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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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Maryland Deathfest Announces 2 Replacement Bands

Maryland Deathfest has announced Cephalic Carnage and Cattle Decapitation as replacements for Enslaved, Keep of Kalessin, and Swallow The Sun, whose North American tour together was scrapped. One more band will be announced before January 1st.

Maryland Deathfest VII will take place on May 22-24, 2009, at Sonar, Baltimore, MD. Tickets are currently on sale.

Here is a curre?nt list of confirmed bands for the Maryland Deathfest 2009: More...

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Maryland Deathfest Confirms More Bands

More bands were recently confirmed for Maryland Deathfest VII. Just announced to appear at MDF 2009 are:

Bolt Thrower
Enslaved
Marduk
Absu
Victims
Swallow the Sun
Birdflesh
The Red Chord
Rotten Sound
Keep of Kalessin
Devourment
Trap Them
Catheter
Agenda of Swine
Pretty Little Flower
Complete Failure
Hero Destroyed

Bolt Thrower has released this bit of news regarding their first trip to the USA in 14 years:

"Due to the fact that we are not real festival lovers or great fans of flying, the chances of us ever coming to the States for a one-off show was always very small. But after years of relentless emails from Ryan we've finally given in. It's hard to believe that it's been 14 years since we last played in the US, so we are very happy to announce that we are finally coming back. Bolt Thrower will be playing Maryland Deathfest VII, on May 22-24, 2009, at Sonar, Baltimore, MD."

A few more bands were exected to be included in this announcement, but the organizers are still working on the details. Therefore, another announcement is expected with even more band confirmations in the near future, as they wrap up the booking process for Maryland Deathfest 2009

Tickets will definitely go on sale on Friday, November 7th.

Here is a full list of currently confirmed bands for Maryland Deathfest 2009: More...

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Bolt Thrower Checks In

UK extreme metal legends Bolt Thrower have posted the following update:

"We'd like to thank everyone who came to Atak, Party.San and Hof te Lo. Although it was only three shows it felt like a whole tour, as we covered a whole range of venues & crowds in that short time, and had our fair share of problems that included five breakdowns on three different (replacement) buses.

"The Atak show was a hot, sweaty, crazy one and we wouldn't want it any other way, it was great to see old friends and familiar faces again. The fact that it was the last time anyone would ever play there was pretty sad, but it was great to celebrate the club's history along with the 275 special guests. The Atak crew were all amazing - (thanks a lot for everything) they made the night really special. Outside the venue was a red carpet with a 'Welcome home Bolt Thrower' banner. However cool you try to be, you can't help but be chuffed with that! More...

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Bolt Thrower Delays New Album "Indefinitely"

UK Death metal band Bolt Thrower has delayed the recording of their new album. The band issued the following statement on their website:

We've spent the last year trying to write songs for a new album, planning to go into the studio this summer, unfortunately, after a lot of thought, we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone the recording indefinitely. We know everybody says that their new album is better than their last, but with us we really believed that. From day one we made it clear that we'd stop recording when we felt we'd written the ultimate Bolt Thrower album, we just never knew when that would be, we kind of took for granted that each release would get better and better. But we have realised now that our last release, "Those Once Loyal" turned out to be that album, and basically the new stuff we have written just doesn't match up to it. We have a lot of pride in our back catalogue, and we refuse to turn into one of the many bands (like the ones we grew up listening to) who end up releasing crap, and we're also not prepared to compromise by instead releasing an album of cover versions or a 'best of' album. Sorry to disappoint those of you looking forward to hearing new BT songs, but we always said that we would never release anything we weren't happy with or that, in our view, didn't at least match up to our previous work.

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Bolt Thrower In Writing Mode

BOLT THROWER have issued the following update:

“If you’re wondering why there hasn’t been a lot of BOLT THROWER news for a while, that’s because we are still in writing mode for the new album, which we plan to record in the summer. And during the break between the recording and mixing of the album, we will play our only festival of the year.”

