Bolt Thrower: …For Victory (Limited Edition)

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Bolt Thrower: ...For Victory (Limited Edition)
Death Metal
Earache Records
January 24th, 1994
Release length: 39:35
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One of the most underrated death metal bands of all time, Bolt Thrower‘s release …For Victory is definitely one of the most essential releases for this style. The best part is that there is a double disc version featuring audio from one of the band’s concerts, making this release even sweeter. …For Victory is one of the heaviest, well constructed death metal albums you may ever hear, which is sad because of the lack of recognition is has received.

Right from the start you are greeted with some great technical guitar riffs that just sound insanely heavy. The gutteral vocals on this release are perfect as well, being clear enough to understand, yet gutteral enough to enforce command. Some people seem to have an issue with the drumming on this release, which is fine, as …For Victory doesn’t really boast the most insane drum track of all time. However, it works for the music that is being created on this release, much of the time being somewhat restrained. But, when the music picks up and the drummer lets go, such as on “Graven Image”, it creates one hell of a ballistic ass kicker.

There are, however, times where the drumming seems off. Take notice in “Lest We Forget”, which is an incredible song, but if you pay attention to the drumming, it seems to speed up once in a while, and then slow back down to the pace it should be at. But aside the timing on that song, and a few others, the only other issue is that on “Silent Demise”, it just seems as though something is lacking in the song during the slower parts. When it picks up the song is a great death metal track, but the slower parts feel as though there could be more drum work done, maybe longer guitar chords? It just feels a bit too empty at times.


This special edition comes with the bonus disc, War Live, which features nine live tracks spawning from every release prior to this one. The sound quality is great on the disc, and it features one hell of a set comprised of the best that Bolt Thrower has to offer. This bonus disc is a nice piece to have for collection purposes, as well as if you want to see the band live but can’t, making this a nice listen.


All in all, this is an impeccable release. …For Victory is one of those releases you probably have never heard of, and honestly should have. Bolt Thrower has put a lot of work into this release, creating a heavy, brutal as hell metal representation about war, with a nice collector’s piece to those luck enough to find it.

Standard Pressing
01. War – 1:16
02. Remembrance – 3:43
03. When Glory Beckons – 3:59
04. …For Victory – 4:50
05. Graven Image – 4:00
06. Lest We Forget – 4:37
07. Silent Demise – 3:55
08. Forever Fallen – 3:47
09. Tank (MK 1) – 4:15
10. Armageddon Bound – 5:13

Bonus Disc: War Live
01. The IVth Crusade – 4:46
02. Dying Creed – 4:36
03. Spearhead – 6:30
04. Unleashed – 5:24
05. Ritual – 4:32
06. Where Next To Conquer – 3:54
07. War Master – 4:29
08. As The World Burns – 6:48
09. Cenotaph – 5:03

Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10

Limited Edition Score: 9.5/10
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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.