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Album Review

Although it never appealed to mainstream rock audiences, Bolt Thrower wasn't quite as extreme as some of the other bands on England's metal-oriented Earache label (which signed a distribution deal with Combat in the early '90s). Compare Warmaster to Carcass' very hardcore Symphonies of Sickness, and you'll see that this blistering death metal release is a bit more accessible. Lead singer Karl Willetts favors the type of choked, grunting vocals that underground grindcore bands were known for, but unlike such bands, Bolt Thrower isn't always heard at breakneck speed. Bolt Thrower often slows down the tempo, making the morbid lyrics to "The Shreds of Sanity," "Destructive Infinity," and "Profane Creation" easier to understand. Despite Bolt Thrower's limitations, this is a CD that seasoned thrash fans will find invigorating.

Customer Reviews

Wanna know grindcore? Buy this!!!!

This is it! There is nothing else that can match it. Vocals that you can actually hear, not just this mind-numbing, constant speed of the other bands, tempo changes, dual guitars and a chick bass player? Every song makes me curl up in the fetal position and cry out for my mommy before my head gets smashed in.

Moving Towards a New Style

On this one, Bolt Thrower began moving away from the sub-basement grindcore of their eighties releases and towards the groove-based style of death metal they would perfect in the mid 90s. The most notable change is the fact that the guitars are now tuned up to C# (compared to whatever ungodly low tuning they used on the classic Realm of Chaos). It's still pretty much grindcore, and it's not quite as awesome as Realm of Chaos or the Fourth Crusade or For Victory, but this is a pretty decent album from an absolutely essential band.

Why do people keep calling this grindcore?

this is epic, and painful. Bolt thrower were never grindcore, but have always been awesome, its just good metal, its far more death metal in sound, then grindcore. plus all they ever talk about is war, hense a lot of people call them War Metal( which i think fits them better awesome drums, nothing like Grind drumming, no blast beats here, no sir.


Formed: September, 1986 in England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

One of Britain's most consistent and enduring death metal bands, Birmingham'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...
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