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by Artillery, feat. Morten Stutzer, guitar
Morten Stutzer (1962 to 2019) was a Danish guitarist, with 'Artillery'. Morten Stutzer was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1962. The 'thrash metal' band 'Artillery' first formed in June 1982 in Taastrup, a suburb of Copenhagen. Drummer Carsten Nielsen and guitarist Jorgen Sandau decided to start their own group while they were visiting another outfit, 'Mercyful Fate', in their rehearsal room. They named the band 'Artillery' after a track called "Heavy Artillery" on the 'Tank' album "Filth Hounds of Hades". After auditioning several other musicians, they chose second guitarist Michael Stutzer, bassist Morten Stutzer (Michael's brother) and singer Per Onink. This line-up recorded the 'demo' "We Are the Dead" in 1983, plus two more in 1984 - "Shellshock" and "Deeds of Darkness". The band's commercial debut came in early 1985 with the inclusion of their song "Hey Woman" on "Volume One" of the "Speed Metal Hell" compilation series, released on 'New Renaissance Records'. Later that year, Flemming Ronsdorf joined the group, and in the same year they recorded another demo, "Fear of Tomorrow", before signing to 'Neat Records' and releasing their first album (also entitled "Fear of Tomorrow"). Their second album, "Terror Squad", was released in 1987; however, Sandau decided to leave the band two years later, with Stutzer taking over his position and leaving the bass duties to new recruit Peter Thorslund. Later in 1989 the group travelled to Tashkent, USSR (now Uzbekistan), where they performed at a local music festival. Their third album, "By Inheritance", was released in 1990 by 'Roadrunner Records' and included a song called "7:00 from Tashkent". The group then disbanded in 1991, with some of the members going on to pursue musical projects of their own during the rest of the 1990s. Following the 1998 release of an 'Artillery' compilation CD, "Deadly Relics", the band reformed to record a fourth album, "B.A.C.K", which was released in 1999 by 'Die Hard Music' (sadly, they split once more a year later). Morten Stutzer died from a blood clot following years of ill-health in Denmark on October 2nd 2019, aged 57.
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Posted: 9th November 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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