Artweg sounds German but they're actually French. Hailing from Paris, this act was formed in 2007, supported the hip-hop/metal outfit Absolute and started working on their own distinct sound. That sound is heavy, relentless and straight in your face, somewhere between metal, hardcore punk and hip-hop and strongly influenced by several French acts. Artweg themselves call their style 'ArtCore'.
The album doesn't need an intro. Instead, Artweg immediately blast the heavy riffs and brutal vocals through their amps. Very soon into this album, I'm reminded of acts like Sick Of It All, Hatebreed, Pantera, Anthrax, Slayer and some of the songs on the Judgement Night soundtrack, where metalbands meet up with rappers. This combination certainly make this quite an intense piece of work.
And it doesn't stop either. During the fourty minutes that follow, Artweg keep on raging forward, only resting for a few seconds in the beginning of the song 'Evolution'. Before that short breather, we were engulfed in an orgy of thick riffs, smashing drums and a wide variation of growls and screams. Those vocals seem to follow the French metal tradition and often also sound as if their sung in the French language.
Highlights on this album art 'The Witnesses', title track 'Drunk 'n High' and 'Under The Pressure'. However, in a way I feel that this is a live band above all. I can easily imagine the moshpits and crowdsurfers during an Artweg concert. I can see a massive amount of energy coming from these guys and affect an outrageous audience. So check it out, perhaps you will soon be among that crowd, banging your brains out...