Artery was founded in the summer of 1989 in Pomorie, Bulgaria. Until 1997, Artery plays all over the country at all small and big festivals and has hundreds of TV, radio and press appearances. During that time they released three albums in Bulgarian. Artery’s next albums are for the most part in English.
At the beginning of 1997 the boys moved to Prague and began to perform acoustic concerts with Greek bouzouki. This quickly gains popularity and they begin to experiment with new styles, mixing Balkan, Bulgarian and Greek rhythms with the aggression and passion of their favorite western and hardcore music. After two years of touring the Czech Republic, the band decided to move to the Netherlands. With this sound Artery reached the semi-finals of the 1999 Grand Prix of the Netherlands (De Groote Prijs van Nederland).
In 2000, the young American guitarist Clyde Shorey joined the band, with whom it began to return to its metal roots. With Clyde they record the Balkan Underground. In 2001, Philippe Fluser of the metal band Luca Brasi joined the group for the recording of the maxi single Artery and the album Newtopia. The album was released by Artery’s own label – Arteria Records. The release of the album was followed by a video of the song Control, which was number 1 in the Bulgarian MM channel for weeks.
2002 and 2003 are a very tense period for the group – travel, recordings and concerts, including a tour in 25 French cities with the French metal band Def Daf from Orleans. Other places include the Czech Trutnov Fest (2002), which counts over 15,000 people; the Dutch Uilen Pop (2003); Melkweg and Paradiso, as well as other events in Amsterdam. Belgium and Germany are also part of the venues where the band has performed concerts.
In April 2003, boys went to the USA for a show at Cage in LA in the world-famous “Roxy”. Shaw Odadjian from System of a Down, James Shaffer from Korn and Logan Mather from Machine Head and Soulfly attend the show. They invited Clyde to participate with them in a project called CKUF.
At the end of 2003, Clyde left Artery to become part of Logan’s new band The New Black. This puts Artery in need of a new guitarist. The place is held by Mena, brother of bassist Hubby.
In 2006, the last album of Artery – The Art of Bleeding came out. Following videos of Me and you and Electricity.