||UK's death metal warlords have returned for
blood!! “Those Once Loyal” is Bolt
Thrower's 8th album and this is also their 20th anniversary, so
horns up for fuck's sake!! Their 8th opus is oozing with classic mid-paced
rhythms, bombastic double kicks, enthralling bass lines and Karl Willett's
extremely successful return (he sounds the same, no worries!) making
this perhaps the best Bolt Thrower album since "The IVth Crusade".
The album intro is much like the one from the "Warmaster"
album, which then smoothly transcends into the first full song whence...
"At First Light". It is a very strong beginning to the album
with loads of mid-pace melody and fast-grinding aggression. "Entrenched"
cannot be undone. It is the pinnacle of this album, in my opinion.
Very much a track that could've been placed long ago on the "Warmaster"
disc. The rest is pretty self-explanatory. It's classic grinding death
metal. No keys, no high-shrieks, no modernized edge, no bullshit!
I don't know, maybe I'm just a bit over-hyped with the fact that they're
back in full force with most of the old line-up (aside from Andy Whales...
but Mr. Kearns does just fine!). If you've grown up moshing to Bolt
Thrower and waiting years for another classic to emerge, this album
will allow you to breathe easier!
Reviewed By: Thomas