Bolt Thrower是来自英国考文垂的英国死亡金属乐队。他们于1986年成立，并于1988年与Vinyl Solution发行了第一张专辑。乐队随后转移到了新唱片公司Earache Records，很快成为该唱片中最畅销的乐队之一。他们的最后一个标签是金属刀片纪录。乐队有一系列成员，并曾在欧洲，美国和澳大利亚巡回演出。在其30年的职业生涯中，Bolt Thrower发行了八张录音室专辑，三张EP，一张现场专辑，两张汇编专辑和两个演示。2016年9月14日，乐队宣布随着鼓手Martin Kearns的去世而分手。 恰好在一年前。
博尔特运动员形成于1986年9月作为一个碾核乐队，由乐队如影响大杀手，克拉斯和放电。乐队由贝斯手加文·沃德（Gavin Ward）和吉他手巴里·汤姆森（Barry Thomson）在一次顽固的朋克演出中在考文垂的 酒吧厕所成立。此后不久，安德鲁·鲸鱼和艾伦·韦斯特分别加入了鼓和人声。1987年4月，该阵容录制了《没有法律的战斗》演示。
他们的第二张唱片是他们在1987年9月制作的《痛苦的让步》演示。加文改用吉他，并聘请亚历克斯·特威迪（Alex Tweedy）演奏贝斯。但是，Alex没有出现在录音中，因此Gavin为演示同时弹奏吉他和贝斯。录音两周后，加文的女友乔·本杰（Jo Bench）取代了特威迪（Tweedy）。
他们以这种阵容录制了1988年1月3日与BBC Radio One的另一位唱片骑师约翰·皮尔（John Peel）的第一次皮尔会议。他收到了他们的第二次演示，并对乐队充满热情。他们为此录制了四首曲目，从而与Vinyl Solution达成协议发行了一张专辑。在录制第一张完整专辑之前，他们用他们的司机Karl Willetts替换了歌手。他们的首张唱片 “ 在没有法律的战斗中”的时长只有半小时，并且具有原始和原始的声音，通常被归类为grindcore。
卡尔·威利兹（Karl Willetts）和安迪·鲸（Andy Whale）（1989-1994）的流行和离开的崛起
他们对与Vinyl Solution达成的交易不满意，因为当时这是一个纯粹的硬核标签。该标签对Bolt Thrower以及死金属和硬核朋克的融合没有太大帮助，因此在发行一张专辑Bolt Thrower决定离开Vinyl Solution并由Earache Records签名后。Earache Records还与其他许多死亡金属乐队签了名，其中包括Carcass和Napalm Death。他们的第二张专辑《 Realm Of Chaos》专辑的制作不佳，尽管比以前的尝试有所提高。[ 谁？]艺术品由John Sibbick根据Games Workshop的合同创作1987年发行的《战锤40,000》规则手册。在Games Workshop听到1988年11月6日录制的Bolt Thrower第二届Peel歌曲的录音之后，他们提供了为Bolt Thrower专辑制作昂贵艺术品的机会，乐队很快接受了。该唱片于1989年发行，标题为《混乱的境界》，副标题为《奴隶到黑暗》。歌曲的大部分歌词也受到游戏的影响，而不仅仅是因为与Games Workshop达成了交易。Karl，Andy和Gavin非常喜欢Games Workshop制作的游戏，他们就这些游戏写了几首歌。一些明显的例子是“ 瘟疫携带者 ”和“ 世界食者”“不过，大多数歌词都可以投射到战争上，这是Bolt Thrower使用的一般主题。在录制了混乱之境之后，他们与标签伙伴Napalm Death，Carcass和Morbid Angel一起参加了Grindcrusher巡演。在Cenotaph EP上，一首歌（“这张巡回演唱会上录制了这张专辑。这张EP还收录了战争大师和《混乱的境界》的两张CD奖金曲目，以及歌曲《纪念碑》。
继续，他们录制了1990年7月22日的第三场也是最后一场果皮演唱会。即将发行的专辑中的这三首歌曲均以原始版本以及Realm Of Chaos的 “ Lost Souls Domain”进行了演奏。Bolt Thrower历史上的下一步是名为War Master的专辑。它作为以前的专辑在Slaughterhouse工作室录制，录制完成后两周便被烧毁。同样，Games Workshop愿意做他们的作品。但是，由于价格太昂贵，Bolt Thrower拒绝了这一报价。由Games Workshop的前首席设计师负责制作艺术品，从而产生与Realm of Chaos类似的艺术品。在美国期间他们继续宣传War Master专辑，并使用了一辆古老的美国校车作为游览车，里面装有许多电脑游戏。1991年，所有这三场Peel会议均发行在一张名为1988-90年Peel Sessions的 CD 中。
他们的下一步是专辑《 IVth Crusade》。标题具有双重含义，因为这是他们的第四张录音室专辑（不包括Peel的演出），但专辑名称还涉及《第四次十字军东征》和君士坦丁堡的占领。封面艺术品是尤金·德拉克劳瓦（EugèneDelacroix）的画作，上面写着 “十字军进入君士坦丁堡”。
他们写的较慢的歌曲更沉重，更有冲击力。它更倾向于受像Candlemass之类的乐队影响的厄运金属，并结合他们自己的大量死金属声音。专辑其次是旅游世界的远征与波兰的死亡金属的行为维德和瑞典死亡金属乐队墓在欧洲。乐队再次访问了美国和澳大利亚。在此期间，发行了一张名为Spearhead的单曲，其中包含CD曲目“ Spearhead”的很重的扩展混音，以及新专辑中的两首新曲目和“ Dying Creed”。
