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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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  • Etedesco

    Bolt Thrower must be in Brazil next year.

    Yesterday 3:12pm Reply
  • emaciated_ape


    20 Dec 7:48am Reply
  • HalRotting

    19 Dec 12:23am Reply
  • treeweavermetal

    In Battle There is No Law!

    12 Dec 12:53am Reply
  • Paper_Okami

    Been getting back in to Metal lately, after mostly being in to all sorts of other stuff for the past couple of years... Many these guys kick ass, I have listened to 6/8 or their albums and they are all so fucking consistent! Those Riffs are fucking insane! I really hope they come to the North-Eastern U.S in the near future!

    13 Nov 4:24pm Reply
  • UnleashTheW0lvz

    Orders unquestionable - All rank and file expendable!

    11 Nov 2:10pm Reply
  • joejyojo


    6 Nov 6:38pm Reply
  • dane_chaos1

    Absolutely crushed Damnation at weekend! Everyone went nuts for the merch too, they had a security team to hold people back trying to get shirts.

    3 Nov 3:57pm Reply
  • DaruJericho

    Years ago, people used to buy a load of shirts at the shows for a good price and sell them on ebay for five times that amount. Giving how often BT tour nowadays, I'm sure you'll find people selling them on ebay with not too much effort, particularly after/during the current tour.

    31 Oct 5:17pm Reply
  • Maquina_Muerte

    they could earn a lot of money opening a webshop, but somehow they refuse to do that, for the exclusivity it's cool, but there's a lot of BT fans everywhere else in the world that also want some BT gear, kinda sucks for them... It's good for the lucky fans who managed to see them on tour but... a big bummer for fans who aren't living in Europe... doesn't make em any less 'loyal'... After all, BT did earn it's status because of whatever gear people bought in the early years... whether it's because of people ordering stuff from Germany, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, USA, France,... or even from countries like Australia, South Africa, Brazil, India, Japan,..... just sayin...

    31 Oct 12:09pm Reply
  • Maquina_Muerte

    kinda late response, but: Bolt Thrower only sold shirts as far as i know (5 different designs).... 13 euro a piece... no cd's or lp's or patches....

    31 Oct 12:01pm Reply
  • M0rbidBoy

    Best death metal riffs!!!!

    3 Oct 4:15pm Reply
  • zombiegrave

    WER hat 2 Karten ? Nina will noch mal nach ANDERNACH, dringend melden, danke

    2 Oct 5:56pm Reply
  • Amontherion

    @zombiegrave: ja gestern in Saarbrücken, absolut geniale Show!

    2 Oct 5:36am Reply
  • Evilmantheone

    Well, i have my answer: France date, many shirts available at the merch, but unfortunately no sweat, LP, patches or CD... a bit disappointed about that, but about the price, it's unbelievable: 12€ for all shirts. That's what i call a gift, from a band like that, they could easily sell them for twice the price, but they do not want, some bands like Motorhead can't say the same (30€for a shirt at their gig, great, and they're touring everywhere every year every week...). Amazing gig otherwise, don't miss them, it worth every cents you'll spend for your ticket.

    1 Oct 3:16pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    This band destroys. By the way, awesome Pinkie Pie avatar, ArrTheMesia!

    1 Oct 4:49am Reply
  • anti_1

    Ja und das Konzert war gigantisch! Backstage München komplett ausverkauft, tolle Stimmung und eine super Set-List.

    29 Sep 2:59pm Reply
  • zombiegrave

    Deutschland - Tour: War jemand schon in der BRD auf einem Konzert und mag mal berichten? Hm? * stups *

    29 Sep 12:15pm Reply
  • Evilmantheone

    To the lucky ones who caught them on stage for the Overtures of War tour, how is their merch ? I'm especially looking to buy some vinyls (and maybe get a sign :D ? ) at their show if the price is correct, how much about the price and what is available ? Please respond in my shoutbox if you got the information. Gotta see them tuesday, can't wait. I'm gonna exterminate my wallet.

    26 Sep 9:25pm Reply
  • duut

    Gonna see them tonight, can't fuckn wait! :D

    20 Sep 6:58am Reply
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