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Bolt Thrower

Formed: 1986
From: Coventry, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Bolt Thrower News

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.

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The Ocean And Enslaved To Play Summer Breeze

German progressive metal act The Ocean and progressive black metallers Enslaved have both announced their participation for the forthcoming edition of the Summer Breeze festival. Summer Breeze 2011 is set to take place between August 18-20, 2011 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany.

The confirmed line-up includes:
9MM ASSI ROCK'N'ROLL
A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH
ARCH ENEMY
BOLT THROWER
CALIBAN
CORVUS CORAX
CRIMINAL
DECAPITATED
DEMONICAL
DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT
DESTRUCTION
DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL
EINHERJER
ENGEL
ENSLAVED
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
FACEBREAKER
FARMER BOYS
HAIL OF BULLETS
HATEBREED
HAYSEED DIXIE
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ
IN EXTREMO
INTERMENT
J.B.O.
KALMAH
KAMPFAR
KVELERTAK
MARDUK
MELECHESH
MOONSORROW
NEAERA
PRIMORDIAL
REV 16:8
REVAMP
ROTTING CHRIST
SALTATIO MORTIS
SCAR SYMMETRY
SKELETONWITCH
SMOKE BLOW
SODOM
SONIC SYNDICATE
SWASHBUCKLE
SYLOSIS
TARJA
THE HAUNTED
THE OCEAN
THE SORROW
TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED
TURISAS
TÝR
VADER
VOMITORY
VREID
WITCHERY
WOLF

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Demonical To Play Summer Breeze

Bassist Martin Schulman of Swedish death metal band Demonical has issued the following update about the band appearing at the upcoming 2011 edition of the Summer Breeze festival:

"We can hereby unleash the first battle for 2011, this being the Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany, August 18 - 20. Other bands and allies taking part in the massacre includes Interment, Bolt Thrower, Destruction, Marduk, Vomitory etc. More dates tba soon."

Additional details on the 2011 Summer Breeze festival can be found at this location.

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Hatebreed To Play Summer Breeze 2011

Hatebreed has been confirmed to perform at the 2011 edition of the Summer Breeze Open Air. The festival is set to take place from August 18th - 20th, and additional details can be found here. The organizers of the festival commented:

"Summer Breeze has already survived a few tremors over the last few years, but the most severe eruption of them all is yet to come. Hatebreed are gearing up to utterly destroy Dinkelsbühl in 2011 with their killer songs. No other band out there combines the attitude and aggression of hardcore and the uncompromising heaviness of metal in such a perfect way. Scene icon Jamey Jasta and his wrecking crew are the epitome of unleashed energy, the embodiment of credibility, the essence of groove, the purest form of brutality, the rulers of all pits and the blueprint for a whole generation, all rolled into one. Please welcome one of the most important and influential bands of the last decade for the first time at Summer Breeze! Hard, harder, Hatebreed!"

The currently announced lineup is as follows: Arch Enemy, Tyr, Kvelertak, Suicidal Tendencies, Bolt Thrower, J.B.O., Witchery, Farmer Boys, Kalmah, Hail of Bullets, Corvus Corax, Hammerfall, Skeletonwitch, Excrementory Grindfuckers, Kampfar, Hayseed Dixie, Turisas, Marduk, Sonic Syndicate, Decapitated, Moonsorrow, Sodom, and Hatebreed.

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Hammerfall To Headline Summer Breeze

The organizers of the Summer Breeze fest have issued the following announcement about Hammerfall headlining the 2011 edition of the festival:

"Merry Christmas! Now that we're halfway through our Advent Calendar, which has had plenty of killer bands so far, we want to present you the first headliner for Summer Breeze 2011: Hammerfall.

"They are one of the most relevant and successful heavy metal bands of the last 15 years, yet they have never played at Summer Breeze. It's about time to change that! We are extremely happy to present Hammerfall as one of this year's headliners! The undisputed leaders of true metal have loads of metal anthems and catchy melodies under their belt, after they almost single-handedly put traditional power metal back on the map with their glorious 1997 debut 'Glory To The Brave.'

