It's been a year since the death of Bolt Thrower's drummer Martin "Kiddie" Kearns. Now, instead of hiring a replacement for Kearns, the band just announced on their official website that they have broken up. So, we lose one of death metal's most legendary acts but fans will remain loyal.
Unfortunately, there are terrible news from the Bolt Thrower camp today. This past Monday, September 14th, British death metal pioneers Bolt Thrower's drummer Martin "Kiddie" Kearns has passed away unexpectedly. He was only thirty-eight years old and passed away peacefully in his sleep. According to the Black Conjuration Fest, the band's upcoming Australian tour has now been cancelled given these tragic circumstances.
British death metal titans Bolt Thrower will be returning to Australia for the first time in 22 years, to play the Black Conjuration Fest, and some selected club shows. Australian outlaws Cauldron Black Ram will be joining us as national support, with other local support coming from Portal, Cruciform, Inverloch and Beyond Mortal Dreams. Confirmed dates and venues are available down below.
British death metal giants Bolt Thrower have announced a European tour for the fall called Overtures Of War. As for the support bands, they are currently being confirmed, so more details will follow. This tour will include shows in Sweden, Germany, France, Czech Republic, among other countries.
After only a handful of North American dates in the past few years, limited to Maryland Deathfest, Bolt Thrower has announced the Return To Chaos Tour. The band will perform seven shows across the US in May. The confirmed dates are listed below, and the band will be sharing the stage with their fellow compatriots Benediction on all the club shows and for the Pomona and Oakland shows they will also be joined by the mighty Autopsy.
British death metallers Bolt Thrower have finally announced the special guests for their 25th anniversary show in April. Also, 200 extra balcony tickets will be made available for the show and can be purchased here starting on March 7th.
The band posted the following message on Boltfest's official website: "We are very chuffed to announce the bands joining us at our Birthday Bash are: Autopsy, Discharge, Benediction & Vallenfyre. 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!"
UK death metal act Bolt Thrower have revealed more information concerning the extra tickets for their 25th anniversary show in London on April 7th.
Here is a statement from the band: "We've had a lot of questions about extra tickets for Boltfest or adding a second show, as the show sold out so fast. As we can only afford a show like this every 26 years (!), there'll sadly be no second show. But we did look into the possibility of adding extra tickets."
According to Bolt Thrower's official event website, the Boltfest is now sold out! Here is the statement from the band: "Sold out! Well, what can we say? We certainly didn't expect the first piece of news on the new Boltfest website to be that it is now sold out!"
The UK death metal band Bolt Thrower will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a gig in London, at the HMV Forum on Saturday 7th April, 2012.
The band posted the following statement on their official website: "Well, after meeting a lot of people and looking for suitable clubs, we've finally found a great venue along with some like-minded people to host the Bolty Birthday Bash - Boltfest. It will be held at the prestigious HMV Forum in London, on Saturday 7th April, 2012 (Easter Bank Holiday weekend). More info on tickets, bands, etc. coming soon..."
On January 17th, 2012, Metal Blade will re-issue the three Bolt Thrower albums Mercenary, Honour - Valour - Pride and Those Once Loyal on vinyl. Metal Blade Records Europe released their versions on October 21st/24th, and they can be ordered now at this location.
Bolt Thrower comments on their 25th Anniversary: "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'!"
"Unleashed Upon Mankind", Dying Fetus' take on the Bolt Thrower classic, has been made available for streaming over at Facebook.
"Unleashed Upon Mankind" comes off the band's upcoming 20th anniversary cover EP, entitled History Repeats..., which will be released on July 19th through FYE stores and Relapse mailorder exclusively. More album details were previously reported over here.
UK metallers Bolt Thrower will embark on an European tour in April/May 2010.
The band adds: "All the shows are now confirmed, you can find them here. We, for one, are really looking forward to these shows, we'll be playing some of our favourite old haunts, also revisiting places we've haven't played in years. We hope that by playing such a variety of shows, from intimate clubs to larger open air festivals there will be something for everyone. We'll be trying to make every show memorable, so watch this space for further details. Tickets for the club shows will go on sale as soon the support bands and door prices are confirmed."
U.K. metallers Bolt Thrower have issued the following update:
"We've spent the last year trying to write songs for a new album, planning to go into the studio this summer, unfortunately, after a lot of thought, we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone the recording indefinitely. We know everybody says that their new album is better than their last, but with us we really believed that. From day one we made it clear that we'd stop recording when we felt we'd written the ultimate Bolt Thrower album, we just never knew when that would be, we kind of took for granted that each release would get better and better. But we have realised now that our last release, "Those Once Loyal" turned out to be that album, and basically the new stuff we have written just doesn't match up to it. 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. Sorry to disappoint those of you looking forward to hearing new Bolt Thrower songs, but we always said that we would never release anything we weren't happy with or that, in our view, didn't at least match up to our previous work.