Origin: Coventry, England  
Genres: Death Metal
DISBANDED
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Last update/review: May 10, 2018

Bolt Thrower

One of England's oldest and most well-known death/grindcore bands, Bolt Thrower arose from hardcore/thrash roots in 1986, signing to the hardcore Vinyl Solution label for their 1988 debut album. Feeling their style didn't fit the label, they jumped to then-upstart Earache Records and became one of the label's flagbearers for several years before moving on to Metal Blade in 2001. Their style, largely unchanged throughout their career, retained elements of thrash, death metal, and grindcore, the latter of which is often attributed to them though they considered themselves death metal. Their career was formally closed in September 2016, the band announcing the breakup a year after the untimely death of their drummer Martin Kearns. A couple of members later formed a band in tribute to Kearns, that being Memoriam.

Last Lineup

Karl Willetts

vocals (Memoriam)

Barry Thompson

guitars

Gavin Ward

guitars

Jo Bench

bass

Andy Whale

drums (Memoriam)

Former Members/Guests

Dave Ingram

vocals (Benediction, Down Among The Dead Men)

Alex Thomas

drums (With The Dead)

Martin Kearns

drums RIP: September 14, 2015, age 38



Discography



In Battle There Is No Law!  
1988 VinylSolution
  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
  • Karl Willetts
  • Barry Thompson
  • Gavin Ward
  • Jo Bench
  • Andy Whale



Realm Of Chaos  
1989 Earache
  1. Intro
  2. Eternal War
  3. Into the Eye of Terror
  4. Dark Millennium
  5. All that Remains
  6. Lost Souls Domain
  7. Plague Beater
  8. World Eater
  9. Drowned In Torment
  10. Realm of Chaos
  11. Prophet of Hatred (CD bonus track)
  12. Outro
  • Karl Willetts
  • Barry Thompson
  • Gavin Ward
  • Jo Bench
  • Andy Whale



The Peel Sessions 1988-1990  
1991 Strange Fruit
  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. Afterlife
  12. Lost Souls Domain
  • Karl Willetts
  • Barry Thompson
  • Gavin Ward
  • Jo Bench
  • Andy Whale



Warmaster  
1991 Earache
  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. Warmaster
  9. Rebirth of Humanity
  10. Afterlife
  • Karl Willetts
  • Barry Thompson
  • Gavin Ward
  • Jo Bench
  • Andy Whale



Cenotaph  EP
1991 Earache
  1. Cenotaph
  2. Destructive Humanity
  3. Prophet of Hatred
  4. Realm of Chaos
  • Karl Willetts
  • Barry Thompson
  • Gavin Ward
  • Jo Bench
  • Andy Whale
1991 Readers' Album #36




The IVth Crusade  
1992 Earache
  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)
  • Karl Willetts
  • Barry Thompson
  • Gavin Ward
  • Jo Bench
  • Andy Whale



Spearhead  EP
1992 Earache
  1. Spearhead
  2. Crown of Life
  3. Dying Creed
  4. Lament
  • Karl Willetts
  • Barry Thompson
  • Gavin Ward
  • Jo Bench
  • Andy Whale



... For Victory  
1994 Earache
  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.I)
  10. Armageddon Bound
  • Karl Willetts
  • Barry Thompson
  • Gavin Ward
  • Jo Bench
  • Andy Whale
1994 Readers' Album #34




Mercenary  
1998 Metal Blade
  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
  • Karl Willetts
  • Barry Thompson
  • Gavin Ward
  • Jo Bench
  • Alex Thomas



Who Dares Wins  COMPILATION
1998 Earache
  1. Cenotaph
  2. Destructive Infinity
  3. Prophet Of Hatred
  4. Realm Of Chaos (Live)
  5. Spearhead (Extended remix)
  6. Crown Of Life- Dying
  7. Creed
  8. Lament
  9. World Eater '94
  10. Overlord



Honour Valour Pride  
2001 Metal Blade
  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
  • Dave Ingram
  • Barry Thompson
  • Gavin Ward
  • Jo Bench
  • Martin Kearns



Those Once Loyal  
2005 Metal Blade
  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
  10. A Symbol of Eight (bonus track)
  • Karl Willetts
  • Barry Thompson
  • Gavin Ward
  • Jo Bench
  • Martin Kearns
2005 Readers' Album #26




Live War  LIVE
2010 Earache
  1. The IVth Crusade
  2. Dying Creed
  3. Spearhead
  4. Unleashed
  5. Ritual
  6. Where Next to Conquer
  7. Warmaster
  8. As the World Burns
  9. Cenotaph
  • Karl Willetts
  • Barry Thompson
  • Gavin Ward
  • Jo Bench
  • Andy Whale




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