Bolt Thrower calling it quits?

Accrding to an update at the band’s official website, veteran UK death metal act Bolt Thrower are throwing in the towel, at least in regards to writing for their now cancelled eighth studio album:

“We’ve spent the last year trying to write songs for a new album, planning to go into the studio this summer. Unfortunately, after a lot of thought, we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone the recording indefinitely.

“We know everybody says that their new album is better than their last, but with us we really believed that. From day one we made it clear that we’d stop recording when we felt we’d written the ultimate BOLT THROWER album; we just never knew when that would be. We kind of took for granted that each release would get better and better. But we have realized now that our last release, ‘Those Once Loyal’, turned out to be that album, and basically the new stuff we have written just doesn’t match up to it. We have a lot of pride in our back catalogue, and we refuse to turn into one of the many bands (like the ones we grew up listening to) who end up releasing crap, and we’re also not prepared to compromise by instead releasing an album of cover versions or a ‘best-of’ album.

“Sorry to disappoint those of you looking forward to hearing new BOLT THROWER songs, but we always said that we would never release anything we weren’t happy with or that, in our view, didn’t at least match up to our previous work.

“For those of you living in Holland, Germany and Belgium, you will get the chance to see BOLT THROWER live soon, as there are a few select shows lined up. The confirmed shows are:

“August 7th – Atak in Enschede, Netherlands. This is our second home, and we’ve played at Atak on every tour for the last 18 years. Sadly, the club will be closing down this month and they will be moving to a new building in the autumn. So we were chuffed when they contacted us and offered to re-open for one night, so we can say farewell to this cult club and be the last band to ever play there. We decided that the tickets will be free and we will be informing you soon on the lineup and how to get tickets.

August 8th – Party.San Festival in Bad Berka, Germany. As headliner we will play a longer set than usual, so expect to hear a lot of songs we haven’t played for a while.

“August 9th – Hof ter Lo in Antwerp, Belgium. For this show we will be joined by the best and upcoming bands from the Benelux. The confirmed support bands are: GOD DETHRONED, BORN FROM PAIN, THE SETUP and ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK. Tickets are 11 euros.”

BOLT THROWER in 2006 completed a European tour in support of its latest CD, “Those Once Loyal“, which entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 76 – the group’s highest-charting release in Germany so far. The follow-up to 2001’s “Honour, Valour, Pride” was recorded at Andy Faulkner’s Sable Rose studios and is the band’s first album since the return of original vocalist Karl Willetts as a full-time member.