Those Once Loyal

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Those Once Loyal
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Studio album by
Released14 November 2005
RecordedMay–September 2005
Genre Death metal
Length43:43
Label Metal Blade
Producer Andy Faulkner, Bolt Thrower
Bolt Thrower chronology
Honour – Valour – Pride
(2002)
Those Once Loyal
(2005)

Those Once Loyal is the eighth and final album by the British death metal band Bolt Thrower. It was released on 11 November 2005 in Germany, 14 November 2005 in the rest of Europe and 15 November 2005 in the United States by Metal Blade Records. It was recorded and mixed at Sable Rose Studios in Coventry, England. It is produced by the band and Andy Faulkner. With Bolt Thrower deciding against releasing a follow-up to Those Once Loyal, [1] it was Bolt Thrower's final studio album before breaking up a year after drummer Martin Kearns' death in September 2015. [2]

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Bolt Thrower English band

Bolt Thrower were a British death metal band from Coventry, England. They formed in 1986 and released their first album with Vinyl Solution in 1988. The band then shifted to a new record label, Earache Records, soon becoming one of the best selling bands on that label. Their last label was Metal Blade Records. The band had a succession of members, and had toured Europe, the United States, and Australia. Over the course of their 30-year career, Bolt Thrower released eight studio albums, three EPs, one live album, two compilation albums and two demos. On 14 September 2016 the band announced that they were breaking up, following the death of drummer Martin Kearns exactly a year earlier.

Contents

Like all of Bolt Thrower's albums, Those Once Loyal deals with war, specifically World War I. The cover shows a World War 1 QF 18 pounder field gun and its crew in action and is based on an original WW1 photograph. [3] The picture is also found on the back side of the Guards Memorial in St James's Park in London.

World War I 1914–1918 global war originating in Europe

World War I, also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Contemporaneously described as "the war to end all wars", it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. It is also one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with an estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war, while resulting genocides and the 1918 influenza pandemic caused another 50 to 100 million deaths worldwide.

Guards Memorial war memorial in Horse Guards Parade, London

The Guards Memorial, also known as the Guards Division War Memorial, is an outdoor war memorial located on the west side of Horse Guards Road, opposite Horse Guards Parade in London, United Kingdom. It commemorates the war dead from the Guards Division and related units during the First World War, and of the Household Division in the Second World War and other conflicts since 1918.

St Jamess Park Royal Park in the City of Westminster, central London

St James's Park is a 23-hectare (57-acre) park in the City of Westminster, central London. The park lies at the southernmost tip of the St James's area, which was named after a leper hospital dedicated to St James the Less. It is the most easterly of a near-continuous chain of parks that also includes Green Park, Hyde Park, and Kensington Gardens.

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Terrorizer 8.5/10 [8]

Ian Finley praised the album in Terrorizer as "immune to the corrupting influence of all musical trends" while offering "the epitome of what a metal album should be: hard, fast and uncompromising". [8]

Track listing

All songs written by Bolt Thrower

No.TitleLength
1."At First Light"4:41
2."Entrenched"3:44
3."The Killchain"4:43
4."Granite Wall"4:06
5."Those Once Loyal"4:17
6."Anti-Tank (Dead Armour)"4:15
7."Last Stand of Humanity"3:13
8."Salvo"5:21
9."When Cannons Fade"5:30
Total length:43:43
Digipak Edition Bonus Track
No.TitleLength
10."A Symbol of Eight"4:10

Personnel

Bolt Thrower
Karl Willetts English singer

Karl Willetts is a death metal vocalist from England. He joined the British death metal band Bolt Thrower in 1988. Before that he drove the backline of the band. He stayed with Bolt Thrower until 1994, after the recording of ...For Victory. He left the band mainly because he wanted to go back to university and finish his degree.

Gavin Ward was one of the two founding members of Bolt Thrower. He started out as the bass player early on in the band in 1986, and so can be heard on the first demo. For the second demo, he switched to playing lead and rhythm guitar. He plays lead and rhythm guitar on all albums, save Mercenary and Honour - Valour - Pride; there he plays solely rhythm guitar. Ward was also one of the lyricists of the band. Bolt Thrower disbanded in 2016, a year after the death of their drummer Martin Kearns.

Barry Thomson British guitarist

Barry (Baz) Thomson was the lead and rhythm guitarist in Bolt Thrower on all albums. He co-founded the band in 1986, and was also the main songwriter of the band. He remained in Bolt Thrower until they broke up in 2016, following the death of drummer Martin Kearns the year before. Thompson also did some backing vocals on the Benediction album, Grind Bastard.

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References

  1. "BOLT THROWER: New Album Recordings 'Postponed Indefinitely'". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  2. "Bolt Thrower : Latest News". Boltthrower.com. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  3. File:QF18pdrRHA.jpg, QF 18 pounder in 1916.
  4. About.com review Archived 2009-10-05 at the Wayback Machine
  5. Allmusic review
  6. Blabbermouth review
  7. PopMatters review
  8. 1 2 Finley, Ian (December 2005). "Bolt Thrower: Those Once Loyal". Terrorizer (138): 68.