Danish thrashers ARTILLERY have confirmed that they are still slated to perform at the "Chris Witchhunter Tribute Concert", which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, Germany. The event will honor late SODOM drummer Chris Dudek (a.k.a. Witchhunter) and will feature additional performances by SODOM, DESTRUCTION, TANKARD and ASSASSIN, among many others.
Commented ARTILLERY: "To avoid futher confusion, we hereby announce that both ARTILLERY and DESTRUCTION [who previously pulled out of the concert and was replaced by ARTILLERY] are playing at the memorial concert for Witchhunter. It's a great pleasure for ARTILLERY to play with many of the finest German thrash pioners like SODOM, DESTRUCTION (it's been 20 years since last time), TANKARD etc. and even if we did not knew Witchhunter personally, we hope that we can contribute with the same spirit that we all feel for this kind of music.
"At the moment we are working with 13 new songs for the new album, including titles like 'When Death Comes', 'Not A Nightmare', 'Sandbox Philosophy' and 'Damned Religion'."
Chris Dudek reportedly died on September 8, 2008 around 6:00 a.m. due to vital organ failure.
ARTILLERY will enter Medley studio (D-A-D) on March 2 with producer Søren Andersen (SUPERFUZZ) to begin recording its new album for a tentative late 2009 release.
Regarding the band's producer choice, guitarist Michael Stützer said, "We don't wanna use the same producers like all the other Danish metal bands and Søren has done the production of metal newcomer OLIVER WEERS' new record."
In a recent interview with Denmark's Antenna magazine, Morten Stützer stated about the group's new material, "If we look on the overall idea of the new tracks, they're most likely closer to 'By Inheritance' than 'Terror Squad', but it won't be a 'By Inheritance - Part II'. You never know where you are until the album is finally out. You never plan more than you can change while making the album."
A preview of the first DVD from ARTILLERY, entitled "One Foot in the Grave, The Other One in the Trash", is available below.
Poland's Metal Mind Productions released "One Foot in the Grave, The Other One in the Trash" on June 16, 2008 in Europe and August 5, 2008 in the USA (via MVD). According to a press release, the DVD features "a fantastic gig the thrash veterans gave at Metalmania Festival 2008. The outstanding guitar play of brothers Stützer, charismatic Carsten Nielsen's powerful drums and the uncompromising thrash energy of Søren Adamsen's voice ruthlessly hammered their way into the hearts of the headbangers assambled on that occasion. ARTILLERY launched a veritable blitz, bombarding their fans with a skull-breaking selection of some of the best songs from their entire discography, including great thrash metal masterpieces like 'By Inheritence' and 'Khomaniac'!" The DVD also includes many great bonus features, such as extra video material: "Allergic to Knowledge" (video clip), "Terror Squad" (video clip), "The Almighty" (bootlegged at The Rock, Copenhagen, 2008), MISSING LINK – "Lobotomized" (video clip), plus interview with Michael Stützer, interview with Morten Stützer and Carsten Nielsen and more. The release is also available in a limited edition — including a CD with songs recorded at the Metalmania Festival.