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Bolt Thrower Issue Update

UK death metal icons BOLT THROWER have issued the following update regarding their possible performance at the Wacken Open Air 2008:

"Thanks a lot to the 17,484 people who voted in the poll, it was very much appreciated! Poll results here."

"As you know, this time we decided not to decline the Wacken Open Air offer as usual, but to have a poll and hear your views on it first-hand, before making our decision. Obviously we realized that a lot of people who would be voting would not necessarily be into Bolt Thrower, but we were very interested in the comments you would send. In the end we received hundreds of comments, and the huge majority confirmed what we were already thinking, that WOA 2008 is not the right festival for Bolt Thrower." More...

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Downlord Vocalist Joins Strangler

Dave Ingram, current vocalist for DOWNLORD, and former growler for BENEDICTION and BOLT THROWER, has joined Danish zombie-shaggers STRANGLER, which was created by Mads Haarløv after the funeral of Haarløv's prior underground icons, INIQUITY.

Dave Ingram: "I have both the energy and the creativity to be in two bands, and - equally as important - the backing of the Downlord dudes, so why the fuck not?!! I once worked with Mads in a band called DESERT MOUTH (in '98) prior to my tenure in Bolt Thrower, and have always wanted to work with that sick fucker again. I got given the chance, so I took it. So now I guess I'm damned... but, then again.... I was from birth!!"

Strangler currently only have a MySpace page available, where their 4-track demo - featuring Haarløv on vocals - is available to download for a limited time only.

Ingram: "The plan is for me to re-record the vocals on that demo, and then we'll release it online - again for free - and see where it takes us. So for now... go grab that sick fucking recording before we abort it!!!!"

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Bolt Thrower Post New Live Video Online

UK death metal legends BOLT THROWER have posted a live video for the song 'The Killchain' (from 2005's Those Once Loyal) filmed at the 2006 edition of Germany's Rock Hard Festival (June 2nd - 4th in Gelsenkirchen) here. Says the band: "Yuletide greetings to all the fans, friends, followers and supporters of Bolt Thrower." More...

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Downlord Post Rough Mix Of New Track Online

Downlord, the Denmark-based old-school coalition death metal band featuring Dave Ingram [formerly of Benediction/Bolt Thrower] on vocals, has released an ultra rough mix of the new track "Sleep Forever" from their forthcoming album Random Dictionary of the Damned due out later this year on Open Grave Records.

The song "Sleep Forever" can be downloaded here.

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Bolt Thrower Abandons U.S. Tour Plans

British extreme metal pioneers BOLT THROWER have posted the following message on their official web site:

"BOLT THROWER have had to cancel plans to tour the U.S. this year with their 'Those Still Loyal' tour.

"Unfortunately their label, Metal Blade Records, refused to financially back the band, i.e. pay towards the flights, etc. Despite trying to work out other ways to make this happen, the band found they were unable to finance a tour of this scale on their own and therefore had to stop any further planning of the tour.

"BOLT THROWER apologise to Maurizio and Thunderdome Touring, the promoters/bands who were willing to participate in the tour and their fans in the U.S. who were hoping to finally see them live. Regrettably, it looks like while BOLT THROWER are signed to Metal Blade Records they will be unable to tour the States." More...

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Downlord Give Video Studio Report

DOWNLORD, the Denmark-based death metal band featuring Dave Ingram (ex-BENEDICTION, BOLT THROWER) on vocals, Donovan Spenceley (ex-SACRIFICIAL, EXCESSIVE PAYBACK) on guitar, Rene Falther (ex-EXCESSIVE PAYBACK, INIQUITY) on guitar, Thomas Fagerlind (ex-INIQUITY, DAEMON) on bass, and Rasmus Schmidt on drums, has released a studio-report video on the work progressing with the recording of its full-length album, "Random Dictionary Of The Damned", due late November 2006 on Open Grave Records.

