Bolt Thrower is quite an exceptional example of death metal. Musically, or technically,
the band remains pretty simple, and the tempos are mostly closer to doom metal than,
say, grind. But they make it work. Actually, it wouldn't be far too wrong to
call this a death/doom album.
For The IVth Crusade, Bolt Thrower focused more on creating a dark, desperate
atmosphere representing the horrors of war.
The album doesn't have any insane blast-fests that rip you into pieces.
Instead, it will devastate you with its melancholic atmosphere and make you think about how
lucky you are not being involved in war, or the Fourth crusade of the 13th century.
This one is a one-trick-pony: mid-tempo grooves with similar melodies and predictable song structures. It's decent stuff, but listen to it 2-3 times in a row and it becomes difficult to tell the songs apart. This doesn't have the variety/rawness of Warmaster and it lacks the catchy hooks of ...For Victory.