"And what started as a fairytale became a metal dream come true, including high chart entries all over Europe for every one of their seven studio albums. If each of you goes back in time for a minute, you will certainly remember at least one metal party where you were banging your fists singing along to hymns such as 'Steel Meets Steel', 'Hearts on Fire' or 'Heeding The Call'. To put it in their own words: 'Brothers unite! Let's stand up and fight!'" More...

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Bolt Thrower Confirms Festival Appearance

British death metal veterans Bolt Thrower have confirmed its appearance for the forthcoming edition of the Summer Breeze festival. Summer Breeze 2011 is set to take place between August 18th, 19th and 20th, 2011 in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany.

The confirmed festival line-up includes:
ARCH ENEMY
BOLT THROWER
CALIBAN
KVELERTAK
PRIMORDIAL
SALTATIO MORTIS
THE HAUNTED
TYR
VOMITORY

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Ozzy And The Scorpions Confirmed For Hellfest 2011

The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced that four huge names have been added to next year's bill. Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne will be taking the stage, as well as German hard rock legends the Scorpions, who will be retiring after they complete their touring schedule. Also confirmed for the festival are Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth and Black Label Society, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. There are also more new confirmations in the form of German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom, Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem, Anathema, Bolt Thrower and Therion. The festival will take place in Clisson, France from June 17th-19th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Suicidal Angels Comments On Bolt Thrower Show

Greek thrash act Suicidal Angels has issued the following statement regarding a recent show with Bolt Thrower and announcement about working on a new album:

"At last, the 30th of May came (and went so fast...) We were anticipating that gig with Bolt Thrower for so long and for so many reasons. Our long absence from the Athenian stages being one of them. We want to send out a great hail, to our brothers in arms, Inveracity, who opened for the concert. We have been influenced greatly by that much respected band, more work-wise, less musically. They deserve all the best and we hope to see them rise as much as they deserve some day.

"As for Bolt Thrower, no words can describe the individuals that form this machine, nor the machine itself. Old friends of ours, open-hearted and simple, while other 'big bands' play divas, Bolt Thrower just have a good time playing the music they (and we) love. Many many thanks, for letting us use their own backline! That's very important and helpful for the support bands of a concert. Again, thank you very much!

"We'd also like to thank Harry Katinakis for inviting us, our sound engineer and crew and all our old and new friends, the crazy ones who drove from every corner of Greece just to be in that concert. We'll see you soon again, we know it and you know it. On further news regarding the band, we will be leaving tomorrow for Germany. On June 2nd, we start recording the successor of 'Sancitfy the Darkness.' We will be working once again with R.D. Lia in Music Factory & Prophecy studios and we can already assure you, that it's gonna be a thrash mayhem, nothing more or less. More...

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Line-Up Announced For Metal Fest Open Air Austria

The 2010 edition of the Metal Fest Open Air Austria will take place from May 12th - 15th, 2010 More information on the festival can be found at this location. The currently confirmed line up for the festival is as follows:

Twilight of The Gods
Testament
Bolt Thrower
Behemoth
Sepultura
Six Feet Under
Nevermore
Corvus Corax
Deicide
Epica
Korpiklaani
Saltatio Mortis
Caliban
Legion of the Damned
Parkway Drive
Death Angel
Alestorm More...

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Bolt Thrower Seeking Local Bands For Support

British death metal and grindcore legends Bolt Thrower has announced that they want a local band to open for them on their forthcoming tour of the United Kingdom. They will also be joined by Greek black metallers Rotting Christ (as well as The Rotted and British death metal legends Benediction on select dates.) For more information, head over to Terrorizer.com.

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Rotting Christ Joins Bolt Thrower Tour

Greek extreme metallers Rotting Christ have issued the following update about joining Bolt Thrower on their upcoming European tour:

"We are honored as a band to announce our participation in the forthcoming Bolt Thrower’s European tour. Having be chosen from the band itself as the main support act (We are pleased to announce the first bands accompanying us on our short tour in April/May. Support on the whole tour comes from the mighty Greek veterans, Rotting Christ!) Fill us with a responsibility sensation and we promise to our fans around that we will stand modestly in the Bolt Thrower’s battle field."