他们的下一张专辑叫做… For Victory，于1994年发行。这是Karl Willetts和Andrew Whale制作的最后一张专辑。两人都因为改变生活方向而离开了乐队。最近的一次美国巡演进行得并不顺利，他们过早地回到了家，而此时乐队已经对巡演感到厌倦。该专辑的限量版包含一张名为War的额外现场CD （有时称为Live War）。发行专辑后，卡尔·威利兹（Karl Willetts）被前Pestilence歌手马丁·范· 德鲁宁（Martin van Drunen）和接管鼓组的马丁·“基迪”·基恩斯（Martin“ Kiddie” Kearns）取代。
在1995年和1996年，他们进行了两次欧洲巡回演出。1997年，马丁·范·德鲁宁（Martin van Drunen）决定离开乐队，因为他觉得自己从未真正成为博尔特·瑟罗（Bolt Thrower）的一员，并且因为他患有某种疾病，导致头发掉下来并给舞台带来不安全感。在德国至少一场演出中，老朋友戴夫·英格拉姆（Dave Ingram）参加了演出。马丁·基恩斯（Martin Kearns）也决定离开乐队。鼓包上的位置现在由Alex Thomas接管。卡尔·威利兹（Karl Willetts）暂时重新加入乐队，在下一张专辑中担任主唱。乐队将唱片公司的标签从“ 耳痛”改为“金属刀片唱片”，因为自美国以来…为了胜利巡演中，他们发现在Earache方面缺乏成功。Earache也想摆脱他们，而Bolt Thrower希望尽快离开Earache，所以他们分开了。
这张专辑名为Mercenary，于1998年9月8日在欧洲发行，1998年11月10日在美国发行，收录9首曲目。总的来说，它比前一张专辑慢。但是，它肯定很沉重，听起来很像经典的Bolt Thrower。卡尔还恢复了以前的演唱风格。铁杆朋克的影响力再次消失。专辑录制后，Karl再次离开了乐队，乐队在离开Benediction之后永久聘用了Dave Ingram 。
1998年11月，Earache Records发行了Who Whoes Dars Wins，该专辑收录了各种较早的唱片，包括Spearhead和Cenotaph EP。乐队成员本人不赞成该合辑的发行，并警告不要购买该合辑，因为它是Earache的廉价现金。最初，它的标题是“ 没有勇气-没有荣耀”，但标题被更改，因为《雇佣兵》中的一首歌具有相同的标题，并且《金属刀锋唱片》遭到了反对。《雇佣军》发行后，乐队开始了欧洲巡演，名为“杀人区”，戴夫·英格拉姆（Dave Ingram）演唱了人声。亚历克斯·托马斯（Alex Thomas）离开，因为他对Bolt Thrower的音乐指导缺乏兴趣。
在2001年进行了一次短暂的欧洲巡演之后（仅包含5个日期），他们开始制作一张新专辑。Honor-Valor-Pride于2002年初在Metal Blade Records上发行，显示了从Mercenary方向发展的过程。它包含九首曲目；该digipak包括一个奖金轨道。马丁·基恩斯（Martin Kearns）解决了自己的生活后重返乐队。
2004年，乐队开始为他们的最新专辑开发新材料。他们打算在2004年5月录制它，而Metal Blade的发行定于今年年底。同时，正在准备进行欧洲巡回和美国巡回演出。不幸的是，就在录音开始之前，Dave Ingram出于健康和个人问题决定离开。这推迟了新唱片和新专辑的巡回演出，因此优先考虑寻找新歌手。2004年11月18日，乐队宣布卡尔·威利茨（Karl Willetts）回归。从2005年5月开始录制名为“曾经的忠诚者 ”的专辑。它于2005年11月11日在德国发行，11月14日在欧洲其他地区发行，11月15日在美国发行。它受到了诸如以下杂志的广泛好评。岩石声音，岩石坚硬和金属锤。随后在2006年1月和2月进行了欧洲巡回演出。 随后在4月进行了第二回合，约会的地点在斯堪的纳维亚半岛，英国，西班牙等地。
Bolt Thrower宣布，由于他们对“曾经的忠诚”专辑感到满意，因此将无限期地推迟另一张LP的录制。乐队表示，他们的目标总是在发行“完美的Bolt Thrower专辑”后停止。但是，卡尔·威利兹（Karl Willetts）提到了第九张专辑的作品。
自从发行《曾经的忠诚者》以来，Earache发行了1989年专辑《混乱的境界》的重新制作版，其中包含约翰·西比克的替代艺术品，约翰·西比克负责《战锤40,000盗贼商人》封面和《混乱至黑暗的境界》的原作。乐队鼓励人们不要购买它，就像Who Dares Wins一样，它未经征询他们的同意就被释放。此外，据称该乐队已经多年没有从Earache获得版税。
马丁·基恩斯（Martin Kearns）从1994年至1997年一直是Bolt Thower的鼓手，自2000年以来又一次去世。他于2015年9月14日意外去世，享年38岁。这将是自1993年以来的第一次。
2016年9月14日，即Kearns逝世一周年之际，Bolt Thrower在他们的网站上宣布他们不会继续，并解释说：“我们与3位主唱一起度过了20年，一起环游世界，但他的意义非凡因此，当我们将他的棺材搬到他最后的安息之地时，Bolt Thrower鼓手的位置就被埋葬了，他曾经是，现在将永远保留为Bolt Thrower鼓手，我们的大力士和朋友Martin’Kiddie’ Kearns。” 两天后，乐队主唱卡尔·威利兹（Karl Willetts）证实了乐队解散的传言，他说：“我可以肯定，《飞镖战士》肯定已经结束了。
