I don’t usually get start struck but when the opportunity to interview my Danish heroes ARTILLERY all I could come up with was this interview. Answers from Michael Stutzer. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-We got the name from an old Tankard song called heavy Artillery and we thought it was a very powerfull name.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-I always says that we play melodic thrash metal with inspirations from Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath etc to Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Savatage and Exodus just to mention a few.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Its hard to say but i always like my music played loud and being a bit rebellion against all unfair things have affect me to play this music
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-I think its importen there is a scene, it could be small or big especially for new bands, but when we started we was the only band in our area or in Denmark who played this style so it could work to develop a band without a specific scene i guess.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-No not really because my first goal to play music is to have a good time and i Will always play music so it dosen’t matters if its a Big movement at all.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-A great album cover could be the first Black Sabbath, Judas Priest Sad Wings of Destiny or Metallica’s Master of puppets, Accept’s Fast as a shark or Metal Church’s first album.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I loved physical versions, but I have 4000 cd’s and 1000 vinyls my self!
I think Streaming is biggest enemy for today’s bands.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-We are so lucky that we can play up til 90/100 jobs each year from Southamerica til US and Europe so we can complain
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Definitely a great party.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-A lot of new areas to play like Australia, New Zealand and India. Go to places we haven’t played before.
Supporting real big bands like Judas Priest , Iron Maiden or Metallica would be a big dream.Etc.