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Bolt Thrower live at Boltfest, London 2012 : A review in pictures

Interested death metal heads already know what Boltfest was all about. The event happened on 7th of April, 2012. Boltfest was, simply put, a charity event organized by Bolt Thrower. Keeping the entry fee at a mere seven pounds and ninety nine pence and in return breaking every tried and tested formula of bringing together a line-up of top notch bands. There was Vallenfyre providing their shoulders to cry on, Benediction to get scared of, Discharge to let yourself go, Autopsy to shake your head in disbelief and Bolt Thrower to weep in agreement. All collections were sent to the Teenage Charity Trust.

Being the last band of the day, Bolt Thrower opened to a packed audience. The scene during Bolt Thrower‘s set looked straight out of their song Entrenched from the band’s last full-length album Those Once Loyal, which contained the following words – In a world of compromise….Some don’t. Bodies were flying from one end of the venue to another, foreheads were perspiring with no time to stop and wipe the salty sweat, heads were banging without caring about whether they hit something hard in the process and horns were raised higher and higher. Sloshed metal heads, from different countries, lived their dream of getting to watch Bolt Thrower at such a gala occasion.

I lost count of the number of times vocalist Karl Willetts said that Bolt Thrower has now completed twenty six of playing ‘perfect’ death metal. We all agree with you, Karl. How did I feel being a part of Boltfest? I felt like I was in a battleground, braving ahead after having joined hands with everyone around me, stomping all those outside who try to curb the basic birthright of humanity, which is freedom. Guess what, we won!

Bolt Thrower‘s set-list at BoltFest, 2012 –

Intro (Battle for Britain Theme)
In Battle There Is No Law
All That Remains
World Eater
Rebirth of Humanity
Warmaster
The IVth Crusade
Ritual
War
Remembrance
…For Victory
No Guts, No Glory
Powder Burns
Inside The Wire
At First Light
The Killchain
When Cannons Fade

Pictures from Bolt Thrower’s set. Click on them to enlarge

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Vallenfyre live at Boltfest, 2012

Benediction live at Boltfest, 2012

Autopsy live at Boltfest, 2012

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Vallenfyre live at Boltfest, London 2012 : A review in pictures

Making the metal-heads go bonkers like a dynamite is up their arse, Boltfest‘s line-up was the most excellent in a longtime and I don’t think it is going to be easy to beat such a lethal line-up. Dedicated entirely to the cause that was driving this entire festival, Boltfest was organized so that us metal-heads can go there, pay a menial amount – the proceeds of which were being sent to the Teenage Cancer Trust – and then witness five of the most definitive death metal artists out there. Bolt Thrower had announced that the show was sold out within a matter of minutes and all this happened, quiet silently, when I was back in India. Buzz started doing the rounds when Bolt Thrower started adding support bands to the line-up one-by-one. The final line-up, take a look –

Vallenfyre
Benediction
Discharge
Autopsy
Bolt Thrower

Once here in UK, the moment this gigantic piece of news reached my ears I instantly knew that I had to be there, even if I had to sell my own self. That wasn’t really required as I got in touch with the management, and they were kind enough to offer me a guest entry to the gig. Boltfest was clashing with day 2 of The DesertFest, but I was left with no choice. You already read the names up there. I fucking had to go!

Band number one was Vallenfyre. Formed by members of My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, At The Gates and Brujeria (actually the list is never-ending), Vallenfyre is relatively newer only in terms of its formation because the experience in the band’s musical ingredients makes it one of the most sought after bands today. I back up my words by a mere mention of The Fragile King. The debut blew my nuts away. 6 p.m. and the band was on-stage. When discipline and death metal go together you get a pinch, exactly what I needed to make myself believe that the gig has begun. This was Vallenfyre‘s second show ever, after their live debut in Finland which happened on February 2nd, 2012.

Gregor and co. began churning out tracks from The Fragile King, and the sound was echoing from all corners of the indoor venue – HMV Forum, Kentish Town, London – hitting each death head inside like a stone drenched in doom metal. Vallenfyre surpassed my expectations by not only sounding super tight, but they also had an eerie feeling surrounding them which went well with the groovy death metal. Almost no bright lights during their performance, they demolished the stage and left. There was very little interaction between the band and the audience, but I remember Gregor talking about the cause this festival was supporting.

In fact the doom quality of Vallenfyre‘s music becomes more evident during their live show. From the entire Vallenfyre set it was the last few moments of the song Desecration which really stuck with me. Those minutes were grand and the lights were completely off. I couldn’t have asked for more.

Vallenfyre‘s set-list for the night –

All Will Suffer
The Divine Have Fled
Ravenous Whore
Cathedrals of Dread
The Grim Irony
Humanity Wept
Seeds
As the World Collapses
Desecration

Vallenfyre’s performance in pictures. Click to enlarge –

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Ep Review : History Repeats… (2011) – Dying Fetus

ep : History Repeats…

artist : Dying Fetus

genre : Death Metal / Grindcore / Hardcore

year : 2011

When a band decides to pay tribute to my email id which reads history _repeats@hotmail.com then it becomes clear that me and my blog are making waves. Death grindcore outfit Dying Fetus has come out with their brand new Ep which contains six tracks. All six of them are covers of songs by few of the loudest and most badass death metal bands. If you did not understand the part that talked about my email id, this extended play’s name reads History Repeats…

The Ep’s divided into two sections separated by the only original track by the band and it looks like they really weren’t interested in including an own composition considering this one spans only forty four seconds. It’s titled Rohypnol which is another name for the date rape drug. Thank you Dying Fetus for enlightening me with the same.

So the first half of this Ep is the band’s tribute to American five-piece death metallers Dehumanized (who had split up long back) and Broken Hope, with covers of their tracks Fade into Obscurity and Gorehog respectively. Making into the first half is also a cover of UK-based grindcore act Napalm Death‘s song Unchallenged Hate. Of the three tracks I have been entertained the most by Dehumanized cover followed by Napalm Death and Broken Hope songs. Seems like the band knew in what order to place the tracks.

On the other side of Rohypnol, we have Bolt Thrower, Pestilence and Cannibal Corpse cover tracks. The Bolt Thrower song Unleashed Upon Mankind from their third full-length War Maker has been played with the same discipline by Dying Fetus. Perfect players Bolt Thrower are one of my favorites and I’m glad they are a part of this cover compilation. From being a thrash metal band to playing progressive stuff, Twisted Truth is off Pestilence‘s (from Netherlands) death metal era from 1989 to 1991. That they are back to playing death metal again now is a sign of good things to come.

Wrapping up things is a Cannibal Corpse cover song – Born in a Casket from their debut release which throws light on the fact that Dying Fetus knows what to pick when. I would vote Twisted Truth above Born in a Casket here because the Corpse song doesn’t bang me well. A peculiarity of this record is the band incorporating some or the other element from the chosen bands. While they do an exact replay of Napalm Death on the second track, they also do full justice to Bolt Thrower.

There are no shameful moments on these covers, and hence the band completes their first twenty years in the business with style. Those of you who are used to carrying the date rape drug could try out another alternative the next time. Thanks to Dying Fetus, even I can try feeding Rohypnol to my date now. Just kiddin’. All the best to Dying Fetus for their next innings in death metal.

Rating : 3.5/5


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