2020年3月7日，Bolt Thrower的三个幸存成员–吉他手Gavin Ward和Barry“ Baz” Thomson，以及贝斯手Jo Bench –在生日聚会上被发现，庆祝那是Kearns的43岁生日，这促使人们猜测潜在的聚会。
Bolt Thrower were an English death metal band from Coventry, England. They formed in 1986 and released their first album with Vinyl Solution in 1988. The band then shifted to a new record label, Earache Records, soon becoming one of the best selling bands on that label. Their last label was Metal Blade Records. The band had a succession of members, and had toured Europe, the United States, and Australia. Over the course of their 30-year career, Bolt Thrower released eight studio albums, three EPs, one live album, two compilation albums and two demos. On 14 September 2016 the band announced that they were breaking up, following the death of drummer Martin Kearns exactly a year earlier.
Early history (1986–1988)
Bolt Thrower were formed in September 1986 as a grindcore band, influenced largely by bands such as Slayer, Crass and Discharge. The band was founded by bassist Gavin Ward and guitarist Barry Thomson in a Coventry pub toilet during a hardcore punk gig. Shortly thereafter Andrew Whale and Alan West joined on drums and vocals respectively. In April 1987 the In Battle There Is No Law demo was recorded with this line-up.
Their second recording was the Concession of Pain demo, which they made in September 1987. Gavin had switched to guitars and they recruited Alex Tweedy to play the bass. However, Alex did not show up for the recording, and so Gavin played both guitar and bass for the demo. Two weeks after the recording session, Gavin’s girlfriend Jo Bench replaced Tweedy.
With this line-up they recorded their first Peel session on 3 January 1988, with John Peel, the alternative disk jockey of BBC Radio One. He had received their second demo and became enthusiastic about the band. They recorded four tracks for it, resulting in a deal with Vinyl Solution to release one album. Just before the recording of their first full-length album, they replaced their singer with their driver Karl Willetts. Their debut LP, In Battle There Is No Law is only a half hour in length and has a primitive and raw sound often categorized as grindcore.
