ARTILLERY (DENMARK)


Artillery was formed in the Copenhagen suburb of Taastrup, Denmark in early 1982 by lead-guitarist Jørgen Sandau [former roadie of Mercyful Fate] and drummer Carsten N. Nielsen [ex The Mortuary] who joined forces with vocalist Per Willem Onink, lead-guitarist Michael Stützer [ex Silvercross/Unicorn/Voodoo/Devil’s Symphony] and bassist Morten Stützer [ex Unicorn/Voodoo/Devil’s Symphony]. In December 1982, the band cut the 4-track demo We Are the Dead and subsequently performed a few local gigs. The music was at time cut from a traditional metal template, quite similar to the one of Mercyful Fate. However, around June 1983 Onink was asked to leave as Artillery was searching for a vocalist with a different type of voice, and around September 1983 Artillery duly employed vocalist Carsten Lohmann [ex Bang Blues Band]. At this time the music had turned much more raw and abrasive, purveying the direction which would later be entitled thrash metal. In July 1984, Artillery entered Ole Erlings Lydstudio in order to record the 4-track demo Shellshock – and the final product was released in August, and in October 1984 the band recorded four new tracks for the demo Deeds of Darkness in the same studio. Things didn’t work out with Lohmann, though, and Artillery began searching for a new frontman. The band in fact tried their luck with a female and two other guys; among them were Mickey Finn, who would later play an important role in the band’s history. Artillery eventually found the perfect member in Flemming Rønsdorf whose raunchy vocals provided the band with the right identity. Around this time, Sandau decided to assume a position as rhythm-guitarist, leaving it up to Michael to handle all leads. VIn January 1985, Artillery entered the El Sound Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark and cut the demo Fear of Tomorrow with producer Freddie Wolf. The product was released in March. The band was likewise featured on the Speed Metal Hell compilation album with the song “Hey Woman” from that demo. In May-July 1985, Artillery returned to the El Sound Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark, and this time with producers Nis Bogvad and Lars O. Christiansen, and the band subsequently recorded Fear of Tomorrow. Out on Neat Records, the album was met with rave reviews.



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SHELLSHOCK 1984 DEMO

Pro printed covers. No lyrics. Regular tapes.

TRACK LISTING:
- Time Has Come
- All For You
- Bitch
- Blessed Are The Strong

SHELLSHOCK 1984 DEMO TAPE:

 

DEEDS OF DARKNESS 1984 DEMO

Pro printed covers. Regular tapes.

TRACK LISTING:
- Deeds of Darkness
- Too Late To Regret
- Deserter
- Hey Woman

DEEDS OF DARKNESS 1984 DEMO TAPE:

 

FEAR OF TOMORROW 1985 DEMO

Xeroxed covers. Regular tapes.

TRACK LISTING:
- The Almighty
- Out of the Sky
- King, Thy Name Is Slayer
- Fear of Tomorrow
- Into the Universe
- Deeds of Darkness
- Hey Woman

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