Written by Alex Stojanovic
In Defiance Of Conformity
Live By The Scythe
Penalty By Perception
Mercy Of Ignorance
Rites Of War
Sin Of Innocence
When The Magic Is Gone
Path Of The Atheist
Welcome To The Mindfactory
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: March 25, 2016
Michael Bastholm Dahl - Vocals Michael Stutzer - Guitars Morten Stutzer - Guitars Peter Thorslund - Bass Josua Madsen - Drums
After listening to this album, I can say that it's pretty much what we can expect from Artillery, which is energetic, exciting, very riff-oriented thrash, and there's even a couple of surprises on the album. "In Defiance Of Conformity" kicks off the album strongly with a thunderclap and haunting guitar intro before kicking into high gear with furious riffage that will have no issues getting mosh pits going in a live setting. The Stutzer brothers: Michael and Morten are absolute riff machines unleashing riffs and leads of incredible potency. Each song contains riffs that will hook the listener instantly. A couple of primary examples of this would be "Mercy Of Ignorance", which is the most straightforward song on the album with a slamming groove reminiscent of "10,000 Devils" from When Death Comes, and "Sin Of Innocence".
The title track and "Rites Of War" carry a big By Inheritance vibe with the technicality and slightly faster pace than some of the other thrashers on the album. Michael Bastholm Dahl is pretty much the Bruce Dickinson of thrash with an incredible ability to make melodic vocals flow perfectly over rampaging thrash riffs, much like Joey Belladonna and Mark Osegueda. The band give their softer side some exposure on the slower ballad "When The Magic Is Gone" with a soothing piano intro followed by hypnotic leads and a mesmerizing vocal performance from Dahl. Definitely one of the strongest songs on the record.
The only minor flaw about this album is that the volume of the drums seems to be a bit down, especially in the faster sections of the songs. They should be more up front to match the power of the guitars, but Josua Madsen delivers some incredibly solid performances. Whether you're a fan of the recent records like When Death Comes, My Blood and Legions or the classics like Fear Of Tomorrow, Terror Squad and By Inheritance, Penalty By Perception contains enough memorability to satisfy fans of both eras. Pick up this album now and crank it LOUD!
Highs: Superb songwriting and performances.
Lows: The drums could be a little louder.