Rise to popularity and departures of Karl Willetts and Andy Whale (1989–1994)
They were not satisfied with the deal with Vinyl Solution as it was a pure hardcore label at that time. The label did little promotion for Bolt Thrower and their blend of death metal and hardcore punk, so after one album Bolt Thrower decided to leave Vinyl Solution and were signed by Earache Records. Earache Records had also signed many other death metal bands including Carcass and Napalm Death. The production of their second album Realm Of Chaos album was poor, though it was an improvement on previous attempts.[who?] The artwork was created by John Sibbick under contract for Games Workshop for the warhammer 40,000 rulebook released in 1987. After Games Workshop heard the recording of the songs for Bolt Thrower’s second Peel session, which was recorded on 6 November 1988, they offered to do the expensive artwork for Bolt Thrower’s album, an offer the band quickly accepted. The record was released in 1989 with the title of Realm of Chaos and with the subtitle Slaves to Darkness. Most of the lyrics to the songs were also influenced by the game, but not merely because of the deal with Games Workshop. Karl, Andy and Gavin were very much into the games Games Workshop produced and they wrote a couple of songs about these games. Some obvious examples are “Plague Bearer” and “World Eater”. Most lyrics can however be projected on war, the general theme Bolt Thrower uses. After the recording of Realm of Chaos, they went on the Grindcrusher Tour with labelmates Napalm Death, Carcass and Morbid Angel. On the Cenotaph EP one song (“Realm of Chaos”) appears that is recorded during this tour. This EP also features the two CD-bonus tracks from War Master and Realm of Chaos plus the song “Cenotaph”.
Continuing, they recorded their third and final Peel session on 22 July 1990. On these three songs from the upcoming album were performed in raw versions as well as “Lost Souls Domain” off Realm Of Chaos. The next step in the history of Bolt Thrower was the album titled War Master. It was recorded, as the previous album, in the Slaughterhouse studios, which burnt down two weeks after the recordings were completed. Again, Games Workshop offered to do their artwork; however, as it was considered too expensive, Bolt Thrower declined the offer. The former head designer of Games Workshop would do the artwork, resulting in quite similar artwork as that of Realm of Chaos. During the U.S. tour they went on to promote the War Master album, they used an old U.S. school bus as a tour bus, loaded with many computer games. All three Peel sessions were then released on one CD named The Peel Sessions 1988–90 in 1991.
Their next step was the album The IVth Crusade. The title has a double meaning, as it was their fourth studio album (not counting the Peel sessions), but the album title also refers to the Fourth Crusade and the capturing of Constantinople. The cover artwork is a painting from Eugène Delacroix, showing “The Entry of the Crusaders in Constantinople”.
They wrote slower songs which were heavier and more bombastic. It leans more towards doom metal influenced by bands like Candlemass, in combination with their own massive death metal sound. The album was followed by the tour World Crusade with the Polish death metal act Vader and the Swedish death metal band Grave in Europe. The band toured the U.S. again as well as Australia. During this time, a single was released called Spearhead containing a very heavy, extended remix of the CD track “Spearhead” plus two new tracks and “Dying Creed” off of the new album.
Their next album is called …For Victory and was released in 1994. It was the final album with Karl Willetts and Andrew Whale. Both left the band because of changing life directions. The latest American tour did not go well, they returned home prematurely and by this time the band was quite fed-up with touring. A limited edition of the album exists containing a bonus live CD, called War (sometimes called Live War). After the album released, Karl Willetts was replaced by former Pestilence singer Martin van Drunen, and Martin “Kiddie” Kearns, who took over the drum kit.
More lineup changes, Mercenary and Honour – Valour – Pride (1995–2003)
In 1995 and 1996 they went on two European tours. In 1997, Martin van Drunen decided to leave the band as he felt that he never really became a part of Bolt Thrower, and because he had a disease that made his hair fall out and gave him insecurity on stage. For at least one show in Germany, long time friend Dave Ingram stood in. Martin Kearns also decided to leave the band. The position at the drum kit is now taken by Alex Thomas. Karl Willetts temporarily rejoined the band to do vocal duties on their next album. The band switched record labels from Earache to Metal Blade Records, because since the U.S. …For Victory tour they had seen a lack of success with Earache. Earache had also wanted to get rid of them and Bolt Thrower wanted to leave Earache as soon as possible, so they parted company.
The album titled Mercenary was released on 8 September 1998 in Europe and on 10 November 1998 in the USA, and features 9 tracks. It is an overall slower album than its predecessors. However, it is definitely very heavy and sounds very much like classic Bolt Thrower. Karl also returned to performing his previous style of singing; the hardcore punk influences have disappeared again. After the album recording, Karl left the band again and the band recruited Dave Ingram permanently after he left Benediction.
