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Review: Bolt Thrower - Realm of Chaos (Vinyl reissue)
Bolt Thrower
Realm of Chaos (Vinyl reissue)

Label: Earache Records
Year released: 2017
Originally released in: 1989
Duration: 34:20
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: July 15, 2018
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4.73/5 (94.55%) (11 Votes)

So, purely by accident (ah!), I'm visiting a downtown vinyl record store and come across this album in new arrivals. My music inventory says I don't have it. In fact, it says I don't have any Bolt Thrower album. Interesting. Don't know how that happened. Come with daddy.

Realm of Chaos first came out nearly 30 years ago and I can say that it has withstood the test of time. Death metal has changed quite a bit since, growing faster, heavier, more diverse – for better or for worse. But there are a lot of bands who would kill to release something this good. There isn't one weak track here and while it's not exactly the most varied album you'll find, it makes up for it in quality. Blazing, razor-sharp riffs aplenty, fast drumming and harsh death growls are consistently good throughout.

As one can expect from the time period, the influences from traditional heavy metal and thrash are quite audible, but Bolt Thrower makes those influences their bitches and thunder away to create something that is bound to have floored many unsuspecting listeners back in the day (I'd have run away without looking back if I had heard this back when it was released). The songs here are uncompromisingly fast and brutal without turning into a messy, out of control speedfest, while maintaining a surprising amount of catchiness.

I get to listen to more death albums than most can stomach over the course of a year, but there aren't many that make me go, "Fuck, yes!" This one does. That is all.

Additional Information

Full dynamic range vinyl reissue.

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