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2009 digitally remastered edition of this album from the Phoenix-based Metal band, originally released in 1990. Often referred to as the band’s finest album, The American Way brought their Thrash roots to the fore while also adding some other less predictable musical styles into the mix. Eight tracks. Displeased.

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  • I once had a cassette of this album but it wore out. I saw this had been remastered and grabbed it. Listen to this young ‘uns and hear one of the beginning bands mixing speed/death metal and hear where Killswitch and Shadows Fall got some of their sound. Classic speed guitar riffing and the vocals are strong. The remastering really helped the rhythm section get beefed up too. I listened to this with the new Bolt Thrower album and it’s almost seemless. Which might mean to some they are used up and outdated but I think it means they are masters of their sound. This sounds great and I hope exposes them to more people.

    Posted on March 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Bolt Thrower were certainly not the first grindcore band in existence, but they still played an undeniable role in originating, solidifying, popularizing, and perfecting it. In other words, if bands like Napalm Death, Repulsion, and Extreme Noise Terror planted grindcore’s seeds, then these five British titans were the gardener that watered them. Plus, to this day, they remain one of the best and most powerful, important, and consistent groups that the genre has ever seen. And influential? You can say that again! They might not be in the same league as the above bands, but anyone who denies their influence is just oblivious or lying — they have inspired legions and legions of offspring and imitators. (I mean, for crying out loud, the title of German metalcore outfit Heaven Shall Burn’s debut was a tribute to them!)

    On their second album, 1989’s magnum opus “Realm of Chaos,” Bolt Thrower combined death metal, Slayer-inspired thrash, hardcore, and occasional doom touches to create, well, you know. It is chock full of all the usual grind goodies, including dark themes, freakishly gross lyrics, hoarse, evil sounding growls, and super tight, uber brutal musicianship (i.e. heavy, downtuned guitars, chaotic soloing, steady bass lines, and foundation-shaking rhythms punctuated with terrific, hyper-kinetic blast beats).

    But “Realm of Chaos” also features two qualities that a lot of fans will find refreshing. For one, it possesses a sound that is definitely influenced more by death metal than hardcore. As a result, there are no high, grating hardcore screams to be heard here, and the number of breakdowns is limited (and when there is one, it is always appropriately placed and doesn’t interfere with the momentum.) And secondly, this album proves Bolt Thrower can riff better than most of the rest. It boasts some really excellent, monstrous, memorable, and caustic riffs, many of which could be argued to be among death metal’s best of all-time (or if not, then at least of the 1980’s).

    After the ominous “Intro,” the ball gets rolling quickly when “Eternal War” steamrolls through the speakers. This song is a blastfest from start to finish; guitarists Gavin Ward and Barry Thompson create a blazing wall of sound (and also toss in a careening solo) while skinsman Andrew Whale pummels away. “Through The Eye Of Terror,” which is backed by massive, churning licks, battering ram drums, and whiplash tempo change ups, is more mid-tempo, but no-less skull-crushing. “Dark Millennium” keeps the intensity in the red with great, full-on thrash riffing and brutal blasts that rain down on your ear drums like jackhammers. The album is a long smoldering onslaught until track five, “All That Remains,” begins with a minute of cool doom atmosphere. But after that first minute, be prepared to be crushed again – this time with furious, thrashy, buzzsaw leads and manic soloing. Later highlights are the scorching guitars, lightning-fast drumming, and brutal growls in “Lost Souls Domain”; the barnburning “Drowned In Torment” and title track; and the positively stellar (and should-be-legendary) riffs and nice, shredding solos of “World Eater.”

    In conclusion, “Realm of Chaos” is not the most groundbreaking grindcore/death metal release in history, but it is nonetheless a classic one, and also a landmark on the genre’s timeline. Essential listening for all extreme metal enthusiasts.

    Posted on March 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • i’ll keep this one short. this is an absolute classic, front to back, and is packed with more monster riffs than you can shake a stick at. and to top it all off, there are gratuitous appearances of the scream “BLARRRRRRRGH!!!”.

    seriously, this is a true classic, and is as good (read: better) as anything the band has released since. if you’ve made it this far and are on the fence about this one, don’t hesitate for a minute to pull the trigger. your world shall be rocked!

    one caveat: this much needed reissue was done without the input of the band, and the label has fleeced the members of any royalties that come from this pressing, so bolt thrower have actually asked that their fans NOT buy this recording. you may not have a choice, as the original is very out of print and hard to come by. oh, they messed with the original cover art too.

    so to recap… reissue bad, album amazing. really amazing.

    Posted on March 5, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album whips major Donkey @$$!!!! it would be more awesome if they used the original cover! that cover is awesome! true classic Warhammer 40K Games Workshop art! As it has been said before, this is one of the heaviest albums of all time, yet it isnt over flowing with annoying distortion, so you can actually hear that these guys can play the strings off any guitar, or beat the living ba-jesus out of a set of drums! I like War Master, and IVth Crusade more, but this album is still one of my most favorite cds that i own, and i have around 320 cds!

    Plus how many awesome death metal bands come out of England! not many! there may be a lot of them in England, but very few actually make it world wide!

    These guys can freaking shred, while crushing you skull at the same time!!! not for the weak stomachs, or faint of heart!! Bolt Thrower will Slay you and display your desicrated corpse on their tank!

    Posted on March 5, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Ahh, Bolt Thrower. Out of all the classic deathgrind bands from England (Carcass, Napalm Death, etc) this is by far the finest in my opinion. Why, you say? Riffage. Few bands these days put the power back into the riffs, and Bolt Thrower has some of my favorites on here (Realm of Chaos and World Eater). Out of all my favorite death metal records from the late 80s early 90s, this is second only to Effigy of the Forgotten.

    Oh yeah, and dont forget to see these guys live, they put on a hell of a show.

    If you enjoy Suffocation, Obituary, or any other classic death metal, make sure to pick this one up.

    Posted on March 5, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now