The IVth Crusade

Earache Records Ltd
Release date
25 Nov 2013
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Ivth Crusade 4:55 27,603
2 Icon 4:09 21,697
3 Embers 5:14 20,424
4 Where Next to Conquer 3:47 21,463
5 As the World Burns 5:22 19,911
6 This Time It's War 5:46 18,220
7 Ritual 4:28 18,969
8 Spearhead 6:44 18,804
9 Celestial Sanctuary 4:35 17,390
10 Dying Creed 4:17 20,171
11 Through the Ages (Outro) 0:41 15,398

About this album

The IVth Crusade is the fourth Bolt Thrower album. It is recorded at Sawmill studios in August 1992, produced by Bolt Thrower and Colin Richardson. Engineered by John Cornfield. Mixed at Fon studios engineered by Alan Fisch and Steve Harris (producer). It is released on Earache Records: Mosh 70 in 1992. The album title comes from the Fourth Crusade and the capturing of Constantinople. The cover artwork is a painting from Eugène Delacroix, showing “The Entry of the Crusaders in Constantinople”.

For this album Bolt Thrower slowed down considerably compared to War Master, focussing more on playing heavy riffs and a thick sound. Album feature more death/doom metal-driven style, and which was influenced by doom metal bands including Candlemass and Black Sabbath. Particularly, this style, is apparent in songs like “This Time It’s War”, or “As the World Burns”.

“Embers” opens and ends as “Cenotaph” did on the previous album War Master, and leads into “Powder Burns” on Mercenary.

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