There they were again, the five Danes who released two excellent albums “Fear Of Tomorrow“ and “Terror Squad“ under the name of ARTILLERY and then had to split up in frustration. They made it quite thrilling with their third work “By Inheritance” because they made it be mixed three times. Flemming Rasmussen finally crafted a more than competitive sound for the band which is slightly reminiscent of METALLICA’s “Master Of Puppets”. The Bay Area touch is omnipresent anyway, because the riffing on the disc sounds completely like it. The two guitarists Michael and Morten Stützer burn a true fireworks of good guitar riffs. The singing of Flemming Ronsdorf sounds technically better than before but it has also become shriller and is in some passages reminiscent of Lothar Antoni from TRANCE.
Absolutely insane songs like “Khomaniac“, “Don’t Believe“ or the godly instrumental “7:00 From Tashkent” are the highlights of this Speed hammer disc. There’s no blackout on this record! Maybe ARTILLERY have become more melodic but in return the song writing has improved. In direct competition there were ANNIHILATOR with “Alice In Hell” at the time of the release, it wasn’t better… but in return more successful!
Unfortunately the album didn’t become a mega seller and ARTILLERY split up again. So the two heads of the band, the Stützer brothers Morten and Michael, took service with the rather average MISSING LINK. In the course of the reunion delusion singer Flemming Ronsdorf was taken back from his Beatles cover band (!) last year and they started writing material for a new album. And against all expectations ARTILLERY, meanwhile existing as trio (plus session drummer), managed to refer almost seamlessly to their first efforts. The album was called “Back” and the material sounded strongly like the old times… But that’s another story. (Online July 3, 2004)