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Bolt Thrower - War Master (7,5/10) - Great Britain - 1991

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Earache
Playing time: 46:05
Band homepage: Bolt Thrower

Tracklist:

  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
Bolt Thrower - War Master
BOLT THROWER are considered by many to be one of the originators of the Grindcore-sound, I just don't see it. Compared to almost all extreme Metal-bands BOLT THROWER is not that fast. Every track has a doomy feel with guitars that reach faster speeds, but never the level of chaotic anarchy that is found on most Grindcore-bands. I'm not sure who I would compare them, too, they have their own unique sound.

The songs have a kind of epic feel with some time changes, hyper guitar solos and really cool gargly vocals (I understand almost every word). "War Master" features an excellent production with minor shards of melody (yes, each song has sort of feel to it). Yet, they are still one of the most hurtful bands in the world. Using war as the basis for all the lyrical content, its also gives then a edge over the standard "Kill your family"-images of most Death Metal-bands.

I would also like to mention the great cover-artwork on this CD, reminding me of those old CONAN-comics of my youth. BOLT THROWER seem old and wise at the same time, they just seem to know how to write music better then most. The fact that they don't have the relentless pounding-on-my-brain-guitar-wall (overkill factor = I'm the heaviest fucker this earth, so beware), allows me to frequently visit this CD. Also, features a female bassist if you could believe that.

Peter Konstantatos



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