BOLT THROWER stand for continuity, originality and longevity in the realm of Death Metal and that for more than a decade now. 1988, when the Death Metal had only lived a little noticed life at the edge, the Brits threw the first shadows on the still young Metal sub genre with “In Battle There Is No Law” (then still with a different vocalist). With a super cheap production and a (for today’s standards) cult cover BOLT THROWER laid the foundation for a long and eventful band history. The two classics „Realm Of Chaos“ (1989) and „Warmaster“ (1991) made them immortal pretty quickly, but the follow ups „The IVth Crusade“ (1992), „For Victory“ (1994) and „Mercenary“ (1998) helped the wrecking commando BOLT THROWER to grow into a stalwart of the Death Metal genre.
The strength of this band still does not lie in the hefty hyper-speeding of some bordering bands (apart from their very beginnings), but in the creation of doomy, menacing and heavily grooving songs. „Honour - Valour – Pride“, compared to the previous album „Mercenary“, is even more viscous and presses a lot. Combined with the bombastic production the songs crawl like lava into the ears of the listener and get stuck there for a long time. „Contact Wait Out“, „Inside The Wire“, „Suspect Hostile“ or „K-Machine“ roll over you like a stream roller and everything that stands in the way of this machine will be rammed down. Wide guitar walls together with rolling double bass attacks are rounded off by the dark grunts of Karl Willetts. This is the foundation of a BOLT THROWER song.
Everything that happens other than that should be reviewed by your own ears. As in the past the artwork of this album also fits the music very well and reminds me a lot of albums two and three. The musical war machine is still rollin’! (Online February 11, 2004)