British extreme metal pioneers BOLT THROWER will play a very special 25th-anniversary show, Boltfest, on Saturday, April 7 (Easter Bank Holiday weekend) at the HMV Forum in London, England. Joining them on the bill will be AUTOPSY, DISCHARGE, BENEDICTION and VALLENFYRE.
Commented BOLT THROWER: “Every band on the bill has contributed in one way or another to some great memories over the last 26 years of BOLT THROWER, so it’s an absolute pleasure to have them all onboard!! Seeing that all five bands on the bill only play a few select shows a year, this should be a very special night!”
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BOLT THROWER previously stated about its decision to stage Boltfest, “Anniversaries are kind of easy to achieve. For a band, just don’t split up and you’ll reach one, whether it’s 10, 20 or 35 years. And this year we’ve reached ’25 years of not splitting up!’ We managed to stop others from making a big fuss about it, and didn’t give in to the numerous offers and suggestions on how we should cash in on it! But it has made us appreciate the opportunities we’ve been given since 1986, and that we’ve been able to do everything we wanted to do without compromising in any way.
“We’ve been lucky enough to have played a lot of killer shows with great bands and met a lot of very cool people over the years, and we think that’s the stuff that deserves some kind of celebration. So, we want to organize a [‘Boltfest’], where we can reunite with some of these bands and invite you, the people who have supported us over the last 25 years.”
As previously reported, the last three albums from BOLT THROWER — “Mercenary” (1998), “Honour Valour Pride” (2001) and “Those Once Loyal” (2005) — were reissued on vinyl on October 24, 2011 via Metal Blade Records. All three albums were released as gatefold LPs in colored vinyl, limited to 1,000 units each.
BOLT THROWER indefinitely postponed plans to record a new studio album after the band realized that the new stuff it had written “just doesn’t match up” to the group’s last CD, “Those Once Loyal”. “We have a lot of pride in our back catalogue, and we refuse to turn into one of the many bands (like the ones we grew up listening to) who end up releasing crap, and we’re also not prepared to compromise by instead releasing an album of cover versions or a ‘best-of’ album,” BOLT THROWER explained in a statement.
“Those Once Loyal” entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 76 — the group’s highest-charting release in Germany so far. The follow-up to 2001’s “Honour, Valour, Pride” was recorded at Andy Faulkner‘s Sable Rose studios and was the band’s first album since the return of original vocalist Karl Willetts as a full-time member.