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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]

Review
Lyrics (11)


Line-up
Karl Willetts - vocals
Barry Thomson - guitar
Gavin Ward - guitar
Jo Bench - bass
Andrew Whale - drums


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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Angelic Storm - 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.
RavenKing - 30.10.2011 at 03:14  
 
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.
blackdoomy - 30.10.2011 at 03:24  
Rating: 10 One of the greatest death metal albums ever!!
Angelic Storm - 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.

You can say that again... I think it must be because of the clocks going back at 2am over here.
RavenKing - 30.10.2011 at 03:29  
 
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.
Angelic Storm - 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...
RavenKing - 30.10.2011 at 03:35  
 
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.
RavenKing - 30.10.2011 at 03:37  
  My favorite Bolt Thrower album, along with "In Battle There Is No Law".
Ace Frawley - 26.04.2012 at 14:06  
Rating: 8 I forgot I had this album - oh it takes me back to when I was young and idealistic. Great album.
Nosurper - 19.10.2012 at 04:01  
  I'll take this over anything Entombed has done
Illog1cal - 25.02.2013 at 20:52  
  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.
musicalkaratekid - 19.03.2013 at 21:38  
Rating: 8 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.
deadone - 19.05.2014 at 02:49  
Rating: 8 I always tend to understate this one. And then I play it and think "dang."

I love the cover too. I got to see the original when I was the Louvre a few years back. Delacroix was a superb artist indeed.

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