Longtime Artillery Drummer Josua Madsen Passes Away

Josua Madsen has sadly passed away at the age of 45. According to SN.dk, the drummer, who performed with Artillery for ten years before his recent exit, died after being struck by a bus on a dark country road in Denmark. The incident occurred while the musician was walking home following a rehearsal with his new band.

Artillery issued the following statement:

“Dear friends, fans, and family. Today we awoke to the tragic news of the passing of our dear friend and bandmate Josua.

Dear Josua. For the last ten years, you have been a part of our extended family. We have played, fought, laughed, and cried together and looked to the future alongside appreciating our now. You had a kind spirit and a big heart.

Our thoughts and prayers are with your son and family. We wish you peace and joy on your journey. Take care friend, and rock on, wherever you are.”

They later added;

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our former drummer Josua, but as we are on the road with a new drummer we will fulfill all our contracts and concerts In Josuas spirit”

Artillery Premiere New Song “In Thrash We Trust”

Artillery have premiered a new song titled “In Thrash We Trust.” This track is from the band’s new album “X,” which will be released on May 7.

“X” Track Listing:

01. “The Devils Symphony”
02. “In Thrash We Trust”
03. “Turn up the Rage”
04. “Silver Cross”
05. “In Your Mind”
06. “The Ghost of Me”
07. “Force of Indifference”
08. “Varg I Veum”
09. “Mors Ontologica”
10. “Eternal Night”
11. “Beggars in Black Suits”

Artillery To Release New Single “The Last Journey” In October

Artillery will be releasing a new single titled “The Last Journey” on October 16. The track features former singers Flemming Rønsdorf and Søren Adamsen and it will be available digitally and on vinyl. A cover of Metallica’s “Trapped Under Ice” will also be released as a b-side. The group commented:

“When Artillery lost Morten [Stützer] in October last year, we decided to do a song to honor him. The song is called ‘The Last Journey’ and features former singers Søren Adamsen and Flemming Rønsdorf together with the rest of the band. A very epic song. The B side is also one of Morten’s and Artillery’s fave songs, a cover of Metallica’s ‘Trapped Under Ice’, which [Metallica] put the final touches on in our and Mercyful Fate’s rehearsal room, which they borrowed just before recording it in Sweet Silence in 1984.”

Morten Stützer (Artillery) Passes Away

Founding Artillery guitarist Morten Stützer has sadly passed away at the age of 57. The band revealed the news on Facebook and also confirmed that they plan to move forward in honor of him.

The group said the following:

“Dear loyal friends and fans

It is with a heavy heart, a great deal of shock and a lot of disbelief that we have inform you that founding member, friend – and brother, Morten Stützer, no longer is with us. He passed away at the way-too-early age of 57 on the evening of October 2nd. He was surrounded by his family.

We are absolutely devastated. Morten’s contributions to the band has been invaluable. Besides his incredible musicianship, Morten’s knowledge on so many aspects of life as well as his witty way of being will be so sorely missed.

One thing that is not to forgotten however, is the legacy that Morten has left behind in this world.

Morten’s contributions and work in music has brought so much joy and entertainment to so many people throughout the world – and will continue to do so for generations to come. In this fact, we find a great deal of comfort.

Needless to say, this will NOT be the end of ARTILLERY. In Morten’s spirit, and as an ode to Morten, Artillery will soldier on.

Morten will be missed, but never forgotten.

Good bye, Morten.”

Vocalist Michael Bastholm Dahl also told The Metal Voice the following:

“Morton’s health had been declining for quite a few years. That’s why he wasn’t out touring with us. He did the odd gig once in a while and showed up at the gigs as well so he could say hi, but physically, he didn’t feel like it. He had all sorts of ailments — he had a heart defibrillator installed too. He was in danger of having blood clots, so he had some blood thinner medicine too. I think that when he found out — I think it was last Tuesday — [that] all of a sudden, he couldn’t see on one of his eyes. And that was something that he had been struggling with before. That was also one of the reasons why he disliked playing live at the end, because couldn’t really see the guitar properly. So he was rushed to the hospital, but at that time, apparently, it seemed like too much time had passed by. I know that it went pretty quick from there on.”

[via Blabbermouth]