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Below is our complete Bolt Thrower news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Bolt Thrower’s name does not refer to the Greek god of thunder, Zeus. It is in fact a large crossbow, a medieval batiste. It is the perfect moniker for a band who writes exclusively on the topic of war, or at least most of the time they’re writing on that sordid topic. War is something grand, whether you support it or not, it changes the fabric of our society.
A bolt thrower could change the fabric of society, too, ripping and impaling ranks of soldiers. How do you defend against the bolt thrower? How do you defend against the band Bolt Thrower? You can’t, their music will pound you, ground you, and light you on fire. It is melodic guitars. It has groove. The vocals are growly, but you can understand every word Karl Willetts speaks of, every bloody-muddy scene. Sometimes it’s pure fast hardcore, but it’s always on the topic of martial ways—battles won, battles lost, lives lost, lives survived, loss, pain, grief.
Karl knows grief all too well when his band mate Martin "Kiddie" Kearns passed and decided to pursue his loss combined with Benediction regulars, Frank Healy and Scott Fairfax and former Bolt Thrower drummer Andrew Whale joined the group as a way to fuel their bereavement into the ultimate English death record, Memoriam, which will come out on the 24th of March, 2017.
This interview, however, isn’t about Memoriam. There is a great video of Memoriam posted below, but this interview focuses exclusively on Karl Willett’s influences on how he shapes Bolt Thrower. Sit back and read the following interview concerning BOLT THROWER and don’t let the tunnel rats pongee your ankles.
Memoriam - featuring ex-Bolt Thrower vocalist Karl Willetts and drummer Andrew Whale alongside Benediction guitarist Scott Fairfax and bassist Frank Healy - debuts a new song and lyric video entitled "Surrounded By Death". The track is taken from the upcoming new album "For The Fallen", which will be released March 24th throuch Nuclear Blast.
Check out now "Surrounded By Death" below.
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Old school death metal super-group Echelon - featuring Dave Ingram (Hail of Bullets, ex-Bolt Thrower and Benediction), Kjetil Lynghaug and Johan Berglund (Paganizer) - debuts a new video for "Lex Talionis", taken from the band's latest album "The Brimstone Aggrandizement", which is available now through Transcending Obscurity Records - digitally, in a limited edition digipak CD, and bundled with a Mark Riddick-designed shirt.
Check out now "Lex Talionis" below.
New grindcore supergroup Stench Price - involving members of Brutal Truth, Necrophagist, Benighted, Monument Of Misanthropy, Cynic, Hail of Bullets, Benediction, Bolt Thrower, The Grotesquery etc. - premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming self-titled EP, which comes out on Wednesday, November 30th through Transcending Obscurity Records in a limited box-set format as well as standard formats.
Check out now "Stench Price" in its entirety below.
International death metal supergroup Echelon - featuring Hail of Bullets and Paganizer members - premieres a new song entitled "Plague of the Altruistic", taken from the upcoming new album "The Brimstone Aggrandizement", which will be out in stores December 22 via Transcending Obscurity Records.
Check out now "Plague of the Altruistic" below.
The artwork for the as of yet untitled effort will be created by Mark Riddick (from Transcending Obscurity Records label mates Fetid Zombie). More...
Swedish death metal band Just Before Dawn premieres a new song entitled "A Tribute (We Will Remember Them)", taken from an upcoming new album. "A Tribute (We Will Remember Them)" is a medley of Bolt Thrower songs.
Bolt Thrower - who on September 14 (the one-year anniversary of the death of Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns) announced that the band would be interred with him - has been a significant influence on the band's own music, which has itself been war-themed from the beginning, and this medley does full honor to Bolt Thrower’s legacy.
Check out now "A Tribute (We Will Remember Them)" below - which will active only for 24 hours. More...
Bolt Thrower drummer Martin Kearns passed way in September of last year, and today the band has released a statement about the anniversary of his death, leading some to speculate Bolt Thrower is breaking up. The group comments:
"On behalf of ourselves and Kiddie’s family, we would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and support over the last 12 months. Together with Kiddie’s family we made the conscious decision to keep his unexpected death a private matter, and to take time out to deal with it all.
"When Kiddie joined us back in 1994, although he was only 17, he instantly improved Bolt Thrower as a live band, and no one was more loyal to, and prouder to be in Bolt Thrower than him.
"We spent over 20 years together, touring the world, with 3 different vocalists, but he was so much more than just a drummer to us. So when we carried his coffin to his final resting place, the Bolt Thrower drummer position was buried with him. He was, and will now forever remain THE Bolt Thrower drummer, our Powerhouse and friend Martin 'Kiddie' Kearns. More...
