Bolt Thrower
In Battle There Is No Law!


3.5
great

Review

by Andrew Gold CONTRIBUTOR (68 Reviews)
February 12th, 2013 | 136 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Warning: Not for the faint of heart

It’s a well known fact that pussies don’t listen to death metal. Death metal is brutal and fast, relentless and technical, and it requires a certain level of masculinity, if you will, to appreciate. To clarify, I’m not talking about the fairy dust melodeath ala Arsis, Neuraxis, and Dark Tranquility, not to say they aren’t great bands, but posers can pass off liking a couple of their songs and call themselves a true death metal fan. That means no technical wank metal either (I’m looking at you The Faceless). I’m talking straight up, no tricks no gimmicks, brutal death metal. The sound that Possessed created in 1985 with their legendary debut Seven Churches; the kind that scene kids manage to make it through the first 10 seconds before they claim it’s Satanist crap, shut it off and proceed to jam A Day to Remember.

Bolt Thrower is a common name in death metal, and for good reason. They’re one of the few bands in the genre that are consistently excellent. Not releasing one bad album in their entire discography, considering they’ve been around since 1986 I’d say is a pretty big feat. Their ’88 debut In Battle There Is No Law already shows the band off to a great start. The riffs are fast, the atmosphere is heavy and dark, and listening to it has the tendency to make you want to punch someone in the face. This album in particular has some of the fastest riffs Bolt Thrower ever conceived. Closer ‘Nuclear Annihilation’ puts you in a trance with its relentless riffage until the very end when it fades out with a drowning effect to ease you back into reality.

The best way I can describe this album is that’s raw, unforgiving, death metal. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s littered with some of the best thrash riffs the genre has to offer, and the production, while far from the genres’ best, provides an unparalleled dark and raw atmosphere that many bands strive for to this day. Bolt Thrower really separates the boys from the men on their debut – for example, you wont find a pussy-whipped Atreyu fan listening to In Battle There Is No Law, that’s for damn sure.

Recommended Tracks
- In Battle There Is No Law
- Forgotten Existence
- Concession of Pain




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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2013


21473 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

if the review reads like i'm high, its because im high as fuck

tried to make it look all professional though. short review for a short album

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2013


6205 Comments


The album title is awesome.

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0vrot
February 12th 2013


459 Comments


metal as fuck

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2013


19933 Comments


Hey leave a day to remember out of this lol.

good review man gotta check this band

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demigod!
February 12th 2013


44727 Comments


only heard realm of chaos by this band, its pretty sweet

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MichaelSnoxall
February 12th 2013


12163 Comments


dude go jam all their albums now.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2013


7100 Comments


It does read a little high dude.

MichaelSnoxall
February 12th 2013


12163 Comments


It’s a well known fact that pussies don’t listen to death metal. Death metal is brutal and fast, relentless and technical, and it requires a certain level of masculinity to appreciate. To clarify, I’m not talking about the fairy dust melodeath ala Arsis, Neuraxis, and Dark Tranquility, not to say they’re not great bands, but posers can pass off liking a couple of their songs and call themselves a true death metal fan. That means no technical wank metal either (I’m looking at you The Faceless). I’m talking straight up, no tricks no gimmicks, death metal. The sound that Possessed created in 1985 with their legendary debut Seven Churches; the kind that scene kids manage to get through the first 10 seconds before they claim it’s Satanist crap, shut it off and proceed to jam A Day to Remember. I’m talking Bolt Thrower.


holy shit fucking worst paragraph ever. Neg.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2013


7100 Comments


It does read a little high dude.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2013


21473 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sorry michael i meant no offense to ADTR fanboys I swear

MichaelSnoxall
February 12th 2013


12163 Comments


this review is terrible in pretty much every conceivable way

MichaelSnoxall
February 12th 2013


12163 Comments


not to mention the intense hints of sexism scattered throughout the review.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2013


21473 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that's kinda vague man care to elaborate?

MichaelSnoxall
February 12th 2013


12163 Comments


"it requires a certain level of masculinity to appreciate"

"Bolt Thrower really separates the boys from the men"

"you wont find a pussy-whipped Atreyu fan"



also, the album is titled In Battle There is No Law!

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2013


21473 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wait is that supposed to be terrible or sexist?

MichaelSnoxall
February 12th 2013


12163 Comments


They're terrible lines and they're sexist.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2013


21473 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

how are they sexist?

MichaelSnoxall
February 12th 2013


12163 Comments


You're insinuating that death metal is for men only, or for masculine women, if any.

You're insinuating that one must be "pussy-whipped" to listen to Atreyu and that they can't listen to Bolt Thrower because of it. Insinuating that it is a female that is making it not possible for them to listen to Bolt Thrower.

You're saying a "boy" can't listen to Bolt Thrower and that it's only for "men", insinuating that boys are feminine and not masculine, therefor unable to listen to these trve dm jams.







Even though your favourite bands are Between the Buried and Me and Periphery and you look 12.

I mean, if you're going for satire, then good job, but this is pathetic if it wasn't meant as a joke.

tempest--
February 12th 2013


13937 Comments


Haven't heard this one yet, what's it better/worse than in comparison to the rest of their discography?

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2013


21473 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wow lol



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