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Concession of pain

Album: ''Concession of pain'' (1987 Demo)
1. Intro
2. Concession of Pain
3. Forgotten Existence
4. Challenge of Power
5. In Battle There Is No Law
6. Psychological Warfare

In Battle There Is No Law

Album: ''In Battle There Is No Law'' (1988)
1. In Battle There Is No Law
2. Challenge For Power
3. Forgotten Existence
4. Denial Of Destiny
5. Blind To Defeat
6. Concession Of Pain
7. Attack In The Aftermath
8. Psychological Warfare
9. Nuclear Annihilation

Album: ''Promo '88'' (1988 Demo)
1. In battle there is no law
2. Challenge for power
3. Forgotten existence
4. Denial of destiny
5. Blind to defeat
6. Concession of pain
7. Attack in the aftermath
8. Psychological warfare
9. Nuclear annihilation

The Peel Sessions

Album: ''The Peel Sessions'' (1988 EP)
1. Forgotten Existence
2. Attack In The Aftermath
3. Pychological Warfare
4. In Battle There Is No Law

Realm Of Chaos

Album: ''Realm Of Chaos'' (1989)
1. Intro
2. Eternal War
3. Through the Eye of Terror
4. Dark Millennium
5. All That Remains
6. Lost Souls Domain
7. Plague Bearer
8. World Eater
9. Drowned in Torment
10. Realm of Chaos
11. Prophet of Hatred (CD bonus track)
12. Outro (CD bonus track)

Crisis Point/Polka Slam

Album: ''Crisis Point/Polka Slam'' (1989 Split album)
1. Drowned In Torment

War Master

Album: ''War Master'' (1991)
1. Intro... Unleashed (Upon Mankind)
2. What Dwells Within
3. The Shreds of Sanity
4. Profane Creation
5. Destructive Infinity
6. Final Revelation
7. Cenotaph
8. War Master
9. Rebirth of Humanity
10. Afterlife

The Peel Sessions 1988-90

Album: ''The Peel Sessions 1988-90'' (1991 Best of/Compilation)
1. Forgotten Existence
2. Attack In The Aftermath
3. Psychological Warfare
4. In Battle There Is No Law
5. Drowned In Torment
6. Eternal War
7. Realm Of Chaos
8. Domination
9. Destructive Infinity
10. Warmaster
11. After Life
12. Lost Souls Domain


Album: ''Cenotaph'' (1991 EP)
1. Cenotaph
2. Destructive Infinity
3. Prophet Of Hatred
4. Realm Of Chaos (live)

The IVth Crusade

Album: ''The IVth Crusade'' (1992)
1. The IVth Crusade
2. Icon
3. Embers
4. Where Next to Conquer
5. As the World Burns
6. This Time It's War
7. Ritual
8. Spearhead
9. Celestial Sanctuary
10. Dying Creed
11. Through the Ages (Outro)


Album: ''Spearhead'' (1992 EP)
1. Spearhead (extended remix)
2. Crown Of Life
3. Dying Creed
4. Lament

...For Victory

Album: ''...For Victory'' (1994)
1. War
2. Remembrance
3. When Glory Beckons
4. ...For Victory
5. Graven Image
6. Lest We Forget
7. Silent Demise
8. Forever Fallen
9. Tank (MK 1)
10. Armageddon Bound


Album: ''Mercenary'' (1998)
1. Zeroed
2. Laid To Waste
3. Return From Chaos
4. Mercenary
5. To The Last
6. Powder Burns
7. Behind Enemy Lines
8. No Guts, No Glory
9. Sixth Chapter

Who Dares Wins

Album: ''Who Dares Wins'' (1999 Best of/Compilation)
1. Cenotaph
2. Destructive Infinity
3. Prophet Of Hatred
4. Realm Of Chaos (live)
5. Spearhead (extended remix)
6. Crown Of Life
7. Dying Creed
8. Lament
9. World Eater '94
10. Overlord

Honour Valour Pride

Album: ''Honour Valour Pride'' (2001)
1. Contact Wait Out
2. Inside the Wire
3. Honour
4. Suspect Hostile
5. 7th Offensive
6. Valour
7. K-Machine
8. A Hollow Truce
9. Pride

Those Once Loyal

Album: ''Those Once Loyal'' (2005)
1. At First Light
2. Entrenched
3. The Killchain
4. Granite Wall
5. Those Once Loyal
6. Anti-Tank (Dead Armour)
7. Last Stand Of Humanity
8. Salvo
9. When Cannons Fade

bolt thrower


One of Britain's most consistent and enduring death metal bands, Coventry's Bolt Thrower has weathered the best and worst of times in the extreme genre's history without ever giving in to commercial temptations, or hardly even altering its sound. The fact that they were unusually blessed with a steady lineup throughout much of their career no doubt contributed to this stability, and though they were rarely bestowed wild praise for their efforts, with most of their competitors or contemporaries either adopting other styles or long retired, Bolt Thrower has gradually established itself as one of the best death metal bands ever to emerge from England.

