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Bolt Thrower

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

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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.

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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!"

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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
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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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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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