Danish thrash metal veterans ARTILLERY have completed work on their sixth album, "My Blood", at Medley Studios in Copenhagen for a March 21 European release via Metal Mind Productions (April 5 in the U.S. through MVD and March 9 in Japan via King Records). 14 songs were laid down during the sessions — 10 brand new tracks, a remake of "Ain't Giving In" (from 1992's "Mind Factory" demo) and three bonus tracks which are all new versions of timeless classics from the 1985 album "Fear Of Tomorrow" ("The Eternal War", "The Almighty" and "Show Your Hate"). The cover artwork was created by well-known Polish graphic designer Graal, who has previously worked with VITAL REMANS, SINISTER, SOLITUDE AETURNUS and BULLDOZER. Graal was also responsible for the covers of ARTILLERY's "Through The Years" box and "When Death Comes".
"My Blood" track listing:
01. Mi Sangre (The Blood Song)
03. Dark Days
04. Death Is An Illusion
05. Ain't Giving In
06. Prelude To Madness
08. Warrior Blood
09. Concealed In The Dark
10. End Of Eternity
11. The Great
CD digipak bonus tracks:
12. Show Your Hate 2011
13. Eternal War 2011
CD Japanese edition bonus track:
11. The Almighty 2011
Two songs from the album — "Monster" and "Warrior Blood" — can be streamed below.
"My Blood" song descriptions:
* The Great Satan
Søren Adamsen (vocals): "It's a song about the decadence of the western society and evil empires all around the world."
Søren Adamsen: "A song about serial killers. None in particular."
* Death Is An Illusion
Søren Adamsen: "A track about life and death."
* The End Of Eternity
Søren Adamsen: "Dealing with depression and thoughts about starting a new life."
* Mi Sangre
Søren Adamsen: "It's about my son. It's a seven-and-a-half-minute song, almost an epic endeavor."
* Concealed In The Dark
Søren Adamsen: "Two words — David Sharp. Go search for it on the Internet; it's an interesting story."
* Dark Days
Søren Adamsen: "It's about the change in the climate."
* Warrior Blood
Søren Adamsen: "A song about fighting. Soldiers, prize-fighters, people who are struggling with deadly diseases."
Regarding what fans can expect to hear on the new album, guitarist Michael Stützer says, "The sound is a bit more heavy than it was on 'When Death Comes'. The music is a mixture of our previous albums, 'When Death Comes' and 'By Inheritance', with a slight touch of 'Terror Squad' and 'Fear of Tomorrow' with some oriental pieces." Producer Søren Adamsen adds, "There is an almost rock´n roll feeling in some of the songs."
ARTILLERY's fifth album, "When Death Comes", was released in Europe on June 15, 2009 (via Metal Mind Productions) and in Japan on July 23, 2009 (King Records). The CD, which was issued in North America on August 11, 2009 (through MVD), was recorded at Medley with producer Søren Andersen.
Metal Mind Productions released ARTILLERY's "One Foot in the Grave, The Other One in the Trash" DVD 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.