos (repackaged and re-released later as Deadly Relics). Their debut album “Fear of Tomorrow” and the follow-up “Terror Squad” have gained a legendary status, becoming some of the most thrilling thrash releases of the late 80’s period. They wrote killer riffs and their guitar tones on the debut were heavily distorted much like their German thrash counterparts. However, the overall mix and recording was not great. It wasn’t a problem though as it is the aggression and the riff work that makes this disc a great listen. “Time Has Come”, the number opening the album, is a perfect example of a great thrash song. It’s fast and furious but changes several times. For years this album was nearly impossible to find, other than on the double album release with their second album “Terror Squad”. However, that pressing omitted “King Thy Name Is Slayer” and the title track. “Terror Squad” is definitely Artillery’s shining moment with lots of mosh beats, great thrash riffs, plenty of speedy solos, and unique vocals that are a balanced mixture of growl and melody. Their first album for Roadrunner, “By Inheritance”, repeated the  impressive success of the previous LPs. Flemming Rasmussen finally crafted a more than competitive sound for the band which was often compared with Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets”. The Bay Area touch is still there in terms of the riffing. The two guitarists Michael and Morten Stützer burn a true fireworks of good guitar riffs. The vocals of Flemming Ronsdorf sound technically better than before. Absolutely insane songs like “Khomaniac”, “Don’t Believe” or the godly instrumental “7:00 From Tashkent” are the highlights of this release. There are no weak moments on this record! Maybe Artillery have become more melodic but in return the song writing has improved.  Unfortunately, after that Artillery was put on hold for almost 9 years, to ultimately return in 1999 with another amazing release, “B.A.C.K.” with the unique vocals of Ronsdorf and thrash riffing that were trademarks of the band in their prime still intact. Today, the band still remains active, although there are no signs of a new recorded material yet. During the wait, the fans are granted a unique chance to rediscover the band’s whole discography in one exclusive box set.
 
In 2007 Metal Mind Productions released a box entitled “Through The Years” containing 4 Artillery albums: “Fear Of Tomorrow”, “Terror Squad”, “By Inheritance” and “B.A.C.K.”. All albums included bonus tracks including recordings from the first Artillery demo plus lyrics to all songs. The box also included 32 page booklet with a story about the band. Special 4 CD digipack edition was limited to 1500 numerated copies.
 
Artillery’s first ever DVD entitled “One Foot in the Grave, The Other One in the Trash” will be released by Metal Mind Productions on 7th July 2008 in Europe / 5th August 2008 in USA (via MVD).
 

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