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Bolt Thrower - Those Once Loyal



8.9 | 554 votes |
Release date: 14 November 2005
Style: Death metal

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01. At First Light
02. Entrenched
03. The Killchain
04. Granite Wall
05. Those Once Loyal
06. Anti-Tank (Dead Armour)
07. Last Stand Of Humanity
08. Salvo
09. When Cannons Fade
10. A Symbol Of Eight [Limited Edition Digipack Bonus]

Top 20 albums of 2005: 6
Top 200 albums of all time: 95

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

Additional info
Label: Metal Blade Records

Recorded & mixed at Sable Rose Studio, UK June-September 2005.
Engineered by Andy Faulkner.
Produced by Bolt Thrower & Andy Faulkner.
Sleeve by Jan Meininghaus.

Staff review by
Richard
Rating:
9.0
At last, the mighty Bolt Thrower have returned, with their inimitable style of pounding extreme Metal. 'Those Once Loyal' is Bolt Thrower's 8th full length studio album, and longtime fans of the band (such as myself) will have a fair idea of what to expect - mainly midtempo, crushing yet groove-laden Metal with great riff after great riff, complete with Bolt Thrower's own unique sense of melody. Although the standard version of this album has 9 tracks, the digipak (which I was lucky enough to get) also has a bonus track entitled 'A Symbol Of Eight'. Needless to say, it's worth obtaining the digipak if you get the chance.

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published 23.11.2005 | Comments (14)

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30.10.2011 - 03:25
Rating: 10
blackdoomy

Words can't describe how great is this album!!
I worship Bolt Thrower \m/
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30.10.2011 - 03:38
RavenKing

Very good album.
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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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22.07.2012 - 19:49
Rating: 10
In Bone Factory

Killing Riffs, great vocal ...
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The End Is Nigh ...
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20.01.2013 - 04:12
Nosurper
Stinky Lips
This album is rock solid. If I were to recommend a starting point for someone curious about death metal, I'd probably tell them to start with this album.
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21.03.2013 - 20:02
Rating: 9
musicalkaratekid

Excellent album, and key to exactly what Bolt Thrower do well and have done ever since they formed. 'The killchain' and the title track are just belligerent.
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17.05.2013 - 11:03
Timmeh
Dudeman
So simple, so groovy, so good.
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22.11.2013 - 09:16
Rating: 10
In Bone Factory

Listen to this album and every molecule of your body will be fighting in the fronline of thrill with no chances to escape...
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The End Is Nigh ...
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21.11.2014 - 14:06
Rating: 9
Tomas Piller

Written by Timmeh on 17.05.2013 at 11:03

So simple, so groovy, so good.

So true. Just perfect words to describe this beauty.
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05.03.2015 - 01:13
Rating: 9
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Groovy death metal finesse right here

Cool fact that no one gives a damn about: the intro to "The Killchain" is identical to that of "Embers" on The IVth Crusade.
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20.09.2015 - 21:45
Maco
Pvt Funderground
Written by LeKiwi on 05.03.2015 at 01:13

Groovy death metal finesse right here

Cool fact that no one gives a damn about: the intro to "The Killchain" is identical to that of "Embers" on The IVth Crusade.


And also to the intro of "Cenotaph" and "Powder Burns"
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Crackhead Megadeth reigns supreme.
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01.10.2015 - 04:31
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Ticks all the boxes for me.
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The sun shines over The Fool...
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01.10.2015 - 07:20
BlueMobius
Account deleted
Written by Maco on 20.09.2015 at 21:45

Written by LeKiwi on 05.03.2015 at 01:13

Groovy death metal finesse right here

Cool fact that no one gives a damn about: the intro to "The Killchain" is identical to that of "Embers" on The IVth Crusade.


And also to the intro of "Cenotaph" and "Powder Burns"


And the outro of "World Eater."
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19.02.2017 - 12:30
Rating: 8
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
This album definitely has that brutal and intense sound characteristic of Bolt Thrower. The problem for me is that it sounds a lot like their previous releases, but does not have any memorable songs.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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09.01.2019 - 23:59
Rating: 8
Redel

How could I have ever initially thought that this album was even close to being mediocre.
I have always been so wrong about that (well, problem probably was that last time I have listened to it properly -- or obviously even not that properly -- might have been some ten years ago or so).
When canons fade is my favourite track.
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24.10.2020 - 00:02
Rating: 8
Redel

I so much love When Cannons Fade literally out here.
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15.03.2021 - 17:43
Maco
Pvt Funderground
Slugathor's albums > This
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Crackhead Megadeth reigns supreme.
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07.05.2021 - 11:31
Rating: 9
nonZero

Their best IMO. Standout tracks for me are At First Light and The Killchain - some seriously headbangable riffs in these.

9.0/10
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12.05.2021 - 13:17
Rating: 10
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
I thought For Victory was that good it would be the peak album in their career, never to be bettered, but then this monster came along, and imo beats For Victory by a small margin.

One of my all time favourite death metal releases, the vocals and lyrical war themes are truly amazing, and captivating, the riffs are nothing short of spectacular, and every song is enjoyable to listen too, but if I had to pick my favourites they would be; "When the Cannons fade", "The Killchain", "Granite Wall" and "Anti Tank", but a consistent album throughout.
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12.08.2021 - 01:33
Rating: 10
F3ynman2000

Even though Bolt Thrower has a formula (heavy riffs, war lyrics, etc), that formula is SO GOOD! I'll never get tired of listening to those badass riffs!
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29.11.2021 - 19:15
Sigil

I think The Killchain was inspired by Quake 2 soundtrack. Sounds very similar.
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29.11.2021 - 19:18
Rating: 9
doez
Hallucigenia
The mix on this album is divine
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30.11.2021 - 09:58
nikarg
Mod
Written by doez on 29.11.2021 at 19:18

Everything on this album is divine

I fixed it for you
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30.12.2021 - 18:30
Rating: 10
F3ynman2000

While IVth Crusade and ...For Victory have great standout tracks (for example the respective title tracks), I find Those Once Loyal is Bolt Thrower's most consistently great album!

The growls are refined and streamlined, never showing any weakness! The heavy riffs throughout are engaging and the guitar solos are fun as well! Listening to the entire atmosphere, I'm truly mesmerized - as I'm crushed by the tanks and hearing the cannons fade...

what a beautiful farewell from the warriors of death metal!
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30.12.2021 - 20:14
Rating: 10
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
Written by F3ynman2000 on 30.12.2021 at 18:30

While IVth Crusade and ...For Victory have great standout tracks (for example the respective title tracks), I find Those Once Loyal is Bolt Thrower's most consistently great album!

The growls are refined and streamlined, never showing any weakness! The heavy riffs throughout are engaging and the guitar solos are fun as well! Listening to the entire atmosphere, I'm truly mesmerized - as I'm crushed by the tanks and hearing the cannons fade...

what a beautiful farewell from the warriors of death metal!

Agreed with everything you said this is a hell of an album!
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