The currently confirmed dates with Bolt Thrower are as follows:

4/29 Atak- Enschede (HOLLAND)
4/30 013- Tilburg- Neurotic Deathfest (HOLLAND)
5/1 Ulu-London (ENGLAND)
5/2 Button Factory-Dublin (IRELAND)
5/3 Limelight- Belfast (NORTHERN IRELAND)
5/4 Rio’s- Leeds (ENGLAND)
5/5 Central Station -Wrexham (WALES)
5/6 Asylum-Birmingham (ENGLAND)
5/7 Trabendo-Paris (FRANCE)
5/8 C.C.O.- Lyon (FRANCE)
5/9 Trix Zaal (Hof Ter Lo)- Antwerpen (BELGIUM)
5/11 Progresja- Warsaw (POLAND)
5/12 Abaton-Prague (CHECH REPUBLIC)
5/13 Metal Fest Germany -Dessau(GERMANY)
5/14 Metal Fest Austria-Mining am Inn (AUSTRIA)
5/15 Metal Fest Switzerland- Prateln (HELVETIA)
5/16 Kulturfabrik –Luxemburg (LUXEMBURG)

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Sunday Old School: Bolt Thrower

Bolt Thrower is seemingly one of the more forgotten bands when it comes to looking at the history of the British death metal and grindcore scene. They were formed in the city of Coventry in September 1986 and went on to release their debut album, "In Battle There Is No Law," in 1988 through Vinyl Solution Records. Unsatisfied with their record deal, the band moved over to Earache Records, which housed many of their contemporaries such as Napalm Death and Cathedral. Bolt Thrower struck up a deal with British model store Games Workshop and the chain store's main artist, with the band giving away a free record with the store's magazine, White Dwarf. In return, Games Workshop did the band's artwork for free for their next album, "Realm Of Chaos."

Since then, Bolt Thrower has continued to perform live and record new albums, although some speculate that the band may never record another album again, given how satisfied they were with their latest album, "Those Once Loyal." The band stated that they always planned to stop releasing albums once they felt they had recorded the "perfect Bolt Thrower album," a feeling they seemed to have secured with "Those Once Loyal." Bolt Thrower remains a big influence on modern death metal and deathcore, with German deathcore act Heaven Shall Burn naming their debut EP "In Battle There Is No Law" after the band's first album.

Bolt Thrower - The IVth Crusade
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Suicidal Angels Comments On Show With Bolt Thrower

Greek thrash act Suicidal Angels has been confirmed as support for Bolt Thrower at a show in Athens on May 30th. The band issued the following statement about the show:

"For the first time in their huge carreer, Bolt Thrower will honor us with a great live gig in Athens on the 30th of May! We are proud to share the stage with the old-school death metal giants from the UK and we are sure that this concert will leave a mark on everyone for the rest of our lives... Once more, Bolt Thrower do a great thing by keeping the ticket fee as low as possible (20 euros), thus depraving any excuses from not attending the show!!! Furthermore, we will share the stage for the first time with our old friends, Inveracity, probably the best death metal band in Greece, and not only... So, we are looking forward to this special concert, it is going to be an amazing experience for all of us!"

Suicidal Angels have the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Bolt Thrower Announces First Shows In Greece

British grindcore legends Bolt Thrower has announced that they will be performing in Greece for the first time in their careers at the end of this May. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Not only do we have the pleasure of taking the Greek giants Rotting Christ on tour with us, but we can soon say that we have played in their homeland too. As for the first time ever, Bolt Thrower are coming to Greece!

"We were so fed up with being harassed by the crazy Greek maniacs who have been following us all over the world, and being stalked for many years by the most persistent of promoters, Harry Katinakis, that we have finally given in to their pleas to come over."

The bands European tour schedule is as follows: More...

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Antigama Confirmed For Neurotic Deathfest

Antigama has been confirmed for the Neurotic Deathfest 2010 which will take place in Tillburg, Holland from April 30th to May 1st. More information on the festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed acts for the festival include Bolt Thrower, Carcass, Dying Fetus, Immolation, Lock Up, Napalm Death, Origin, Pestilence, and Rotten Sound.