New grindcore supergroup Stench Price - involving members of Brutal Truth, Necrophagist, ex-Monument Of Misanthropy, Cynic, Hail of Bullets, Benediction, Bolt Thrower, The Grotesquery etc. - premieres a new music video for "Pressure", taken from the upcoming self-titled EP, which will be out in stores November 30th through Transcending Obscurity Productions.
Check out now "Pressure" below.
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Fan-filmed live footage of Hail of Bullets performing "Ordered Eastward", with the band's new vocalist David Ingram (Benediction, Bolt Thrower), at this year’s edition of the Maryland Deathfest is streaming below. The track is taken from 2008’s release "Of Frost and War".
Check out now "Ordered Eastward" below.
Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.
Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...
Bolt Thrower has released the following statement about drummer Martin Kearns unexpectedly passing away earlier this week:
"With the heaviest of hearts, and still numb from shock, we have to share the very sad news that on Monday 14th September Bolt Thrower lost our powerhouse drummer, Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns.
"After the first rehearsal for our upcoming tour of Australia, Kiddie suddenly felt unwell which continued throughout the night, and the next day he passed away peacefully in his sleep.
"He was a fantastic dad, husband, son, friend, but to us he was always ‘Kiddie’, the same 17 year old Coventry kid whose drumming style and personality blew us away when he first walked into our rehearsal room 20+ years ago.
"Kiddie enriched our lives, and the Bolt Thrower sound. He leaves a massive hole in the lives of everyone who knew him and will be very sorely missed by many."
Bolt Thrower recently performed a series of Canadian shows (including at the Amnesia Rockfest shown in the footage below) and was scheduled to perform later this month in Australia, with those shows presumably cancelled. More...
Bone Gnawer, the death metal outfit led by Kam Lee (ex-Massacre, ex-Mantas) premieres another new track titled "Horrors In The House Of Human Remains" taken from the upcoming album "Cannibal Crematorium" which showcases numerous special guests like Dave Ingram (ex-Benediction, ex-Bolt Thrower), Mark Riddick (Fetid Zombie), Vincent Crowley (Acheron), and Noel Kemper (Gruesome Stuff Relish).
Check out now "Horrors In The House Of Human Remains" featuring Matt Witchclan of Deadman's Blood.
Bolt Thrower is returning to Canada this summer for a handful of live shows. The band has posted the following update:
"Continuing down the path of revisiting places we haven't been to for a very long time, we're happy to announce that the next country on our list is Canada! We'll be playing three shows. Support bands for the two club shows will be announced soon. Check the venue websites for information regarding tickets."
June 19th - Amnesia Rockfest, Montebello, QC
June 20th - London Music Hall, London, ON
June 21st - Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC More...
English stoner rock band Orange Goblin is the latest name to be added to the 10th anniversary Damnation Festival bill.
Orange Gobline will be joined by black metal quartet Winterfylleth and post-punk outfit October File, with both bands airing material from new albums at Leeds University Union on Saturday, November 1st.
The trio of new additions bolster an impressively eclectic line-up which already boasts Bolt Thrower's only U.K. appearance, a Cannibal Corpse headline set and St. Vitus performing "Born Too Late" in full.
Orange Goblin said: "Over the last few years, Damnation has cemented itself into one of the UK's leading metal festivals, so it is a great honour to be asked back to play for a second time.
"It is already a great line up of bands, and we can't wait to be part of it."
Winterfylleth added: "We are proud to announce we will be playing Damnation Festival once again in 2014. The response we had in 2012 was mind blowing and we hope to see you all there once again. Damnation is a festival we always attend as fans regardless of playing and a must for all serious metal fans. We have a new album out a few weeks before the festival, so will be playing some exclusive new material for the first time on the day.”
October File also comments: "We are over the moon to be playing what is becoming one of the most important and special events in the UK. Damnation has worked hard to forge a name that is a must for fans and underground talent."
The line-up for Damnation Festival so far includes: Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse, Saint Vitus, Raging Speedhorn, Orange Goblin, Anaal Nathrakh, Ahab, Revocation, Solstafir, Winterfylleth, H A R K, October File, Bast, Atlantis and Corrupt Moral Altar, with many more bands to be announced across four stages. More...
The organizers of the Damnation Festival have checked in with the following announcement about Ahab performing at this year's edition:
"German doom titans, Ahab, and Icelandic progressive metal outfit, Solstafir are the latest names to be added to the tenth edition of Damnation Festival. The headline set will be an exclusive UK performance by Ahab and the first the band have played outside London."
