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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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  • ArrTheMesia

    It was a joke, I'm against any the real wars, except for computer games. All hail Bolt Thrower!

    30 Aug 10:46am Reply
  • ArrTheMesia

    Today I have got the driver's license, because of happiness I'm also listening to Bolt Thrower all day... And imaging (thanks to Bolt Thrower) how I DRIVE ON TANK AND DESTROY EVERYTHING ON MY WAY! CHU-CHU, MOTHERFUCKERS!!!

    30 Aug 10:39am Reply
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  • Evilmantheone

    Taking risks is not a bad thing, as long as it didn't turn into a Illud Divinum Insanus of course. But talking about risk with Bolt Thrower is quite stupid, if they're so appreciated, that's because they never took any risks, they know what to do, they did it on every album since the beginning, and they always put out great releases. I still think it's extremely rare to hear from a band that they don't want to release anything more that could be bad or worse than their previous efforts, they could easily go for quick cash-in just using their name and legacy, but they do not, and that means a lot.

    10 Jul 1:06pm Reply
  • bardofesgaroth

    At least they're still touring, I hope I'll be able to see 'em in the future.

    8 Jul 11:56am Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    a band taking a risk is apparently a bad thing. no it's shit that bolt thrower stopped making music especially because their last album was so good, would have been brilliant to see where they went. if it had been bad then the other albums would still have existed and been just as good.

    5 Jul 8:45am Reply
  • Evilmantheone

    Exactly. Every music fan should respect a band taking this kind of decision, it's great to see musicians leaving at the top of their careers without taking the risk to release something bad, or made for easy money, they respect their fan, their legacy and much more that way. Total support, always loyal, hail Bolt Thrower !

    26 Jun 5:30pm Reply
  • talkloud

    I believe they've said that they won't release any more albums, since they consider Those Once Loyal to be "the perfect Bolt Thrower album"

    9 Jun 12:55am Reply
  • Romulus666

    They're pulling a Wintersun and are going to take at least a decade to release a new album

    31 May 5:20pm Reply
  • Thyeadeschatarr

    Those Once Loyal was released in 2005. It is tooooooooo long without a new album, isn't it?

    26 May 2:28am Reply
  • JoseMariaAznar

    Always Loyal!

    22 May 5:32pm Reply
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  • RippedtoShreds

    Bolt Thrower is one of the best things that ever happened to this planet. Next to toilet paper and Bathory. [6] Specially the first four Bathory albums

    11 May 5:23pm Reply
  • Liberations

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

    1 May 5:38pm Reply
  • GordonCoIe

    I tried a little song inspired by Bolt Thrower... and weird vocals:

    29 Apr 9:51pm Reply
  • alchemist_os

    Bolt Thrower is one of the best things that ever happened to this planet. Next to toilet paper and Bathory. [4]

    9 Apr 2:26pm Reply
  • vonNachtmahr

    Bolt Thrower is one of the best things that ever happened to this planet. Next to toilet paper and Bathory [3]

    7 Apr 10:12pm Reply
  • patisawesome121

    Bolt Thrower is one of the best things that ever happened to this planet. Next to toilet paper and Bathory [2]

    28 Mar 7:51am Reply
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