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More Bands Confirmed For Neurotic Deathfest

New York death metallers Immolation are the latest band to be confirmed for the Neurotic Deathfest 2010. The festival will take place on April 30th - May 1st, 2010 in Tilburg, Holland. For more information on the festival visit this location. The currently confirmed bands are as follows: More...

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Bolt Thrower Announces European Tour Dates

British metal band BOLT THROWER has confirmed tour dates for spring 2010. The dates are as follows:

29/04/10 – NL – Enschede – Atak
30/04/10 – NL – Tilburg – 013
01/05/10 – UK – London – ULU
02/05/10 – IE – Dublin – Button Factory
03/05/10 – UK – Belfast – Limelight
04/05/10 – UK – Leeds – Rio´s
05/05/10 – UK – Wrexham – Central Station
06/05/10 – UK – Birmingham – Asylum
07/05/10 – FR – Paris – Trabendo
08/05/10 – FR – Lyon – C.C.O.
09/05/10 – BE – Antwerpen – Trix Zaal
11/05/10 – PL – Warsaw – Progresja
12/05/10 – CZ – Prag – Abataon
13/05/10 – DE – Dessau – Metal Fest
14/05/10 – AT – Mining – Metal Fest
15/05/10 – CH – Pratteln – Metal Fest
16/05/10 – LU – Luxemburg – Kulturfabrik More...

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Enemy Reign Confirmed For Neurotic Deathfest 2010

Colorado extreme metallers ENEMY REIGN were recently added to the illustrious Neurotic Deathfest 2010 lineup! The Neurotic Deathfest is Europe's premier indoor death metal event. Originally known as the Rotterdam Deathfest (2004 and 2005), the organizers changed the name to Neurotic Deathfest in 2006 when they decided to move the festivities to a new venue and city.

Other confirmed bands are as follows (in alphabetical order) :
Beheaded
Beneath The Massacre
Bolt Thrower
Carcass
Defeated Sanity
Dying Fetus
Dr. Doom
Enemy Reign
Insidious Decrepancy
Insision
Human Mincer
Kickback
Lock Up
Napalm Death
Nox
Origin
Revocation
Six Feet Under
Viral Load More...

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Bolt Thrower Issues Tour Recap

UK death metal band Bolt Thrower has issued the following tour recap:

"We’ve had a great couple of weekends, the first being at the Rock Area festival in Germany at the legendary Loreley Amphitheatre. We doubt the location can ever be matched, it was certainly the most amazing place we’ve ever played, and we had a killer time too." More...

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Earache To Release 3CD Grindcore Collection

Earache Records is set to release a special 118-track, 3-CD compilation called Grind Madness At The BBC (The Earache Peel Sessions), featuring some of the first ever grindcore recordings. The tracks are all taken from the legendary John Peel's early BBC radio sessions, which were recorded at the Maida Vale studios in London, UK between 1987 and 1990, and mark a historic moment in the world of extreme music.

John Peel was a huge supporter of the label and it's extreme bands, offering the likes of HERESY and NAPALM DEATH the chance to lay down some tracks for his national UK radio show.

The three-disc set features 118 tracks of classic recordings from Napalm Death, Carcass, BOLT THROWER, EXTREME NOISE TERROR, GODFLESH, Heresy, UNSEEN TERROR and INTENSE DEGREE, combining to a total running time of over three and a half hours.

The three-disc set comes housed in a slipcase sleeve and includes an extensive interview with ex-Napalm Death drummer and inventor of the term "grindcore", Mick Harris. The collection will be released on October 12th.

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Bands Announced For 2009 Maryland Death Festival

Below is a list of bands for each day of MDF 2009, which will take place May 22 - 24. There are several different scenarios on the table as far as stage setup goes, so we won't be announcing exact set times until sometime in March. Set times will be planned so you don't have to pick and choose what band you want to see because two are playing at one time.

Individual day tickets will go on sale on Monday, January 19th.

You can expect doors to open around 3:30 pm on Friday and 12:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. These are only estimates, but not off by more than 30 minutes or so. More...

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