Commented Dave Ingram: "In fact, the video has been available for a couple of weeks now. I just haven't had any bloody time to update the site, what with all the work we've been doing on the album! There's also the fact that we cracked open our archives and have set three older video reports online too. These being from the recording of our last demo, which we made in early 2006 with Reno Kiilerich on drums. And there's also some new pics available in the Photo Vault at www.downlord.dk.

"The album is coming along really fucking well! We're all pleased with the results so far, it's sounding killer. (But what ELSE would we say, right?) There's been a lot of hard work done, with plenty of blood, sweat and beers spilled along the way."

The album studio report video can be viewed at YouTube.com. The three archived videos featuring Reno can be viewed here. More...

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Downlord Plan To Release Demos As Limited Edition

Open Grave Records and Downlord have announced the planned release of Downlord's two demo sessions as a limited edition (666 Copies) EP to be released on August 15th 2006.

DOWNLORD consists of members: Dave Ingram (ex-Benediction & Bolt Thrower) on vocals, Donovan Spenceley (ex-Sacrificial & Excessive Payback) on guitar, Rene Falther (ex-Excessive Payback & Iniquity) on guitar, Thomas Fagerlind (ex-Iniquity, Daemon) on bass, and are utilizing the talents of original drummer Rasmus Schmidt, whom recently stepped in to play with the band during their first live shows in Denmark & Sweden, supporting Bolt Thrower.

The track listing will be:

1. Loathe. Scorn. Detest.
2. Groin of God Amen & Out
3. Hate Brace
4. Full Scale Hatred (Previously Unreleased)
5. Old World Chaos
6. Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead (Previously Unreleased)
7. Nail You in

Downlord are continuing to work hard on their debut album tentatively titled "Random Dictionary Of The Damned", due out in late 2006 on Open Grave Records.

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Bolt Thrower Live Videos Posted Online

Former BOLT THROWER frontman Dave Ingram has compiled three videos made from footage he filmed of BT when his new band DOWNLORD. supported BOLT THROWER in Europe earlier this year. Check out the clips:

"At First Light"
"When Cannons Fade"
"Salvo"

BOLT THROWER were touring in support of their new CD, "Those Once Loyal", which entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 76 — the group's highest-charting release in Germany so far. The follow-up to 2001's "Honour, Valour, Pride" was recorded at Andy Faulkner's Sable Rose studios and is the band's first album since the return of original vocalist Karl Willetts as a full-time member.

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Kataklysm Cancel Rest Of Bolt Thrower Euro Tour

Kataklysm vocalist, Maurizio Iacono, posted the following message on the band's official website:

"Kataklysm have been forced to cancel the remainder of the Euro tour with UK death metalers Bolt Thrower, for reasons beyond the band's control that have to be dealt with back home.

"The band would like to add that they had a great time and the tour was a complete success and the strongest for Kataklysm ever. The band would like to thank Cannibal Corpse and Bolt Thrower for the great opputunity to tour with these great bands.

"All the shows missed after Saarbruken (Germany) will be rescheduled in September as Kataklysm is planning their headlining tour for the Fall in Europe.

"Also, big apologies for the missed Helsinki show - but I'm sure the fans will understand that when you board a flight that says FLIGHT 666 TO HEL (abbreviation for Helsinki), barely get there on time, lose all your guitars, equipement and luggages (still havent found mine a week later!)... it's hard to play the show. We will make it up as soon as we can! We will also post the ticket stubb of that flight coz it's a classic!!!

"All Metal Crusaders dates in the States will not be affected by this."

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Gorefest Kicked Off Bolt Thrower European Tour

Gorefest have posted the following message on their website:

"In a surprise move - surprising to us anyway - Bolt Thrower have decided to take along not us, but a different band as their support on the second leg of their European tour. That sucks, because we were really looking forward to this. It also means that, for the second time in 40 days, we have to lick our wounds, put up a message like this one, and apologize to our fans in the UK, Scandinavia, Finland, Germany, France, Spain and Portugal for again disappointing them. It seems that, for some reason, we just can't find the right opportunities to properly tour/promote/support La Muerte. This pisses us off mightily, but if anything, it's putting us in the right state of mind to write some seriously pissed off music for the next album.

