Here’s a reprint of my review of the new Arthemis record that ran in Metal Hammer.
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Formed by Andy Martongelli back in ’99, Arthemis are a power thrash quartet who specialise in decapitation by guitar. We Fight is their seventh studio offering and, as you might expect from the title, it’s a punchy, sabre-rattling call to arms that’s crammed with galloping riffs, gonzoid solos and stratospheric melodies. Opening with the short instrumental Apocalyptic Nightmare, the band get down to business on Empire and for the next 50minutes or so it’s a fast and furious race to the finish line with the odd detour down power ballad alley (Alone) thrown in to break things up. Boasting some truly awesome vocals courtesy of Fabio Dessi that at times sound a little like Joey Belladonna after one too many sugary snacks (Blood Of Generations) and frenetic, fromage-infused anthems (Metal Hammer) We Fight is a riot to listen to. Star of the show is Martongelli and his lightning quick riffing and silky smooth transitions from balls to the wall chug-fests to melodic solos is almost other-worldly and he helps make this a must buy for fans of the genre.