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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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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"

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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ex-Bolt Thrower Frontman On Departure, New Project

Denmark's Evilution Magazine recently conducted an interview with former BOLT THROWER/BENEDICTION and current DOWNLORD frontman Dave Ingram. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

Evilution Magazine: Please give us your version of the split with BOLT THROWER as well as your career with the band. Do you agree with the official announcement from BOLT THROWER — and what lies behind the statement "due to long-standing health and personal problems?"

Dave Ingram: "Absolutely. Both myself and BOLT THROWER talked over what the press release should say, and we were all in agreement over it. To start, I'll say that I enjoyed every single moment of being a part of the BOLT THROWER war machine, and will carry those memories with pride through the rest of my life. My illness really began way back in 2000 when my sister committed suicide. I just never got over it. I suffered some severe depressions, and had to take medications and see psychiatrists because of it. It didn't get any better; in fact, it got a lot worse. I had a nervous and mental breakdown (it all got a bit 'Twelve Monkeys' for a time) at the beginning of 2004, and I needed to pick up the pieces of my life and start rebuilding. To do this would — and did — take time, and I told BOLT THROWER that I didn't want them to suffer unduly. It was a very hard decision to make, but my departure from the band was necessary for me to concentrate on regaining my mental health, and for BOLT THROWER not to have been put on hold. It just wouldn't have been fair to them had I remained. This is the first time I've spoken about my illness to people other than family/friends/doctors and this last couple of years, when I was experiencing all this turmoil, now seem somewhat removed and distant. Even though it wasn't quite so long ago."

Evilution Magazine: You are now back with DOWNLORD. Please start by introducing the band and give a few comments on how it all started — and perhaps a brief explanation of the idea behind the name DOWNLORD?

Dave Ingram: "There's me on vocals, Donovan Spenceley (guitar), Rene Falther (guitar), Thomas Fagerlind (bass) and Jesper Frost (drums). It originally started back in late 2004. Rene was working with our previous drummer and bass player, and he contacted me to see if I'd be interested in jamming with them and possibly joining. I took along my longtime buddy Donovan and we all felt that we could produce something concrete, so we agreed to work together. Originally, the band was called FULL SCALE HATRED but we just weren't too happy with that. Mainly because we're tired of the overt negativity prevailing through metal lyrics. Of course, that kind of thing perfectly suits death metal, but we just didn't feel 100% comfortable with that name, especially in the climate of the world today. We spent a long time figuring out a name, with a lot of different ideas. One evening we sat down and wrote out a huge list, while getting drunk, and discussed them all. A few days later (once we'd recovered) I looked back over the list, and the almost illegible handwriting due to the copious amounts of alcohol we'd consumed and saw 'DOWNLORD' on there. I think we'd tried to write DOWNLOAD but we were just SO wasted that night, so you can say the name was fueled by booze. But back to that 'negativity' thing... I'm not disrespecting death metal for that; it's just that in my experience through the last eight years of life, I've found that something positive can always come out of something negative."

Evilution Magazine: Do you expect to start negotiating with various labels soon, and when can we expect an official full-length release from DOWNLORD?

Dave Ingram: "We'd love to release! I mean, which band wouldn't? We've all had a large amount of studio experience in the past, so we know our time recording a full-length release will be enjoyable, painless and professionally productive. That's always a good start when you know something more of the processes involved. We believe that the website, once operational, will help get us around and known a lot more on the scene, too. When we've done the next demo disc, and we're satisfied with it, then we'll be using that to shop around. Another idea was to finance a recording ourselves, then have it available online — with downloadable CD art — so we do it all ourselves, for a lot less. Something else I learned from my recent past is that by cutting out the middle-man, a band can lose a lot of the trouble involved, and then give back to the scene that supports them."

On a side note, two tracks from DOWNLORD's demo, "Nailing You In" and "Groin Of God - Amen & Out," are available for download at the group's official web site.

Read the full article at EvilutionMagazine.com.

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Bolt Thrower Launch Online Music Player

Bolt Thrower have launched an online music player, so far featuring two new songs from the band's upcoming album, "Those Once Loyal".

To listen to the songs go here.

Also featured is a competition, pictures and a screensaver available for download.

"Those Once Loyal" is due to be released via Metal Blade in Germany on November 11th, the rest of Europe on November 14th and in the U.S. on November 15th.

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Bolt Thrower Album Release Date Pushed Back

The new Bolt Thrower album had to be pushed back for another two weeks. The final release date is now November 14, 2005. The German release date is the November 11, 2005.

The title of the album is "Those Once Loyal", and here's the track list:
At First Light
The Killchain
Granite Wall
Those Once Loyal
Anti-Tank (Dead Armour)
Last Stand Of Humanity
When Cannons Fade

There will be a limited digipack edition including the bonus track "A Symbol Of Eight."

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Bolt Thrower Begin Recording

Rehearsals are over and Bolt Thrower is in the studio recording their first release in over 3 years. The band promises regular studio updates will be available on their website so keep checking back. In the meantime, check out this BoltThrower.com exclusive: Karl Willetts first interview since he rejoined the band.

Bolt Thrower have decided to give you a chance to hear a song off the HVP demo with Karl on vocals. The track is unmixed, with the odd rhythm guitar missing. The Mp3 can be found in the Music Downloads section.

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Bolt Thrower To Enter Studios, Launch New Website

Bolt Thrower are currently in final rehearsals for their 8th as yet untitled studio release. In mid May the band enter Andy Faulkner’s Sable Rose studios where they will spend the next three months recording the album. The as yet untitled album will be released on Metal Blade Records around October/November 2005.

In other news Bolt Thrower finally have an official website. Check it out: http://www.boltthrower.com.

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Karl Willetts Back In Bolt Thrower

Bolt Thrower's original vocalist Karl Willetts has rejoined the legendary British grinders after the short tenure of former Benediction growler Dave Ingram.

Karl was happy to be back in the fold:

It's fantastic to be a part of the mighty Bolt Thrower again. It feels great to be back with the guys, I can't wait to get my teeth into the new songs and get back on the road again. I've got some unfinished business to attend to...!

The now complete line-up of Bolt Thrower - Karl Willetts, Gavin Ward, Barry Thomson, Jo Bench & Martin Kearns will spend the next few weeks finishing off the new material and plan to go into the studio in the new year.

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Bolt Thrower Singer Quits Band

British extreme metal pioneers Bolt Thrower have announced the departure of vocalist Dave Ingram. In a statement, the band said, "Dave has been suffering with health and personal problems for a while now and he has decided that it would be best if he left the band to concentrate on his recovery. We would like to thank him for the 6 years he dedicated to the band and we wish him all the very best for the future."

Bolt Thrower were due to go into the studio shortly to record their eighth album, (the follow up to 2001's "Honour, Valour, Pride" — the only Bolt Thrower release featuring Ingram on vocals), but the recording will now be delayed until a replacement is found.

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