2023 has been nothing short of electric for the Chicago-based hard rock and metal band, Artillery & Storm. As the year progresses, this formidable five-piece band, under the charismatic leadership of frontman Eric Johnson, has continued to chart its own course in the expansive ocean of rock n’ roll.
If there was ever a time to be in Chicago this year, it would have been on July 14th at the WC Social Club. Artillery & Storm served as the igniting fuse to an explosive evening, opening for the headlining act, Shallow Side. By all accounts, it was an incendiary blend of intense riffs and passionate performances that set the perfect tone for a night of memorable rock music. For those present, the evening’s echoes might still be ringing in their ears.
“Already Infected” and “Suture (I Know)” marked the band’s musical evolution this year. While “Already Infected” encapsulated the raw, energetic vibe that’s synonymous with Artillery & Storm, “Suture (I Know)” offered a more melodic, contemplative side to their artistic expression.
In “Already Infected,” every strum, beat, and note created a symphonic amalgamation of hard rock, alternative, and metal. Eric Johnson’s riveting vocals intertwined seamlessly with the musicality, producing a sound that was both nostalgic and fresh. Their latter release, “Suture (I Know),” was a testament to the band’s versatility. Shifting from their signature aggressive sound, this single took listeners on an emotional journey. The soulful guitar riffs, powerful drum beats, and melodic vocal lines combined to create a track that was both reflective and poignant.
As they continue to captivate fans both old and new with their technical prowess and genuine love for rock n’ roll, one thing is clear: Artillery & Storm is not just riding the wave of rock music; they’re shaping its very currents. To those who’ve yet to experience the raw magnetism of Artillery & Storm, strap in. You’re in for an electrifying ride. And for those already aboard this sonic journey: hold on tight. The best is yet to come. Learn more about Artillery & Storm in Eric Johnson’s interview with DCR.