"So for now, it's back to the drawing board and try and set up some shows in the aforementioned countries. Be sure to check back here to see them cancelled!"

Supporting Bolt Thrower on their European tour will come from God Dethroned for the first part of the tour and Kataklysm for the remainder of the tour.

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Gorefest Announce New European Tour Dates

Shortly after having to cancel their European tour, reunited Dutch metallers GOREFEST have been confirmed as the ‘very special guest’ on BOLT THROWER's upcoming European tour beginning on April 6th in Edinburgh, Scotland. Check out the complete list of currently confirmed tour dates: More...

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Bolt Thrower Apologizes For Cancelled Italian Show

Bolt Thrower has issued the following statement about the recent cancellation of a show in Italy:

"Due to serious problems with the electricity supply in the venue BOLT THROWER, MALEVOLENT CREATION, NIGHTRAGE AND NECROPHAGIST had to cancel the show in Prato, Italy. The club's electricity supply was unsafe with bad/no earth and after one of the crew members was electrocuted for the 4th time the bands made the decision to pull the show. All bands apologize to all the fans who had traveled to see the show, but they are not prepared to put themselves in a life-threatening situation. Hopefully the Anomalia Club will take notice of their dangerous electricity problem and make sure there will be no accidents in the future."

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First Bands For Inferno Fest Announced

Norway's renowned Inferno festival will be held in Oslo on April 13-15, 2006. The organizers have posted the following update:

Friday February 3rd is the day that we will have our annual kick off party and announce the full lineup. The kick off will be held at John Dee in Oslo and the tickets cost 200 NOK.

Performing live will be a horde of musicians from bands like Immortal, Satyricon, Aura Noir, Enslaved, Susperia, Dimmu Borgir, Pagans Mind, and Zyklon. They will play songs from influential bands such as W.A.S.P, Slayer, Accept, Iron Maiden, Sepultura, Mötley Crue, Twisted Sister, Pantera, Bathory, Celtic Frost, Venom, Mötorhead, Kreator, Testament, Anthrax and more.

There will also be a kick off party in Trondheim the same day. More information on this will follow shortly.

In addition, Borknagar, Witchcraft and Endstille will appear alongside already announced Emperor, Marduk and Bolt Thrower.

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Nightrage To Tour Europe With Bolt Thrower

Nightrage will be supporting Bolt Thrower with Malevolent Creation and Necrophagist on the first leg of their forthcoming European tour (and first tour with Karl Willetts back on vocal duties). It will be the debut European tour for Nightrage's “Descent Into Chaos,” which was released in February this year.

Band leader and guitarist Marios Iliopoulos cannot wait to be out on the road: "We are really excited and eager to share the stage with this legendary band and are looking forward to the other bands as well. We will give everything every single night.”

The average ticket price on this tour will be around 10 Euros.

Those Still Loyal Europe 2006 tour dates: More...

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Bolt Thrower Condemn Earache Reissue

British extreme metal pioneers BOLT THROWER have posted the following message on their official web site:

"We would like to make it known that this re-release of 'Realm of Chaos' is by Arseache Records and done without our consent and against our permission.

"They are making money off the back of the new album, 'Those Once Loyal', as they have done previously with the release of 'Who Dares Wins', again released without our consent or permission.

"BOLT THROWER will see no royalties and the money will line the pockets of that lip-licker Digby Pearson [Earache head honcho]. It's a cheap shot, and quite sad to see how low a record company can stoop. Once they were good, now they are nothing. The new cover is not a patch on the original.

"We urge all loyal BOLT THROWER supporters to boycott this product...spread the word!!!!" More...

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