's fifth album isn't a radical shift in style so much as a gradual evolution of where they'd been on The IVth Crusade
's been something Bolt Thrower
's done their whole career; contrary to what some say, they never really put out the same album, at least across their first five albums. I mean, while you can tell all of those albums were made by the same band, could anybody argue that In Battle
There Is No Law and this album sound alike? Not really.
Whereas The IVth Crusade
was a more majestic and epic piece, For Victory
is a more much uptempo album; by and large this is still mid paced death metal, but there's a far more upfront sense of intensity here. The quintessential Bolt Thrower
riff style are churning, low-end tremolo riffs combined with tight chugs and during this era, harmonized consonant melodies; (without going into Iron Maiden territory); these are all played in such a ruthlessly heavy way that they all feel like a tank rolling over the carcasses of the fallen. Bolt Thrower
's music is intensely visceral and has never offered any quarter in that department. Karl Willets is one of the best death metal vocalists in the game as far as I am concerned, his gutteral but still recognizably human words present the miliant subject matter of the songs in as singularly excellent of a voice as there is.
isn't my personal favourite Bolt Thrower
album, but it is the one I often turn to when I'm in the mood for them; songs like the opening one/two of "War
"/"Rememberance", the title track, and "Armageddon
Bound" are some of the most intensely memorable songs you'd hear in death metal, churning riffs placed into brilliantly composed odes to the violence and horror of warfare. The churning tremolo riff about 40 secs into "Remembrance
" is one of the best riffs ever written as far as I am concerned, and on the whole, the band really knew how to piece together great riffs into brilliantly dynamic sounds. There's a couple of tracks in the middle that are perhaps a little weak, but on the whole For Victory
is a quality album from one of the best death metal bands ever.