Artillery @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK)

ARTILLERY / REECE

Date: 09th November, 2018
Venue: High Voltage
Tickets: 150DKK (€20/$22)
Promoter: High Voltage
Photos: Erika Wallberg


To have a double release party with two such prominent bands as ARTILLERY and REECE in one night sure boosted for a festive evening. ARTILLERY were to release their 9th album while REECE celebrated the third under the REECE moniker (not counting the Reece/Kronlund release to that bunch)

For REECE it was the “Resilient Heart” album to be outed this night, the first on the Mighty Music label and also first with this line-up of the band. As the records deliver high energy of catchy Metal tunes expectations were set high on REECE for this night. And it sounded great from start. To open with a song, from the David Reece era of ACCEPT, was a smart move. Heavy “D-train” got the crowd moving which really boosted “Anytime At All” and “Karma” from the new album which followed. It's always tricky with songs people haven't heard before. OK, the first of those two was released as a single some weeks before the album release so that at least some recognized. No matter what, all songs were received well and is sounded great. The band is excellent, both Martin Jepsen Andersen and Marco Angioni are fantastic guitarists and as they are backed up with a tight and very solid rhythm section it couldn't really go wrong.

“Generation Clash” was another known one from the ACCEPT days. I really like that record but I really wanted to heat the material from “Resilient Heart” which made both “Perfect Apocalypse” and “Live Before You Die” great additions to the set.

What I really like about the “Resilient Heat” album is that it holds a lot of great melodies, hooks and catchy choruses. David is a fantastic vocalist and all of those elements that I like came through in a fantastic way in this live situation too. This set “Desire” and “What About Yesterday” as two more favourites on the list. The energy in these two are fantastic on record and with the intensity due to the volume at High Voltage it got even better. What struck me the most though was how smooth everything was flowing. Despite the difference in structure between the two it felt like it all belonged together and came out through a very smooth flow.

One song I was looking forward to hear was “Hellhammer”, the track was spinning on repeat upon its release and last time REECE played... Well, let's say the version of the song was a very interesting one (all credits to the band though who actually made a show out of the disaster-situation). No mishaps this time and I was a happy camper. The support was really good for REECE all the way through the set which was good to see. The downside with a venue like High Voltage is that the sound becomes very intense and quite biased when standing towards one side which made the vocals drown a little in the guitars. No big deal as the show was fun and gave the same kind of energy as the record does when cranking it up.

REECE setlist:

01. “D-Train”
02. “Anytime At All”
03. “Karma”
04. “Generation Clash”
05. “Perfect Apocalypse”
06. “Live Before You Die”
07. “Two Coins And A Dead Man”
08. “I Don’t Know Why”
09. “Desire”
10. “What About Yesterday”
11. “Hellhammer”

REECE

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ARTILLERY have been great lately and with this new baggage, why should it be different? Though musically, they've always sounded good but the joy they show on stage nowadays haven't been there for all the shows I've said. Since last time guitarist Rune Gangelhof have been exchanged with Kræn Meier, temporary or permanent I don’t know but that was another good addition to the line-up. To have Peter Thorslund back on bass was great to see when I last saw them play. That put ARTILLERY back to the extremely tight delivery I'm used to. Which in turn meant I was really looking forward to see them now.

Two new ones kicked off their show; title track “The Face Of Fear” followed by “Crossroads To Conspiracy” and it sounded fantastic. High-octane Metal with fines and good melodies. What I really enjoy in Denmark is the support the crowd showed for their own bands. Which meant that there was a frenzy at the frontline but that's just good fun. Classic “By Inheritance” didn't really slow things down. Then came one of my favourites from ARTILLERY, “Die By The Scythe” from last release “Penalty By Perception”. One of the reasons for this is that these newer songs are more adapted to Michael Bastholm Dahl's fantastic voice. One more thing with ARTILLERY to watch when they play is drummer Joshua Madsen, the way he watches and follows every move on stage. Whatever the reason, it pays off as I normally never notice the drummer unless it's something exceptional. And here it is for a very positive reason.

“The Almighty” became a live favourite with the “Fear Of Tomorrow” shows which happened a few years ago. Then “Terror Squad” picked up on the fury from the crowd again. The thing is, it can be rather brutal at shows like this. But it still is a very cheerful and friendly atmosphere there in the front. Then another new one, “Through The Ages Of Atrocity” before the set was closed with “Beneath The Clay”. That last new was also received really well. I really like the rolling drums that initiate the song, also the edgy classic Thrash Metal riffs the song is built on have aged well and sound fantastic nowadays too. The “By Inheritance” album is closing in on 30 years old but still sound great.

What a night! Two fantastic performances by two amazing bands who each released excellent albums this night. Can it be better?

ARTILLERY setlist:

01. Intro – “Under The Water”
02. “The Face Of Fear”
03. “Crossroads To Conspiracy”
04. “By Inheritance”
05. “Live By The Scythe”
06. “Rise Above All”
07. “The Almighty”
08. “Terror Squad”
09. “Legions”
10. “The Challenge”
11. “Khomaniac”
12. “Through The Ages Of Atrocity”
13. “Beneath The Clay”
14. Outro – “My Oh My”

ARTILLERY

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