|Instruments Bass guitar|
Name Jo Bench
Years active 1986-
Genres Death metal
|Labels Metal Blade|
Associated acts Bolt Thrower
Albums Mercenary, Realm of Chaos, The IVth Crusade, Those Once Loyal, Honour – Valour – Pride
Music group Bolt Thrower (Since 1987)
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Jo-Anne Bench is a death metal bass player from Leamington Spa England, who is best known as the bassist for Bolt Thrower, having performed on all of the band's albums, although not on any of their demos. She has been vegetarian since 1984.
Bench joined the band in 1987 shortly after Gavin Ward switched from bass guitar to guitar. At the time, she was Ward's long-time girlfriend and one of the few women playing in a death metal band. Bolt Thrower were active until 2016, when they decided to disband, following the death of drummer Martin Kearns the previous year.
She contributed guest vocals (spoken word) on the track "Resurrected For Massive Torture" by The Project Hate MCMXCIX on the 2005 album "Armageddon March Eternal – Symphonies of Slit Wrists".