In November 1998, Earache Records released Who Dares Wins, a compilation featuring various older recordings, including the Spearhead and Cenotaph EPs. The band members themselves do not approve of the compilation’s release and warn not to buy it, considering it a cheap cash-in from Earache. Originally, it was titled No Guts – No Glory but the title was changed because one song on Mercenary has the same title and Metal Blade Records objected. Following the release of Mercenary, the band embarked on a tour of Europe, called Into the Killing Zone, with Dave Ingram on vocals. Alex Thomas departed since he lacked interest in the musical direction of Bolt Thrower.
After a short European tour in 2001 (which only consisted of 5 dates), they started to work on a new album. Honour – Valour – Pride was released in early 2002 on Metal Blade Records, and shows a progression from the direction taken on Mercenary. It contains nine tracks; the digipak includes one bonus track. Martin Kearns returned to the band after he settled his things in his life.
Reunion with Karl Willetts and Those Once Loyal (2004–2014)
In 2004, the band began working on new material for their latest album. They intended to record it in May 2004, with the release set to the end of the year by Metal Blade. Meanwhile, a European tour and a U.S. tour were being prepared. Unfortunately, right before the recording could begin, Dave Ingram decided to leave due to health and personal issues. This postponed the new record and tours, and priority was set to finding a new singer. On 18 November 2004 the band announced the return of Karl Willetts. Recording of the album, titled Those Once Loyal, started in May 2005; it was released on 11 November in Germany, 14 November in the rest of Europe and 15 November in the United States, 2005. It has been met with widespread critical acclaim from magazines such as Rock Sound, Rock Hard and Metal Hammer. A European tour followed in January and February 2006. A second leg followed in April, with dates in Scandinavia, UK, Spain and more.
Bolt Thrower announced that, as they were satisfied with the Those Once Loyal album, they would be indefinitely postponing the recording of another LP. The band stated that their goal was always to stop after releasing “the perfect Bolt Thrower album”. However, Karl Willetts had mentioned work on a ninth album.
Since releasing Those Once Loyal, Earache has released a remastered edition of the 1989 album Realm of Chaos featuring alternate artwork by John Sibbick, the artist responsible for the original artwork of both the Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader cover and Realm of Chaos – Slaves to Darkness. The band encouraged people not to buy it as, like Who Dares Wins, it was released without their consultation let alone consent. Furthermore, it has been alleged that the band has not received royalties from Earache for a number of years.
Death of Martin Kearns and the end of Bolt Thrower (2015–2016)
Martin Kearns, who had been Bolt Thower’s drummer from 1994 to 1997 and again since 2000, died unexpectedly at the age of 38 on 14 September 2015. As a result of his death, Bolt Thrower went on hiatus and cancelled their upcoming Australian tour, which would have been their first since 1993.
On 14 September 2016, the first anniversary of Kearns’ death, Bolt Thrower announced on their website that they would not continue, explaining, “We spent over 20 years together, touring the world, with 3 different vocalists, but he was so much more than just a drummer to us. So when we carried his coffin to his final resting place, the Bolt Thrower drummer position was buried with him. He was, and will now forever remain THE Bolt Thrower drummer, our Powerhouse and friend Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns.” Rumours of the band’s break-up were confirmed two days later by frontman Karl Willetts, stating, “I can confirm that Bolt Thrower are definitely over for good. There will be no reunion tours etc… no compromise.”
Aftermath and reunion rumours (2017–present)
On 7 March 2017, which would have been Kearns’ 40th birthday, Bolt Thrower posted a lengthy statement on their website, which suggested that a reunion or possible new release in memory of him was in the works. As of 2020, nothing has come of this.
On 7 March 2020, three of the surviving members of Bolt Thrower – guitarists Gavin Ward and Barry “Baz” Thomson, and bassist Jo Bench – were spotted at a birthday party celebrating what would have been Kearns’ 43rd birthday, which has prompted speculations of a potential reunion.
1988 – In Battle There Is No Law (1992)
1989 – Realm Of Chaos ‘Slaves To Darkness’
1990 – Cenotaph
1991 – War Master
1991 – Тhe Peel Sessions 1988-90
1992 – Spearhead
1992 – The IVth Crusade
1994 – …For Victory (1996)
1998 – Mercenary
1998 – Who Dares Wins
2001 – Honour – Valour – Pride
2005 – Those Once Loyal
2016 – The Best Of Bolt Thrower
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