Artillery's long time guitarist Morten Stützer and brother of Michael Stützer has passed away Wed October 2 2019 and was kept quiet until today.
Watch interview with Artillery singer Michael Bastholm Dahl about his passing
When asked about his Morten Stützer passing
"Morten's health had been declining for quite a few years, that's why he hadn't been touring with us, he did the odd gig once in a while but physically he did not feel like playing. Morten had a heart defibrillator installed, was in danger of having blood clots and was taking blood thinner medicine. Last Tuesday all of a sudden he could not see on one of his eyes and that was something he was struggling with before which one of the reason he was uncomfortable playing live. He was rushed to the hospital but it seemed like too much time had passed and it went pretty quick from there on. "
When asked if the band will carry on without Morten
"We have a festival date this Friday and we will play that show to honour Morten, we will preserve his legacy. No matter how hard it will be we will continue to play to honour Morten and feel and reflect how we feel to the fans about him. Artillery will soldier go on. "
When asked about Morten as a person
"When I first joined the band I was always sharing a room with Morten because Morten was a book worm. Morten was a very quiet guy, very well read and had a lot of knowledge stuff that's what I really liked about him. Morten was the quiet one but he also used to say his opinion on things as well and stick to it. He was very sure of what he felt. He was very kind. I might be complaining about something like losing my sunglasses and the next day he would have bought something for me to make me feel better, very thoughtful "
Morten played Bass on the bands debut album Fear of Tomorrow and over the years switched to guitars. Their latest album The Face of Fear was released 2018. Morton's musical contributions will be missed.
Statement by Michael Stutzer guitarist and brother
"It is with so much pain and sadness that I have to say goodbye to my loveable brother Morten, who died after a massive blood clot in his cerebellum.
“After 57 years you have left this world, but we will never forget you. You were a clever and talented musician with a great personality, with so much humor and you never gave in in believing what you though was right.
All my thoughts go to you, I will always miss you and all the things we had have together, especially all the music we have listened to and played together.”
And wherever you are now, please write them a new Khomaniac"
Statement on Artillery's Facebook page
"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.
Artillery is a Danish thrash metal band. They participated in the early development of the genre, and their highly energetic, riff-centric and often fast-paced music is similar in style to that of Voivod, Coroner, Megadeth and Sabbat from the same era. After releasing three full-length albums and touring extensively throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Artillery disbanded in 1991, but reunited seven years later, only to disband once again in 2000. However, they reformed again in 2007 and are still together today.
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