Taking their name from a weapon in one of their favorite tabletop miniatures games, Warhammer Fantasy Battle, the duo soon drafted vocalist Alan West, guitarist Barry Thompson, and bassist Jo Bench (one of the first female musicians to take part in an extreme metal group of any sort). True to form given their name, Bolt Thrower would dedicate their whole career to analyzing and dissecting all aspects of human warfare -- its history, its weapons, etc. -- and they quickly took to the road in order to perfect a brutalizing musical onslaught worthy of backing up such morbid subject matter. Despite their material's general inaccessibility, legendary BBC Radio1 DJ John Peel became an early supporter, hosting the group for various early sessions (subsequently released in 1991 with the expected Peel Sessions title) and helping to bolster their profile on their way to securing a deal with the Vinyl Solutions label. Around this time, West was replaced by the band's van driver, one Karl Willetts, who soon proved himself a more than capable successor and served as the final necessary cog in the Bolt Thrower war machine. Released in 1988 with little success, their poorly produced and somewhat tentative debut album, In Battle There Is No Law, lacked the focused ferocity yet to come, but already delved deeply into their lyrical obsessions with anything warlike.

The following year, Bolt Thrower became one of the first acts to sign with on-the-rise extreme metal powerhouse Earache Records (also the home of grindcore experts Napalm Death) and 1989's Realm of Chaos fittingly saw them partnering with Games Workshop, the company responsible for the Warhammer game which had inspired their name. Boasting lyrics directly inspired by the game and featuring custom artwork provided by GWS, Realm of Chaos was a far more confident effort, and despite experiencing continued problems on the production end of things, it was clear that the band was slowly finding its identity. Bolt Thrower then joined the now-infamous Grindcrusher tour, also featuring Napalm Death, Carcass, and Morbid Angel, across the U.K., before starting work on what would become their most definitive album, 1991's Warmaster. This time, producer Colin Richardson helped the band achieve the taught, precision-filled intensity they'd been looking for all along, and the resulting LP has since come to represent Bolt Thrower's signature sound: Willetts' deeply guttural growl combined with Ward and Thompson's nearly impenetrable wall of dense guitar riffs, set to the requisite double kick drums; but interestingly, these didn't always resort to all-out speed, but rather maintained a measured, pounding pace, which was somehow even more powerful for it. Their sonic paradigm now in place, Bolt Thrower kept themselves extremely busy for the next few years, touring incessantly across the U.K. and Europe with the likes of Unleashed and Cemetary, while recording strong follow-ups like 1992's The IVth Crusade and 1994's For Victory, each of which achieved only slightly inferior results and maintained the group's gradual shift toward slower, doomier styles.

Bolt Thrower's longtime stability was coming to an end, however, as vocalist Willetts and drummer Whale threw in their lot around this time, wishing to get off the road and pursue a more normal lifestyle. For their part, the remaining bandmembers were becoming increasingly protective of their art, and, convinced they weren't getting the best promotional support, parted company with Earache and signed to Metal Blade. Meanwhile, replacement musicians came and went as the group prepared new material, and repeated delays over artwork kept postponing the release of their sixth official album. By the time 1998's Mercenary finally arrived, original singer Willetts had been persuaded to return long enough to record his parts and new drummer Alex Thomas was sitting on the hot-stool; but by then, most fans had given Bolt Thrower up for dead and moved onto new bands to idolize. Perhaps reflecting the turmoil within, the record was also hardly one of their most stellar outings, and it was neatly overshadowed by former label Earache's Who Dares Wins collection of the same year. Dutch vocalist Martin van Drunen was brought in for touring purposes, but further lineup changes preceded the recording of 2001's semi-comeback Honour Valour Pride, by which time Bolt Thrower's core lineup of Thompson, Ward, and Bench was complemented by drummer Martin Kearns and ex-Benediction singer Dave Ingram.

In 2004, Dave Ingram had to leave the band due to health concerns. His replacement was once again Karl Willets, who came right back into the song writing process, followed by a summer 2005 recording session. This all resulted in the release of the album Those Once Loyal in November 2005. With this album Bolt Thrower had an enormous succes and the band was concidered back on the map again.

Death Metal


United Kingdom (Coventry, England), formed in 1986

Metal Blade Records


Karl Willetts - Vocals (1987-1994, 1997-1998, 2004-) (Doom - Session Vocals)
Jo-Anne Bench - Bass (1987-)
Martin "Kiddie" Kearns - Drums (1994-1997, 1999-)
Barry Thompson - Guitar (1986-)
Gavin Ward - Guitar (1986-)

Andrew Whale (1986-1994) (Urban Chaos, Drop Dead (UK), ex-Colostomy)
Alex Thomas (1997-1999) (Earl Shilton, Groop Dogdrill)

Alan West (1986-1987)
Martin van Drunen (1994-1997) (Hail Of Bullets, Bunkur, Asphyx (Hol), ex-Comecon, Death By Dawn, ex-Pestilence (Hol), ex-Submission (Hol), Mortuary I.O.D. (Guest))
Dave Ingram (1998-2004) (Strangler, Atobic (session), Downlord, ex-Benediction, ex-Warlord (UK))

Alex Tweedy (part-time in early 1987)


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