Danish thrash metal band Artillery need little introduction, being decades-long veterans of the thrash metal wars. Their latest album Penalty by Perception has really upped the ante in terms of quality thrash, and it’s an album I already love. Guitarist Michael Stützer was kind enough to take some time out from reloading to answer a few questions…
Give us a bit of background to Artillery
Artillery was formed in 1982 by Morten Stützer, Per Onink, Jørgen Sandau, Carsten Nielsen and Michael Stützer and did the first demo ”We are the dead” in Dec 1982. After recording 2 new demos ”Shellschock” and ”Deeds of Darkness” in 1984 with new singer Carsten Lohmann Artillery signed with Neat Records which released the 2 albums Fear Of Tomorrow(1985) and Terror Squad(1987) now with singer Flemming Rönsdorf. In 1989 Artillery signed with Roadrunner and put out By inheritance. In 1991 Artillery took a break before releasing BACK in 1999 on Die Hard Records! After another break Artillery reunited in 2007 with singer Søren Adamsen and released 3 albums ”One foot in the grave… (2008) ”When Death comes” 2009 and ”My blood” and a DVD One foot in the grave… (2008) all on Metalmind Productions. In 2012 Artillery signed with Metal Blade and released ”Legions” (2012) and ”Penalty by perception” (2016) both with the current line up Peter Thorslund (Bass), Josua Madsen (Drums), Michael Bastholm Dahl (Vocals), Morten Stützer (Guitar), Michael Stützer (Guitar).
What are you listening to at the moment that you would like to recommend?
Right now I’m listen to the newest albums from Slayer, Megadeth, Denner/Sherman, Black Star Riders and UFO.
How do you feel that you fit into the wider Metal scene?
If we look at WHO is coming to the shows it seems like we still have a role to play in the modern metal scene because of the mix of older and younger fans.
Give us a bit of background to Penalty by Perception – any particular concepts or ideas you want to discuss?
We have lyrics about Death, Religion, string theory, mind controlling and war etc.
What keeps you motivated to play Thrash Metal these days? Is the hunger still there?
Sure we love to play and make new records, having the privilege to have those awesome fans and the ability to travel round the World is amazing.
Tell us about the album artwork
The artwork was made by a German guy and we just gave the idea, do the first thing you think of when you think of Artillery.
How do you go about writing your songs?
Usually Morten or I comes with the riffs and then we are Building the songs up around the drumming, bass and the vocals.
How did the recording process go?
Very smooth we got the sound we wanted, a big thanks to producer Søren Andersen.
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
It changes all the time at the moment its our bonus track Liberty Of Defeat.
What’s next for Artillery?
Touring Europe, USA, South America and playing festivals.
Cheers and thanks for the support.