Ahab adds: "We’re delighted to celebrate our 10-year anniversary with the only Ahab UK Show 2014 at Damnation Festival. Headlining the doom stage is an honour and a great birthday present for us!"
This fall in Europe Bolt Thrower will be touring with support from Morgoth, while select shows will also feature Soulburn, Incantation, and Vallenfyre. Bolt Thrower comments:
"We've completed the line-up for the tour and we've got some killer bands joining us. We already have Morgoth on board, and now we can also announce Soulburn, Incantation and Vallenfyre will be joining us for selected shows! Looking forward to hanging out with old friends again and meeting new ones."
Bolt Thrower / Morgoth / Soulburn:
21.09: Germany, Bremen – Schlachthof
22.09: Germany, Essen – Weststadthalle (moved from the Turock!)
23.09: Germany, Berlin – SO36
Bolt Thrower / Morgoth / Incantation:
24.09: Czech Rep, Prague – Roxy
25.09: Austria, Vienna – Arena
26.09: Germany, Munich – Backstage
2709: Switzerland, Lyss - Carnage Feast
28.09: Germany, Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal More...
Morgoth has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new album and gearing up for tour dates:
"We are happy to announce that we will be touring Europe with the mighty Bolt Thrower in September / October. This marks the first proper tour for Morgoth since 1997 and will be a killer package for all of you Death Metal maniacs!
"And yes, the rumours are true….Morgoth is currently in the studio working on new material. We decided to team up with Jörn Michutta at Sound Division Tonstudio in Sundern, Germany for these sessions and the results are sounding seriously heavy.
"The atmosphere and the creativity within the band have been inspiringly good in these past reunion years since 2011, so naturally new ideas started to come up. As consequence, we decided to take some months off from playing shows and properly focus on songwriting.
"We expect to already have a brand-new single out before the tour, so stay tuned for more news and details soon…and see you on tour!" More...
Legendary U.K. death metal act Bolt Thrower announced a European tour for this fall, dubbed the "Overtures of War." Tickets will go on sale soon, check the venues for more info. The band is still working on support acts, so expect more details to follow.
The band commented on the tour: "As previously stated by the band: "We're chuffed to announce we'll be returning to some of our favourite European venues in the Autumn. We're especially looking forward to playing some German club shows again, something we haven't done for 8 years now..."
Confirmed dates are as follows:
18/09/14 SE – Stockholm – Close Up Båten
20/09/14 NL – Rotterdam – Baroeg Open Air
21/09/14 DE – Bremen – Schlachthof
22/09/14 DE – Essen – Turock
23/09/14 DE – Berlin – SO36
24/09/14 CZ – Prague – Roxy
25/09/14 AT – Wien – Arena
26/09/14 DE – München – Backstage
27/09/14 CH – Lyss – Carnage Fest
28/09/14 DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
30/09/14 FR – Paris – Divan du Monde
01/10/14 DE – Saarbrücken – Garage
02/10/14 DE – Leipzig – Hellraiser
03/10/14 DE – Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
04/10/14 DE – Andernach – JUZ
05/10/14 BE – Hasselt - Muziekodroom More...
New Lacerated Enemy Records outfit Konkeror has unleashed a cover of Bolt Thrower's "Cenotaph." Check it out in the YouTube clip below.
The death metal band's "The Abysmal Horizons" album is due for a re-release this coming May 15th, 2014. The "Cenotaph" cover will be included as a bonus song, and the full track listing is as follows:
4. Beyond The Abysmal Horizons
5. Creator - Destroyer
6. Usurpers Of The Primal Womb
7. The Pillars Of Creation
8. ...And The Cosms Flow Eternal
9. Cenotaph (Bonus Track) More...
Tuska Open Air Metal Festival promised to be an event to remember this year, with huge acts such as King Diamond, Wintersun and Nightwish taking command of the main stage! With finally perfect summer weather and a lineup that challenged many other summer festivals, Friday came with much awaited anticipation!
Many of the bands this year were scheduled at the same time, perhaps the cause of this was that in the past there have always been four stages, but this year there were only three. Only two of these stages allowed media to shoot footage and photos, which led to a massive and unfortunate stress factor to an otherwise phenomenal festival experience. In addition, overcrowded photo pits with unqualified photographers led to an unfortunate decline in coverage from other medias this year. Die hard Tuska fans and Medias still showed up in hordes, and showed why Tuska is still the metal festival to be at in Helsinki! More...