Artillery - By Inheritance review
01. 7:00 From Tashkent
03. Beneath The Clay (R.I.P)
04. By Inheritance
06. Don't Believe
07. Life In Bondage
08. Equal At First
09. Razamanaz [Nazareth cover]
10. Back In The Trash
2008 re-release bonus tracks:
12. Don't Believe
13. Hey Woman [feat. Flemming Rônsdorff]
14. All For You [feat. Carsten Lohmann]
15. Blessed Are The Strong
17. Day Of Doom
By Inheritance - the album that shook the Metal Storm world when it penetrated the top of the best albums list. Luckily, the Rust In Peace fanboi battalion was there to protect their prized jewel from the... well, pardon the pun, the heavy Artillery. With that scare in the past, this album has taken a stable place in the top 200 albums of all time (#154 at the time of this review).
But, is By Inheritance really a classic?
Well, it may not be an all-time opus in the world of golden-era thrash metal, but it is a very good and enjoyable album. "7:00 From Tashkent" begins our trip into this one; a quirky and somewhat unusual opener for a thrash album, that works pretty well. Things really get cooking in "Khomaniac" and upon hearing this song you'll probably start to realize why this album is so revered to many people. It has killer riffage, a frantic pace, and some exotic and flavourful melodies courtesy of a well-implemented use of the harmonic minor scale. The song rips along and leaves a great first impression. It has all the elements of great thrash.
The next few songs keep things going quite well, and we see some fairly technical guitar work and well executed riff delivery. "Bombfood" in particular is a nice war-themed tune with some great vocal delivery (the blame is ON YOOOOOOUUUUUUUUU!!!!). But the disappointing thing about this album is that it can't quite maintain the momentum it starts off with. By "Don't Believe" the assault is starting to taper, and by the time the "Razamanaz" cover has made its way through your ear canals, the album has lost the impact of its dynamic top end. That being said, other than the cover which was probably not a good song to pick, none of the songs are bad here and the writing is solid throughout.
The mixture of a weaker tail end and the fact that a lot of what is on this album has been seen and done before (plenty of war songs already out there in the world of thrash) puts it out of all-time-great territory for me. Despite that it is fun and has some truly remarkable riffs at its best moments, so any fan of thrash should enjoy Artillery's By Inheritance. I certainly found a lot to be enjoyed.
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