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Bolt Thrower - Those Once Loyal

Discussion in 'Metal Reviews' started by Billenzimmer, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. Billenzimmer

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    Bolt Thrower- Those Once Loyal
    Metal Blade Records- 15/11/2005
    By James Willcock

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    I really can't decide if I like Bolt Thrower or not. I don’t know why, as they are the kind of death metal with thrash influences that I’m partial to, and the music has the kind of groove that you can bang your head to that I deem almost essential in metal. Yet the music seems to lack a certain je ne sais quoi that would elevate it to the status of music I really love. Perhaps it’s the fact that once a song hits its stride, it happily marches on in the same fashion for the next several minutes, making the listen a some what unchallenging one.

    This aside, this album is easy to recommend- if you’ve liked Bolt Thrower in the past, you’ll like this, if you haven’t been fussed, then it’s probably not worth the effort. It’s not that this is a bad album- the band (with a fairly classic line up of Karl Willets on vocals, Barry Thompson and Gavin Ward on guitars, Jo Bench on bass and Martin Kearns on drums) play very well together, with chugging bass lines and pounding drums underlying thunderous guitars, all mixed with vocals that would scare large rottweilers. The production is spot on, with every element balanced near perfectly to give the music maximum impact.

    The problem lies with the style- Bolt Thrower have been producing their own brand of death metal for 20 years now, and this album sees the band sticking to their guns (particularly apt, given their ever so slight obsession with all things military and warfare) and releasing more of the same. Even the press release states “In a world of compromise… some don’t”. Fans of the music will be delighted to hear another fine effort; everyone else will continue to be thoroughly uninterested. That said, if you haven’t heard Bolt Thrower before, this is as good a place as any to get started, and I recommend that you should at least check them out as they are by no means a bad band. You never know, you might be loyal (see what I did there), and just not yet know it. Therefore, in keeping with UM’s rating scale, I put this on the boundary and give it….

    6.5/10
     
  2. Carcassian

    Carcassian Utopian Blaster

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    Close. It's an 8.5, but then again, I'm a massive Bolt Thrower fan.

    I think it combines all the best elements from "...For Victory" with the best elements from "Mercenary" to excellent effect.
     
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    I love their new album. Much more concentrated and better than their previous Honour-Valor-Pride album.
     
  4. Hopkins-WitchfinderGeneral

    Hopkins-WitchfinderGeneral we are children of god

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    i like it, i'd give it a strong 7
     
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    Darkmatter Vox/Gtr

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    This is an 8, easy.
     
  6. Billenzimmer

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    Maybe I was a little harsh with the score, perhaps a 7 or 7.5, as it is above average for the genre, although I still stand by the fact there is nothing here for people who haven't liked Bolt Thrower in the past
     
  7. DoomLordDTR

    DoomLordDTR Metal Overlord

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    8 easy for sure

    bolt thrower are gods at that old skool death metal chug!
     
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    WAR MASTER!

    Good times...:kickass:
     
  9. Onder

    Onder Thoroughly thought-through

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    Yea yea, "Those Once Loyal" was the first BT album I have had, and I still love it, my rating is 8.5 - the sound is perfect - what a ride!
     
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    DoomLordDTR Metal Overlord

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    this and realm of chaos own, old school groovy dm

    your either love em or hate em
     

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