BOLT THROWER (ENGLAND)


Bolt Thrower are five piece Death Metal band from the United Kingdom, Birmingham area. They started in September 1986 as a hardcore punk/ thrash metal band, influenced by thrash metal bands such as Slayer and hardcore punk bands, including Discharge and Crass. The band was founded by bass-player Gavin Ward together with guitarist Barry Thompson. Later Alan West, who was a friend of Barry joined as a singer. A drummer was found in Andy Whale who joined shortly thereafter. In April 1987 the 'In Battle There Is No Law' demo was recorded with this line-up. Their next challenge was the 'Concession of Pain' demo, which they recorded in September of the same year (1987). Gavin had switched to guitars and they recruited Alex Tweedy to play the bass guitar. However, Alex did not show up at the recording and therefore Gavin recorded the bass and the guitars for the second demo. Two weeks after the recording of this demo Jo Bench replaced Alex. With this line-up Bolt Thrower recorded their first Peel session on 3 January 1988, with John Peel, the alternative diskjockey of BBC radio one. He had received their second demo and became enthusiastic about the band. They recorded four tracks for it, which resulted in a deal with Vinyl Solution to release one album. Just before the recording of their very first full-length album they replaced their singer with their backline driver Karl Willetts who was a friend of Andy. Now they were able to record their debut album 'In Battle There Is No Law'.


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1986 REHEARSAL

Xeroxed covers. Tapes were regular tapes. Obviously this wasn't spread out too much.


TRACK LISTING:
- In the Battle There's No Law
- Attack in the Aftermath
- Untitled
- Untitled
- Untitled

 

1988 DEMO

Xeroxed covers. Tapes were regular tapes. Cover folds to A4 size and has lyrics. Also called the Concession of Pain Demo


TRACK LISTING:
- Intro
- Concession of Pain
- Forgotten Existence
- Challenge of Power
- In Battle There Is No Law
- Psychological Warfare

 

FORGOTTEN EXISTENCE 1988 PROMO

Xeroxed color covers. Tapes were studio tapes.


TRACK LISTING:
- Forgotten Existence

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