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One dirty little record... - 60%

Ayeka, October 9th, 2002

The funny thing is, when I bought this record I spent the first month of listening playing it at 33rpm instead of the intended 45rpm...that might well say something about Bolt Thrower...
I get the impression from this, various downloads and feedback from others that Bolt Thrower is a band who are not ones to deviate much between releases. Something I can image would get quite aggrevating from album to album, but on a four-track EP one's patience does not get stretched too badly. It's pretty dirty, raw heavy metal. Spearhead begins with a looping drum beat and quickly draws into a sea of guitar distortion...it's almost like stoner music for the mentally unstable. The songs are all based around this formula with little variation between them, and only one short guitar solo to go round the lot. It won't be everyone's cup of tea but it'll be reliable material for people who dislike subtltey.