Bolt Thrower - The IVth Crusade


8.5 | 220 votes |
Release date: 1992
Style: Death metal

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01. The IVth Crusade
02. Icon
03. Embers
04. Where Next To Conquer
05. As The World Burns
06. This Time It's War
07. Ritual
08. Spearhead
09. Celestial Sanctuary
10. Dying Creed
11. Through The Ages (Outro)
12. Crown Of Life [reissue bonus]
13. Lament [reissue bonus]

Line-up
Karl Willetts - vocals
Barry "Baz" Thomson - guitars
Gavin Ward - guitars
Andy Whale - drums
Jo-Anne "Jo" Bench - bass

Additional info
Label: Earache Records

Recorded at Sawmills Studios, UK in August 1992.
Engineered by John Cornfield.
Mixed at Fon Studios, UK by Alan Fisch/Steve Harris.
Produced by Bolt Thrower & Colin Richardson.
Sleeve by Delacroix.

Staff review by
Troy Killjoy
Rating:
9.3
Having all but left their grindcore elements behind, legendary death metal masters Bolt Thrower continued engraving their mark on the death metal scene with their fourth full-length release, aptly titled The IVth Crusade. Now, when you've released a classic grindcore album as your debut and followed it up with two stellar death metal outputs, expectations are pretty high. In typical Bolt Thrower fashion, expectations were not only met, but exceeded.

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published 25.04.2012 | Comments (11)

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30.10.2011 - 03:09
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Written by RavenKing on 30.10.2011 at 03:37

My favorite Bolt Thrower album, along with "In Battle There Is No Law".


It's probably my favourite album by them too. It was also the first album by them I heard.
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30.10.2011 - 03:14
RavenKing
Written by Angelic Storm on 30.10.2011 at 03:09

Written by RavenKing on 30.10.2011 at 03:37

My favorite Bolt Thrower album, along with "In Battle There Is No Law".


It's probably my favourite album by them too. It was also the first album by them I heard.


Do you like "In Battle There Is No Law", even if the style is quite different from the Bolt Thrower most people know of?

And damn this thread is fucked up.
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They shake your hand and they smile and they buy you a drink
They say we'll be your friends we'll stick with you till the end
But everybody's only looking out for themselves
And you say who can you trust I'll tell you nobody
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30.10.2011 - 03:24
Rating: 10
blackdoomy
One of the greatest death metal albums ever!!
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30.10.2011 - 03:26
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Written by RavenKing on 30.10.2011 at 03:14
Do you like "In Battle There Is No Law", even if the style is quite different from the Bolt Thrower most people know of?

And damn this thread is fucked up.


Yep, it's awesome! I don't think it sounds that much different to their "signature style", other than it's more raw, and has a real primal brutality to it. I guess the main way in which it differs from most of their other stuff, is the lack of atmospherics, it's just straight for the jugular stuff.

You can say that again... I think it must be because of the clocks going back at 2am over here.
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30.10.2011 - 03:29
RavenKing
Written by Angelic Storm on 30.10.2011 at 03:26

Written by RavenKing on 30.10.2011 at 03:14
Do you like "In Battle There Is No Law", even if the style is quite different from the Bolt Thrower most people know of?

And damn this thread is fucked up.


Yep, it's awesome! I don't think it sounds that much different to their "signature style", other than it's more raw, and has a real primal brutality to it. I guess the main way in which it differs from most of their other stuff, is the lack of atmospherics, it's just straight for the jugular stuff.


Imo, the main difference is it's so much faster.
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They shake your hand and they smile and they buy you a drink
They say we'll be your friends we'll stick with you till the end
But everybody's only looking out for themselves
And you say who can you trust I'll tell you nobody
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30.10.2011 - 03:31
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Written by RavenKing on 30.10.2011 at 03:29
Imo, the main difference is it's so much faster.


Overall it is much faster, although it does have a very raw sound too. But I think that's probably more due to the production...
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30.10.2011 - 03:35
RavenKing
Written by Angelic Storm on 30.10.2011 at 03:31

Written by RavenKing on 30.10.2011 at 03:29
Imo, the main difference is it's so much faster.


Overall it is much faster, although it does have a very raw sound too. But I think that's probably more due to the production...


It is also raw, in a cheap way. It was their first album and they had no money. I'd be curius to know how much the album cost to record. Very little, I guess.
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They shake your hand and they smile and they buy you a drink
They say we'll be your friends we'll stick with you till the end
But everybody's only looking out for themselves
And you say who can you trust I'll tell you nobody
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30.10.2011 - 03:37
RavenKing
My favorite Bolt Thrower album, along with "In Battle There Is No Law".
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They shake your hand and they smile and they buy you a drink
They say we'll be your friends we'll stick with you till the end
But everybody's only looking out for themselves
And you say who can you trust I'll tell you nobody
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26.04.2012 - 14:06
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
I forgot I had this album - oh it takes me back to when I was young and idealistic. Great album.
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The sun shines over The Fool...
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19.10.2012 - 04:01
Nosurper
Stinky Lips
I'll take this over anything Entombed has done
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25.02.2013 - 20:52
Illog1cal
Account deleted
Weaker than '...For Victory' and 'Those Once Loyal', but still quality stuff. I think perhaps a time trimming would have been welcome, some songs had quite boring riffs.
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19.03.2013 - 21:38
Rating: 8
musicalkaratekid
I really like how the theme of the fourth crusade and the capture of Constantinople is brought out in the lyricism in this album. Bolt Thrower obviously opted for a heavier and slower sound here, but with the vocal talent of Karl Willets and the outstanding guitar work these themes of enigmatic warfare are enhanced to a great imagination and precision.
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17.10.2016 - 00:11
Rating: 8
anathema_1977
Very good album. I prefer ....For victory and Warmaster, because they are more consistent, dont have many boring tracks.
But still: I grew up with this album.
Highlights: title track and celestial sanctuary
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