Massive Metal Monday: Bolt Thrower “World Eater”
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2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Bolt Thrower‘s most recent album Those Once Loyal. The pioneering death metal institution from Coventry, England, has stated on several occasions that they believe it is the perfect Bolt Thrower album and that they will never be able to top it. I for one hope that they change their minds because they have a long history of cranking out some of the greatest death metal ever conceived.

Bolt Thrower are still touring in support of their back catalog and if you get a chance to see them, I strongly recommend doing so. This Massive Metal Monday reaches almost all the way back in the band’s 29-year career to their second album, the 1989 megalith Realm of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness, for a song that has been a staple of their crushing live shows ever since. This is “World Eater.”

Bolt Thrower “World Eater” 1989

When I was growing up in rural Indiana in the early ’80s, there was very limited access to heavy music. These were the days before MTV blew up with the whole hair metal, Headbangers Ball phenomenon. But on Sunday nights, there was a two-hour radio show that came from WOXY, just across the state line in Oxford, Ohio (home of Miami University of Ohio). It was called Massive Metal for the Masses and I would wait all week for it to air. It was through this show that I was introduced to bands like Venom, Bathory, WASP, Michael Schenker Group, Slayer, and countless others. This Monday weekly column is my tip of the hat to that show. I call it Massive Metal Monday. Every week, I will pay tribute to defining moments by the artists that laid the groundwork for heavy metal to become the worldwide cultural bond for all of us metal heads.

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