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Bolt Thrower

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Coventry, United Kingdom

One of the world’s most consistent and enduring bands, Coventry’s Bolt Thrower has weathered the best and worst of times in the genre’s history without giving in to commercial temptations or altering its sound. The fact that they were unusually blessed with a steady lineup throughout much of their career contributed to this stability, and though they were rarely bestowed much praise for their efforts, Bolt Thrower gradually established itself as one of the best death metal bands ever to emerge from England, and the earth for that matter.

Taking their name from a weapon in one of their favorite tabletop miniatures games, Warhammer 40k, they drafted vocalist Alan West, guitarist Barry Thompson, and bassist Jo Bench (one of the first female musicians to take part in an extreme group of any sort) to complete the lineup. True to their name, Bolt Thrower dedicated their career to analyzing and dissecting all aspects of human warfare - its history, weapons, etc. - and took to the road to perfect a brutalizing musical onslaught worthy of such subject matter.

Despite the material’s general inaccessibility, legendary BBC Radio1 DJ John Peel became an early supporter, hosting the group for various early sessions (subsequently released in 1991 with the expected Peel Sessions title), bolstering their profile on the way to securing a deal with the Vinyl Solutions label. Around this time, West was replaced by the band’s van driver, one Karl Willetts, who proved himself a more than capable successor and served as the final cog in the Bolt Thrower warmachine.

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  • Neuralblastoma

    best death metal!

    15 May 7:17pm Reply
  • Evilmantheone

    Save some cash and be the first one at the merch, their prices are always friendly, and there's some really sweet things to get from them. I bought 5 shirts a few months ago ;D

    11 May 11:32am Reply
  • SubZeroKiss

    Seeing them live in june and I CANT FUCKING WAIT!!!!!

    7 May 10:21pm Reply
  • SubZeroKiss

    Bolt Thrower is one of the best things that ever happened to this planet. Next to toilet paper and Bathory. [10]

    7 May 10:20pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    Bolt Thrower is one of the best things that ever happened to this planet. Next to toilet paper and Bathory. [9]

    3 May 2:21pm Reply
  • r_94

    Bolt Thrower is one of the best things that ever happened to this planet. Next to toilet paper and Bathory. [8]

    13 Apr 1:18am Reply
  • Evilmantheone

    When SWAT needs to break down a door, they do not use any enforcer. They use a Bolt Thrower LP.

    12 Apr 6:36pm Reply
  • SerenadeinLead

    Bolt Thrower is one of the best things that ever happened to this planet. Next to toilet paper and Bathory. [7]

    15 Mar 9:13pm Reply
  • mephistoeles

    Pretty much the tightest band in the whole scene. You have riffs to last you a century on all of their records, though my favorite is by far Those Once Loyal, it's brilliant from every standpoint, from production quality to drumwork.

    13 Mar 8:53pm Reply
  • sbsnpr

    fuck yeah!!!

    5 Mar 2:40pm Reply
  • ArrTheMesia

    Bolt Thrower is one of the best things that ever happened to this planet. Next to toilet paper and Bathory. [6] I have totally agree with all of you... Bolt Thrower is fucking awesome!

    22 Feb 12:18pm Reply
  • CarolinaMMorais

    Bolt Thrower is one of the best things that ever happened to this planet. Next to toilet paper and Bathory. [5]

    21 Feb 6:37pm Reply
  • SpursKing

    i can't live without Bolt Thrower !

    15 Feb 12:25pm Reply
  • Xavier_93

    My favourite death metal band,crushing death metal that sounds like a fucking Space marine tank raping your ass. Btw,we need new album

    5 Feb 5:15pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    Those riffs!

    5 Feb 11:47am Reply
  • Maquina_Muerte

    holy crap, it's coming closer... in November 2015 'Those Once Loyal' will be 10 years old {o,0} feeling old already ??? :D

    2 Feb 5:42pm Reply
  • Dominus_Abaddon

    classic

    31 Jan 11:47pm Reply
  • duut

    well, they made one. but they came to the conclusion that it wasn't better as there last one. so they looked at eachother and said: "Meh, fuck it".

    7 Jan 1:54am Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    in battle there is no law is quite interesting because it has a very strange drum sound and the production in general's a bit odd, very echoey. but you can't deny they came into their own with the death metals...

    2 Jan 7:56pm Reply
  • AnaalForsage

    Their grind stuff is pretty underrated

    2 Jan 1:17am Reply
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