BOLT THROWER: No More Shows Until 2013
British extreme metal pioneers BOLT THROWER have issued the following update:
"As the shows we played this year are over, we, as always, would like to thank everyone who came from all over the world to see us. From the humbling celebration of Boltfest through to Ieperfest situated in the historic Flanders Fields, we had a blast!
"We've now started picking gigs for 2013, and so far we can confirm the following shows.
First of all, we're really chuffed to announce that BOLT THROWER are returning to the U.S. for some festivals/club shows. We will be playing the Maryland Deathfest indoor show at the Sonar in Baltimore on Thursday, May 23rd, and also making our first trip To Texas since 1991 to play the Chaos In Tejas festival in Austin just over a week later.
"And next up will be Finland, another part of the world BOLT THROWER hasn't played for a while, where we will play Tuska open-air festival, on Friday, June 28th."
The last three albums from BOLT THROWER — "Mercenary" (1998), "Honour Valour Pride" (2001) and "Those Once Loyal" (2005) — were reissued on vinyl on October 24, 2011 via Metal Blade Records. All three albums were released as gatefold LPs in colored vinyl, limited to 1,000 units each.
BOLT THROWER indefinitely postponed plans to record a new studio album after the band realized that the new stuff it had written "just doesn't match up" to the group's last CD, "Those Once Loyal". "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," BOLT THROWER explained in a statement.
"Those Once Loyal" entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 76 — the group's highest-charting release in Germany so far. The follow-up to 2001's "Honour, Valour, Pride" was recorded at Andy Faulkner's Sable Rose studios and was the band's first album since the return of original vocalist Karl Willetts as a full-time member.
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